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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,070 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012014

PT Cruiser

  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while approximately 25 mph, the vehicle gauges started to spin then all the warning lights illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 292008

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER with several safety issues. Consumer states that the vehicle was involved in and accident with everything in the vehicle locked including the brakes the vehicle kept moving and only driver side airbags deployed. Prior to the accident the consumer had other problems with the vehicle such as: The engine stalling, the engine light illuminated, the rear glass blew out. The instrument panel lights would go after.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 112006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Starting around Nov of 2006 while driving at any speed, the instrument cluster indicator lights turn on; all the gauges go dead I.e. the speedometer, the tachometer, the gas gauge all go to zero. The warning sounds beep constantly. The 2006 PT CRUISER will lose power and/or severely hesitates, power steering will fail, the brakes will fail, I have had to use the hand brake one to many times to slow the car down. I have had several near misses with other vehicles on the roads. I curb the car twice, damaging my tires once, so as to not hit other drivers. This has been happening for over a year now. I have taking it massey-yardley where I bought the pt, to have looked at over a dozen maybe even more I have lost count, I have tried to lemon the car, Chrysler stated that there is nothing wrong with the car because the dealership has not reproduce the problem. I have taking the pt to other dealerships with the same result. Just recently I took the car in again to massey-yardley for poor gas mileage and the same power problem, this time with a check engine light active, in Nov of 2007, the dealership said it was a bad instrument cluster and a bad oxygen sensor, which they replaced. I am still having the above stated problem, the dealership stated on Nov 16 of 2007 they know something is wrong but since they cannot reproduce the error to trouble shoot it they will not fix it. The dealership also said since I'm not happy with the results I should go to another dealership to have it looked at! I'm going to do that but it's hard when you have to work! plus massey-yardley will not give me a statement to that fact of unknown defect in writing.

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 232007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,280 miles
The speedodometer dropped to zero. Comes and goes and the dealer can not get a reading because it does not do it when they check it. Next the ac kicks in and out of cool air. Next while driving down the road the car dies. I had to put it in neutral and manually turn because it died. I nearly hit a cement wall. Now the dealer says he can not find anything wrong.

- Perkinston, MS, USA

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