A defective turn signal lever (multifunction switch) can cause erratic operation of the turn signals and other exterior lights. Depending on the fault, a dead battery could result. Our technicians recommend replacing the failed switch.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems
Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.
Certain 2001-2005 models were recalled because the high pressure power steering hose could contact the transaxle differential cover and wear prematurely, causing a fluid leak. A Damaged hose should be replaced and correctly routed to prevent future damage. For more information on the recall, please click here»
A gear-like rattle noise may be heard when transmission is in neutral and the clutch pedal is released. A new clutch is commonly required to correct this problem.
A click heard when turning the steering wheel may be solved by aligning the steering column or installing revised parts in the column (requires removal of the steering column).
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Recalls (Recent)
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions and Answers
I have a variety of oil leaks and hear that I will need a timing belt soon. I love my Cruiser, but is it becoming a money pit? will the problems end?
I'm being told that the flywheel must be replaced at the same time as the clutch. That you cannot buy the clutch assy w/o the flywheel.
I have a 2003 PT that is showing a oil pressure switch problem (code 522) Twice in two weeks it has stayed on at start-up on a warm engine.When shut off and restarted light went off.It has never co...
Going up hills, my 88K engine lurches, & I wonder if it will stall out. Would this be the belt or tranny? I've had the A/C belt replaced.
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews
2003 pt Loser, is a nickle & dime machine! Has any one other then me had a problem with breaks locking up after driving 10-15 miles? I think this is it with chysler products. After i get this last in the line of problems taken care of, it will be time to go in debt. again & get something(anything) else
I had to replace my front lower control arm bushings on both sides of the car at 38,000 miles. Now I have 55,000 miles on the car and they need replacing again. When you hear a clunk noise when you drive over a bump your rubber bushings need replaced. Must me a bad design on the front suspension.
My engine has a slight miss in it. I believe its the fuel injectors. I have been putting fuel injection cleaner in it and it seems to be better. I drive allot of short trips so maybe thats why they are not clean and causing the slight miss in the engine.
I had to replace a crank postion sensor on the car at 40,000 miles.
The brakes are junk. They squeak allot. I had new special brake pads put on and had the rotors turned and they still squeak. I think the rotors of are made of a cheap steel that came from China and they rust real fast causing the squeak noise when I apply my brakes. There is different grades of steel . Chrysler used the cheapest they could get in my opinion.
I also had the front wheel bearings replaced at 38,000 when I had my front control arm bushings replaced because I have read they don't last. Not sure if the wheel bearings are junk or poor design.
I like the car style and the interior is comfortable. I don't have a turbo, so it doesn't have a lot of power and the gas mileage seems pretty bad. I have had ongoing issues with the air conditioner for two years or more now and am VERY unsatisfied with that. Still not resolved. Had a power steering problem awhile back that cost me some bucks along with a few other minor annoyances. The big problem now is the transmission. I have a 2003 model that I bought in 2005 and it had 12,000 miles on it. I just went over 100,00 on it and it appears that the transmission is dead. It went into the shop today and I am waiting for the verdict. If this car didn't come with so many inherent issues and if the transmission could get 150,000 to 200,000 miles, I would like it; however, replacing the transmission at 100,000 miles and not being able to figure out what the heck is messing up the A/C, I can't say I would buy another Chrysler product ever again. I had a horrible experience with a Chrysler vehicle in ther 1980's and swore I would never buy one again...then the PT Cruisers came out and I really like the style. Plus, Chrysler was supposed to be so much better! Mistake. If I had the money, I would go for another Honda in a heartbeat.
I have a 2003 PT Cruiser basic. I absolutly love my car. He has 138,000 miles. Runs great. I change the oil, every 3 months. Never had problems with it. Just recently I had the timing belt changed and water pump. Gave it a tune up and and he is running like he was at 21,000 miles when I bought him 5 years ago. As he is getting older tho, he moans and groans just a bit. My mechanic said it could be his low control arm bushings. Overall love my 2003 Cranberry PT.
At 23,000 miles has to fix air conditioning leak. Between 80,000 and 100,000 miles had to replace front struts and bearings, have rotors sanded down, I've replaced brake pads twice, replaced ball joints and control arm, replaced both O-2 sensors in engine, had to have front headlights sanded due to failed visibility test. Also had to get a tune up. At 110,000 miles needed timing belt replaced. I drive responsibly and always service my car but it's a PT Loser money pit lemon! I will never buy another Chrysler.