definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,918 miles

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser suspension problems

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 042010

PT Cruiser

  • 30,000 miles


Thumping noise followed by loss of brakes in a short distance (30 miles) wheel bearing failure which damaged axel and destroyed brakes' brakes and axel and bearing replaced on drivers side - now passenger side is defective too and needs replacement - car has only 30K miles- bearings are sealed type, cannot be relubed, car is 2005 Chrysler P T cruiser convertible.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 052010

PT Cruiser

  • 53,183 miles
I have owned a 2005 PT CRUISER for only two months and it has only 53,000 miles on it. Today I found out that both the front wheel bearing have to be replaced and will cost $565. From what I am reading, this is a very common problem and maybe should be made a recall!! this could be very dangerous if not found and corrected. One of mine wasn't even making any noise but there was quite a bit of play in the tire. Very dangerous!

- Fort Palin, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 132005

PT Cruiser

  • 14,863 miles
Vehicle front end and steering wheel vibrate at about 10-15 mph acceleration from a stopped or slowed position. Once accelerated beyond that speed, vibrations remain, but less intense. Vehicle will pull upon applying brakes, making it harder to control. Feels as if the vehicle front end and tires are "grinding into the pavement", this at street speeds of 35-40 mph. Had tire pressure checked on all four tires and pressure was as suggested by manufacturer. Had brakes checked at dealer and they stated they could find no problem with the brakes, "the brakes are fine." This vehicle has less than 15,000 miles. If Chrysler/Fiat dealers cannot pinpoint the causes of these defects/problems and fix them (at no cost their customer) once and for all, then who? these problems pose serious safety concerns, and recalls should be issued. With these problems unresolved, there is little enjoyment in driving this vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 152009

PT Cruiser

  • 14,050 miles


Defect found during routine maintenance check at dealership left front strut defective & badly leaking at 14,050 miles fluid leaking onto brakes / oily substance visible on outside wheel dealer stated unknown cause w/such low mileage could not determine suspect original part defect at time of purchase dealer expects customer to cover costs in excess of $300 to repair customer contends original part defective & costs should be absorbed by Chrysler/dealer.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 172008

PT Cruiser

  • 49,661 miles
My 2005 PT CRUISER Chrysler at 49,661 miles was in an accident right front end there was no problems before when car was returned it was making a noise that is coming from the right tire when I returned it to the insurance company progressive they had it looked at and stated the front bearing and hub was gone and that this is a common problem as I checked some sites on line it appears to happen all the time and neither the insurance nor E Chrysler feels this defect is any of there faults.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

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problem #3

Jan 212009

PT Cruiser

  • 35,591 miles
Left side front wheel bearing failure. I regret not having saved the broken bearing. The failure occurred at slow speed while making a left turn and was signaled by a vary loud crunching sound. It was sudden and severe enough that we determined it need immediate repair. We consider ourselves lucky this occurred as we pulled off a four lane highway. Our previous speed had been about 60 mph. This car has had regular maintenance had been serviced at the Chrysler dealer with in the past three months.

- Freeville, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 192008

PT Cruiser

  • 42,000 miles
While driving felt like car was going over MINIspeed bumps. Took it to tire store and found out it wasn't the tires and they recommended the dealership. At the dealership they informed me it was the left-front bearing and I shouldn't be driving on it at all because the wheel could fall off. Had it repaired there. Picked up vehicle a week later and steering still didn't feel right. Took it back and they determined that the right front knuckle needed repaired. Also had it done there because I was visiting from out of town and needed work completed to get back home. Less than 9 mths later and car sounds like an airplane. Living on different coast so went to a recommended mechanic. Informed left front bearing needs repaired.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012008

PT Cruiser

  • 40,000 miles
Front wheel bearings on bth sides failed after 40K miles, lower control arm bushings failed at 30K miles.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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