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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,415 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #85

Jul 132015

PT Cruiser

  • 79,000 miles


Car has demonstrated multiple electrical issues...lights turning on and off, horn not turning off, instrument panel lighting up and flashiing or not coming on at all. This has culminated in all power in car turning off while on the freeway causing near accident as had to fight to pull car over. Took car for repairs...tinimng belt replaced, alternator replaced...incident occurred again at 65 miles an hour riding down a steep grade on freeway. Does someone actually have to die before something is done...researching this topic shows hundreds of similar incidents

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #84

Aug 282015

PT Cruiser

  • 165,000 miles
All lights on instrument panel flashes on-off. Sometimes the gauges will zero-out and go back to normal position. Sometimes when the lights flash and gauges zero-out, there will be a quick power loss. Maybe 2-3% of the time power loss will be substantial almost needed to pull over. More often than not, it seems to happen more in the heat and possibly rain or day after a heavy rain.

- Flowery Branch, GA, USA

problem #83

Jun 092015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
Almost 3 months ago, the indicator lights on the instrument panel started flashing. The gas gauge, the speedometer, the seat belt light, and other lights, except the check engine light, flashed on and off intermittently. I took it to my mechanic who could not find the source of the problem even using the diagnostic tool. In July, after servicing the car (tune-up) and with my reporting the continuation of the intermittent flashing, my mechanic told me to take the car to the dealer. I took it to the dealer, they kept it for two days and were unable to duplicate and therefore diagnose the problem. For that I paid $145. Sometimes when the lights are flashing and the indicators are acting crazy, the car has slowed as if it was going to stop. On Tuesday of this week, the car shut itself off completely when I started to drive after stopping for a traffic signal. I was able to get the car started again after putting it in park and then turning the key in the ignition. I contacted Chrysler Corp. Customer service who were not helpful. I have looked on-line and this seems to be a problems with the cruiser. I am afraid this stoppage will happen on the expressway and I will be injured or killed. If this is and has been a problem, would you not think Chrysler would try to fix it before someone is injured or killed. I do plan to take it back to the dealer again, however, I am concerned about my safety and I do not wish to continue to pay for unfruitful diagnoses. I hope you are able to investigate - maybe they will try to find a "fix". thank you......updated 09-29-15

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #82

Apr 012015

PT Cruiser

  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. When the key was placed in the ignition to the on position, the engine failed. The contact was able to start the vehicle after multiple attempts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure recurred and the contact stated that the engine was unable to start. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000...updated 02/01/16

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #81

Apr 232015

PT Cruiser

  • 91,322 miles
I have a crourser pt turbo in 2006 when it began the installation of defective tipm and comes from erratic in different functions: 1 - does not change speed box, able to random start, when I turn off from neutral (N) sometimes corrects the problem at the first opportunity and then is repeated either on other occasions. 2. also not start on some occasions. 3 slate in opportunities does not indicate the temperature outside or indicated incorrectly and also leaves dial speedometer. 4. the speed of the fan motor does not change when the temperature of the motor increases and is over heats up to the point that you must stop it. 5 air conditioning sometimes will not cool and I have to stop and turn it off and start it again. I've spent on mechanics some hundreds of dollars without resolve the situation, until a mechanic friend informed me that the models from 2006 that have totally integrated power module

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #80

Apr 012011

PT Cruiser

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving at various speeds, the engine stalled, the steering wheel seized, and the entire instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Bay City , MI, USA

problem #79

Apr 272015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 178,000 miles


The instrument cluster lights go on and off. The fuel, mph, and RPM gauges go up and down. The car loses power and the accelerates by itself. I looked in you tube for information and found that I was not the only one with this problem! some people state that once they replace the ignition switch the problem goes away.

- Key Largo, FL, USA

problem #78

Mar 302015

PT Cruiser

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving various speeds during inclement rain weather, the front and rear wipers failed. In addition, the horn failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the tipm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #77

Apr 082015

PT Cruiser

  • 97,230 miles
Ignition cut out on freeway. I jiggled ignition key and power was resumed.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #76

Mar 162015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 122,703 miles
I tried rolling my windows up with the electric window switch & smoke started coming from the electric window switches on the dashboard.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #75

Feb 122015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles


Just bought this from 1st owner and so disappointed at Chrysler, had it on week and needs battery. 1st owner got new 5yr battery 3 months ago and it was a pro rated for another battery. I see 9 pages on website for pt owners with same battery drainage probs and that just one site. I am a 61yr old with heart probs and pacemaker and finally saved enough after doc bills to get out of my 1987 car to a nice 2006 one owner, little ladies PT CRUISER and guess I wasted my money. I know this prob has been reported before! I am hoping at least U or Chrysler can tell me what the problem is. I have been driving my 1987 for yrs and yrs with hardly ever a prob and I really thought I could count on a Chrysler product.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #74

Jul 032014

PT Cruiser

  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving at an unknown speed, the horn failed to operate without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the alarm system activates consistently and the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the lock spring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 151,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #73

Aug 202012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 70 miles
While driving 25 mph my vehicle dash board gauge just started lighting up. The speedometer started spending around, and then it just shut off, it started up again, but it did it several times before I was able to drive it.please help me to find out what is wrong with my car. I have had several thing replace on it and it still doing the same thing, cant afford another car now.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #72

Dec 012014

PT Cruiser

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while approximately 25 mph, the vehicle gauges started to spin then all the warning lights illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #71

Jun 202012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 21,942 miles
All warning lights come on, gauges on speedometer & tach spin around, fyi: Coil had been replaced one year prior.( vehicle then shuts off.) the dealer performed complete inspection of ignition and fuel injection system. No problems found. Removed cylinder again to inspect for any internal failure & internal components are ok. Replaced injector as safety measure. Reassembled, drove and no further engine lite found. I have documentation up until a new transmission was installed on 9/29/14. This is an ongoing prob with exact same concerns and codes either don't showup at the dealer or are not accurate. As of today my car is doing the same things and just spent $2500 for new transmission that I feel it never needed in the first place. I feel the codes are not reading properly. Help !!! have no more money to put into car; it has only 29,000 miles right now. Afraid I'll get rear-ended so only use on side streets even though I have freeways accessible to me. Please this car is our only transportation; either needs to be recalled or fixed and no charge and reimburse me for $$$ spent. Thank you for your help I desperately need.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #70

Jan 132011

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The cars electrical all turns off the car stalls and turns off at all times I've changed the timing belt total power integration module and it still does this. It has almost cause an accident on multiple occasions stopping at different times at intersections and on the hwy.

- Southside , TN, USA

problem #69

Oct 232014

PT Cruiser

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- New Smyrna Beach , FL, USA

problem #68

Oct 012014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. Consumer states while driving usually at low speeds under 40 miles the entire electrical system stops and dashboard lights up as if the car is not running. The dealer was unable to diagnose the problem.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #67

Apr 152014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
On multiple occasions the vehicle indicator panel lights come on with the bell tone sound and all gauges go to zero and loses power and stalls. When taken in for repair the mechanics can not find the problem. On September 24th was the most current incident and had to be towed. The initial diagnosis was that it was the transmission but after taking vehicle to a transmission specialist it was determined to be electrical and required the PCM module and the integrated power box to be replaced. After investing 2K by the end of this ordeal I do not feel very confident in the Chrysler product. Not assured that this is going to fix the problem after reading all the research and other complaints on this issue. When a replacement part was sent to the transmission shop directly from the manufacturer it too was defective and now I have to wait four more days for my car to be repaired. What poor quality control and poor customer service from the manufacturer. I am very upset and disappointed in the Chrysler product.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #66

Mar 152014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
While driving, the dashboard lights will intermittently light up and the gauge indicator needles on the dashboard will drop to zero. Three times since I purchased the car in March 2014, it has cut off with these symptoms while driving in traffic causing great risk for an accident. This is very scary. I have to bring the car to a complete stop, put it park and then restart the engine, hoping that no one will rear end me. Imagine this happening on the highway or in a busy intersection. I have taken the car to a mechanic who performed diagnostics on all of the computer modules. No error codes came up although he informed me that when you restart the car, the computer modules reset each time. Data from multiple start-ups is not stored. I also had the car checked by an auto electrician who was unable to detect any shorts in the electrical system. The battery is fully charged and the alternator seems to be working fine. I suspect that this may have something to do with the ignition switch. There is currently a recall on some 2008 models related to the ignition switch. Or, possibly the seat belt sensor in the passenger seat is causing a short when something of any weight is put on the passenger seat, such as my purse. I wonder if the weight threshold is being triggered on and off causing the electrical system to be confused. I've not put anything on the seat for the last week and have not experienced the issue so far but that could be a coincidence. I see lots of these same complaints online from years back to present and do not understand why Chrysler has not figured out the problem and issued a recall for repairs. It would be a shame for someone to be injured or killed due to their negligence. If anyone knows the solution to this problem, please let me know asap.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

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