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PT Cruiser reliability - how does it compare?

Discussion in 'PT Cruiser' started by mkaresh, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. djsamuel

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    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.
     
  2. patricklynch

    patricklynch Happy R body St. Regis driver, blissed out Plymout

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    Nice to know that in the 23rd Century, the PT Cruiser still gets support from Mopar! :D :) :p
     
  3. mkaresh

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    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
     
  4. djsamuel

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    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:
     
  5. mkaresh

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    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
     
  6. mkaresh

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    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
     
  7. Jeff2KPatriotBlue

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    Perhaps the numbers are low because many original PT buyers treated them as quazi-collector cars, not typical daily drivers?
     
  8. Rich Hutchinson

    Rich Hutchinson I'm so far behind I thought I was in first place.
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    That could be. I know if I waited six months and (likely) paid over sticker I'd treat it with kid gloves :)
     
  9. mkaresh

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    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
     
  10. dana44

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    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.
     
  11. mad al

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    Just added our 2001 ;)
     
  12. mkaresh

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    We've updated results for the PT Cruiser. In terms of repair trips per 100 vehicles per year:

    2001: 95, about average, higher than before but now consistent with...

    2002: 101, about average

    2003: 90, about average

    2004: 152, worse than average, and likely not accurate based on results for the other three years

    In all four 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 August and November. With more participants we can provide full results for the above years and include the others.

    Chrysler PT Cruiser reliability comparisons
     
  13. mkaresh

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    We'll start previewing the next results to participants in about a month. Additional participants would be very helpful. 195 signed up so far. 200 soon?

    Car reliability research
     
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    mine just crossed 100k miles, and only prob is the engine surges when slowing down and sometimes it kills out. no codes, and after replacing the timing belt and water pump (just did it since it was recommended, and hoping that it may fix the problem as well) and a guy at advance told me about his doing the same thing. Just told me to pull out the sensors in the throttle body, and clean em good, and do same for the throttle body and should fix it.

    going to try it tomorrow, to dark outside to do now lol
     
  15. mkaresh

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    Any success with this? My wife's 2002 doesn't have this particular problem...yet.

    199 PT Cruiser owners now signed up. A good start, but more are needed to provide precise results for all model years.

    Car reliability research
     
  16. davnau

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    My 2007 convertible has had two problems:

    1. Lower control arm bushing replaced at 30K miles.

    2. Have had to replace the trim panel for the power seat switch six times, all under warranty. It's a bad design, in that getting in and out of the car normally breaks it after a few months. It's held on by only three plastic posts and they break. Non-power seat trim panel is one piece and doesn't break.

    Rest of the car has been fine, at 34k miles now.
     
  17. mkaresh

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    Ah, yes, the control arm bushings. At least yours failed under warranty.

    We've updated results for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through June 2008. In terms of repair trips per 100 vehicles per year:

    2001: 97, about average

    2002: 133, about average

    2003: 78, about average

    2004: 152, worse than average

    These results aren't consistent from year to year, probably because in all four cases sample sizes are small.

    A big thanks, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in November and February. With more participants we could provide more precise results and include all model years.

    Chrysler PT Cruiser reliability comparisons
     
  18. Jamspeed

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    I have a 2002 PT Limited, we got used with low miles in 2004. Only big repair I remember was AC at around 60K. We had an extended warranty thankfully! I can try to look into other minor repairs over the years, but the PT has been very reliable.
     
  19. tpriester13

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    I added my recently purchased 2002 PT Cruiser........purchased from family member(they were second owner), so will get as accurate information as i can...
     
  20. dana44

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    I just went over 88K on mine, did a 350mile trip one way, cruised most at 85mph through the desert, got 28.4mpg with the AC on (had my daughter with me, she likes cooler temps when driving), and have used 2 quarts of synthetic oil in the past 9,000miles.
     

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