hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
162,586 miles

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 012015

PT Cruiser

  • 48,000 miles


Car went completely dead at car wash at night leaving me and my young granddaughter stranded until we could get a jump. This happened several times with the battery not having any problems nor any lights being left on in interior. Happened to notice the other day the fog lamps were on but the switch was not turned on. It was draining the system. Had to pull the fuse to fog lamps in order to stop the drainage. This has left me stranded with small children forcing reliance upon strangers in order to restart the vehicle, on more than one occasion. Now the fog lamps are inoperative until a fix can be found, which could lead to a potential collision if driving in foggy conditions which could prove fatal due to it being a convertible. This is a GT turbo edition...updated 09/28/15

- Jerome, ID, USA

problem #12

Mar 122014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 61,306 miles
Front crank seal is pushing out, massive oil leak. I have had this repaired 2X and it still leaking oil. The repair shop has told me that it is a manufacturers defect and that they should fix it for me. They said that it is not a matter of if it will happen again but when it will happen and it should be fixed by manufacture for me. When it leaks it leaks on timing belt and than the engine slips. Please help!

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #11

Apr 302012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 1,250,015 miles
Please help, this is my only car and my son and I depend on it for everything. While driving on the expressway my vehicle began missing ( shaking etc..) until it finally died on the expressway. It started when I pulled away from a stop light and began to pick up speed accelerating to blend in with traffic flow. I was not able to get over 40 mph. 1. the RPM gage jumps all over the place 2. the car quits while driving down the road 3. the quits while running in heavy traffic moving slow (more often on hot days) 4. car dies at stop lights (random) 5. car engine dies when trying to accelerate (random) 6. car dies no response for seconds then it restarts at high speeds on the express way. I took it to an auto parts store that will diagnose problems with cars using a tool that they hook up to the car. They said it was the cam shaft sensor, my father contacted the local service station and they recommended replacing the timing chain as well. This problem has been on going since 2012, though I would love to sell it I would feel responsible if someone was killed because of this problem. I never know when the problem will start I have spent more money that I should trying to fix this. Is there someone who can help so my car will be safe for me and my son?

- Twin Lake, MI, USA

problem #10

Jul 072014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


I was driving from blackwell ok to perry Oklahoma on 7/07/14 to drop off a friend when all the sudden the motor starting knocking light then hard and then it just quit all with in five minutes my motor blew up I called my da to have him come and check it out as he is a mechanic he looked it over and said the oil cooler line that runs under the oil pan blew the line right at the connectors on the oil cooler line he then loaded it up on the trailer and took it back to my house had another mechanic come check it out he said the same thing about it we just bought it on 06/07/2014 from pioneer auto group out of ponca city Oklahoma the motor cost is $1400 to $1800 to replace it my dad gave $3800 for it what do I do now no car.

- Blackwell, OK, USA

problem #9

May 062013

PT Cruiser

  • miles
While getting on interstate my car would not go but only 30 mph then my check engine light came on and car died. Got my car started after waiting a few minutes. Took it to advance auto and they said it was cam shaft position sensor; so I replaced it. 6 months later it did it again. I replaced it. Now every 2 to 3 months the sensor goes bad and the people at advance say something has to be wrong because the car shouldn't be going through that many sensors. I have had my car die in the middle of the street with my kids in the car. I am scared that it is going to die and I will be hit.

- Smithville, TN, USA

problem #8

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

problem #7

Oct 082013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle used from fred beans, boyertown, pa on 8/1/13 with approx. 78K miles on it. I was driving in traffic, slowing down for a traffic, when my vehicle lost power and then began to hesitate when I attempted to pick up speed. There was no acceleration and it appeared the car would stall. It never stalled but I did pull over and shut the car off, started it again and after a few moments, was able to drive normally for a few miles. The check engine light went on and the car hesitated again. This was looked at and determined, since there was no other occurrence, to be a "glitch" and the check engine light was reset by the garage (no charge and no diagnostics). In January the same problem occurred and the garage replaced the cam sensor. Shortly after that the problem occurred again and the sensor was again replaced. It is now April and again the problem is occurring, all of these incidences while driving, causing an unnecessary slow down which could have resulted in a rear end collision. I've spoken with the dealership who referred me to the original shop that replaced the sensor (scooty's, pennsburg, pa) and to auto zone who sold me the next sensor. I still owe money on this vehicle and apparently it's not worth half of what I owe due to these problems and I am concerned about driving it more than a mile in case this problem occurs again.

- Hereford, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 202012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Engine lite came on. Replaced recommended parts. Lite came off and on over a year or so with same diagnostic. Replaced same part in late 2013 and lite still stays on. I am told now it is the computer itself. Have been told this is a common problem for PT CRUISER owners and that many replace the same parts I did and it is to no avail. To my best of recall it is the upper/in lower/out oxygen 2 sensor. With the computer (engine lite) causing this problem Chrysler should have a recall on it.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

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 #4

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 #3

Oct 172012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER convertible. The contact stated the vehicle was idle. However, there were times when she approached a stop sign when the vehicle began to surge and stall without warning. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was being driven. The vehicle was taken to both an authorized dealer and an independent mechanic a total of four times. The technician informed the contact that the engine would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to the engine no longer being produced by the manufacturer. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Burlington, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 032013

PT Cruiser

  • 29,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that she noticed a leak on her driveway. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,500.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 99,800 miles
My car suddenly started leaking massive amounts of oil. I brought my car to tires plus to see if there was something they could do to fix my car and how much it would cost. They advised me that Chrysler has been aware of the failure issue for some time but has not issued a recall to fix the issue. They also advised that they were unable to fix my car as once the gasket failed initially it would lead to serial failure of the gasket and the replaced part would only last from 3 to 6 months. How is it possible that Chrysler could know about this and not take responsibility?

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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