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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,077 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser body / paint problems

body / paint problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 132014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


Vehicle at 76,000 miles rides rough and during check up was found to have bad front bushings and three cracked engine mounts. Two licensed mechanics advised that this should not be happening to a single owner, never mistreated vehicle at that mileage. This was caught prior to a potential safety incident.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 212012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
I went in to the local Chrysler dealership on Saturday, January 21, 2012 for a routine oil change. I was told that I needed to replace an engine mount. I had to replace on in September of 2010 and I was quite shocked that I was faced with this repaid again. It was a different mount this time. So I asked the customer service representative why does this keep happening. I am 57 years old and in 40 years of driving I have never even heard about this happening to any one. I was told that there is somewhat of a design flaw in the PT CRUISER and that this particular dealer performs 20 to 30 like repairs a week.. this means that there is a design flaw in this vehicle. I checked on line and sure enough, it appears that there hundreds of complaints about PT CRUISER engine mounts. What can be done" it is not fair that Chrysler can sell a product like this - knowing that there are issues - and keep raking in money for the repairs. Shouldn't they be held to some kind of standard" this is a safety matter, for sure. It is a moral one as well.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 80,504 miles
2006 PT CRUISER. Defective motor mounts. I have been told I need to replace the motor mounts and the cv joints because the bad mounts caused the engine to shift and eat up the cv joints. I did online reviews of various cruiser forum and found hundreds of complaints about the cruiser's motor mounts. Do not delay in investigating this and calling for a recall. People are refusing to by other Chrysler products because of these problems...and discontinuing the model does not give them the right to ignore the need for recalls for current owners.

- Texas, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 072007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The dashboard of my 2006 PT CRUISER is factory painted metallic silver, and I was constantly holding up my hand and covering the dash with cloth prevent it from blinding me while driving on sunny days. On a Tuesday evening in August 2007 while entering onto a highway the evening sun glared off the right panel of the dash so brightly it blinded me and caused me to begin to have an immediate seizure type responce. My eyes were flashing with lights, then my right arm was tingling and went numb, the right side of my face went numb, my right temple began to throb horribly, and this lasted for one hour. I went to the dealership where I bought it and the service department didn't know what to do so I had to hand sand my entire dashboard with sandpaper and emory boards! it looks rediculous and it is insane that I must drive my new car this way. The lasting consequence has been a retinal burn that stays in the center of my vision at all times now. I am a professional artist and writer, so now and perhaps the rest of my life---I must look through this white swirl in the center of my eye. The same seizure happened a month ago while I was working in my computer as I must do daily for my job. This problem seems to be permenant and I want chysler to pay. I can hardly open my eyes outside now, and I live in a constant fear of these seizures hitting me any where and any time now.

- Henderson, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 242006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,380 miles
Driving at 65 mph on an interstate highway when a rear quarter window fell out, blowing backwards and striking the following car. The window in question was only glued to its framework, no screws or clips of any sort. A recall to secure the window permanently, using something besides glue, is the only way to correct the failure.

- Edmond, OK, USA

Not what you are looking for?