The Worst PT Cruiser Problems

TIPM Electrical Problems

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If you've heard of a TIPM, chances are you own a vehicle from Fiat-Chrysler (FCA). Think of it like a command center for all the electrical functions of your car, and in FCA's case a very, very disfunctional one.

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Pacifica Cradle Rot

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The 2004-08 Pacifica might as well be nicknamed the engine-dropper because they have a common issue where the engine cradles rust, rot and split apart to the point where the engine can fall out. Why these years specifically? And what is Chr…

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What PT Cruiser Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Comparing 1 Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The PT Cruiser has 1 generations with the latest starting in the 2001 model year.

By the Numbers

  1. 819 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 179 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 11 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.