hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,575 miles

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problem #6

Sep 012017

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles
My vehicle shuts off randomly while driving 2 mph and while on the highway going 65 mph. Very scary, do not feel safe in my own car. Fear for the safety of my family.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #5

Nov 272015

PT Cruiser

  • 86,000 miles
After starting and running normally for about 20 minutes, the vehicle will begin to exhibit electrical issues. The gauges will drop to zero and then slowly return, the warning lights will flash, and the warning chime will sound repeatedly. It seems like when this happens the engine goes through a start cycle. Most of the time, this problem is otherwise asymptomatic, but occasionally it results in sudden power loss to the engine. It does not seem to matter if the vehicle is moving or not; it happens if the vehicle is stopped, moving slowly, moving quickly, etc. The engine has lost power more than once at a critical moment (turning left, clearing an intersection) and multiple times in moving traffic.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 312014

PT Cruiser

  • 74,700 miles
I brought the car on 3/25/14 from a Toyota dealer ship. Complain about a knocking noise coming from the engine at the time of test drive. Toyota promise me it would be fixed pick the car drove it a couple of days and notice the control panel lights started going on and off along with the car shutting down. Took it back to the dealer for service nothing was found. I let my daughter drive the car and while on the fwy at 65mph the lights on the control panel starting going on and off they car shut off on her. Lucky she was able to guide the car over to the emergency lane avoiding from getting hit. I was in the hospital for about 4 months so car really wasn't driven that much. But I have this car less than a year with a protection plan and need transmission and engine work the involved getting solenoid pack, bracket-torque reaction, T-stat, oil switch, gasket, and camshaft sensor and crankshaft sensor as of 2/10/2015. Now 2 days later the check engine light comes back on take it back to the dealer and was told I need a cooling fan module. Which is not covered under my protect plan and would have to pay almost $700 dollar. I have this car less than a year and have been having so many problems and have almost gotten killed behind it cutting on and off on the highway. I have research this car and everyone has had the same complaint.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 262013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
Problems with hard clutch which makes it difficult to drive and the clockspring which both are known issues with this type of vehicle.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #2

May 302013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 58,750 miles
Driving down the road, all gauges go crazy, all dash warning lights come on and off, vehicle loses power and stalls, very dangerous while driving. Dealer unable to locate the problem despite numerous repairs and having the car for weeks at a time. I cannot express how unsafe this is.seems to be a problem reported by others but the dealer acts as if they have never heard of the issue before.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #1

May 012012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
2009 PT CRUISER with 53,000 miles was informed by dealer that hydraulic clutch assembly is not releasing causing hard shifting.

- Reading , PA, USA