general problems of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser

18 problems related to electrical system have been reported for the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser based on all problems reported for the 2003 Pt Cruiser.

car   Electrical System problem 1
Failure Date: 03/07/2019

There was an electrical fire where the radio cup holders and the shifter. Car is undriveable due to the damage. My car was stationary at the time. The radio kept turn on and off. I heard cracking when I went into work. When I came out I say there was a whole lot of damage. I did get the car started and was able to get it home, but it's not drivable since the car died as I was pulling into my driveway. When I went to put it into park it was like park was not an option. Amd the car kept moving so I put the e break on.

car   Electrical System problem 2
Failure Date: 12/01/2018

I don�t truly know what�s happen to it n if it�s been fixed but I do know that prior it would have uncontrollable speed control n steering problems n gps n video n auto recording n radio frequencies.

car   Electrical System problem 3
Failure Date: 05/23/2018

Vehicle was parked. Turned off. Multifunction switch that had been replaced previoulsy malfunctioned again. Fog lights just came on out of nowhere luckily I turned around and noticed it. When I opened my car door I noticed the switch was smoking. After some quick thinking I pulled the fuse. If I had not thought of this I belive it would have caught my car on fire and the ones parked next to it. I have had the fuse pulled for a year. Flash forward to my current state in va and it's inspection time. I failed for a faulty function switch. The guys replaced the switch first stoplight I come to no signal. Took it back to garage they said switch was bad out of the box. After this epidemic this will be the 4th multifunction switch that I know of installed on this car. How in the world has this part not been recalled yet. Please do something!.

car   Electrical System problem 4
Failure Date: 11/30/2016

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. After the vehicle was started, the check engine and air bag warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and an independent mechanic on multiple occasions where the catalytic converter, cpu, spark plugs, and fuel cap were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 151,000.

car   Electrical System problem 5
Failure Date: 03/02/2015

Tl- the contact owns 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and then caught fire without warning. The contact did not disclose if a police report was filed or not. The details of who extinguished the fire were unknown. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 201,561. Djr.

car   Electrical System problem 6
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. Consumer writes in regards to ignition problems. The consumer stated she had a problem with the radio going out, whenever she hit a bump in the road. It turned out, after several service appointments, that the ignition key has been knocked out of place and the electricity was off.

car   Electrical System problem 7
Failure Date: 12/17/2013

I've had this vehicle approx. 2 years. At an earlier time I had used the fog lights twice with no incident. Later and prior to 12/17/13 the fog light indicator appeared on the instrument panel, the fog light switch wasn't even turned on but the light came on by themselves. I jiggled the switch and the lights and indicator went out, after that the fog lights wouldn't work at all. On 12/17/13 I went out to my garage to find the fog lamps on. The headlights were off, the car not running, the keys weren't even in the ignition. The lights just came on by themselves. I managed to turn them off (for the night) only to find when I got to work the next morning I couldn't shut them off. I drove the car home, finally pulled the fuse for the fog lamps and returned to work. I've also had incidences where the headlights will dim slightly and then illuminate fully. According to some of the forums I've read, there are a lot of people having this problem. Some people also report burning wires and dead batteries. I wish they would file a complaint. Thank you.

car   Electrical System problem 8
Failure Date: 07/01/2013

About 3 three years ago the headlights started flickering and the radio light would totally go out. Now the fog lights are coming on with the car turned off. I am taking the car to a mechanic - hopefully they can fix the issue.

car   Electrical System problem 9
Failure Date: 05/09/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated the airbag and the check light engine warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that the battery was replaced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where it was diagnosed that the electrical system needed to be repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000 and the current mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

car   Electrical System problem 10
Failure Date: 08/23/2010

2003 turbo Pt Cruiser issue with engine over heating light coming on engine was not over heating. A week later running lights and foglamps started coming on while car is off and sitting. Checked a site that said it was a problem in the turbo 2003 and 2004 turbo cruisers and the issue will get worse. My car is not included in the recall.

car   Electrical System problem 11
Failure Date: 05/04/2009

1. I generally drive our 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser with the fog lights on during the day, and the headlights at night. This means I was turning the fog light switch on the turn signal unit several times a day. 2. Beginning early in 2009 I experienced times when the fog lights would not turn off with the switch without a lot of cycling, or the fog lights would turn themselves on when the door closed. The vibration of the vehicle made that happen. Then, when trying to get the fog lights to turn off, the switch began to smoke. Turning off the car cleared that, so I stopped using the fog lights. The turn signals and headlight portion of the switch worked fine. 3. I contacted the Chrysler dealership and was told they were out of the switch. I then contacted a local auto maintenance company I have used in the past and trust. They quoted me a better service price, and that the switch was backordered. There were over 5000 switches on backorder and it was six months after the order was placed before we received the switch and had it installed. My concern is two fold: 1. The 5000 may well have been the tip of the iceberg in terms of failures, and 2. If I had not been sitting there, would the lights, after coming on by themselves have cause the switch to actually catch the vehicle on fire? I thought that the brief time I was smoke should have been enough to blow the fuse, but it didn't.

car   Electrical System problem 12
Failure Date: 09/26/2007

I purchased a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser in July 2008 in oct we noticed lights flickering headlight switch started burning fog lights came on didn't work before took it Dodge new switch and 22 pin connector . New pcm reprogrammed it still same problem lights flicker and check engine light stays on.

car   Electrical System problem 13
Failure Date: 09/30/2006

We recently purchased a used 2003 Pt Cruiser gt turbo. We really love it. However, there is an issue we have been trying to figure out. The lighting flickers when you start the car. It is intermittent. After running awhile it decreases. Usually when first starting the car it is really bad. We didn't notice a difference when we used more or less power in the car, like turning on the radio and a/c. The power fluctuation makes all the lights flicker inside and outside of the car, as well as the panel lights and radio.

car   Electrical System problem 14
Failure Date: 06/07/2006

: the contact stated a knocking sound is heard when the vehicle is placed into reverse, or when a stop, and then placed into park. The sound is coming from the driver's side of the vehicle. The vehicle stalls after each start and has to be restarted. The dealership determined the lower control arms and the skim model in the computer was defective and needs to be replaced. Updated 07/05/06.

car   Electrical System problem 15
Failure Date: 10/12/2005

Check engine light comes on, car idles at low rpm, and stalls at anything near 1000 rpm, which is its normal idle speed, at least 25 stalls in the past 2-3 months. So far Chrysler knows there is a problem but can't find it, so they keep giving it back to me.

car   Electrical System problem 16
Failure Date: 10/17/2004

2003 pt crusier bought brand new. Head lights, interior lights, and dash lights all flicker hard to pay attention when driving. Chrysler is aware of the problem and says no fix. I will never buy another Chrysler again, poor customer service. Just waiting for all lights to finally go out.

car   Electrical System problem 17
Failure Date: 08/07/2003

Stop at a red light and was hit from behind by another car going over 30 miles per hour. It pushed us into another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. My husband and son got whip lash.

car   Electrical System problem 18
Failure Date: 07/15/2003

While driving at 55 mph headlights were flickering and finally burned out. Vehicle was taken to the dealer eight times for this problem. Dealer has checked every component, trying to repair the problem, but to no avail. The manufacturer repurchased the vehcile from the consumer.

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