hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,529 miles

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 042016

PT Cruiser

  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving various speeds and depressing the accelerator pedal, the throttle mechanism seemed to have become stuck several times at a high throttle setting. The vehicle was not towed to a dealer or independent mechanic and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

problem #6

Jun 032016

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. After starting the engine, smoke was present under the hood. After driving a short distance, the driver pulled over, looked under the hood, and discovered flames coming from the engine. The fire department extinguished the flames. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 212015

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. After placing the vehicle into drive, the engine stalled and was unable to restart. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 022015

PT Cruiser

  • 60,341 miles


Engine runs rough at idle and shuts off while driving. Cannot restart. Replaced cam sensor, air intake, plugs, etc. Has happened 8-10 times in the 3 months we have owned the car.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 112015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 106,100 miles
Engine light came on, car shut down multiple times on freeway, terrifying...."we limped" home before car quit entirely. I had owned it for one night. Drove it 100 miles total. (bought it used, 106,000 mi on it.).

- Del Mar, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 172014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 156,263 miles
Low voltage light came on, lost all power on the highway.I had to hit the shoulder quickly. I then tested code with key (3 clicks off/on) got code P0622 and P2403..towed to a shop, to find out the wires from alternator to the computer shorted out, it's a known problem, wiring harness runs along cv shaft and rubs against a bolt near the frame, thus shorting out the charging system and burning out the computer. So now the bill for repairs are almost $650 and lucky we got off the highway in time, almost got hit by a semi cause we lost power so quick. I am glad we didn't get killed. If Chrysler and the government knows this is a problem why is there no recall.....or a safety warning.

- Malinta, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 052011

PT Cruiser

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated the power steering hose was leaking on the engine. The contact also heard a loud noise and the smell of burning fumes emitting into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the hose and motor mount needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance since her vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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