Notes: The 2006 is the worst year for PT Cruiser engine complaints. Having an engine light on is annoying, but it's the complaints about the engine shutting-off while driving that really have us concerned.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,429 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

May 242011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. Bought the vehicle brand new in 2006. In the last two years I noticed intermittently the car wouldn't start which seemed to be the battery. It started after jumping and would be fine for 4 months or more. Since then I have pinpointed it to leaving the key in the ignition for just 2 minutes. Thought this was weird since my battery was only 3 years old when this first start. Recently, the windshield wipers, turning signals, and headlights do not work. I checked all fuses, they are good. I read online about the total integrated power module that replaced the 2006 interior fuse boxes. I read many complaints about the same issue. When I found out my turning signals were not working I thought they were the fuses and had no idea my headlights were not working as they worked when I checked them after the turning signals were not working. That night, I started driving home and the headlights went out on a very dark road without notice. My son and I were in serious danger and the only thing we could do was turn on the hazard lights. Think god they worked. The basic safety requirements on a car such as the above should never go bad without notice and without an easy fix. I can not believe that Chrysler has not put out a recall to fix this problem. Also the interior lights would not turn on inside the vehicle except if I opened the door. You could not turn them on if the door was closed. I am sure it has caused accidents as it could have the night ours went bad. I hope that the Napa Chrysler can fix mine as the service manager didn't even know with the tipm was.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012009

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Last winter the rear windshield wiper quit working completely. Now the front windshield wipers will not work on high and when they are turned on high, they just stop in the middle of the windshield. Sometimes when I turn them off they will go all the way down and then about 1/4 of the way back up and just stop. I am concerned that I will not be able to see out the back window and that the front wipers will completely stop when I am driving. I will not be able to see and it will risk other drivers and people during hard rain or snow. I have read many complaints about this and some cannot even drive the vehicles. I have checked the fuses, replaced the blades, made sure there is washer fluid and had a mechanic tell me that he has had complaints of the same thing. When the motors are replaced, the wipers still do not work.

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 302010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 84,288 miles
I had safelite come out to replace my windshield- when I turned on my vehicle to head to sj I turned on my headlights/fog lights and they would not go on tried my blinkers and windshield wipers nothing was working all functions associated with knobs on steering column would not work. Drove vehicle down the street adjusted steering wheel a couple times lights came on....then they would not shut off. The lights will either not come on or shut off it is now at the dealership for the 3rd time to correct this issue they have replaced the instrument cluster and now the new service guy believes its the multi-switch...we'll see... I would never purchase a PT CRUISER again much less a Chrysler!!!! btw the problem did seem corrected after the 1st repair and 2nd repair however as soon as I drove it 50 miles the problem occurred again. I thank god I drive with my headlights on during the day because I could have been stuck far from home with no lights, turn signals in the dark!

- Clovis, CA, USA

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