really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,543 miles

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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser steering problems

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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 122014

PT Cruiser

  • 42,000 miles


Without warning, the engine turns off and all power is lost. The ignition switch does not move. Once the care is stopped, you have to turn the key to the off position and then turn it back on. When put on the dealer's computer, the computer only says "there was a sudden loss of power." Dealer suggests putting in a new ignition but does not guarantee this will fix the problem. The car can no longer be trusted on the highway or interstate. I can only drive it in town at slow speeds so I won't cause a crash if it suddenly dies on me.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 202015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway when the engine light came on (which it never had before), and within less than a minute the car ceased up, lost power and died. I was able to make it to the side of the freeway as it started puttering before ceasing completely. This incident has happened at least four more times since original date. I had the motor tested at the auto body shop and the said the cam sensor needs checked but the engine is burning my oil up and since this happened and has had to have oil put in 3 times since then in order to make it run when it stops. Just last month I spent over $500 replacing the radiator and power steering lines which I was informed was part of a recall on this vehicle but was not covered since it didn't apply to my VIN #. I am scared because I have children I drive with and because I cannot afford to keep repairing this vehicle, which is my only means of transportation. The vehicle was paid for in cash in full and has no recourse from the dealer or so I was told.

- Wisconsin Dells , WI, USA

problem #7

May 102013

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning due to the loss of power steering assist. The engine was turned off and after restarting, the vehicle resumed with the defect. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic three times. The first visit the steering belt and hose were replaced. In addition, a power steering fluid flush was performed. On the second and third visits, the steering belts were detached and reconnected. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage and VIN was unavailable.

- Boyle, MS, USA

problem #6

Aug 142008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 31,836 miles


I had my 2007 PT CRUISER for 6 months and the horn would stick and not turn off. The steering wheel and airbag were defective and replaced. My front brakes and rotors also had to be replaced at this time.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 012011

PT Cruiser

  • 75,000 miles
I purchased my 2007 PT CRUISER used in 2007/8 I have driven it and it is in need of bushings, tie rods and other things under the car. The motor is fine. I found out that this is a common thimg for the PT CRUISER. I think it is a defect and should be investigated.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 012011

PT Cruiser

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER.the contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, he heard a banging noise coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the steering rack would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 252011

PT Cruiser

  • 82,052 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact was traveling 45 mph and exiting the highway from an off ramp. The steering wheel was turned, but the wheels on the vehicle remained straight. The failure caused the contact to continue traveling straight until crashing into a light post. The vehicle was towed by the contact's insurance company for inspection. Two passengers were injured. The failure was not inspected and it had not been determined as to why the wheels did not turn. The failure and the current mileages were 82,052.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #2

Nov 302010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Steering wheel moves by itself in a jerking motion, while driving and at times will locks in place. It's like when I'm driving the car is making moves and sharp turns on its own. Also when I turn loud noises are coming from the motor. My cruiser is a 2007, I've owned it from brand new, still making payments!!!

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #1

May 312009

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact turned the steering wheel slightly to move into the left lane. Unexpectedly, the vehicle rolled over three times and the glass shattered. The passenger sustained broken bones and the driver received bruises to her shoulder. A police report was filed. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer will investigate the failure. Richmond police filed report number 467202500. The failure and current mileages were 37,000. Updated 07/28/09. Updated 07/30/09.

- Fairfax , VA, USA

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