hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,198 miles

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser drivetrain problems

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 072016

PT Cruiser

  • 156,000 miles


Shift lever gear control snapped backing out stuck in street would not shift into drive vehicle in motion

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #9

Jun 282014

PT Cruiser

  • miles
In July 2014 noticed back window on passenger was loose, window fell out while driving 11 2014... had times when car was acting like it wasn't getting gas while driving and check eng. Light came on but would go out after it quit. Finally made it to an auto repair to have it scanned and part replaced after 9 mos. Setting. Ran good for one week then started acting up again doing the same thing. In August of 2015 I was approaching my home going down a big hill on my rd. Where the speed limit was 45 mph with a semi right behind me. The cars speed was 45 thenwent down to 20 in a matter of seconds fast enough for the tires to squeal. I had my 2 yr. Old grandson in the back seat when this happened. I knew I couldn't make it in my driveway so I immediately turned on my 4ways and pulled in my neighbors house across the street so I didn't get ran over by the semi truck. Also when I had the car repaired in June of 1915 the steering in the car was real stiff and still is only when turning but has power steering fluid. Bought my own scanner and it says I now need to replace a trans. Control unit part # P0700 along with the part that was just replaced. I'm at wits end, would like to know if there are any recalls on any of these problems. Please help me because I really need my car and feel right now it is a death trap and don't know where else to turn.

- Creston, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 102013

PT Cruiser

  • 53,700 miles
Dashboard lights go out at will and engine lights show codes even after replacing sensors now 02 sensors not working.look like this had been a ongoing problem for years now and Chrysler fails to address the problem. Please help myself and other pt drivers having the same problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 202014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


This is not the first incident. While driving the vechile will suddenly stop in the middle of the street. The temperature gage goes up and the car shuts off. Cause me and my family body to jerk back and forth. The car is stopped in the middle of the street. When the car shuts off there is no warning, therefore other vechiles almost crashes into the back of the PT CRUISER. My children and I feels in safe.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 272013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
While stopped at a stop light the car just turned itself off. Restarted again by turning the ignition. Has done this several times since and even wile running on the freeway at freeway speeds. Have to manage to get off the freeway and wait a bit to restart via the ignition switch. One time a gentleman even pushed the car to help be get it off of the roadway. Have tried numerous times to repair auto by changing out the various sensors indicated by the code shown in the mileage/speedometer gauge. Numerous technicians have tried to remedy the situation. Works for awhile, then reverts to stalling again and again.

- Placerville, CA, USA

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problem #5

May 272014

PT Cruiser

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while traveling 25 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 116,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 082012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Approximately 3 -4 months ago I took my car to the mechanic because the airbag light was intermittently coming on. A complete diagnostic was completed and the mechanic determined that "nothing is wrong with it." A week later the problem continued and the battery light became coming on. About a week after that, I was traveling about 40 mph when all of the lights (battery, traction off, ABS, brake, airbag, oil, etc) came on and began flashing at different intervals. My headlights and dashlights also began to flicker before the car died and would not restart. I had purchased a new battery just weeks prior, so this was not the problem. I again towed the car to the shop where I was again told that there were no problems. I've been driving the car for two weeks and trying to ignore the battery and airbag lights flashing. Last night while traveling on a major road at 50 mph, the car's lights again began flashing, the automatic transmission would not shift, and the car eventually died and would not restart. The car was towed home and after sitting for an hour, it restarted, but the lights were still flickering.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172013

PT Cruiser

  • 55,000 miles
After coming from the store I notice a big spot of oil on the garage floor, I wipe it up went inside the house the next day I went on some errands came back to the house and some more oil, at this point call my local parts house he came up with a bad front oil seal. So I wanted to did further into this, and found a lot of Dodge, Chrysler, owner had this same problem.I pull up and copy these problem's some P/T owners said the dealer wanted to charge them to change the engine because of the thrust bearing was to far out of specs.and pushing the front seal out and causing leak. If this would happen at high speeds, this would have a terrible terrible problem. I think Chrysler knows about this, because one Chrysler tech did say he knows the 2.4L has a crank seal issue on a handful of the vehicle. Now our P/T only has 55,000 miles on it and this problem should not be. Most owner that I've read about has mileage no more than 110.000.and some have had the seal replace two-three times. I think Chrysler needs to step up to plate and address this problem now we are stuck without a car. This could cost in the thousands, this problem should have address long ago.the hole under carriage is soak with oil.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 232012

PT Cruiser

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken for state inspection when the contact was advised that the power train control module was programmed incorrectly and caused the on-board diagnostic system software to provide a fuel system reading. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure where they advised the dealer to perform a diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 105,000.

- Alpha , NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 292011

PT Cruiser

  • 63,278 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 60 mph the engine stalled and restarted. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer seven times but the technicians were unable to detect a trouble code during the diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified and they stated the failure was related to the power train wiring harness. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,278.

- Cypress, CA, USA

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