really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,373 miles

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser fuel system problems

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 192015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Car stopped at red light. Engine died and smoke began to rise from engine compartment, then flames shot out. Driver could not get door open at first then after short time locks released and driver was able to escape. Fire department extinguished flames and said fire appeared to be started by fluid leakage. This model had been subject to recall due to fires. Car had recall fix on 9/23/04. It now appears the recall fixes were not permanent and the original problem can recur. It is potentially life threatening. Attempts to discuss the problem with Chrysler were unsuccessful. Chrysler stone walled and falsely rigged their response procedure so as to avoid any responsibility. Chrysler refused to allow me to speak with any person in a position of authority. The clerks I spoke with stated that someone would be in touch with me. Finally after three attempts to speak with someone at Chrysler, and after more than one month from original contact, a letter dated May 13, 2015 was received from Chrysler stating they had tried numerous times to contact us and the claim would be dropped if we did not respond in 10 days. This quite simply is a lie! no attempt was ever made to contact us, even after we contacted Chrysler on three occasions asking to speak with someone. The letter instructed us to contact dekra automotive to arrange an inspection. We did and gave them all the information once again. We offered to send photos of the damage but dekra was not interested. On May 27 we received a letter stating they were unable to inspect the car since it had been sold (salvaged) and were closing the file. Thus, Chrysler had created circumstances through obfuscation and manipulating the response time which they felt relieved them of any responsibility, even the need to discuss the issue with us. This fire hazard still exists.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 022010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Gas fumes interior of car no physical gas under vehicle.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 022009

PT Cruiser

  • 146,000 miles
Fuel line abrasion and leakage on fuel line from firewall to fuel rail. 2003 mpt cruiser with 5 speed and 146,000 miles fuel abraded thru fire wall insulation and rubbed while thru protective sleeve and fuel line fuel line sprayed fuel all over engine, converter and firewall driver noticed fuel smell and stopped car.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 152005

PT Cruiser

  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving less than 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and was taken to the dealer. The failure could not be duplicated; however, an independent mechanic performed a fuel injector flush, cleaned the battery, installed fuel system cleaner in the tank, and also cleaned the throttle body. The repairs did not correct the failure and the vehicle continued to stall repeatedly. The contact heard a thumping noise and the vehicle went from 55 to 15 mph before stalling. In addition, the check engine warning indicator has remained illuminated on the instrument panel since the vehicle was purchased. The failure mileage was 55,000 and current mileage was 150,000.

- El Saobrante, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 112008

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Approached vehicle after visit and noticed strong fuel smell from 20 ft. Away. Opened car door, fumes even stronger. Felt dizzy & disoriented. Called service to have it towed (did not want to start car with strong fumes). Was told there was a problem with fuel line (recall) and that it was repaired. Nearly 1 year later, same problem, check engine light on. 1/2 tank of gas leaked in one day. No obvious source of leak from exterior. Lingering gas smell in interior. Was told nvld pump was replaced. Very concerned about safety, possible adverse health consequences, likelihood of fire. Car has had many other issues as well, including smell from ac system (originally non-functional) which smells like an electrical fire/burning plastic. Dealership is dismissive. Possible lemon.

- Gordonsville, VA, USA

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problem #2

Mar 012003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I smell strong fuel while driving. As far as I can recall, the smell occurs while the air conditioning is on. Since I live in Texas, my air conditioning is almost always on, so the fuel smell is a constant reminder. I checkd if my air circulation knob is turned to interior only. That didn't matter. The smell of fuel is there whether air circulation is external or internal. I believe there was a recall related to fuel/gasoline delivery problems for make : Chrysler model : PT CRUISER year : 2002 NHTSA campaign id number : 02V215000 recall date : Aug 07, 2002 component: Fuel system, gasoline:delivery I don't know if my problem is the same as 2002 model recalls. Please investigate and advise. I couldn't tell if this leads to fire or injury to myself and family. Thanks for your help!

- Conrinth, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 312003

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,610 miles
Vehicle made a rattling noise when accelerating. Consumer stated gas was leaking into the engine.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

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