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Discussion in 'PT Cruiser' started by mkaresh, Mar 2, 2007.
I'm signed up with my 2003, but it says not activated yet.
That's because there still aren't 25 for the year signed up. Must have had someone sell their PT, because still at 23 for the 2003.
I just enrolled my just-acquired (yesterday) 2004.
The 2003 is now included in the main survey. 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 are all just a few owners short fo getting started.
For the details and to sign up to help out, go here:
Chrysler PT Cruiser reliability research
Two problems here that constantly annoy me.
Rear brakes that grind from brake dust after a few thousand miles. I think it is rediculous that the rear brakes need to be cleaned that often. And at MY expense no less! I've even had two different shops replace the rear pads as well.
Oil leaks. When the first drops started to appear on my driveway after an oil change, the dealer said it was a faulty oil sender switch. Not covered under warranty of course. Two oil changes later the problem is worse.
I love my PT Cruiser, but it is this kind of stuff that drives people to the imports.
If I recall correctly, replacing the rear brake drums eliminates this problem. Apparently, the materials of the drum were changed in 2206, and after market drums, such as though available from NAPA take care of this as well. Maybe others can confirm this.
Nice to know that in the 23rd Century, the PT Cruiser still gets support from Mopar!
Two new problems have crept up in my wife's 2002:
--bad front left wheel bearing
--transmission fluid leaking, most likely from around the solenoid pack
Still looking to include her model year in TrueDelta's survey. So far only the 2003 is included, but most of the other years are close. Just need a few more owners to sign up for each.
Vehicle reliability research
LOL! I just saw your post after 3 months!
In any case you're right, the PT will still be rumored for phase out in 2206, but Jim Press, who continues to speak at the auto shows, is non-committal and will only say Chrysler's recovery plan is still on track! :lol:
We're having rear brake problems with my wife's PT. I'm assuming the shop will want to replace the calipers the next time I take it in. But maybe they just require frequent cleaning?
Right rear is only making partial contact, and it gouging grooves into the rotor. Second time this has happened.
On the research, we'll have updated results with 2-3 model years of the PT next week. Sample sizes remain marginal, so additional participants would be very helpful.
Car repair rate research
We've now got some results for the PT Cruiser. In terms of repair trips per 100 vehicles per year:
2001: 36, much better than average, appears too low to be accurate
2002: 95, about average
2003: 107, about average
In all three cases sample sizes are small, and these results are asterisked and visible only to participants on the site itself.
A big thanks to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in May, August, and November. With more participants we can provide full results for the above years and include the others.
We now have a separate results page for each model that includes the results for competitors. The page for the PT Cruiser:
Chrysler PT Cruiser reliability comparisons
Perhaps the numbers are low because many original PT buyers treated them as quazi-collector cars, not typical daily drivers?
That could be. I know if I waited six months and (likely) paid over sticker I'd treat it with kid gloves
Interesting theory. The guy I used to buy tires from bought an early car at a premium, and kept it garaged for years. Some of those early buyers got burned quite badly.
But then the average odometer reading is 97,400, so these cars are being driven.
Reality is that with small sample sizes like these there's a good chance of a result that's far off the mark, and the sample size is smaller for the 2001 than for the other two years. That the other two results are close together suggests that the actual repair rates are closer to those numbers.
The solution: more participants. We've got the system in place. If we can get more owners to participate, we'll provide precise results for the PT.
Car reliability research
I don't think the results are skewed from a lack of driving. I think that even though people were paying over price they were driving them because they really weren't that expensive a vehicle, but still very reliable. I don't think too many of them were saved as collector models, but then again, there were three years that were identical so it is hard to tell if the one you see is an 01, o2 or o3.