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:
83,333 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

Jun 072010

PT Cruiser

  • 105,000 miles
I have 2006 PT CRUISER and I am having tons of electrical problems sometimes the stereo will not work.brake light stays on and run the battery down. If you have the dome light one and put your blinker on to the right the light goes out doesn't do it on the left, the ignition switch sometimes hangs up and will not turn stuck for a little before I can get it to turn over and start, then the ac spouse had to rewire it because the compressor wasn't kicking on and off, I have always owned a Chrysler and after this experience if Chrysler is not will to help repair the vehicle I would not own another, my husband is out of work and I cant afford to repair all the issues this car has..... this could be a fire hazard waiting to happen.

- Toney, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 222008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
My 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER has had problems since the time of the 36,000 mile warranty ran out. There is a problem with the dash and headlights dimming on and off while driving which is very dangerous. I have children and do not feel safe driving at night because of that. When the air conditioning is being used it is as if there is short in the system causing the ac to go from cold to hot repeatedly. This occurs while traveling down the road and while sitting still at intersections or parking lots. I live in Texas and it is hot this should not be a problem in a vehicle with 36,000 miles. The radio which is manufacturer installed also turns on and off and sometimes will only click loudly. The engine seems to shift rather hard at times even though my fluid levels are okay. The vehicle was stopped a red light and the ac started blowing cold and then the engine started to smoke. Vehicle had stalled while traveling on the interstate at 70 mph. This does not seem safe and there seems to be many with similar issues. I am now having to bring the car to the shop since at first I was not sure if the ac was just going out at red lights since I was sitting still and I thought that may have been how the car was made. But since then the car has started having ac trouble while traveling and there have been the other stalling and smoking engine problems this week.

- Lumberton, TX, USA

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