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 6 of 6)

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problem #5

Mar 252007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


The 2006 pt crusier has had the same problems since day one!! all the lights and gauges on the dashboard went haywire and then the car shut off while driving. Took the car to a crystler service station 4 times, and they could not fix it because they could not duplicate the problem. I was almost in an accident yesterday because of the car just stopping while driving. I need help!!! I am a single mother and terrified for my son and myself.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 162006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
On September 16, October, 27, March 6, and April 24, after having parked my car all day in the sun and upon starting for home with the airconditioning on low, my car stalled while I was driving at between 35-40mph. Each time it stalled within 5-10 minutes of having been started. Each time all the red indicator lights on the dashboard blinked on and off. Each time I was able to pull over to the side, put the car in park, and restart the engine to continue home. Each time I took it to the dealership. Each time the service department kept my vehicle (a 2006 PT CRUISER purchased in February or 2006) for between 2-7 days and could not find a problem or replicate the stall. I reported the situation to customer service at Chrysler corporation in December and again in April. I have also spoken with the general manager at normandin Chrysler. I feel that the vehicle is unsafe, but I have little recourse but to drive it since the service department said that Chrysler corporation will do nothing if the problem cannot be replicated or identified. I am a long-time Chrysler product customer having bought all of my cars at the same dealership since 1979.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

May 182007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
While driving down the freeway the door locks started clicking like they do when hitting the wireless remote. At the same time the flashers would go on. This continued intermittently all the way to work on city streets as well. I have not contacted the dealer at this time. My passenger airbag light went on, sometimes when I was driving. I took the car in to my mechanic in January for a complete brake job. The rotors needed replacing. I had less than 10000 when the car would shimmy violently when the brakes were applied. I took it back to my mechanic, and he informed me that the rotors were not of a material made to with stand much heat. He advised a beefier rotor. There was now a heavy duty rotor available on the after-market. I did not take this problem to the dealer because they most likely will tell me I was too hard on the brakes. If that were the case the Honda, which had 107000 miles on it would have been in for brakes several times by now, it was on the first set and finally needed pads.. another car did not see me coming and pulled out in front of me. When I went to hit the horn it would not honk. I had to reposition my hand several times to find the right spot and then push very hard. I planned to get rid of this car and never purchase another american car again. I have always had nothing but trouble with them. *

- Dutch Flat, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 032006

PT Cruiser 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled numerous times. The dealer changed an electronic module. The service dealer determined the gas was contaminated, but the vehicle had this problem on separate occasions.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 292006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Poor fuel economy, computer and electrical malfunctions, poor repair & diagnostic abilities of dealer service team. 12 mpg off the lot and no better than 16 so far including a trip to the keys. The H3 gets 20 !! continuous computer related issues with dash displaying erroneous readouts. "repaired" 1X, in for 2nd attempt now. My big lemon stamp is ready.

- Wpb, FL, USA

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