definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,254 miles

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 202010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 69,482 miles


Replaced the "leak detection pump" on March 20, 2010 and again on October 26, 2011

- Freeport, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 072011

PT Cruiser

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated the vehicle was loosing oil from the engine block. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who discovered that the crankshaft seal failed and was causing the vehicle to loose oil. The contact stated the vehicle would consume one and a half quart of oil between oil changes. The contact believed the failure was a manufacturing defect. The failure mileage was 119,000 and the current mileage was 122,000.

- Maxwell, NM, USA

problem #8

May 012010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 70 mph the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was pulled over and upon restart drove as normal but the check engine light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken directly to an authorized dealer. The failure recurred several times during this drive. He was unsure if the authorized dealer performed any repairs. The failure began to recur intermittently. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the crank sensor was replaced. The failure continued to recur and the vehicle was again taken to an authorized dealer where the cam shaft sensor was replaced. The failure continued to recur so the vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the pmc was replaced. The failure has not recurred. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 26,000. The crankshaft position sensors and power train control module were replaced. Updated 11/23/10

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 072009

PT Cruiser

  • 121,040 miles


While driving down the freeway, my 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER lost all the oil out of my engine. This caused my engine oil light immediately came on and I pulled off the freeway. After putting 2 pints of oil into the engine, I drove home only to find out that again my engine had no oil in it after roughly 50 miles of driving. I put 3 pints of oil in a day later and turned over the engine and found that my oil was leaking out of the engine gasket seal. I contacted Chrysler, and the informed me that engine gasket repairs are not covered for vehicles over 120,000 miles. Leaking oil in this manner is a major fire hazard, and I'm lucky that my vehicle did not catch fire while driving home. I noticed online, that many other pt owners have complained about these types of engine failures consistently. I cannot pay the 2800 dollars for this repair, the car will sit until Chrysler loses this lawsuit.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 022007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving 17 mph the vehicle would stall when coming to a stop. He stated that it would rough idle as if it was going to cut-off. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The current mileage was 21,400 and the failure mileage was 19,000.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #5

Apr 252007

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Customer wants to know if a recall be opened* the consumer stated her vehicle stalls while she is driving and has a rough idle.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #4

Dec 152004

PT Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


- the contact stated that after driving the2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER approximately 50 mph, the oil gauge reads empty and needed to refilled every two weeks. The contact also stated that the vehicle heated up very quickly and the engine got very hot.

- West Newton, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The consumer PT CRUISER trip meter constantly reset itself, when this happens the dash lights flash on and off, gas gauge drops to empty and the bells start beeping. The mechanic sprayed static guard in it that time to resolve the issue, but this did not work. The consumer was told that the problem was with the cloth seats and to get out and grab the metal bar. The gear shifter knob would come off, there was a grinding noise in the rear due to the brakes, it was hard for the consumer to get out of the vehicle at time because the lock and tumblers were sticking, the engine would knock intermittently during acceleration and would only get 12.9 miles to the gallon and would run rough intermittently, and the gauges would quit working at times.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 232004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On September 23,2004 I purchased a 2004 PT CRUISER. From the first day, I have had nothing but trouble with the dealer and the cruiser itself. Two days after I bought the car I noticed that the car had numerous of dents in it so I had the dents repaired. I get the car back and the men who pulled the dents had punctured a wire and my inside light and my trip odometer wasn't working. In the mean time I noticed that the car was running rough. Idling too high and bouncy on take off. At that time I took it back to get that fixed and they said the reason for the rough idle was a loose vacuum hose. The next day the car was running worse. I took it back and the said that it is the nature of the car and that it is normal for the car to run rough and idle high. I wanted to exchange my car for a different pta cruiser or a different car and I was told that I signed on the line to purchase it so I was stuck with the car. Now I have to take the car back to get the recall fixed on it. I think the 2004 PT CRUISER engine needs to be recalled. I am not satisfied with the car at all.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 242004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16 miles
PT CRUISER idles rough and shakes and pulsates. Feels like you're standing in a brisk wind while it idles. Dealer told me " it's the nature of the beast" then on 2nd. Service for same problem told me DaimlerChrysler knows about defect and doesn't have a fix to address the problem. PCM and 02 sensors dealer stated. Looking at lemon law rights at this point. Both want to blame the other for non repairability.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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