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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,561 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 152016

PT Cruiser

  • 90,000 miles


Car was rear ended and shoved into another car while waiting at a red light. Front and rear end crushed, bumper came off, radiator and front end damage, windshield broken. Air bag did not deploy.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 242015

PT Cruiser

  • 134,300 miles
Husband was getting off of an exit and hit a piece of equipment and the airbags did not come out front end of car was damaged including radiator hood fender transmission bumper skirting

- Dry Branch, WV, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Apr 082013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 28,755 miles


We were rear ended while on vacation. The car was drivable and it was put in the shop for repairs. The other person was at fault. When we got the car back we noticed that the airbag light would stay on for a minute or two and then go off. This continues to happen. The car repair shop checked seat belts and such. The air bags did not deploy as this was a rear end collision. I feel like this is a safety hazard. The repair shop has had to repair work that was not done right. Could they have messed up the codes as the temp does not work right." Were the airbags damaged " the estimated speed he hit us was 35mph. We both got cervical sprain and mine is worse.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152011

PT Cruiser

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While the vehicle was parked the contact attempted to open the front drivers side door from the interior of the vehicle and was unable to. The contact was able to open the door by opening the window and then the door from the exterior. The failure also occurred on the front passenger side door and the rear driver and passenger side doors. The contact noticed a plastic piece on the door would over heat and cause the doors not to open from the interior. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the technician stated the door panel had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- North Fort Myers, FL, USA

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problem #1

Aug 192011

PT Cruiser

  • 78,500 miles
Faulty firewall. The firewall around the clutch master cylinder is twisting and splitting. This is a safety issue. If this can happen around the clutch, it can happen around the brakes. This needs to be looked at and fixed.

- Galloway, OH, USA

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