really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,743 miles

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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

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 #5

Nov 202013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 136,789 miles
Set cruise control and the car accelerated rather than set at speed. Car continued to accelerate despite application of brakes, including emergency brake which only got it down to 40 mph. Car had to be popped into neutral in order to be able to keep from crashing and stop the car.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 202008

PT Cruiser

  • 32,208 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact heard a loud humming noise coming from her vehicle. She took the vehicle to a dealer and they stated that the power steering pump failed. Power steering fluid leaked out and caused the air conditioner to fail. The unit was replaced at the cost of $1,583. The technician stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V268000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections); therefore, they would not assume financial responsibility for the repair. Several weeks after the repair, the air conditioning unit failed again. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer on numerous occasions, in which she had to replace the water pump, the throttle body, the radiator, and various components in the powertrain and steering unit. The repairs cost $4,000. Typically, the failures immediately recur after the repairs are made. The manufacturer gave her a small reimbursement of $878. The failure mileage was 32,208 and current mileage was 66,500.

- Coopersville, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 182006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,902 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds when depressing the brake pedal, the brakes squealed. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who replaced the front pads and rotors. Also, while driving up hill the vehicle lost speed and intermittently when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle shook. The dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 262004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
I was driving 40 miles an hour and tried to swerve to miss an animal, lost control of the car and pressed on the brake pedal and the car continued accelerating.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 062003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
When coming to a stop driver would press on the brakes and vehicle would accelerate.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

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