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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,667 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving at speeds of 50 mph or more, the vehicle would stall. The contact also stated that the vehicle would unintentionally switch gears from drive to reverse without driver intent. The vehicle switched gears without warning while driving in reverse and the vehicle crashed into a mailbox. There was moderate rear end damage to the vehicle. The failure would occur intermittently. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and there were no repairs performed on the vehicle. There contact did not report any injuries. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage vehicle was 40,000. Updated 7/16/10 updated 07/22/10

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

May 122008

PT Cruiser

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, the clockspring was bent and needed to be replaced. Approximately four months later, she began to hear a knocking noise coming from the passenger side of the vehicle during cold starts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they stated that the lower support, radiator, and transmission were damaged due to some sort of crash. The current and failure mileages were 28,000.

- Lahaina, HI, USA

problem #1

Oct 052006

PT Cruiser

  • 40,000 miles
Entering the highway, went to accelerate, engine revved by did not move. Pulled vehicle to side. Could not get vehicle to move forward or reverse. Had towed to dealership. Low rev shaft found broken. Caused damage to transmission. Transmission needs replacement. This is a 2006 vehicle with only 40,000miles.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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