hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,303 miles

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 232012

PT Cruiser

  • 58,520 miles


Approximately 10-12 days after purchasing the vehicle, all four tires began to get flat. This has occurred every two weeks since that time. Every time I fill the car with fuel, I have to put air in all four tires. I contacted Chrysler online in early February 2012 and received a rather flip response... thanking me for telling them about the problem, but offering no fix to the problem. This is my second PT CRUISER.. and I had the same problem with my first cruiser. After further investigation, I have discovered this is a very common problem due to the aluminum wheels causing air to leak from the tires. I enjoy my PT CRUISER, but feel there should be a fix for this problem, other than buying expensive new wheels; especially because they are aware of the problem. Any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. It not only gives me bad gas mileage, but also is a safety hazard.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 262012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 85,902 miles
I have photos available of the tire in question. There are 3 separate pieces: The complete (intact tread), the inside sidewall and the outside sidewall. The tire came apart while driving back from visiting relatives after the holidays. I was traveling about 60 miles per hour when the left rear tire effectively came apart. The car started fishtailing and I came very close to running off the road with the possibility of rolling over. It was a very scary situation. I feel that this tire and probably the other 3 tires have a manufacturing defect. Goodyear/dunlop wanted the tires to be inspected by one of their dealers and then confiscated and destroyed. I believe that the way the tire in question effectively disintegrated constitutes a serious manufacturing problem. I currently have all four tires stored in my garage. If at all possible, I am asking for you to inspect these tires so it can be determined accurately whether or not they present an ongoing safety problem. I would not want anyone else experience the traumatic experience I had to endure. Please let me know if you can help me with this matter.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #5

Apr 012010

PT Cruiser

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER turbo with bog O economy performance H tires, line size 225/45R/17. The contact stated that the tires blew twice in an eight month period. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was advised that the tires exhibited a bubble which was what caused the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted to report the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000 and the current mileage was 144,147.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #4

May 122010

PT Cruiser

  • 92,481 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER. She stated that in July 2007 she purchased four Goodyear assurance comforted tires. The tires became dry rotted and wore prematurely. The contact discovered the tires were discontinued by the manufacturer yet were still being sold by a separate unknown company. Goodyear analyzed the tires and determined the tires exhibited premature wear. The manufacturer agreed to discount a new set of tires for the contact. The contact declined and stated the tires may be the same as the defective tires. The failure mileage was 92,481 and the current was unknown.

- Marrow, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 192008

PT Cruiser

  • 74,219 miles
Two Goodyear Eagle ls tires suffered belt separation within 10 days. The tires were taken to repair shops which diagnosed problem and replaced with new tires. Four tires were purchased from tire rack, and the remaining two tires are still on the auto.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

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problem #2

Jun 112007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,400 miles
Less than 19,000 miles on the 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER and the wheel bearings on front went bad. The driver's side was so bad I did not drive it further than a block from work, the closest place. They charged me $313 to fix the driver's side. The next day, I found outt he car was still under warranty, bought it second hand. I took it to the dealership, and they confirmed the passenger's side was also going bad and replaced it and the damaged hub. Chrysler will not reimburse me the $313 because it was not fixed at a dealership. The driver's side hub was not replaced, and they will not cover this under warranty either. This should be under warranty as well. A car with less than 19,000 miles should not have bad wheel bearings already. The driver's side was so bad that the wheel could have seized or fallen off and caused a serious injury or death to myself and/or others on the interstate. All four tires have some kind of defect, and the front tires have worn unevenly due to the damaged wheel bearings. Chrysler will not replace front tires under warranty.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 252006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
: the contact stated the tires on the vehicle continually lost air. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection numerous times. The dealer replaced all 4 tires and a rim; however, the problem still persisted. Also, the vehicle manifested remote control problems, as well a cracked windshield a broken gas tank. In addition rack and pinion steering was defective, and power steering fluid was leaking.

- Scituate, MA, USA

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