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:
16,698 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #14

Jun 012011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While parked, the contact attempted to open the lift gate with the electronic key fob but the lift gate would not open. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics. The mechanic advised the contact that there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V149000 (visibility:glass, side/rear) that could possibly have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 21,000. Updated 7/11/12 the consumer stated the problem was resolved with the manufacturer. Updated 07/12/12

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Sep 012011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 67,319 miles
The NHTSA has previously issued recall campaign #07V149000 regarding the quarter glass on certain PT CRUISER separating from the vehicle. Recently, one of the quarter windows on my PT CRUISER would leak while during a rain or going through the car wash. While I had the vehicle at a Chrysler dealership body shop for some minor paint work, I had them look at the window leak. They removed the window and discovered that (2) of the (5) mounting studs that secure the glass to the vehicle body were pulling loose from the molding around the window. The glass had to be replaced which cost me $350. I had contacted Chrysler corporation customer assistance for possible reimbursement for this expense. Chrysler corporation denied my request for reimbursement stating that my vehicle was not covered under the recall. As the owner and operator of the vehicle, and this window being a non-movable piece of glass, there is nothing that I can do during the normal operation of the vehicle that would cause the glass mounts to fail. The only other way that the mounts can fail is from a defective design or installation issue. My vehicle was made just one month outside of the recall period. How can Chrysler corporation be so sure that all of the defective windows were removed from their assembly plants, and did not make it onto my vehicle? if the glass separates from the vehicle, it could cause serious damage to another vehicle or injury to a pedestrian. I maintain that Chrysler corporation should expand the existing recall and replace possible defective quarter windows on other PT CRUISER. Chrysler corporation won't release to me information on how they changed the window design or installation process of the quarter windows, stating, "...the information you are is seeking is either unavailable considered proprietary; therefore, we are unable to assist this customer with their request."

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #12

May 172009

PT Cruiser

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact heard a slight popping noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. She looked back and noticed that the rear passenger side window had disconnected itself from the frame. The window was hanging outside of the vehicle. She drove home and took the vehicle to the dealer the following day. The dealer stated that they could replace the window. The contact found recalls for her vehicle, including NHTSA campaign id number 07V149000 (visibility:glass, side/rear) for the same failure she was experiencing. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was excluded from the recall. The contact believes that if the failures are identical, the vehicle should be repaired according to the recall. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 80,000.

- Live Oak, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 012008

PT Cruiser

  • miles


2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER window shattered while driving. Consumer states that the when the glass shattered most of it went onto the highway. Mechanic determined that the replacement would be an out of pocket expense. The consumer discovered a recall had been issued, however the consumers vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. The consumer was also told the mileage on her vehicle was a factor as well.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 292008

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER with several safety issues. Consumer states that the vehicle was involved in and accident with everything in the vehicle locked including the brakes the vehicle kept moving and only driver side airbags deployed. Prior to the accident the consumer had other problems with the vehicle such as: The engine stalling, the engine light illuminated, the rear glass blew out. The instrument panel lights would go after.

- Norcross, GA, USA

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problem #9

Dec 012007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact received a recall notice for a defective rear window. The notice stated that the rear window may blow out and strike another vehicle. The contact went to the dealer to schedule an appointment for the recall service. The dealer refused to honor the recall because the recalled window was tinted. The dealer that refused to honor the recall was the same dealer that tinted the windows on the vehicle when it was purchased. The manufacturer stated that they would replace the window; however, the contact has to pay for the window repair because of the tinting. The NHTSA campaign id number is 07V149000 (visibility:glass, side/rear). The current and failure mileages were 14,000. Updated 3/4/08 the consumer stated there have been no failures.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 262007

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles


2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER with a recall for the rear window. The consumer had after market tint on the windows. The dealer refused to replace the after market tint. The dealer said they would only replace the tint with clear windows.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

May 102007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact received recall notice number 07V149000 (visibility:glass, side/rear). The dealer stated that the part for the recall repair is on back order and they do not know when it will be available. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 10,000.

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #6

Jul 312007

PT Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Drivign down the freeway my rear passenger side stationary window (wedge window) was sucked off the car. Upon inspection it appears this window was originally glue in. While reading of this problem online from other owners I have noticed a trend it seems to happen a lot with this particular window on the passenger side for the car. Why has this not been addressed. I was traveling down the freeway in moving traffic being followed by cars. This could have created a sever problem. Luckily no one was hit by the flying window.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

May 012007

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2006 PT CRUISER with recall on rear quarter glass customer states that it's a temporary fix* the consumer stated the engine shut down due to a dirty throttle.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 262006

PT Cruiser

  • miles


2006 PT CRUISER with defective rear porthole window customer states the window caused a accident when it flew off and hit another car** the consumer wrote in about a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER that damaged his vehicle.

- Ponca City, OK, USA

problem #3

Jun 062007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The vehicle is included in recall # 07V149000 (visibility:glass). The vehicle currently has tinted windows and the dealer is refusing to pay the cost to have the tint replaced on the repaired window. The current and failure mileages were 13,000. Updated 02-01-08.

- Bellevue , WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 242006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,380 miles
Driving at 65 mph on an interstate highway when a rear quarter window fell out, blowing backwards and striking the following car. The window in question was only glued to its framework, no screws or clips of any sort. A recall to secure the window permanently, using something besides glue, is the only way to correct the failure.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #1

Sep 112006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,075 miles
: the contact stated while driving 60 mph, there was a sound of wind rushing through the vehicle. Shortly after the sound began, the quarter glass on the driver side of the vehicle flapped loosely in the wind before blowing off completely, and shattering on the road. A service dealer was notified, but the vehicle was not taken in for service.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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