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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,837 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser brakes problems

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #7

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

problem #6

Jan 042011

PT Cruiser

  • 79,100 miles
Driving along when power brakes failed suddenly and unexpectedly, dramatically increasing stopping distance and effort to apply brakes. Cap for brake vacuum power boost missing - cap replaced. Cap must have dislodged or fell off while driving, since power brakes worked on same trip prior to incident at intersection. Fortunately there were no other vehicles waiting at intersection or else an accident would have been likely.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #5

May 312010

PT Cruiser

  • 84,000 miles
TL-the driver owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 45mph the vehicle over heated. She pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and called to get the vehicle towed. The vehicle was towed to a authorized Chrysler dealer and she was told that the head casket needed replacing. The vehicle was purchased used. The vehicle has not been repaired. She stated the repair cost was from $1,500 to $2,000. The failure and current mileage were 84,000. Vwb

- West Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #4

Aug 212008

PT Cruiser

  • 17,175 miles


Within less then a week my brakes went from sounding and working fine to making a hideous grinding sound. After taking my car to a brake specialty shop they told me there was nothing wrong with all my brakes (with only 17,000 miles on them) just the front drivers side and that I should take it to the dealer because it was still under warranty. Two different dealers refused to fix the problem.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #3

May 112008

PT Cruiser

  • 44,052 miles
I have had this 2006 PT CRUISER for over a year and a half. Within that year and a half, I have now had to replace the tires, brakes. The air conditioner just went out. This car has been horrible. I can't blow the horn without pounding it. The lamp assemblies hold moisture, the thing drinks gas and right now with gas prices this is a problem. Yet, nobody wants me to trade it because it isn't worth a penny because nobody wants them. They need to recall the fact they lied on the stickers about gas mileage. I may get 17 miles per gallon. Horrible car. I hope people stop buying them until they fix the problems they already have.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 212008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 19,030 miles
I took our 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER back to the dealer for scheduled service and inspection on Feb 21, 2008. The service adviser bruce Warren, came to the waiting room to inform me that the front brake pads needed to be replaced. They were down to 5%. I told him to replace them, and said I did not hear any nose from the warning scrapers. He said they do not have them, and the brakes did not go metal to metal. I thought they must be using cheaper pads to go out in 19,000 miles. Bruce came back to inform me that the rotors were below min. Thickness to resurface. I told him to replace them because I needed the car, and I would talk to the service manager the next day. I called the service manager kirk irvine and asked what was going on with my brakes, and am I going to have to replace the pads and rotors every 19000 miles. He said we are having trouble with all the brakes lasting. I told him I want to file a complaint with the Chrysler co., and asked for their 800 number. He gave it to me and I called Chrysler, and filed a complaint. The lady taking my call said I may not be contacted. I told the dealer and the Corp. Office, that I feel this is a safety problem. How can you feel safe with a car, that it's brake pads wear out in about have the time of normal and without going metal to metal wears out the rotors. If the rotors go first, you may not know when they are dangerously thin. As of this date I have not been contacted by the dealer, or Chrysler. I'm filing this complaint, because if I'm right and action is taken it could save lives.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #1

May 052008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
On my 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER, the brakes and wheels locked up when I had to stop to avoid hitting a truck who had slowed to make a left turn. Air bags did not deploy either, even though I hit the truck at approximately 50 mph and had major damage to front of my vehicle.

- Van Buren, AR, USA

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