Cruise Control Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 8 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 11/20/2013

Set cruise control and the car accelerated rather than set at speed. Car continued to accelerate despite application of brakes, including emergency brake which only got it down to 40 mph. Car had to be popped into neutral in order to be able to keep from crashing and stop the car.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 04/30/2011

2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. Consumer states unintended acceleration the consumer stated when the cruise control was activated, the vehicle would surpass the set speed, by 2-3 mph. The consumer stated he had an accident when he went around a curve with the cruise control activated when suddenly the vehicle accelerated out of control and left the road way. The consumer attempted to regain control of the vehicle, but consequently the vehicle rolled over twice and landed upside down. The vehicle was totaled.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 08/20/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact was driving 20 mph when the cruise control light illuminated and independently activated. The vehicle began to increase in speed and there was an unusual increase in engine rpms. The contact was able to disengage the cruise control by depressing the brakes and manually deactivating the mechanism. The contact stated that he had also encountered unintended acceleration while in park. The dealer advised having a diagnostic performed on the vehicle. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 84,042. Updated 11/19/10. The computer was replaced. Updated 12/02/10.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 06/22/2010

The cruise control turns on by itself, causing the car to accelerate. After turning the cruise control off, it comes back on several seconds later, and accelerates! very scary and dangerous! this happens every time it's driven. The car was taken to a dealer for service, and they just called saying they had completed updates to the car's computer system, and it doesn't seem to malfunction anymore. They are going to keep the car for another day, and drive it around periodically, to see if it's solved, and I'll get it back tomorrow.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 11/27/2009

I have a 2009 Pt Cruiser, I have on 2 separate occasions, engaged the cruise control, to find that it has surged and caused the car to speed up with out warning. I thought it was me until it happened again. I have not used it since. It did not want to disengage and I had to hit the brakes really hard and hold them down to get the car to release the cruise control feature. Contacted dealer to ask if anyone else was having problems, was told I must be driving a Toyota? did not find that humorous, this is a serious issue and needs to be dealt with. I do see that they had an issue in the 2001 models for something similar to what I am reporting.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 08/21/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving 55 mph the cruise control light turned on. The vehicle suddenly accelerated to 65 mph. The brake was applied and the vehicle slowed down. The vehicle was pulled over for a few minutes and turned off. He restarted the vehicle and drove home. The dealer was able to duplicate the failure, however; they were unable to determine what caused the failure. The engine size and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage was 94,266.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 05/05/2006

2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser brakes failed. When the consumer applied the brake to release the cruise control, the vehicle did not reduce speed. Eventually, the consumer was able to bring the vehicle to a manageable speed until she reached the highway. The vehicle would not reduce speed below 2000 rpm.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8

Unpredictabley, when I 'click' the cruise control lever to slow down, it will acelerate, creating unexpected and occasionally dangerous situations. It has been reported to the dealer at least 5 times. The old service mgr refused to deal with it, blaming me. The new service mgr took it in, tested, and 'repaired' it. The frequency of this unpredictable resonse has gone down, but it still happens. It shouldn't be this way. Two notes: my previous car had an almost identical control arrangement, a very good one, so I am familiar with using it to control my speed. And, there is a long response time before the cruise control system responds to almost any 'command'. Thhis by itself can be irritating. I don't know I the two are related. Thank you. Jsl.


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