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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,841 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Jul 162012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer several times and was told that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact eventually took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told that the 02 sensor needed to be replaced. In addition, the controls that adjusted the front driver's seat would fracture continuously and was replaced twice. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 78,000. Updated 01/18/13 updated 1/28/2013

- Chesepeake, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
My wife and I obtained a 2006 PT CRUISER from her father in 2008 with 12,980 miles on the odometer. In 4 years we've added about 12,000 miles. Starting last winter, both while being driven at city speeds (30-45 mph) and while idling, this 2006 PT CRUISER has periodically had a problem with the lights and gauges on the instrument panel. The needles all simultaneously switch back and forth rapidly, then go to the off position. The panel lights turn off at the same time, then after a few seconds to a few minutes, the panel returns to normal. Prior to last Friday, 10/12/2012, these incidents had not presented a danger or interfered with driving. However, on Friday, my wife was driving the car in heavy traffic, and this time the panel went haywire as described before, but the car suddenly lost all engine power. The car would not respond to her pressing the accelerator, and she was forced to coast to a slow roll in the 40 mph traffic! then, the engine reengaged suddenly and the car surged forward when she wasn't expecting it. She refuses to drive it again. Our local Chrysler service tech seemed to be completely unfamiliar with this problem when I described it to him, and a call to Chrysler Corp llc proved useless. A cursory investigation online turns up dozens of this exact complaint over the past 5 or 6 years, and virtually all of them indicate a number of attempted solutions, including replacing the battery, the vacuum hoses, the wiring harness, the fuses, or the instrument cluster, and none of these apparently eliminate the problem. Is this as common a complaint as it appears to be" if so, how can it be resolved"

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle would shake violently and exhibit a rumbling noise. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the motor mounts needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 57,600. Updated 10/17/12 the vehicle was repaired at a cost of $ 3,000. Updated 10/22/12

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 272012

PT Cruiser

  • 34,000 miles
Owned this car approx. 3 months with problems from day 1. first week took in for 3 front end alignments, car always pulled to the right, problem never fixed. After one month when summer arrived no cold air, had to have evaporator replaced $1,000, car in shop for 2 weeks, air still not blowing cold. Replaced low pressure switch, high end switch, pressure line, still no cold air, problem was never resolved. Would idle real hard at stops. Told it was a broken motor mount, replaced $150. Car overheated, replaced thermostat, still overheating, could not figure out why...finally the turbo engine blew on the 3 month anniversary of owning this car. Had to call bank to volunteer a surrender due to cost of replacing engine. Car dealer was no help, just told me there was not a recall or warranty on this vehicle. Called Chrysler and was told it was dealers responsibility. Wow, I will never own a Chrysler again, this was the first and definitely the last!

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 242011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Driving on interstate my dash lights/gauges went crazy (on/off, on/off). Finally went back to normal. Then in Dec. I went out to start it & nothing, tried to jump it & nothing...end up buying new battery & it started right up. This month (May 10 2012) was driving to an appt. & dash lights all came on & then engine quit, pulled off road, turned key to off & back on (car started right up), no more trouble that day. May 13 2012 driving & dash lights would all come on & then go off several times, the engine didn't stop this time. What if I am on interstate again & it does this, injuring someone. I'm not happy with Chrysler, there is no recall. Mileage is 71, 200. Apparently problem seems to be in the steering column, you just shake it or turn key off/on it quits. Don't kav the money to fix & mechanic can't get it to this when he has car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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