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Instrument Panel Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 19 problems related to instrument panel (under the electrical system category).

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the entire instrument panel illuminated and the vehicle hesitated to accelerate when depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. Consumer writes in regards to no instrument panel illumination, fuel and oil leaks, brake warning lights comes when applying brakes, inoperative windshield wiper switch. The consumer stated the instrument panel was completely dark and he was unable to see the gauges at night.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

While driving my 2008 Pt Cruiser home, all of the dashboard lights came on at one time and stayed on for the ten minutes it took me to get home. They came on again briefly two more times for no known reason. I searched the internet and found several possible solutions, wrote them down and I took the car in to the Chrysler dealer in escondido, California. The dealer was unable to replicate the symptoms after checking everything on the vehicle so there was no repair made. I took the car home. Again in may, 2012, the car's instrument panel lights came on all at once and briefly while driving home. This is an extremely unsafe issue for consumers to deal with and I also urge an investigation and recall of the instrument panels on the 2008 Pt Cruisers.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 02/10/2011

The contact owns a 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving approximately 40 mph the instrument panel warning lights illuminated, began to flash and the reading on the gauges began to fluctuate. The contact stated the failure would occur erratically. The vehicle also stalled three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice where the technicians were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 12/20/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the lights on the instrument panel began to flash and the vehicle suddenly stalled. The speedometer also malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who could not find the cause for failure. The failure mileage was 36,000.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 12/10/2010

2009 Pt Cruiser purchased 10/2010 from rental fleet. Had 40,000 miles then, has 45,000 now. While driving (mph not relevant), the instrument panel warning lights come on and go off within seconds. Sometimes it's just the driver seat belt light, sometimes it's the entire cluster. The gauge needles fall to zero then go back to current reading. Failure occurred sporatically since 10/2010, but issue never impaired the performance until 08/09/2011 when the vehicle shut down. Got it to curb (without getting hit from behind), turned off key, waited a few seconds, restarted, and has not occurred since. Took it to mechanic 08/13/2011; could not duplicate failure. Called Chrysler dealership, described issue; they want to put on computer which my mechanic just did. No repairs made. From what I've been reading online of similar electrical problems, I'm fearful Chrysler dealership service departments cannot resolve.


car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 07/04/2010

I own a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. This is the sixth time that the instrument panel has ceased to display any information. That is, I can not see the speed, tach, fuel gauge, or any safety warnings. Each time I take it to the repair shop, they can not find any thing wrong. When they reconnect it, I begins to work.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 05/01/2010

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while traveling 35 mph the lights in the instrument panel illuminated, the gauges dropped as if the vehicle shut down, then the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to press the accelerator pedal and the vehicle began to function normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 70,497. Pmb.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 05/01/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the seat belt warning light would illuminate, followed by the illumination of the every warning light on the instrument panel, and then the vehicle would stall. The vehicle was able to be restarted after a few moments. The contact stated that the failure would occur on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 21,000.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 01/02/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving 35 mph, the contact smelled an electrical burning smell coming from the instrument panel. Shortly afterwards, the instrument panel indicators stopped working. The contact then smelled burning plastic. The Chrysler dealer pulled the instrument cluster and discovered that the cluster circuit was burned. The dealer replaced the instrument cluster with a new part and they retained the old part. The failure mileage was 74,600.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 12/01/2007

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that her instrumental panel cracked in December of 2007. She did not take the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnosis because it was out of warranty. The manufacturer has not issued a recall. The failure mileage was 38,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 12
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

Complete failure of everything on the dashboard, I. E. Speedometer, gas gauge, cooling, odometer. No dashboard lights, no interior lights. Fog lights stay on unless you turn on your turn signal after turning off the car. This has been discussed as a problem that has occurred many times on the sites that I have visited. The car is a 2002 Pt Cruiser, and there was a recall for the instrument cluster microprocessor to be malfunctioning causing the problems described above, however my pt was not covered under that recall.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 13
Failure Date: 07/23/2007

The speedodometer dropped to zero. Comes and goes and the dealer can not get a reading because it does not do it when they check it. Next the ac kicks in and out of cool air. Next while driving down the road the car dies. I had to put it in neutral and manually turn because it died. I nearly hit a cement wall. Now the dealer says he can not find anything wrong.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 14
Failure Date: 04/23/2007

Not long after I first purchased my 2003 Pt Cruiser on new year's eve, 2002, the engine light started coming on. Each time, I took it to the dealer, and each time, it was determined nothing was wrong. After the fourth time, I was ready to see about having it classified as a lemon if it happened one more time, but it didn't, until recently. In January 2007, I believe, I took it in for the same problem. Dealer said nothing wrong. In March, I took it in and dealer determined the source of the problem was powertrain control module, which was replaced at no charge. By then, another symptom was that all of the instrument panel lights would come on intermittently. Also intermittently, it would start, run for 5 seconds and die. If I disconnected the battery to reset the computer, it would start. One week, I had it towed in because it wouldn't start. I didn't reset the computer, because I wanted them to see the problem, but it started for the dealer, and they determined nothing was wrong. After protesting that the problem was not resolved, dealer agreed to take it in today, and now they tell me the problem is a defective instrument cluster, but they can't guarantee, after it's installed, that it will fix the problem. My complaint is that engine light started coming on years ago, and developed into the issue today, without being repaired. Also, a message appeared on the odometer that said "no bus. ".

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 15
Failure Date: 04/10/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The vehicle's dashboard began to crack vertically. The vehicle has not been diagnosed. The vehicle purchase date and engine size were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 70,000.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 16
Failure Date: 09/09/2006

Multi-switch fails causing the fog lights to come on when car is off or randomly when driving. Plastic part inside switch mechanism holding metal contact from connecting two terminals overheats and melts thus becomes shorter and cannot keep the contact away from the terminals. Dealer told me when I bought the car that I should not use the fog lights unless needed and I did as told. After two batteries and many attempts to get Chrysler to fix the problem they admitted was happening on all Pt Cruisers sold by my dealer, I had to purchase and install a new multi-function switch assembly. I have the original an can send if wished.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 17
Failure Date: 05/01/2005

My 2001chrysler Pt Cruiser dash cracked in half for no apparent reason. It caused many electrical errors in the dashboard instruments. I am just thankful I was not in a more serious situation when it happened. I have heard it is common and feel it should be addressed.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 18
Failure Date: 04/03/2004

The computer in the car keeps locking up, all the dash emer lights come on and no dash componets work, speedometer, mileage indicator, tack0meter instrument panel off . One doesn't know if car is working properly or not. Could shut down in traffic and cause an accident or a person to be stranded anywhere.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 19
Failure Date: 06/02/2003

Vehicle was parked for approx. Two days, started vehichle and all lights on the instrument panel stayed on; brake light, abs light, engine light, security light, crusie control, etc. As well as words "no bug" over the odemeter/mileage gage. These lghts would not go off after turning the engine on and off several times. The engine light stays on and will not shut off. Scheduled an appointment with dealer to connect to computer.


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