Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 12 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).
Let me start by saying I just bought this 2001 limited edition Pt Cruiser three days ago from a private dealer. I was on the highway, heading home from work in the middle of the night, and wanted to try the cruise control. I turned it on and set it for 67mph to see if it worked first. Then I went to reset it to my actual desired speed by tapping my brakes, then I tried the switch on the arm of my steering wheel but the cruise control wouldn't shut off. I got off at the next exit and was able to slow down to 40mph before my brakes locked up and I was forced to run the stop sign at the end of the off ramp. (thank god it was at 3am and my baby wasn't with me!). I was able to pull over doing 20mph before the brakes locked up again. I quickly shut it off, put it in park, and waited a few minutes to turn it back on. But the engine just kept reving, as if I was holding my foot on the gas because the cruise control was still on! I tried resetting it by turning the key back and forth a few times. I tried to see if it would throw me a code but only "done" appeared on my dash. Every time I started the car, the led for cruise control would come on and then shut off after a few seconds. I was able to coast home doing 40mph with access to my brakes again. Not very well, but enough to make it home, (when I'd let off the brake the car would take off again). I've been doing research since I got back and found a few other reports of this happening, except they were all able to stop. For example by shifting into neutral or shutting the car off. Every time I start the damn thing, the cruise control is still on! how do I shut it off?.
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Vehicle accelerated on its own, up to 4,000rpm with my foot off the gas pedal. When I stomped on the brakes car would not slow down, engine continued to run at 4,000rpm. To save my life and others shifted car into neutral, pulled over and turned off ignition. After a minute or two restarted the car and same symptom were present, engine reviving to 4,000rpm, foot off the gas pedal, on the brake pedal as a precaution. Note that when this first happened the car was not in cruise control mode, simply driving around town running errands. This situation is scary because I do not know when, how, if it is going to happen again, totally unprovoked and non-sensical as to why it is happening, what triggers the problem. This has now occurred twice recently and because of this nightmare scenario I am hesitant, very very hesitant to drive the car. It is a danger to my, my wife's life and other people on the road we may accidentally plow into if the car decides to go into runaway mode of its own volition. Your consideration of a response would be greatly appreciated.
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Can not go over 45-50 mph without check engine light coming on. Unable to stay in cruise control on highway at 70 mph more than 1/2 mile than it pops out of cruise completely and check engine comes on. Shakes when heat or air condition comes on. Steering wheel pushes to the right while driving.
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Driving my vehicle on a highway, approaching the city, with cruise control on. Weather clear and sunny. Highway traffic was light. My speed was at around 70 mph. The driver apparently decided to exit the ramp as it was lined with vehicles. The driver pulled out of ramp and steered to left lane on highway, in front of me. I had to brake suddenly to avoid collision. My car suddenly skidded and spun around once, with rubber burning from tires. My vehicle nearly crashed against the rail as my car skidded for 2nd time to stop. No injuries or property damages. Inspected my car later at gas station. Did not detect any visual problems. Could not figure out why my car skidded and spun around on highway. After the shopping trip, I drove home with no incidents. As I pulled in home, there was smoke coming out of under hood. My car was inspected by two mechanics, from separate time and location, and I was told my cooling fan broke. Possible that the incident leaded the fan to shut down due to mechanical error, the first mechanic said. Cost to replace the cooling fan and labor can run as high as $400. Also, the airbag light, on dashboard, stays on most of time.
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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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.