Chrysler Pt Cruiser - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported a total of 2,903 problems for their cars built in the 10 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser cars have the most problems reported (642 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Chrysler Pt Cruiser

  Common problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Chrysler Pt Cruiser cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (537 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (393 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Electrical System
537
  Engine And Engine Cooling
393
  Air Bag
212
  Suspension
196
  Steering
187
  Exterior Lighting
180
  Power Train
171
  Structure
149
  Wheel
120
  Service Brakes
107
   
  Visibility
105
  Equipment
92
  Gasoline Fuel System
76
  Unknown Or Other
69
  Tire
69
  Vehicle Speed Control
66
  Seat Belt
41
  Seats
38
  Other Fuel System
31
  Electronic Stability Control
30
  Latches/locks/linkage
14
  Parking Brake
7
  Air Brake
6
  Child Seat
5
  Interior Lighting
1
  Diesel Fuel System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Chrysler Pt Cruiser of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Pt Cruiser model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Chrysler Pt Cruiser model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Pt Cruiser Model Years

Pt Cruiser
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2010 2311,3048    
0.25
  2009 14024,9009    
0.62
  2008 15365,48910    
0.23
  2007 17898,43911    
0.16
  2006 460132,01712    
0.29
  2005 27897,16113    
0.22
  2004 231104,25114    
0.16
  2003 266119,16215    
0.15
  2002 532169,84116    
0.20
  2001 642177,63517    
0.21

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Chrysler Pt Cruiser is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2010 Pt Cruiser
2
  2009 Pt Cruiser
1
  2008 Pt Cruiser
3
  2007 Pt Cruiser
10
  2006 Pt Cruiser
23
  2005 Pt Cruiser
29
  2004 Pt Cruiser
29
  2003 Pt Cruiser
23
  2002 Pt Cruiser
46
  2001 Pt Cruiser
38


Switch Model:
Select Year:
Chrysler Pt Cruiser Service Bulletins icon-go-page
Chrysler Pt Cruiser Safety Recalls icon-go-page
Chrysler Pt Cruiser Defect Investigations icon-go-page
Chrysler Pt Cruiser fuel economy icon-go-page
Compare reliability:
vs.