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:
73,000 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser lights problems

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

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 #1

Apr 222008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
My 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER has had problems since the time of the 36,000 mile warranty ran out. There is a problem with the dash and headlights dimming on and off while driving which is very dangerous. I have children and do not feel safe driving at night because of that. When the air conditioning is being used it is as if there is short in the system causing the ac to go from cold to hot repeatedly. This occurs while traveling down the road and while sitting still at intersections or parking lots. I live in Texas and it is hot this should not be a problem in a vehicle with 36,000 miles. The radio which is manufacturer installed also turns on and off and sometimes will only click loudly. The engine seems to shift rather hard at times even though my fluid levels are okay. The vehicle was stopped a red light and the ac started blowing cold and then the engine started to smoke. Vehicle had stalled while traveling on the interstate at 70 mph. This does not seem safe and there seems to be many with similar issues. I am now having to bring the car to the shop since at first I was not sure if the ac was just going out at red lights since I was sitting still and I thought that may have been how the car was made. But since then the car has started having ac trouble while traveling and there have been the other stalling and smoking engine problems this week.

- Lumberton, TX, USA

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