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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
53,200 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 052017

PT Cruiser GT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


please help......I purchased this car from privately and was told that this car was in tip top shape. Ran fine at first, then about the third time that I drove it over 15 miles, the dash lights came on, car stalled in traffic. Fortunately, a nice deputy came by and asked me to turn off the key then re-insert it. Car started and I made it home safely. Took it to a local dealer who had it a month....mechanics drove it, no lights came on, picked it up and drove home with no problem. Drove it over 15 miles week before last....same problem.....happened about 15 times and I just prayed to get it home!! Unsure on how to proceed and I am afraid to drive it now. Chrylser should recall and fix this problem as it could be very dangerous!

- Chyril H., Bainbridge, US

problem #1

Sep 172014

PT Cruiser Touring 2.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,375 miles

Car runs fine and then dash lights blink and chimes sound, car shuts totally off and nothing works. Then restarts by itself while coasting to side of road. Searched net and many have this problem with no fixes. Chrysler needs to step up to plate and recall. If accident happens they will be sued. People have been killed with other cars electrical shut down and Chrysler should fix it before someone, maybe already has, is killed.

Have had other electrical problems and replaced control board. Would turn key to start and no start but driver window would come down 1 inch, tried again and no start and wipers would come on and window come down another inch, try again and radio would come on and window down another inch, really weird. New control board fixed all for now. Now this new problem. Buying another car and trading this one back to Chrysler.

- dorr, Naples, FL, US

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