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PT Cruiser reliability - how does it compare?

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

  1. mr2tim

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    from South Florida..

    bought a 01 PT Cruiser for the wife, the dealer replaced the rack and pinion to make the deal at 144,000 miles.

    now at 181,000 here's the repairs I've made in 3 years:

    Replaced drs side MacPherson strut-complete w spring.
    Replaced connector at radiator fan.
    4 tires replaced.
    Added new wheel cover/hubcap
    Replaced R Frt rotor during 1st caliper pad replacement @ 150K
    Replaced starter and solenoid.
    Replaced battery.
    Replaced aftermarket taillights with OEM units.
    Replaced radiator.
    Replaced Body Computer thru Chrysler in Pompano.
    “ battery lead wires, both.
    Replaced alternator.
    Replaced battery.
    Replaced frt caliper pads at 170,000.
    Replaced 4 tires.
    Replace LCA ball joints and bushings 170K
    Repair pass side shaft boot, inner
    Replace o2 sensor at exhaust manifold.
    Obtained 3 defective O2 sensor units from Advanced Auto.
    Replace front rt motor mount (attempted home repair).
    Replaced frt rt motor mount with new.
    Installed window wind deflectors
    Rec’d P-0135 Code again-Sensor1 Bank 1 front sensor.-keep burning up the heater element.

    thank god I can make my own repairs if not this car would have been my ultimate car buying failure.

    the local dealers disagnotics are a expensive joke.
     
  2. Jeff2KPatriotBlue

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    Mr2tim;

    You knew what you were in for buying a high mile, low-priced car! Those are what I would call "mid life crisis" auto repairs.
     
  3. mkaresh

    mkaresh Member

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through December 31, 2012.

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 vehicles per year:

    2008: 44, moderate

    2006: 97, high, first year of refresh

    2005: 40, low, very small sample size

    2004: 98, high

    2003: 78, moderate

    2002: 19, low, very small sample size and seems too low to be accurate

    2001: 58, low, very small sample size

    In all cases except the 2003 and 2006 sample sizes are small and even very small and the stats are not precise.

    Thank you, once again, tothis forum and everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in May and August. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

    To see how competitors compare, and to sign up to help:

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  4. mkaresh

    mkaresh Member

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through March 31, 2013.

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 49, moderate, small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 107, high, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 20, low, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 56, low, small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 84, moderate, small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 31, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 50, low, very small sample size

    We'll have further updates in August and in November. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

    For the details, including the descriptions of reported repairs, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  5. Bodyguard

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    We have a 07 Limited Turbo with 58k miles. We bought it in Oct of 12 with 53k on it from the original owner....She had a new battery and several issues with the seat trim on the drivers side breaking (so did we). All was going well until the last 3 months. We had to replace the high pressure switch on the A/C and 3 weeks ago the CE light came on and the engine stumbled but was fine after a re start. The light stayed on so I took it too my trusted mech and it was the cam sensor.....they recommended doing the crank sensor at the same time.. they also found the upper rad hose was leaking, which of course requires the intake plenum to be removed....so with everything it was a $408 deal. Then the under hood tee for the washers broke and of course the dealer sold me the wrong part so i just glued it. The seat trim was almost 70$.

    I truly love the PT (it is just beautiful in Tangerine pear) but it has become irritating with its small problems. Are the sensors miles related or age related? Or something else? All of my friends that have had MOPARS in the past 15 or so years have loved how they looked and drove and the features but hated how they just nickel and dimed them to death. Now I see what they mean.
     
  6. mkaresh

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through June 30, 2013. (Another source is about 14 months behind.)

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 59, moderate, small sample size
    2007 PT Cruiser: 91, high, very small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 83, moderate, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 42, low, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 61, low, small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 70, low, small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 38, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 66, low, very small sample size

    We'll have further updates in November and February.

    To view competitors' scores and descriptions of reported repairs, and to sign up to help:

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  7. mkaresh

    mkaresh Member

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through September 30, 2013.

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 64, moderate, very small sample size
    2007 PT Cruiser: 96, high, very small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 82, moderate, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 68, moderate, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 68, low, small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 76, low, small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 62, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 52, low, small sample size

    We'll have further updates in February and in May. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

    To see how competitors compare, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  8. mkaresh

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through December 31, 2013.

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 66, moderate, very small sample size
    2007 PT Cruiser: 59, moderate, very small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 89, high, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 69, moderate, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 62, moderate, small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 99, moderate, small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 65, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 31, low, small sample size

    We'll have further updates in May and in August. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

    To see the repairs behind these stats, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  9. mkaresh

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    Our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser now include owner experiences through March 31, 2014, making them nearly a year ahead of other sources.

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 77, moderate, very small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 86, moderate, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 70, moderate, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 73, moderate, very small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 108, moderate, small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 66, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 65, low, small sample size

    Thank you, once again, everyone who has been helping. Next update in August.

    For a deeper dive, including the stats for other cars and repair descriptions, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  10. mkaresh

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through June 30, 2014 (making them about 14 months ahead of some others).

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 103, high, small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 71, moderate, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 79, moderate, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 82, moderate, very small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 63, low, very small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 88, moderate, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 68, low, small sample size

    Next updates in November and in February. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

    For repair descriptions, the stats of other cars, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  11. mkaresh

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through September 30, 2014.

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 99, high, small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 52, low, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 93, moderate, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 95, moderate, very small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 70, low, very small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 85, moderate, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 31, low, very small sample size

    Additional participants would be very helpful.

    To view the repairs behind these numbers, check the stats for other cars, and sign up to help improve this information (next update in February):

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  12. Richard1

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    I bought my son a PT Cruiser when he graduated from the University in 2001 in Tallahassee. In about 2006 I visited him in San Diego and showed him how to polish the head lights, changed the air filter and PCV, and buffed out some scratches. All he had been doing was 3000 mile oil changes. In 2012 he called and asked if it was true he needed to change the anti-freeze. I asked what maintenance he had done in the 11 years and 110,000 miles. He said oil changes and whatever I did 6 years earlier.

    So I sent him to find a shop or dealer to change the timing belt, anti-freeze, spark plugs, etc. He still loves it.
     
  13. mkaresh

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through the end of 2014. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 115, high, small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 77, moderate, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 128, high, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 63, low, very small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 71, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 30, low, small sample size

    We'll have further updates in May and in August. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

    For the details, including how competitors compare, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  14. mkaresh

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    So, how have these cars been doing lately?

    Our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser now include owner experiences through March 31, 2015. (Others are nearly a year behind.)

    In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year ("low" is best):

    2008 PT Cruiser: 98, high, small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 66, moderate, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 118, high, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 72, low, very small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 44, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 35, low, very small sample size

    No stat for a model year? Then we very much need more participants for it. Same for those with small sample size notes. Next updates in August and November.

    For repair descriptions, the stats for other cars, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  15. mkaresh

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    Our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser now cover the year ending June 30, 2015. (Others are over a year behind, and so report how these cars were doing when a year younger.)

    Repair trips per 100 cars:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 76, moderate, small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 58, low, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 110, high, very small sample size
    2004 PT Cruiser: 86, moderate, very small sample size
    2002 PT Cruiser: 66, low, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 47, low, very small sample size

    If a model year isn't listed, or its sample size is small, then we especially need more owners involved.

    For the descriptions of all reported repairs, results for other models, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  16. Dave Z

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    Interesting. Seems like it did pretty well overall but sample size is a real issue...
     
  17. mkaresh

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    Yes, we definitely need more participants for these. The small sample sizes are likely responsible for much of the variation from year to year.

    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through September 30, 2015. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 88, moderate, very small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 47, low, small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 112, high, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 49, low, very small sample size

    For the details, including repair descriptions, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  18. mkaresh

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through the end of 2015, about eight months ahead of other sources. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year--lower is better:

    2008 PT Cruiser: 76, moderate, very small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 32, low, very small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 138, high, small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 88, moderate, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 75, low, small sample size

    No stat, or a small sample size? Then we especially need more owners involved for that model year.

    For the repairs behind these stats, reliability information on other models, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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  19. mkaresh

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    We've updated our reliability stats for the PT Cruiser to include owner experiences through June 30, 2016. Reliability information elsewhere is based on a survey conducted in April 2015--well over a year ago.

    Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year (lower is better):

    2008 PT Cruiser: 75, moderate, very small sample size
    2006 PT Cruiser: 11, low, very small sample size
    2005 PT Cruiser: 114, high, very small sample size
    2003 PT Cruiser: 109, moderate, very small sample size
    2001 PT Cruiser: 107, moderate, small sample size

    We'll have further updates in November and next February. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

    For the repairs behind these stats, reliability information on other models, and to sign up to help improve this information:

    Chrysler PT Cruiser reliability ratings and comparisons
     
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