Radiator Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser

Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 17 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chrysler Pt Cruiser based on all problems reported for the Pt Cruiser.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 07/02/2016

After 5 months of ownership, I have been experiencing recurrent problems with my 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser stopping while driving and failing to start. I have had my fuel pump replaced, alternator replaced, timing belt and water pump replaced, transmission replaced, and radiator replaced. Despite these parts being replaced, my car continues to randomly stop while driving and then does not start. These items were replaced as they were "thought" to be the problem but obviously they are not the problem. These repairs have been costly and they have not fixed the problem. Moreover, this is a serious safety issue, as the last time my car stopped while driving, I was in the middle of an intersection making a left turn. I had my children in the car. This was extremely terrifying and substantially dangerous. No check engine light comes on so the mechanic is not able to pin point the exact problem of why my car shuts off while driving and then fails to start. Also, at times, my lights shut off and turn on along with the wipers randomly but not when the car has shut off. The light problem happens independently of the car shutting off. It shuts off without warning. When I try to start the car, it will sometimes turn on after multiple attempts but then the car will sputter a bit and then car shuts off completely. I had my car towed many times when the car did not start after several attempts.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 09/27/2015

Ok maybe 4th time is a charm on trying to get Pt Cruiser off road. I had a fire in this vehicle due to overheating which was reported but dumb me put it out and replaced grill and radiator and had to take seperate loan out for $2500 in repairs and now vehicle won't start and now being told is computer well that explains why when we were trying to get out of car when was on fire the door locks didn't won't to work first time. The car is a 2002 with 100,000 miles on it and I have already put new tires on it and battery and had all these repairs done trying to save the car because I am a single mom on disability maybe since Chrysler is under investigation for injuries and deaths not being reported you can add me because I was burned during the fire trying to put out. I have forwarded every single documentation of every incident not only to Chrysler but NHTSA and now want me to replace a computer at $1300 this car is dangerous and have been told by everyone who has examined car it is serious but I guess if me or my son had died in car then maybe something would have been done. I have made my payments and paid full coverage insurance for 6 months while all this has been going on and only was able to drive car for a month. The vehicle is at Chrysler Dodge in columbia,TN and phone number is 1-931-380-0326. I have 9 tow bills and nobody cares that me or my son could have lost our lives!.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 06/17/2015

Our Pt Cruiser overheated one day after my wife had left work, thankfully she made it home before it got worse. I have replaced all components known to cause overheating problems such as thermostat, radiator, spark plugs and wires, water heater, flushed the block out, even changed the temp sensor. I have also checked all the hoses and gave it an oil change and yet it still over heats. I have researched this problem online and have found that thousands of people are having the same issue.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 04/17/2015

Ok this is my 3rd complaint on this vehicle the first problem was overheating and yes caught fire after a month of that everytime temperature gauge would rise I pulled car over and had towed I have 7 tow bills on that well last time caught fire was able to put out had to replace radiator,hoses,had a cracked head,fan,fan sensor and thermostat and grill that was $2000 for all that. I got car back and now have had back for a month and car won't start had battery changed out,had 25 point inspection done and now saying alarm system is triggering something or possibly computer going bad. This is a 2002 with only 100,000 miles on it. I owe $2300 to chase for purchase then have 2nd lien because of all these other problems of $2000. I bought the car back in 4/2013 and had to have all recalls done on it and I have reported all this before and Chrysler refuses to admit it is a lemon. I have been told by dealer and 2 other mechanics this car is not safe and should not be on road. I am a single mom with ms and on disability and now scared to drive car. The car is parked and I am still making payments on something I can't drive. I do know car was assembled in mexico and don't know if a siesta was taken during my car or not. I am told not to drive car it is a hazard and Chrysler after fire should have taken car back but they refused a fire and was me and my son 2 lives could have been lost. I want car taken back by Chrysler and I want payoff on loan of $3000. 00 by Chrysler this car won't be driven. I have been very cooperative reporting everything but when mine and my son's life is at risk that is enough! if you do research the overheating and electrical has been a serious problem and I would think that a fire would get you to make Chrysler take these cars back.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 03/02/2015

Ok I am so upset I bought this car 2 years ago it is a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser with a back check from my disability cause I had to have something low to the ground to get in and out of. I have had nothing but problems and I can't afford anymore on this car this is like a brand new car with such low miles I can't get to therapy, doctor's appointments and when you go on all these sights it is the same report overheating for model tears 2001-2005. I have had to take out a loan to have a radiator installed,sensor for fan, thermostat,fan,hoses and it still overheats and now being told that it is a cracked head gasket now tell me how the couple of times it did overheat and was immediately turned off and towed it got into this bad of shape and why so many cruisers have the overheating problems? I am a single mom on disability with no other income and now have to make payments on a car I can't drive. I even as soon as got car had the timig belt changed and whatever else needed for near future just so didn't have that expense later on. I really appreciate the fact I can't go anywhere to necessary appointments for my disability and paying on a car for repairs and now completely down and won't be fixed have been quoted a thousand dollars and already have a loan out for $700 because of other repairs not to mention have loan when bought the car paying on! this isn't right and trust me have plenty of others who can give you their stories! I have a son who will graduate next year only car we have and now he can't go to college! there have been several of them and mine did but thank god did have some bottled water in the car start a small fire in the front this is serious!.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 03/12/2014

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the engine overheated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 06/05/2012

I was driving my 2003pt cruizer and all of the sudden my water gauge went into red ,had to pull over later on changed thermostat and flushed radiator,ran fine for a day then overheating again following day seems to be nothing wrong no leaking,just had trani. Fixed 2 months,husband drove car again after about seven miles car started overheating again,went to red had to pull over for car to cool down,what is going on,does Chrysler have any recalls on this problem?.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 04/20/2011

2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser constantly overheats even after replacing thermostat, radiator fan, and any parts necessary for the vehicle to work properly. This is a problem that is know by diamler Chrysler; however, a recall has not been issued.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 07/10/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While the vehicle was being examined, the contact was informed that the engine mounts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 59,000. Updated 9/1/09 the radiator was leaking, the thermostat housing was leaking.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 07/04/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle at various speeds, she would hear a clunking sound coming from the front end. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the lower control arms and the bushings needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 59,000. Updated 08/28/09. The radiator needed to be replaced. The fog light would come on with no warning. A neew multi-function switch was needed. Updated 09/02/09.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 01/17/2009

I was leaving a shopping plaza when I drive over, a huge pothole in the right lane I using to leave for home. In my 2007 Pt Cruiser. Which in turn damage my radiator, radiator support beam , the bottom of bumper and grill, and I was just inform to that the head gasket is needing a replace it as well.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 12
Failure Date: 04/20/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact heard a loud humming noise coming from her vehicle. She took the vehicle to a dealer and they stated that the power steering pump failed. Power steering fluid leaked out and caused the air conditioner to fail. The unit was replaced at the cost of $1,583. The technician stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04v268000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections); therefore, they would not assume financial responsibility for the repair. Several weeks after the repair, the air conditioning unit failed again. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer on numerous occasions, in which she had to replace the water pump, the throttle body, the radiator, and various components in the powertrain and steering unit. The repairs cost $4,000. Typically, the failures immediately recur after the repairs are made. The manufacturer gave her a small reimbursement of $878. The failure mileage was 32,208 and current mileage was 66,500.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 13
Failure Date: 10/24/2007

I had bought a used 2006 Pt Cruiser. I had the car for 6 months when the front caliper broke, which caused my brakes to go out. I had an accident as a result of this. A few weeks after the accident I had problems with my car overheating, running out of oil and not having heat. When I took my car into the Chrysler dealership to have this fixed, they told me that since my car had been in an accident that the warranty wouldn't cover my repairs and it would cost over 1000. 00 to fix. The problems were: I had a hole in my radiator, I was missing the connectors to hold the radiator in place, I had no heat, I needed new spark plugs, and the oil light was coming on. They had told me that I had no oil or coolant in my car and that they would have to get the car in running condition to find out where the oil leak was. I couldn't afford to fix my car, so I took it to a family friends auto shop. I had the radiator repaired, the connectors and had coolant put in. I then picked it back up to take it back to Chrysler to have the oil leak fixed. After they looked at it, they told me that since I didn't have my car fixed with them, they wouldn't even look to find out what the problem is. They didn't want to deal with a car that they didn't fix. I did find out what the real problem is through the family shop. I have a cracked head gasket, and the oil leak. I have only had this car for 8 months, and I have only put on 12000 miles. The car has a total of 27,000 miles today. These sort of things shouldn't be happening to my car.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 14
Failure Date: 07/21/2007

2002 Pt Cruiser, regularly maintained and with 50, 000 miles on it currently had an episode of overheating. When checked, one of the soft plugs (freeze plugs) had rusted through and all the coolant had leaked out. Plug was replaced, correct coolant put in, ran fine for 2 weeks. Overheated again, stopped driving it and had the radiator flushed and new cap installed. Driving home (30 minutes) overheated worse than before flush and new cap. New mechanic says needs a new radiator (leaking and clogged) and the #1 cylinder has water in it so the head must be replaced. The mechanic said this is the 2nd 2002 they've seen in 2 weeks, and he's done 5 others this year. And this is not a large city - and only one mechanic. May forums seems to be filling with messages about this overheating issue and the warping of the aluminum heads. Poorly designed and out of warranty?.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 15
Failure Date: 12/15/2005

Over approximately the past year I have been dealing with thelen auto group in bay city, michigan regarding defective rims on my 2001 Pt Cruiser. I am constantly replacing air in fairly new tires due to this. After speaking to thelen several times chrylser was called in December of 2005 (date below is approximate). After the dealer scraped and sprayed the rims to stop the peeling a couple of times thelen's mechanic (pat) stated that this just wouldn't work. Pat also went on to add (in the presence of my father) that he never saw such a thing. This was on a June 2006 visit to replace my radiator. After several phone calls Chrysler now states that the dealer told them it was just salt erosion and they would not replace the rims. Chrysler also states that this info was given to them from mike thelen and his mechanic. Mr. Thelen states he did not says this. When asked if he would replace the rims from his dealer no matter what Chrysler said; he refused. Obviously someone is lying and I am at a stalemate. Chrysler won't change it's mind-because of their phone calls with mike thelen-the owner- and his mechanic. On 07-17-06 I was told by daphney (phone for Chrysler headquarters 248-576-5741) that once a decision was made it would not be changed. She also refused to let me speak to a supervisor or give additional info for the presidents headquarters-she stated her office has no idea how to contact them.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 16
Failure Date: 10/10/2005

Wife, driving into regular parking spot @ work. Speed 10 -15 mph. Applied brake and the vechile "lunged"forward. Striking the curb. Damage appeared minimal. But was quite extensive underneath. But there was quite a lot of damage to the engine subframe and underside of front, not visable externally. Cause. . . . We think. A baby bottle rolled from the back seat and lodged under the brake pedal. In the Pt Cruiser, there is a clear passage under the drivers seat. We are sure that this was the cause of our incident. I have installed a hardboard "stop" under the drivers seat to prevent a reoccurance. Passenger side has a storage drawer and thus is not a problem. Has there been other incidents where the cause could be an object rolling from the rear passenger area and getting jamed under the brake pedal?.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 17
Failure Date: 01/15/2004

Complete replacement of the cooling system in my car. At the time I only had 39000 miles on it. I just want to know if you think my manufacturer warranty from Chrysler should have covered this repair. My warranty had expired at 36000 miles, even though I had only owned the car for 2 1/2 years. I have never had a radiator replacement on a car with so few miles. I am asking this question because I have had several very expensive and unusual parts replacement recently on this car. , ie the main engine wiring harness and the power control module. I had already had the powersteering unit replaced and the fuel pump replaced as part of a dealer recall. This seems like a lot of expensive major repairs for a car with less that is less than 5 years old.

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