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#77 of 113 Re: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser (intermittent engine light) [dcurts]
Apr 23, 2011 (7:02 am)
Get your computer changed before it goes over 90,000 miles, it is free from Chrysler to change it once on a car. I had to last year and had to pay $3000.00 for all the work on my 2003 pt cruiser. My transmission is slipping now and I replaced the alternator, timing belt, heads, lower engine mount, complete tune up, and so much more last year. I wish I would have know before I purchased the car. I just replaced the alternator again this year and the battery. The check engine light came on and now the transmission is slipping.
#78 of 113 Re: Transmission Dead [jhazy119]
Apr 25, 2011 (5:27 am)
I guess no one reads or monitors this page in an effort to aide and assist would be needy motorists with their auto troubles.
Just another SELF-MOTIVATED; EGO-MANIACLE web page claiming to be able to assist those in need...!
Should have checked with Kelly Blue Book.
#79 of 113 Re: Transmission Dead [jhazy119]
Apr 25, 2011 (7:32 am)
#80 of 113 Re: Transmission Dead [jhazy119]
Apr 25, 2011 (8:11 am)
Not sure where your frustration is coming from as it appears you have had several responses to your post, latest being two days ago. However, I will tell you that yes, the cruiser is known for tranny problems and it seems to happen around 100,000 miles. My buddie bought a cruiser a couple years ago with 105,000 miles on it. It was very clean and looked brand new inside and out... You could tell the car was very well taken care of. About a week after he bought it, the transmission started slipping (no leaks and no warning light). He immediately called the dealer he bought it from and they agreed to bave their mechanic look at it. It turned out that the transmission needed to be replaced or rebuilt. Do to the cost of replacing it $2,000+ he decided to have it rebuilt for $1100. The dealer agreed to cover half the cost as he had only bought a week earlier. Car ran great for about a year. Then another bummer, he was driving home one day and just as he turned the corner to his house he heard a pop and the engine she off, he was able to coast into his driveway. We couldn't figure out what was wrong with it as again there were no leaks but the engine would not start. He bad it towed to a chrystler dealer this time and it turns out his timing belt broke. This turned out to be another $1000 bill. Be had it the work done along with the water pump as apparently that is quite the chore and much cheaper to have done while the engine was apart for the replacement of the timing belt. After he got the car back the A/C quit working so he took it back and the dealer told him he would need a new fan and the cost would be several hundred dollars so I suggested he take it to another dealer for a second opinion. So he took it to yet another dealer (a reputable local 5 star dealer). After a quick check it turns out the last dealer that replaced his timing belt unplugged his fan and tried charging him for a new one! So they plugged his fan in and he also had them do a tune up with new plugs and wires etc. The car ran better than it ever did until he ran it into a tree totaling it about 5 months later. Anyhow, these cars are fun to drive but appear to me to be high maintenance vehicles and even then be prepared for some pocket dipping repairs. I hope this helps. Have you had your car looked at or repaired?
#81 of 113 2003 PT Cruiser - Total Loss
Apr 29, 2011 (9:16 am)
I took my 2003 PT Cruiser to a shop to have a steering problem fixed. It had 107,000 miles on it and was showing no transmission problems. Next thing I know, the shop calls me and says the differential went through the transmission after the mechanic repaired the steering problem and was driving it. They said I need a whole new transmission for a total of over $4,000! They then charged me over $800 for the steering problem they "fixed" so I could then have my car TOWED away! The car was only worth around $3,000 before this incident, so it was a total loss and I am out of a car. I can't prove that the shop caused the problem,so I can't take them to small claims court. The shop blamed Chrysler saying that they knew about the problem but weren't taking responsibility for it! Has anyone considered a class action lawsuit? Sounds like there are plenty of people that have experienced the same problem! I won't use Pro Alignment again and will NEVER buy a car from Chrysler again. Bought a 2010 Ford Fusion SEL and hope to have a better experience! So far I love the car! (P.S. At least Ford didn't take bailout money!)
Jul 19, 2011 (10:53 am)
i have a 2007 automatic that wont shift on its own but I can manually shift. Any ideas?
#83 of 113 Shimmy when shifting
Jul 20, 2011 (12:51 pm)
I have been told that a shimmy when the auto transmission is shifting may be transmission and/or motor mounts? I have also been told that the mounts on my 2003 PT Cruiser go out every 4 or 5 years? They said you should make sure the mechanic changes the water pump and timing belt at the same time as the mounts with no labor charge, because you have to take those things off anyway when you change the mounts? Is this info correct?
#84 of 113 Re: Shimmy when shifting [tim185]
Jul 20, 2011 (1:53 pm)
might as well! Chrysler never put out to the public how, shall we say, "sensitive" the early, and perhaps, recent, PT tranny's are! Mine blew up, and it costs as much as the car to get a new one, a used one was put in and it blew up too. I WOULD NEVER BUY A PT OR ANY CHRYSLER EVER AGAIN. I have a little Nissan Versa with a lawnmower type transmission that just hums along! If you DO NOT do these things, it is just a matter of time before the tranny blows out completely for you! Read deeper in Edmund's about PT transmissions. GOOD LUCK, Uggy
#85 of 113 04 PT Crusier 5speed
Aug 21, 2011 (6:06 pm)
My check engine light has been on since we bought it back in April or May of this year...we've had it checked on quite a bit but everyone says the same thing it's fine nothing is showing up...around about 3 wks or so ago it started having trouble going into reverse but no problems with any other gears....What could be the problem with it??? Any idea's????
#86 of 113 pt cruiser law suit
Aug 29, 2011 (4:01 pm)
does any one no if thiers a class action law suit against chrysler for these problems we all have incountered. i have a 2003 pt bought it new by the third year i replaced the timing belt then the conputer now the car shakes they said its the transaxel i have spent around 6000.00 and the tranmission is to be about 2500.