definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,513 miles

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 032014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


I was on the freeway, and the road had a natural "bump" in it, causing a slight bit of lift with the vehicle, and the vehicle swayed from side to side, and I had to immediately slow down, and counter steer in order to keep it in my lane. I took it to my mechanic today, and the right lower motor mount is broken. I just replaced that same mount less then 6 months ago. My mechanic said they know of a cruiser that had 8 front right motor mounts replaced. There is an entire site on the internet dedicated to people who have had major issues with motor mounts going out over and over again on their cruisers.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Aug 282007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
At 23,021 miles my 2005 PT CRUISER had the lower left control arm replaced (8/28/2007). Seven months later, I experienced the same problem with the car (clunking noise when going over bumps). I took the car back to the dealer and they replaced the other lower control arm on 3/25/08 at 27834 miles. I had the front brakes replaced at 38,033 miles and at 60,349 miles. I have read many complaints in online forums from people with similar problems with this model and brake wear has been reported due to front wheel bearing issues. My car is now at 62,570 and I am having the same clunking noise in the front when hitting a bump along with a loud noise upon braking at high speeds. I am highly concerned about my safety in this vehicle now. Many people have reported the same issue. This is a safety and life threatening issue and Chrysler nees to do something about this vehicle. Prior to this car, I owned a 2001 PT CRUISER and had the control arms replaced in that car before 40000 miles. There has to be some defect with this vehicle. Please address this issue for the safety of anyone driving in these vehicles. A wheel bearing breaking while driving is a serious issue! see complaints at sites below. Thank you. www.ptcruiserlinks.com/forum/wheels-tires-suspension/23632-wheel-bearing-issue.html www.topix.com/forum/autos/Chrysler-pt-cruiser/til09od8D72erulqa www.truedelta.com/Chrysler-pt-cruiser/suspension-problems-69 www.moparchat.com/forums/showthread.php?P=795043

- Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 062011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


My PT CRUISER convertible started making a thumping noise when I would turn. The noise would come from the front passenger side. Limped it to les schwab and was told I needed to replace struts and some plate thing that goes on top. I will have to $750 out of pocket. I have read numerous complaints and believe this should be a recall.

- Rochester, WA, USA

problem #8

Sep 092011

PT Cruiser

  • 30,000 miles
Heard thumping noise on right passenger side and new tires wore out prematurely. Mechanic investigated and found front end sealed bearings were completely shot. Since car is no longer under warranty it cost us $800 to repair. Based on the other complaints we have found, this seems to be a recurring problem with this model and should be subject to recall.

- Alpha, NJ, USA

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problem #7

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

problem #6

Dec 182008

PT Cruiser

  • 60,000 miles


In 2007 I was driving when I started hearing a knocking sound in my tires. I was had the vehicle checked immediately, but no determination was found. Over the year I was forced to replace my tires 3 times because they would wear and I would slide and the tires would skid in simple weather. In March of 2008 I had to repair more tires and my ball joints on both sides in the front with wheel alignments. Also in 2007 I started hearing a squealing sound in the engine, I had it checked immediately and was told my power steering pump would need replacing. But decreased once the mechanic put in power steering fluid. Since then even now I still hear the squeaking and every month I have to put in steering fluid. I called Chrysler regarding recalls relating to these problems and was told no recalls were in effect. I have not received any info in 2008 regarding these recalls that I now see online. Also my automatic stick shift sticks especially when it's cold outside. I have almost hit something head on twice since December 2008 because it is hard to shift in park or neutral.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #5

May 102008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
2005 PT CRUISER convertible 5 spd manual. Have been very unsatisfied w/ car's performance. Bearings in both front axles had to be replaced at 61,000 miles B/C of significant wear, making car unsafe to drive. Right front wheel squeaked when I turned or just drove straight, and started making thumping noise in axle as I drove. Also, roof has a minor leak into trunk when it rains hard; cannot find the source where it is leaking.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 022008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,490 miles
- the contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving at 10 mph the contact had trouble steering. The steering wheel turned, but was stiff and she had to use both hands. The contact put power steering fluid into the vehicle and the steering became easier. The steering became stiff again and she realized that the power steering fluid was leaking. She was able to get the vehicle home and later had it towed to the dealer and repaired. The current mileage was 13,700. The failure mileage was 13,490. Update 04-02-08 the pressure steering hose was leaking and the bushings were worn

- Clinton, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 252006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
PT CRUISER 2005. Hearing thumping noises from right front. Sep. 2006 dealer replaces bearing, (20118 miles) July 07 more noise dealer finds axle spacers missing (28009 miles) Jan. 08 more noise dealer finds bad bearings again, this time out of warranty ($630 31406 miles).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Sep 212007

PT Cruiser

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER with 40,000 miles on it. The warranty is up and I just found out that the front axle bearing is shot. My mechanic was very shocked to discover this on such a new car and said it was very unsafe. I am very upset with Chrysler since I have come to find out that this is a chronic problem with the PT CRUISER and happens on every model and year. I have read about many exact same complaints from owners of this vehicle.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
2005 PT CRUISER (turbo) was taken to dealership for annual inspection and oil change. Inspection was not granted. Vehicle was pronounced "unsafe to drive" as the bearings on the spindle (on axle) were destroyed and both front wheels were wobbling. Mechanic said one or both wheels could come off. In the next bay was another PT CRUISER (turbo) with the identical problem. The mechanics discussed whether the design was sufficient to support the power of the turbo. Until the parts arrive (we have to pay the $600+ for them) we have a rental at the dealers suggestion and our cost.

- Franklin, NC, USA

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