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 3 of 6)

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problem #65

Sep 102012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Car dash lights would all light up, (all indication lights) then the car would shut off completely while driving all power would go off. The car won;T restart for several minutes. The problem has gotten worse, now on route one highway at the rate of speed 65 miles an hour the car shut off, avoided a accident with a tractor trailer, no one seems to know what the problem is cannot help me.

- Harrington, DE, USA

problem #64

Jan 142014

PT Cruiser

  • 70,013 miles
In jan14 my car wouldn't start, took to the dealer. April11 it took it back to dealer because it took 4 times to start the car. When started, while driving the elec panel lights wld randomly flicker, eng light often. Jul14 car back at dealer, all panel lights wld flicker while driving, car wld accelerate while driving and sounding like in wrong gear at 35mph, didn't get car back until aug08. One hour later, returned car to dealer car still accelerated while trying to stop at a four way intersection. Got car back 2 days later. Car accelerated on aug28, cut off while driving 30mph, dash lit up, gas gauge went full to empty, car launched forward and then started on its own again, this happened twice. Took car to dealer on aug29 and still have no car!!!! today is Sept 11th. Each time the dealer would state nothing is wrong and no signs of anything. They would not listen nor record anything I told them on the paperwork, they continued to ignore everything I said. I have paid a lot of money to get the car fixed and it was not until this last time that I finally got a loaner to drive (two door Fiat). A case manager from auburn hill, mi at the headquarters has contacted me, but still nothing has been done!!!!!!!!!!! now the dealer wants me to test drive the car with them, though I told them that it randomly happens. They continuously act like there is no problem, though I have found numerous complaints online regarding the same thing. Something needs to be done asap before people get seriously injured and/or lives lost. This is something that can not be swept under the rug. As a retired assembly line worker of car parts I find it interesting how my case and others have been handled. The lack of concern, accountability, follow through and resolution is done poorly.

- Youngstown , OH, USA

problem #63

Aug 152014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

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

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #62

May 212014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


All dash lights flash and car sometimes stalls. Very frequent loss of headlights, wipers, all gauges and blinkers.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #61

May 092014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Driving vehicle, all dashboard lights blink on and off, cars stalls, brakes and steering lock up. This has happened at least 15 times over the last few months, and is very dangerous. Also, sometimes the engine fan won't shut off when car is turned off, and it drains the car battery. This has happened at least 10 times. That part is getting expensive and very irritating, but the stalling out and completely dying, is very dangerous, because you can't always get off the road.

- Newcastle, CA, USA

problem #60

Sep 032007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 15,500 miles
This is in concern to a 2006 PT CRUISER touring purchased at bob schwartz Chrysler in March 2007; bunker hill, in. Short time after the vehicle was purchased, attempted to start vehicle and it would not start: (make note this vehicle has approximately 16,500 miles on it now). Took the vehicle back to dealer and new battery was installed, this happen multiple times without problem being resolved(ie: Bob schwartz X4, precision auto, crow's auto, and ****wabash valley Chrysler; 1st case****). 2 cases have been opened with Chrysler corporation (auburn hills, mi). 1st case resulted in another new battery and alternator being replaced (Oct 2013). 2nd case is ongoing with no resolution in sight. Vehicle is now back at original dealership for diagnostics and have not found a solution. At all instances we have incurred multiple diagnostic, cost of towing vehicle, battery cost, co-pays and never been offered a rental car to offset the undue burden this has caused. **** schwartz service department indicated to us before last service (bob schwartz) that prior to our purchase of the vehicle; it had previously been serviced for an electrical problem and this was not disclosed at the time of purchase.******this vehicle was purchased at bob schwartz Chrysler; since then with regard to this intermittent electrical problem, this car over the course of 2007 to present has been at bob schwartz X2, precision auto, crow's auto, back to bob schwartz, wabash valley Chrysler (ie. 1st case with Chrysler corporation 2013) and now back to bob schwartz (ie. 2nd case with Chrysler corporation).

- Denver, IN, USA

problem #59

Jul 242014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 70,996 miles


Driving on the interstate the panel lights started to come on. At 1st it was slowly until it filled the panel, later the whole group would pop on, and then go off. The 1st six or eight times they came on the only thing that was effected was the lights and gauges. As I continued to drive then the lights and gauges would act up, but the car would stall, or shut off and then pop back on. When examined by the Chrysler dealership on the diagnostic machine ($95), they found ignition switch failure was occurring. I spoke to Chrysler group customer care and they said it was not their ignition switch at fault, but the posts were burnt due to age"?? if the car was already running and I was not touching the key, why or how did these posts come into play?"

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #58

Jun 292013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 18,700 miles
Initial incident stalled out waiting at stop light. After initial incident, vehicle would occasionally behave as if about to stall with all warning lights flashing. Then the condition would go away and car would operate normally for awhile and then occur again. Vehicle was taken to Chrysler dealership but they were unable to reproduce the issue and car passed their test. The vehicle has stalled out several times since, while in motion. The last incident, vehicle was at approximately 45-50 mph when all electrical warning lights flashed and vehicle stalled, losing all power steering, brake functions. The car has less than 28,000 miles on it at the current time. I feel it is unsafe to drive.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #57

Jan 122012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
The indicator lights on the dashboard begin flashing on and off and the gauge needles move back and forth. After that the car stalls. It was taken to the Chrysler dealer in carlsbad, California in January 2012. No codes came up and I was told I needed a new battery. This did not fix the problem. This problem has re-occurred on numerous times to date. On one occurrence the car stalled in an intersection. The most recent repairs occurred on 6/30/2014 (I was told the ignition coil and a spark plug wire needed to be replaced) the problem re-occurred on 7/18/2014.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #56

Mar 192014

PT Cruiser

  • 96,000 miles
My battery lite comes on when started and stays on..have had battery, cables, etc etc checked and all show good...also the air conditioning works very little but according to all the mechanics that have checked it over everything shows in good working order...I was told by a mechanic at the Chrysler dealership that it needs to be put on a machine for $100 an hour and if it shows the "main computer module" then these issues are "infixable" is something I will have to "deal with" and hope that there really isn't anything serious wrong he tells me...same way with the fog lites on the car..they come on and go off..sometimes they comeon and wont go off...again I was told it was "unfixable"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I work hard every day and pay my bills...I cant afford to be told that these issues with my car are "unfixable"...somebody help!!!!

- Midway, AR, USA

problem #55

Jul 172014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Going down the road and lights come on the dash and motor cuts off with no warning almost got rearended from this happening. Have taken it to many mechanics and even an electrol place and none of them can figure out the problem. If anyone figures out this problem please post before someone get hurt or killed I drive in a major city and on the interstates and it has happened to me on the interstate and I have had to pull over to the side to try to get out of the way please someone help I cant afford to go out nd buy another car if I did I will not buy another Chrysler product and all my friends and family say they wouldn't either.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #54

Jul 082014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 31,262 miles
I have a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER limited turbo with only 31,262 miles on it that started out a couple of months ago by the seat-belt light coming on first followed almost immediately by all of the surrounding warning lights coming on and the gauges all dropping to nothing. It repeated this several times an then stopped and went back to normal. Since then this has happened once out of approximately every three times driving it, doing the same thing described above. Today all that changed, not only did the lights and gauges go crazy, the engine died repeatedly as well, all this happened in 40 mph traffic. It scared me to death, I had no control and with it happening as fast as it was I had no way of warning the cars behind or beside me. Just as I have seen by other people with the same issue over and over again and with the 2006 model the post are all the same issue, all happening in the same sequence, all taking their cars to mechanics of all types, dealership and independent and "not one mechanic has found a solution or even an idea of why this is happening". my wife and I are like most I have seen and cannot afford to keep taking it in to be told they can't find the problem and definitely aren't in a position to be able to afford to purchase another vehicle. Will beg Chrysler to help us all out. Please figure out what is causing this before someone is hurt or even killed. Very frustrated to say the least.............

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #53

Jun 182014

PT Cruiser

  • 99,568 miles
2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER- the lights on my dashboard all light up along with all the warning alarms. Sometimes the car completely shuts off while driving above 30 mph - 65 mph in the city and on the highway then kicks back on within a few seconds. This problem has been on going. I have had professional mechanics look at my car with no luck or resolution to the problem. Luckily no accidents as of yet. I want to get rid of the car, but I don't want to be responsible in case an accident occurs for someone else. I can't get it fixed if no one or Chrysler hasn't made the problem known to the public. I'm not the only one experiencing these issues. After a year long search I found 47 other complaints similar if not the very same issue I'm dealing with.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #52

May 192014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 55,400 miles
2006 PT CRUISER, approx. 55,000 miles. First the seat belt warning light flashes on, then all the warning lights on the dashboard come on. All my gauges drop except the fuel gauge. The speedometer gauge moves up and down after dropping. It feels like power is lost to the engine when it is happening. Within seconds, the warning lights go out and the gauges stabilize and things are normal. Sometimes this happens only once while driving, other days it happens 4-5 times in a row. I am told it is a common problem with the 2006 model. Why is there no recall or repair thru Chrysler?

- Mullica Hill, NJ, USA

problem #51

Dec 302013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I got the car 6 months ago and have had nothing but problems. All the dash lights come on and the gauges go to zero. It has almost caused me to be in an accident, it died in the middle of a busy intersection, it has died while I'm stopped at a red light and happens at various speeds, I've replaced the, alternator, starter, gauge cluster and some other small things and nothing is working. I've seen a lot of people with the same problem, Chrysler should be doing something about this, I don't know what to do anymore with it, I'm not rich I can't afford a new car or to keep putting money into the car.

- Florissant , MO, USA

problem #50

May 102014

PT Cruiser

  • 36,000 miles
After replacing alternator in car..still have battery light on..was told I need to replace ECM..only have 36,000 miles on car....battery is totally dead now and is new battery as of

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #49

Apr 282014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Dashlights came on and off gauges dropped and returned to normal.vehicle loss power.

- Grand Prairie , TX, USA

problem #48

Jan 092013

PT Cruiser

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the headlights flickered intermittently. The failure progressed and the lights remained off for longer periods of time. Additionally, the interior lighting illuminated independently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000 and current mileage was 167,000.

- Vacavilla, CA, USA

problem #47

Mar 192014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 48,400 miles
About 10-15 times over a period of about 6 months I have had repeated, irregular, intermittent malfunctions as follows. All have had the same characteristics. At different speeds, different times, different acceleration, different drivers, etc. The electrical system and engine go out momentarily then in about 1 second is restored. Rarely it is not restored for 4-5 seconds. Headlights stay on but all other electrical systems turn off fleetingly. The instrument lights go off and the dials drop to zero then almost immediately power is restored, instruments resume their previous levels and everything returns to normal. There is no sputtering, backfiring or warning of an impending event. There is no consistent circumstance which precipitates this malfunction. I have taken it twice to the dealer but the malfunction has never recurred while they were driving and alternator, battery, etc. All check out normally. This problem sounds very similar to the currently identified GM malfunction..are the electrical harnesses made by the same company?

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #46

Jan 012013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving down the road the warning lights come on, starting with the seat belt light and followed by the other warning lights, next the gauges all zero out, and then the car shuts off. It has been taken to a couple of Chrysler dealers and to a couple of independent mechanics, but no one could find anything wrong with it. I conducted an internet search for mechanical problems with this year, make, and model of car and found more than a few with the exact same problem and no solution. Chrysler should be held accountable before someone is seriously injured or killed. Its regrettable that it would have to come to something like that for someone to look into these malfunctioning vehicles.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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