definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,931 miles

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problem #7

Jan 232012

PT Cruiser

  • 58,520 miles
Approximately 10-12 days after purchasing the vehicle, all four tires began to get flat. This has occurred every two weeks since that time. Every time I fill the car with fuel, I have to put air in all four tires. I contacted Chrysler online in early February 2012 and received a rather flip response... thanking me for telling them about the problem, but offering no fix to the problem. This is my second PT CRUISER.. and I had the same problem with my first cruiser. After further investigation, I have discovered this is a very common problem due to the aluminum wheels causing air to leak from the tires. I enjoy my PT CRUISER, but feel there should be a fix for this problem, other than buying expensive new wheels; especially because they are aware of the problem. Any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. It not only gives me bad gas mileage, but also is a safety hazard.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 162009

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Wheels peel and corrode. Makes tires flat constantly. Tires will not keep air. Makes tires wear out often and they have to be replace.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #5

Oct 172004

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER. Stated issue when I first picked up car, continued losing air in all four tires. Loss of pressure in vehicle tires. The root cause of the tire leakage was because the coating on the original equipment wheel rims was deteriorating and not permitting an air tight seal. I have gone through several sets of tires and rims are now cracking.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 252010

PT Cruiser

  • 40,000 miles
Front wheel bearings and hubs are defective. This is the second time I have had them replaced at $600 dollars at a time. The first time was at around 40,000 miles. This time at 120,000 miles. This is not normal wear.

- Provencal, LA, USA

problem #3

Mar 212009

PT Cruiser

  • 43,000 miles
The front wheel bearing of our Chrysler PT CRUISER have had repeated problems and had to be replaced twice in a period of less than 24 months. The car is a 2004 model and has only 43K miles. The first time around both bearings had to be replaced. The second time the driver side bearings are rocking and will need to be replaced.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 052007

PT Cruiser

  • miles
We own a 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER GT which we bought new. The problem started approximately at 33,000 miles and is still ongoing. We took the car to our tire dealer to find out what was causing the leakage and they discovered that it was caused by the flaking off of the chrome alloy on the wheels. The dealer replaced the one wheel that was defective which was just after the warranty expired, and now at 43,000 miles we have at least two more doing the same thing. We contacted the dealer again and after about two months they finally said they would not replace the other wheels after talking with the Chrysler representative. This is a very unsafe situation as a tire will heat up when it slowly loses air and could fail at high speed and possibly cause a life threatening situation. I have learned this by experience as a truck driver when I had a slow leak in a wheel on the steering axle and it exploded on my truck at least four different times until we finally found the tiny leak in the chrome wheel. The dealer's service department would not give me the number or name of who he talked to as he said it was company policy not to give these out. He also did not know who the manufacturer of the wheel was and he would have to find out from the parts dept. This of course upset me and I raised my voice to him and he said that if I kept yelling at him he would refuse to help me at all. This was done all by phone on 8-11

- North Powder, OR, USA

problem #1

Nov 062006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
- the contact has a 2004 PT CRUISER, the chrome is lifting off the wheel. The dealership said there is nothing they can do about it and advised him to call NHTSA hotline to file a complaint. The chrome was noticeable when he purchased the car. The automobile is two years old and he is the second owner.

- Walker , WV, USA