1st Gen (2001 – 2010) Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems

The 1st generation of the PT Cruiser has a cumulative PainRank™ of 20.51. That can be compared against other Chrysler generations. Shopping for a Chrysler? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 2001–2010 PT Cruiser model years have sent in 798 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (23%) followed by the electrical (14%) and the interior (11%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chrysler model years.

Watch out for the 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2010 9
3.83
2009 29
7.47
2008 39
14.02
2007 96
27.59
2006 174
46.72
2005 59
22.56
2004 72
17.85
2003 59
19.41
2002 99
19.6
2001 166
26.09

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