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Automatic Transmission Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 29 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

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Failure Date: 06/29/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while backing out of traffic, the linkage arm had come off of the transmission which were held on by bushings. The car would not move. The vehicle was towed to his home. The manufactuer had not been contacted and the vehicle had not been repaired. The contact stated he will do the repairs himself. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 12/11/2009

With 59,000 freeway miles, at 65 mph vehicle downshifted abruptly and unexpectedly. Vehicle would only lurch along at a slow speed and unable to go into reverse. It had to be towed. Transmission overhaul required costing over $2,000 to repair.

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Failure Date: 05/22/2009

This vehicle I purchased new with 236 mi. At 36000 miles the transmission has started to lunge forward upon starting of the vehicle and also at a stop it lunges and acts like the engine is going to quit . Is it going to take a fatality of a pedestrian or other motorists before this issue is addressed? this is consistently the way this vehicle runs.

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Failure Date: 05/18/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. When attempting to shift gears, the gear shifter became loose and temporarily inoperative. The contact took the vehicle to a transmission expert and a technician stated that the gear box bushings and thrust washers were missing. He took the vehicle to a dealer and they replaced the clutch cables at the cost of $300. In addition, the seat cables to the rear passenger seat failed. He called the manufacturer and left a message. The failure and current mileages were 28,000.

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Failure Date: 07/20/2008

Vehicle lunges forward when coming to a stop and stalls when accelerating. You have to keep your foot firmly on the brake when stopping to prevent the sudden forward motion and be careful when pulling out into traffic because of the stall. This problem has been ongoing since purchasing the car in July 2008 with only 17,900 miles on the car. It is now March 2009 and the car has around 29,000 miles on it, with the same problems. The problems are not getting worse.

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Failure Date: 02/20/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle hesitated and never switched from second gear. The engine just kept revving. The contact drove to a safe area and shut off the vehicle. The vehicle made a sound as if it failed completely. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they stated that they did not have enough time to get an accurate diagnosis. The vehicle still has not been repaired. The current mileage was 97,000 and failure mileage was 95,000.


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Failure Date: 08/09/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving into a parking space between 5 and 10 mph, there was a clicking sound. She exited the vehicle and discovered the transmission on the ground. Goodyear towed the vehicle to a goodyear dealer and they stated that the bolts separated in half and released the transmission. The headlight switches and a bracket near the timing belt were also damaged. Daimler Chrysler stated that her warranty expired and that she would be responsible for the repair costs. The contact has the bolts and failed parts. The vehicle was repaired by goodyear. The current mileage was 100,146 and the approximate failure mileage was 99746. The dealer information was not available. Updated 01/11/08.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 04/17/2007

Transmission parking pall broke. After placing car in park and exiting vehicle, the car started to roll backwards. Had to get car open quickly again and apply brake to keep vehicle from striking a person or another vehicle.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 10/05/2006

Entering the highway, went to accelerate, engine revved by did not move. Pulled vehicle to side. Could not get vehicle to move forward or reverse. Had towed to dealership. Low rev shaft found broken. Caused damage to transmission. Transmission needs replacement. This is a 2006 vehicle with only 40,000miles.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 08/20/2006

2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser vehicle with an automatic transmission with 56,414 miles on it began lurching when accelerating or slowing down on interstate. Problem started with no prior warning of transmission problems. Vehicle later died in the middle of a side street. Could not get vehicle to move in any gear, and check engine light came on and stayed on. Finally got vehicle to limp around the corner in drive, then vehicle died. No transmission fluid found in reservoir. Fluid noted on ground under vehicle. Had to tow vehicle 30 miles to dealership, who could not repair it after three days of waiting, due to lack of transmission service technician. Vehicle was ultimately repaired at aamco transmission, requiring another 20 mile tow. Vehicle had to have transmission replaced. Total cost of repairs was $2222. 73 between Chrysler dealership and aamco transmission - not covered under warranty which ran out at 36000 miles.


 
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Failure Date: 07/13/2006

: the contact stated while driving 55 mph on a highway on-ramp, the transmission seized up stalling the vehicle. The vehicle had to be towed to a repair facility. Also, the seat belt buckle constantly failed to remain secure. The vehicle was towed to an independent transmission shop for service. The manufacturer was notified, but the service dealer was not. Updated 10/25/2006 - the tech found that the transmission gears had slowly been grinding away, throwing metal shavings into the converter and the pump.

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Failure Date: 04/27/2006

The transmission went out at under 34,000 miles. Although I was still under warranty I was charged $100 for something that I do remember being a defect that I had to bring into the dealership for them to repair within the first 2 months I had the vehicle. Why then must I pay for a known defect?.

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Failure Date: 04/04/2006

Transmission of 2002 Pt Cruiser failed @ 56,000 miles needing complete rebuild. Fluid pump disintegrated spreading metal shards throughout transaxle.

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Failure Date: 03/28/2006

I have a 2003 Pt Cruiser with about 30,800 miles on it. This car when stopped in gear and your foot on the break suddenly goes into gear and it takes two feet on the break pad to hold it. This only lasts about 3 seconds and then stops. On 03-28-06 I was dropping off my daughter and as she went to cross in front of this car it jumped into gear and I almost hit my daughter. I took it to the local dealership and told them about this problem. They said they did a road test and drb test and showed no codes. They said wait until it gets more regular and bring it back in. I did email Chrysler corp. On this and have not heard back from them yet. I don't feel this car is safe to drive until this get fixed. It seams they could rebuild the transmission instead of waiting for me to run someone over. My 3 year/36,000 will be up sometime this April. I don't feel its fare for me to wait till it gets worse and then dig me $1500. 00 to rebuild the transmission especial after it has been brought to Chrysler attention during the warranty period. Very frustrated right now with all this.

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Failure Date: 10/30/2005

Subject: 2002 Pt Cruiser brakes / transmission I do not know if you are the proper person to bring up some safety issues with the Chrysler Pt Cruiser but it is my sincere hope that maybe you could direct this to someone who can. About two months ago, I had my brakes services at a local shop that I have been dealing with for 10 years. When I was younger, I used to do much of the work to cars myself, and once in a while I do an audit of the work he does. As always, he does a great job. Recently I was driving back from lake tahoe on i80. This is mostly full of mountains with very steep grades and a lot of sheer cliffs. I had a full car load of human and personal property so I would conceder it to be close to the max weight of the car. I placed the automatic transmission from over-drive to the next lowest gear during the steep grades. We did not slow down at all! I discovered to my horror that the next lowest transmission speed was third. So I dropped it down again to the next lower gear and it was first gear. Since our speed was 55 miles per hour, it did not engage at all. Thank goodness it did not. So I applied the abs front discs and rear drums. By the time we got down from this area, I totally burned out the brakes. I have driven other cars from California to texas to florida with similar loads, but never with a transmission with no second gear. I have never burned new brakes up in a similar fission and required one new disc. I do not think that they ã‚??chryslerã‚?? did enough engineering in stopping this car with steep highway grades with a full load, and the population is at risk for run-away cars in those areas. Thank you very much for your valuable time.

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Failure Date: 05/28/2005

Consumer states that the dealer's service department is telling her that the transmission is not going into fourth gear. 11/2004, 5/5/2005, 5/6/2005, 2/25/2005 she had the vehicle serviced. The light on the dash board came on so she took vehicle in, got the car back and the light came back on. Consumer took the vehicle back in last Wednesday and vehicle has been there ever since. Consumer feels the vehicle is too new to have this many problems.

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Failure Date: 05/06/2005

Automatic transmission went out after 42,000 miles, mostly highway miles.

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Failure Date: 02/11/2005

While driving 30 mph transmission failed. As a result, the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The cause has yet to be determined.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2004

I was driving down I-84 at 65 mph when the transmission locked up, losing all gears except 1st. This caused the car to decelerate rapidly and the car to veer to the right. I managed to get to the off-ramp without incident. The car now needs the transmission rebuilt with only 69,000 miles on it.

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Failure Date: 09/21/2004

The transmission on my 2001 Pt Cruiser let go at 61000 miles. I would think that it would last a lot longer than that!.

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Failure Date: 09/10/2004

2004 Pt Cruiser stalls when stopping without warning. Stalls when turning corners or stopping for signs and traffic lights. Accidents almost occurred a number of time. 2 separate dealers have had the car, they cannot make it do it? at least 10 trips and the last 9 without paperwork because they say they don't need it until they check it out. Something is fishy with these cars. Private party looked at the problem and said the transmission is not down shifting when coming to a stop or slowing to minimum speed. Dealers and Chrysler are denying a problem. I am getting rid of the auto as it is too unsafe to continue driving. I hope more owners of these complain as to get something done ASAP. Someone is going to get killed.

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Failure Date: 05/27/2004

Bought a new 2002 Pt Cruiser. Automatic transmission went completely bad at 37,000 miles and again at 72,000 miles. Chrysler repaired the first time under the standard warranty. The second time, I paid $100. 00 since I have a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 23
Failure Date: 03/04/2004

2003 Pt Cruiser gt turbo, bought new in 2004 with 400mills on it. Transmission will lag when down shifting from 2nd to 1st gear. Also, all lights will dim when braking or windows are brought down. Dealer said. " theres nothing they could do for the dimming lights. " for the transmission down shifting lag, the dealer corrected output speed sensor connection. I'm still have the problem and in stop and go trafic I noticed when the vehcile was down shifting the radio stoped working and the lights dimmed for a second. Dealer said to wait to see if it does it again before repair.

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Failure Date: 09/10/2003

My 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser limited edition -- less than 3 years old, after having every required and recommended service at the car dealership -- needed a transmission overhaul on this date. The problem surfaced just past 36,000 miles while I was on vacation in late August, and I initially took it to the dealer on September 3. I was told it was safe to drive the vehicle. But the problem did get worse and I felt uncomfortable driving it, yet I could not get an earlier appointment. A new car, well cared for, should not need its transmission rebuilt just after the manufacturer's warranty runs out.

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Failure Date: 06/09/2003

Transmission on 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser w/ 42000 miles let go and repair shop says it is in pieces.

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Failure Date: 12/30/2002

While driving the vehicle at 60mph the vehicle stalled out and die without warning. Dealer has replaced head casket. On December 23 vehicle stalled again while driving at 40mph this time due to a faulty transmission, dealer has been notified. Please provide further information. Ts.

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Failure Date: 07/20/2002

2002 Pt Cruiser jumps at stop lights and the transmission shifts with jerks from 1st to third gears. The consumer was told that the transmission could not be fixed.

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Failure Date: 04/04/2002

In three instances on the interstate highway the Pt Cruiser will downshift into first gear where it will remain after the check engine light appears. This has happened all times when driving, in excess, of 45mph. After the problem, the Pt Cruiser can be driven, but is limited to crawling along at 15 - 20mph. We have taken the car to 2 different dealerships for repair, however the problem has not been corrected. Currently, this is the 34th cumulative day in the shop, and a total in 37 days in the last 3 months.

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Failure Date: 03/19/2002

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