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:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
71,404 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #15

Jun 102016

PT Cruiser

  • 122,000 miles


Loses power then surges while driving. Like it is going to die then it suddenly surges and drives ok. It doesn't do it often, but it is scary when it does. Also, when it does this, my check engine light will come on" someone told me this could be related to the clutch. How can that be a clutch issue? can someone please tell me where to start looking for the problem" is being going for month's now...

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #14

May 252013

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The owner of the vehicle, isabel huerta was struck and killed by her own vehicle when the transmissions suddenly slipped from park to reverse. The transmission has a design flaw that allows the shifter to be placed in a "false park" position. She was swept under the vehicle by the open door, and was crushed to death by her own vehicle. Her body was found under the vehicle with the wheel on her chest.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Jun 122016

PT Cruiser

  • 46,000 miles
Idling in park; seatbelt light kept dinging on; speedometer kept jumping back and forth from 0-100; idling at traffic stop; car shutters like it will cut off; speedometer jumps around while car is not moving. PCM/tcm replaced multiple time; battery loses charge for no known reason; have had problems w/engine light coming on, pay for sensors and parts needed only for the same issue to happen. These cars are dangerous. There need to be a class action lawsuit before someone dies from these cars stalling with no ability to control car. Chrysler knows full well of these garbage cars. That is the real reason they discontinued them! someone needs ti step in. You all have received enough complaints where something should be done immediately.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #12

Apr 192016

PT Cruiser

  • 107,000 miles


When driving on the dash board where it shows your mph below. All the lights will flash on engine, battery, oil, air bag, seatbelt, gas. All will flash on instant deceleration instant slow down. The dials will go up and down wild. Over 5 years ago this happened the dealer would only replace when the dash board stopped working completely. Finally it stopped working I had it replaced under extended warranty. 3 moths ago it started happening again. Flashing lights, all dials going up, down, and around. Yesterday I had severe deceleration on the freeway. Extremely scary and unsafe. I pulled all the way over and drove in the slow lane. Looking/reading on here there are 4 other people from all over the United States with the same complaints. I wrote a complaint on here over 4 years ago. There is something seriously wrong with this vehicle. It needs to be looked into from a outside party. There needs to be a recall before someone is driving on the freeway and the car completely stops. There needs to be a remedy at Chrysler expense.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 162016

PT Cruiser

  • 122,066 miles
It accelerates suddenly, most often when braking from a high speed (like in rush hour), but one time it accelerated and I hit the car in front of me. No damage (I guess because the speeds were low). Now I havbe to drive with my hand on the shifter so I can slip it into neutral if it accelerates suddenly. It almost always happens on the freeway, even if I'm parked in rush hour. It almost always happens when braking from a high speed (rush hour again).

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

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problem #10

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 #9

Jun 102015

PT Cruiser

  • 110,000 miles


Driving vehicle cuts off when I stop.on highways....engine revs up car go faster like throttle or gas petal stuck have to apply brakes automatic transmission sometimes won't change gears I have to restart car about three times runs good for couple days does same has been in shop 4 times had timing belt and motor mount ignition switch, not key side battery check eng. And battery light back on dont communicate with shop diagnostic machine.. still having problems with gears afraid of this car and has not finish paying for it yet

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 282014

PT Cruiser

  • 96,000 miles
If my ignition switch is too far forward my car will lose power and what to stop I figured out if when I turn the car on and move the switch back the car will not do that but if I forget and leave it forward it will do this again all my lights come on and I lose power. I believe it should be part of this recall.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 152014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
Same as NHTSA action # PE07027 & recall # 07V291000.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 232013

PT Cruiser

  • 84,514 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle does not accelerate unless the contact applied continual pressure to the accelerator pedal. Once the speed reached 60 mph, the vehicle would violently jerk. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,514.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 042013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Rear window wiper failed to operate. Owners manual does not identify fuse location. Power trace shows power to unit, suspect software problem when over 75 degrees F. clutch pedal goes to the floor and very hard to shift, when below 60 degrees F shifts like glass on glass (very smooth) hyd cyl. Throw varies with temperature.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #4

Jul 282009

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The transmission is a stick shift and when the air conditioner is turned on, the transmission becomes very hard to shift, almost impossible. This also occurs when driving and having to shift in very hot weather.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #3

Mar 022012

PT Cruiser

  • 81,000 miles
Front windshield wiper stop working, replaced motor, further research found computer is going out. Only has 81,000 on car. Ordered new computer found out we were 926 on list, that was 3 months ago.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 062012

PT Cruiser

  • 46,587 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the gear shift selector remained stuck in park and she was unable to shift into any other gear. The dealer informed the contact that there was liquid in the transmission shifter. This liquid allowed the shifter cable to slip off and caused the failure. The dealer repaired the shifter cable, but the failure recurred a second time. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 46,587.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202010

PT Cruiser

  • 46,586 miles
Engine started to leak oil. Took to mechanic and they tried three times to fix leak and could not. Crank is pushing against seal. Told us that we need a new engine. Taking to dealer to see if we can resolve.

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

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