The attention-getting PT Cruiser is essentially a front-wheel drive wagon, although its taller height gives it more of an SUV look, as well as a slightly higher driving position. The Cruiser offers attractively flexible interior packaging, but is limited by its powertrain and total cargo capacity.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available. ESC not available.
Road Test

The attention-getting PT Cruiser is essentially a front-wheel drive wagon, although its taller height gives it more of an SUV look, as well as a slightly higher driving position. The Cruiser offers attractively flexible interior packaging, but is limited by its powertrain and total cargo capacity.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (150 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"No power but fuse is OK. Very hard to find correct fuse with owner's manual"

Alan R., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"does not work and i dont want to fix"

Kenneth R., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Accessary power plugs don't work but not a fuse and unable to diagnose so don't use them"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working but replacing fuse didn't help so inoperable"

Alan R., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Power plug inoperable, not the fuse"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesn't work but it's not the fuse"

Alan R., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"Display goes blank, then returns after various times"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog lamps could not be turned off. Control of head lamps is on a central control stalk on the stearing wheel and the switch to the fog light failed in the on position"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front parking light came out of socket and wouldn't turn off, requiring it to be removed"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog lamps failed, not the fuse"

Alan R., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The fog lights would not turn off, we took the fuse out, and the rear turn signal smoldered at the connection"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Was parked at work and got a call my lights were on. Went out and it was some sort of malfunction. Headlights and interior lights were on. A friend ended up pulling the fuses to get them to shut off."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog lights don't work but not the fuse and unable to diagnose so don't use them. Headlights and side lights work fine"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Changed bulb in taillight but broken contact in wiring harness. not fixable, no parts"

Alan R., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear Light burnt out from age. Easy to replace."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"bad switch which is common in PT for fog light issues"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog light and headlights switch intergraded. Foglamp switch has shorted out twice causing fog lights to remain on draining the battery. Solution is to pull fuse on panel for fog lamp circuit"

Gerald L., DE (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog lights inoperative but not the fuse"

Alan R., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Replaced front headlights due to low vision ability of original headlights having a scum build up on them"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Lens got real foggy; I replaced both headlamp units (complete), in February of 2014"

Ed T., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"it works sometimes seems to have a SHORT in system"

Kenneth R., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"horn and some interior ligh ocassionaly stopp working"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"lights on clock ,radio, and horn stoworking from time to time"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"instrument panel lights do not go on unless lights are on"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard lights are out"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"clock light and radio light will short out"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"keyless entry intemittent"

Bonnie J., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working, had to use ignition key manually"

Anonymous, CO (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The check engine light comes on occasionally and there appears to be nothing wrong, its expensive at the dealer to get resolved"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper switch has failed. Cost is about $80.00 for parts according to internet. Haven't made appointment to fix yet. But intend to soon"

James L., MI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"They were worn out"

Charles B., AL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The lower control arms were replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Watts linkage pivot and front lower control arm bushings failed"

Paul N., WI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"n/a"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both lower control arm bushings torn"

Anonymous, NV (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"both front control arms had bushings worn. It was easier to buy the whole control arm and have it installed than to have just the bushings replaced"

Barry A., OK (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"After an alignment, about August of 2014, the ride became hard, and it appears I need new bushings"

Ed T., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"front bushing"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering reservoir screen clogged and had to replace reservoir; Power steering pump stopped working; Power steering hose leaked"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Can't find the problem, power steering fluid is in there but replaced pump, and it's still hit or miss. Over all car had very low miles and thought it would be a safe buy . . . it should be lemon yellow as it's been one thing after another"

Irene H., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear in an idler pulley bearing caused failure of belt drive. Fortunately I was able to drive to a garage."

William B., TX (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lost power steering"

Barb L., MO (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering hose was leaking and needed to be replaced"

David K., VA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"had to replace rear struts this year, which was a significant cost. will need to replace front stats before too long"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The control arm assembly had to be replaced on both sides and the front end aligned. Due to being worn out. Cost about $750"

David J., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace struts"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Always noisy an neediness replacement"

Anonymous, (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"loud nois"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"included with Tie rod description."

David C., NJ (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings failed causing tie rod to wear requiring replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem started in FEB 2020 at 164,000 miles. Developed a power steering leak and noise when making a turn. Replaced steering gear assembly."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"The vibration was caused by the worn out control arm assemblies"

David J., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Tie rods on Watts linkage replaced due to rubber boot failed at dis-assembly of the tie rods"

Paul N., WI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear resulted in "clunking" sound on bumps"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It is the third time this car has been repaired for tie rods/steering arms, along with the related alignment."

David C., NJ (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm guessing tie rods, it could have been steering rods or something I don't know name . As I was driving and turned a corner my right front wheel felt wobbly. When I looked the wheel was bent inward from the bottom and top of wheel was bent outward. It couldn't be driven so had it towed to a service provider to fix."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"this model seem to have problems with suspension especial inner and outter tie rods. i must replace NOW"

Louis A., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"they all are related to front suspencion failure"

Louis A., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"Wheels became unbalanced after just 6 months of driving a few miles a day"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Sensor deteriorated to the point of giving false readings after 150000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes seem to work ok, but the ABS light will not turn off"

Jerry Z., OH (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The light shows on the dash but the brake system works well. It may be that the anti-lock system is disconnected, but it does not seem to affect function"

Anonymous, RI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"I was running errands and heard a thump from the right front wheel. The tire went flat. When I got to the shop I use, the mechanic couldn't touch the wheel because it was just short of hot enough to set the tire on fire. The real problem was a broken arm or caliper in the brake on the right front wheel. I think it was just plain old wear. My Cruiser has its crotchets and age-related problems, but I won't give it up until either Chrysler starts building them again (whoever decided to stop building them was an unadulterated fool) or the mechanic tells me my car can't be made road-safe for any price. It's versatile, easy to park, gets acceptable mileage even with a refurbished engine (long story), feels roomy and lets the driver sit up rather than sitting on the floor with her legs straight out in front, doesn't have a excessively long hood and invisible trunk one might back into whatever is behind the car, is distinctive and appealing to look at, and can carry a significant load easily. I reiterate--Chrysler made a significant blunder when it discontinued the PT Cruiser."

Sarah H., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"The problem was actually with the failure of a slave cylinder on the rear drum brakes which caused the loss of all brake fluid and severely limited stopping ability"

Bernard G., TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Pads and rotors had to be replaced due to routine wear"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"regullar ware"

Louis A., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I take my PT to an independent repair shop. Really fixes my car in good time and at a fair price."

Barbara S., TX (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"It squeaks and doesn't really ever go totally off"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I got less than 6,000 miles on a set of front brake pads"

Steven H., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"No brakes at all. Quit driving. Junk yard will only give me $50 for it. Engine and trans fine."

Anonymous, (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Have pulled wheel to check brake on left rear. Plenty of lining left on brake. Cleaned completely, greased springs and squeak stops for a short while (1 day-20 miles) and then returns.. I squirt brake cleaner into drum and it stops temporarily again."

Brian F., MO (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"faulty cooling fan caused overheatig"

Anonymous, KS (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The cooling fan stopped cooling the engine so the radiator blew and had to be replaced also."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"had bad fan-would not come on when idling and would overheat"

Anonymous, KS (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Overheating, a/c not working"

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Coming home on the Hiway, my car overheated in heavy traffic. I was towed 170 home, again"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car overheats if fan is not on"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Leaked required replacement, 2nd time!"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle was leaking coolant from the water pump area. Had the water pump replaced, but leaks appeared elsewhere in the cooling system. Had to have thermostat replaced along with several tubes"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult and expensive to change water pump"

Walter B., MD (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The water pump is hard to replace so none of the techs ever replaced it when they replaced the timing belt, even at the dealership. The water pump appeared original to the car when it was replaced. The head gasket is damaged as a result"

Bonnie J., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Began leaking coolant. Replaced to fix problem."

R P., ON (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"A cosmetic trim ( running board ) located on the bottom of the rear doors are glued on and are now separating from the door panel"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The dashboard has been covered for years, however it is badly cracked in several areas. I just leave it covered."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint cracks appeared on hatchback door two years ago. We have attempted to have it repainted by body shop, but the cracks keep appearing"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading badly but then it's 15 years old"

Anonymous, LA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"paint clearcoat chipping off, causing underlying paint to fade. cost to repair is more than $1,000 from Maaco, way to much for a car this old"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the seal coat over the paint is coming off which inturns is making the paint fade off and pretty much over the whole car im sure rusting out is not far behind"

Steve L., KY (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear-coat and paint failing extensively, leaving rough, discolored surface. A couple of small areas have had paint flake off entirely, allowing rust to start. For a 14 year-old car which has never been garaged, this seems not to be a significant co"

Jon R., MD (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is cracking and has been for years"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Very disappointed with the quality of paint cracking and peeling, chipping. I have notice many other PTs with the same problem. I've taken the vehicle to two locations for repaint quote and it will cost over $2900. It will just have to stay as is."

Kathie B., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"THE PAINT IS CRACKING AND THE SHINE IS GONE, BUT IT IS 18 YEARS OLD."

Robert C., NC (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have noticed on other PTs as well. The paint is extremely faded om spots, chipping, peeling. It's just a mess and costs more to paint than it is worth, however, it's comfortable and runs well for grandma."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Problems with the high pressure switch in the compressor"

Bernard G., TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"THE COMPRESSOR NEEDS REPLACING NOW, BUT IT LASTED 17 YEARS--NOT BAD AT ALL."

Robert C., NC (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Quit"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"It stopped working and needed to be replaced. I had already replaced the condenser and compressor. I chose to speak about the evaporator because it was so expensive to replace. The whole dashboard had to be removed to get to it. I wish it could be"

B H., OH (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"My Cruiser has had chronic air conditioner leaks for years. I've had various parts of the system replaced over the years, but the leak always comes back. Fortunately, it's a fairly slow leak, so I just get the refrigerant topped up every two or three oil changes. The benefits still outweigh the drawbacks."

Sarah H., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Owned vehicle for 4 years. Leak started about 3 years ago. I add refrigerant and it last about a month and then begins to lose cooling. it's cheaper to add refrigerant than to have system repaired as estimates have all been $500+."

Brian F., MO (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ac WENT OUT:::"

Louis A., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a leak in the Freon line that I keep spending money on and it leaks again after a month or two"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"serpentine belt was badky frayed at 100,000 miles replacement was comlicated and costly"

Anonymous, CO (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"After the head gasket was replaced, the car would not start. Determined to be a failed engine computer. New computers no longer available, so had to use reconditioned used computer from Chrysler. 1st 3 installed didn't work properly. The 4th one they provided did the job and the car has run without additional problems for over a year. However, with the replacement of the head gasket plus the following computer problem, the car was in the shop for nearly 6 weeks."

James L., FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"They break all the time third set replaced"

Richard J., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Minor oil leaks on bottom of engine"

Anonymous, NV (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The PT uses oil, we cannot see oil on the ground. We are not sure where it is going"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has 160,000 ORIGINAL miles with minor oil leaks the biggest problem was the oil plug. IT would never go in straight so some oil change monkey screwed it in, and cross fitted it. So the easy fix was something called a piggy back plug. The biggest other problem was over heating, After two new thermostat's didn't work we narrowed it down to the electronic fan not coming on, so we just wired it direct, and i do have a switch, but i just run it all the time, and that seems to work."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The threads on the oil pan became stripped & oil leaked"

Robert A., NC (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"i know the car is old but does not have alot of miles on it for its age but the water pump just started leaking and overheating just recently"

Steve L., KY (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Suspension noise even after changing all struts"

Anonymous, LA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The splash shield around fall down and drags"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Regular oil changes and check-up but has become noisier mechanically in last eight months-"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A lot of shakes and rattles for a car with less than 70,000 miles"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"sounds like suspension but dealer and independent serviceman can't find anything wrong"

James S., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wishbone bushings rattle"

Lawrence G., KY (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"I really didn't know what was the problem child. All I knew was the engine stopped in the fast lane on a Hiway and I pulled to the shoulder, and I had to be towed 140 miles to my car mechanic to have fixed; and they did. I don't know what it was"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"Slector cables needed replacement. Result was a 'tightening' of the gear box selection. Car's clutch is like it was when it was brand new. It had become over time a bit loose and sloppy"

James L., MI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One shift linkage popped off the control lever on the transmission. I corrected it by adding a new circle clip. This is the 2nd time that this happened. The last time the dealer replaced the entire shift linkage assembly which was not needed"

Lawrence G., KY (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Transmission computer replacement module very expensive- higher than a laptop"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittently the transmission would not shift out of 2nd gear. Diagnosis was very difficult with replacement of various relays and the battery. Finally the transmission computer replacement fixed it"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"had the leak diagnosed as a leaking Transmission Control Module. Tried to fix it myself with a new gasket but it still leaks a little"

Barry A., OK (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"transaxle oil seal leak required replacing oil seal"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Normal wear of the clutch"

Lawrence G., KY (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch had gone beyond its expected life and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"on way to hospital and car just died"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"At 428105 miles, the transmission would slip out of fifth gear when a load was applied - such as acceleration."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had some rough shifting problems, had a rebuilt transmission installed and is working great. I feel this is just normal wear and tear on a vehicle."

Kathie B., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fifth gear retained ring failed. Replaced transmission with a rebuilt transmission from Chrysler."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"chronic intermittent check-engine light"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Stupid state of California will only pass smog if the correct part number is on the cat converter. Leaves out most after market cat converters and amounts to price gouging by the state to the repair facility"

Allen S., CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"noisy exhaust coming from rear of car"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Old and rusty"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"detrioration of pipes creating exhaust leak"

O C., WA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Pistons blew apart, damaged head gasket"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Not sure if this is the solution"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt broke while on the freeway in San Francisco. Luckily we parked car and got towed to repair shop. Mechanic thought we should have been told to change belt long before. We had previously only used Chrysler service"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Windshield has developed a 20+ inch crack near the bottom edge. Crack does not interfere with visibility while driving"

Jon R., MD (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"two of the door handles have disintegrated and come loose from the door. I've had to replace them"

Eugene K., WI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Pulled into a parking spot and both front tires were pointing in different directions. Towing, repair, and complete vehicle mistrust now."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The right front axle broke. I had just turned a corner and was, luckily, going quite slow"

Anonymous, RI (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Replace"

Walter B., MD (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

"Short in wiring harness st the transmission line caused major problems. Car was non drivable. Occurred at 50000 miles and at 160000 miles reoccurring problem. First repair under warranty but had to hire an AES expert instructor to show dealership the solution. For a car 17 years old, I guess I should be grateful"

Gerald L., DE (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"I have to run Fuel injector cleaning through it about twice a month. i'm thinking it is because of the Ethanol."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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