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Vehicle Speed Control Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 26 problems related to vehicle speed control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Car has had repeated issues with all warning lights coming on while driving and speedometer, tachometer and gas gauge all going dead. After a moment the gauges come back to life and the warning lights go off. It looks like the car was just started. The engine keeps running and the radio, wipers, etc all continue to function. Issue is confined to the instrumentation panel. This can occur several times and then go for days without happening. I am not able to 'force' the condition and get it to occur on demand so the dealership is unable to address the issue. Internet searches reveal a number of possible issues including ignition switch and the totally integrated power module - I would just like to get it fixed so the car will be safe. . Read more...

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 06/10/2014

As stated in a previous complaint. The gauges start lighting up and the vehicle shuts off, I have found that if you wiggle the key it can stop what is happening. It is very dangerous because the vehicle loses all power when this happens and when traveling on the highway or trying to pass this could cause serious injury. I received notification that this item has been addressed by your office for other Chrysler and Dodge vehicles but the recall did not include the Pt Cruiser. Nhtsa campaign id number: 14v373 sounds identical to what my vehicle is doing. I also have video that shows what the vehicle is doing. Please advise if the pt crusier is going to be included in this recall and if not and I pay to have the ignition switch replace will I be refunded in the event that the Pt Cruiser is included in the recall. This is a very costly repair. In addition I would like to address the horn on my vehicle. It has been repaired previously by the Chrysler dealer but does not work properly. When depressed it sticks or doesn't work at all without alot of force. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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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.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 02/17/2014

Low voltage light came on, lost all power on the highway. I had to hit the shoulder quickly. I then tested code with key (3 clicks off/on) got code p0622 and p2403. . Towed to a shop, to find out the wires from alternator to the computer shorted out, it's a known problem, wiring harness runs along cv shaft and rubs against a bolt near the frame, thus shorting out the charging system and burning out the computer. So now the bill for repairs are almost $650. 00 and lucky we got off the highway in time, almost got hit by a semi cause we lost power so quick. I am glad we didn't get killed. If Chrysler and the government knows this is a problem why is there no recall. . . . . Or a safety warning.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 12/20/2013

The contact owns 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that the vehicle independently accelerated without warning after starting the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to be diagnosis. The dealer stated that the power brake booster hose was not connected to the engine. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer also stated that there was never a clamp holding the power brake in place. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 111,145. The current mileage was 112,416.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 12/03/2013

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated to 70 mph independently and without warning. The contact also mentioned that the parking brake had to be engaged in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 100,000. . . Updated 12-30-13.


car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 11/10/2013

I bought this Pt Cruiser from a local dealer, the first time it turned off I was at a stop sign and thought it just stalled from not being warmed up. About a week later I was driving down a local road doing 50 miles per hour when I bumped the key in the ignition with my knee. The car turned off. Luckily it was a straight road with no traffic and I was able to guide the car to a stop then restart it. This has happened a few times more, all with bumping my knee against the ignition key. It instantly turns the car off. With the gm recall in the news I wasn't paying attention since I don't have a gm car but decided to look when I heard it involved the ignition turning the car off. I saw that it is similar yet nothing being done about my ignition so I am filing this complaint. I have notified Chrysler of this problem I am experiencing. I know that many parts are used across brands and these parts may be the same. I am worried I may bump my knee on a windy road with my children in the car and not be able to recover stability and steering if it turns off. Please check into this immediately!!.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 10/14/2013

I was driving on a major highway, doing about 55mph. All of my gauges started to light up, the speedometer went from 55 to zero then up to 65, the lights flashed on and off, the car then started to slow down to about 40, would not accelerate, then eventually just shut off. I was driving on a major highway, but able to pull off to the right side lane. The wheels tightened so I could not steer, I shut the car off and left it for about 20 mins. It started again but struggles to go over 40 before it starts acting up again. I can not find the problem, no codes are recorded. I am convinced that this is a serious safety issue with Pt Cruisers as I have read similar problems.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 10/14/2013

I just purchased this vehicle and had it for less then 3 weeks. I drove it a total of 5 times. When I was driving to work on a major highway, the car started to act up. The speedometer went from 55 to zero then back up to 80, I lost the ability to steer and accelerate, all of the lights came on the dash board, the car fuel gauges went up and down, and finally the car stalled. I was on a major highway which was a very scary. No codes were recorded for a mechanic to find out the problem. The problem is not fixed, and seems to be a problem with several Pt Cruisers from what I have researched. I am working with the dealer attempting for a refund, as I feel my safety and the safety of others are at risk.

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Failure Date: 09/16/2013

Driving at 55mph and all the gauges (gas, speed, tach) went to zero and fluttered up and down, the vehicle stalled. Was fortunate enough to be able to pull over safely and restart the vehicle without incidence. The vehicle has repeated this on several occasions. I was able to record on my phone the instrument panel while it was acting up. Think I have isolated the problem to the key and ignition. I have found if I wiggle the key when this happens it stops. This could be very dangerous since you lose power to the vehicle while driving, it happens without warning. Several internet searches reveal alot of people with the same complaint. I think Chrysler should so be responsible for repair of this problem, they evidently produced a product with a defect that could potentially cause loss of life or bodily damage.


 
car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 06/09/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the accelerator failed with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 12
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

When driving the car, dashboard lights start flickering, gauges start bouncing. Sometimes this is all that happens, other times it's as if the car stalls as I have no acceleration. A couple of times, the engine has shut itself off. In researching this online, I find dozens and dozens of instances of this same thing happening with Pt Cruisers.

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Failure Date: 05/22/2012

Driving on frwy speedometer and rpm go crazy car turns off and turns back on. Very close to getting rear ended several times it is very scary.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 14
Failure Date: 12/25/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact was driving 25 mph when the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle accelerated abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a local repair mechanic where it was confirmed that the throttle control switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 15
Failure Date: 01/21/2011

Car stalls on turns particularly to the left, upon key insertion hard crank or starts and idles roughly then shuts off with out warning. While idling at stop lights the rpms may or may not (rev,) after so many mins of driving acceleration becomes more difficult at intervals & stalling usually while turning at intersections. Or going over bumps or up hills. This happens some what sporadically so I never can tell when I'm safe to go. Definitely not something u want to think about w min coverage either way.

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Failure Date: 01/09/2011

I was driving my car and it began to chug and jerk. I thought it was bad gas and called a friend. The next monring out of the blue it began to self accelerate. I tried to hit the gas to see if it was stuck, hit the cruise on/off, applied the brakes - nothing. It was going 60 mph by itself. I flew thru stop signs, unable to stop the car, nothing worked. I could have been killed. I eventually put it in neutral and turned off the key and had it towed. The hard plastic cover that covers the accelerator had broken off and lodged itself on top of the accelerator, making the car accelerate even when no gas was applied.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 17
Failure Date: 06/19/2010

My car just shuts off leaving me no control to stop, turn, or get out of the way of traffic behind me. . . . . @ 55mph to nothing is asking to be hit from behind. Or if turning accross a divided highway, to be left stuck with 2 lanes of semi comming for me and my kids. Now it sometimes wont even do anything when I crank over the ignition (like there is no battery) or if it cranks and starts it will shut off right away. It wants to idle down at stops and stall. I have had it in the shop more than I like n spent more money to have to be told they can't find anything. I read of so many other owners with the same problems who end up junking these cuz they just stop starting. . . . Sad, we need our cars to run. Chrysler knows they r riddled with serious issues including the lights and transmitions. . . . . These are a bad combination on the road. Someone needs to look @ some stats! thanks.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 18
Failure Date: 05/01/2007

2006 Pt Cruiser with recall on rear quarter glass customer states that it's a temporary fix* the consumer stated the engine shut down due to a dirty throttle.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 19
Failure Date: 02/09/2007

- the contact stated that while driving on a secondary road the 05 Chrysler Pt Cruiser accelerated from 30 mph to 90 mph. The contact believed that the turbo on the vehicle engaged. The contact pressed on the brakes and kicked the accelerator pedal at the same time, once the vehicle started to decrease in speed he turned the vehicle off. He had the vehicle towed to a dealership. The failure and current mileage were both 23800.

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Failure Date: 05/27/2006

: the contact stated the shifter felt sluggish and while depressing the accelerator pedal and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was pushed off the road where a temporary repair was made by the contact. The vehicle was driven home and the repairs were made by the contact. The dealer has not been alerted.

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Failure Date: 11/30/2005

I am writing to ask has there have been any reports of the 2002 Pt Cruiser having an acceleration problem? on 11/30/2005 as I was making a u-turn when my car accelerated at a high rate of speed that caused me to hit a curb and blew out my right front tire, it also left me in a disoriented state of mind. I had no control over that car until it hit the curb. Please at your earliest convenience can you let me know if there has been other reports of this.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 22
Failure Date: 11/26/2004

I was driving 40 miles an hour and tried to swerve to miss an animal, lost control of the car and pressed on the brake pedal and the car continued accelerating.

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Failure Date: 10/06/2003

When coming to a stop driver would press on the brakes and vehicle would accelerate.

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Failure Date: 07/15/2002

When stopping and putting car into park it surges forward, which caused an accident/ injuries. *akthe engine was also reving at an extremely high speed and surging forward while in the park position. Consumer had to cut the engine to stop the forward motion of the vehicle. Because chyrsler could not duplicate the problem, they would not fix or replace the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 03/04/2002

While driving vehicle, applied gas pedal and vehicle does not accelerate. Must coast to the side of the road,while vehicle struggles to keep running. When vehicle is turned off, it will not restart.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2001

During the first 2 minutes of operation, the engine hesitates or misfires on acceleration. This occurs during hot or cold weather. When shifting into 4th gear, and accelerating under full throttle, the engine / front end shakes. These symptoms have been confirmed by a technician, but nothing shows up on theri electronic diagnostic system. As a result Chrysler refuses to try and remedy the problem.


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