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:
77,757 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 152016

PT Cruiser

  • 38,000 miles


While driving I noticed rattling noises coming from the rear of the vehicle and excessive road noise in the passenger compartment coming from the back. After a rainy day I observed puddles of water behind the rear seats. Upon investigating I found that the fixed rear quarter windows were no longer properly attached to the body of the vehicle. I learned that a recall was performed on this vehicle back in 2007 (NHTSA campaign number: 07V149000) I called Chrysler and they verified that the recall had been performed on this vehicle in may of 2007. It would appear that the fix is not effective, and frankly I am not surprised. Expecting plastic to maintain integrity long term under tension is foolish. It should be possible to use a more permanent, flexible adhesive (e.g. rtv) to seal the window to the body of the vehicle and eliminate the possibility of the window mounting bolt failure causing the windows to detach from the vehicle.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 302015

PT Cruiser

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving various speeds during inclement rain weather, the front and rear wipers failed. In addition, the horn failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the tipm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

May 212014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
All dash lights flash and car sometimes stalls. Very frequent loss of headlights, wipers, all gauges and blinkers.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #6

May 122014

PT Cruiser

  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that rear passenger's side window malfunctioned and as a result, the window would open and close independently. The contact mentioned that the window became stuck in the down position. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 07V149000 (visibility) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 042013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Rear window wiper failed to operate. Owners manual does not identify fuse location. Power trace shows power to unit, suspect software problem when over 75 degrees F. clutch pedal goes to the floor and very hard to shift, when below 60 degrees F shifts like glass on glass (very smooth) hyd cyl. Throw varies with temperature.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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problem #4

May 012013

PT Cruiser

  • 60,000 miles
My rear wiper blade does not work. I purchased the vehicle in the summer months and didn't think about checking the rear wiper. Well now it is fall and raining all the time, and guess what it doesn't work..

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #3

Sep 042013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


My windshield wipers stopped working all of a sudden. Took it to the mechanic who said it was my totally integrated power module and would cost around 1000 to replace!!!!!

- East Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 252013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 99,810 miles
Driving 70 mph on freeway. Rear quarter window detached from vehicle. There is an existing recall but only covers the model year before (2005). This is obviously an issue with the 2006 version as well.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 202009

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Please recall, the windshield wiper it's constantly having problem. Took to the deal and reset computer modular and it works fine. Six months later, it did it again and this time extended warranty ran out because it's a used car so I get 3 months or 3000 miles whatever comes first. So, the dealer charge me $100 for the same service. A few more months it did again. Bottom line PT CRUISER windshield wipers have serious problem and it will cause an accident someday due faultiness. Also, ac needs a recall because of the so many issue with working properly.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

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