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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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»

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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).

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Recalls (Recent)

Suspension & Steering, September 20, 2004

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The power steering pressure hose may contact the automatic transaxle, potentially damaging the hose. An underhood fire could result from the leaking fluid. Dealers will inspect the power steering pressure hose and retain or replace it as necessary.

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions and Answers

Dave in IL, 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, w/o Turbo, Cary, IL

While driving, my heater began blowing cold air. After stopping and restarting the car, warm air began to blow again, but it didn't seem to get too hot. The temp gauge was at its normal oper...

petem6342, 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Turbo, Pierson, MI

i put in 2 cans of freon and it starts blowing cold air, then after a while it starts back warm

necee, 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, w/o Turbo, Hawthorne, CA

my car has been sputtering when stopped at a light and also when driving, my mechanic said it was the idle speed control valve and would cost $800.00? I only have 24,000 miles on it.

Jo Ellen, 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Turbo, Vancouver, WA

I have a chirping noise when car starts. New belts were put on but still does. Is this due to pulleys being misaligned.

Jo Ellen, 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Turbo, Vancouver, WA

Hello - had a fire and saw smoke come from steering column while driving down the road. Then my fog lights would not go off unless when I parked I put my left turn signal down. Has anyone else had ...

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

I brought my first 2004 pt in March of 2012 and from the first day that i get it was having issues with it the back whippers did not work so they call themself fixing it and it worked for a while then stopped. It would still when i go to 30mph they fix it .The wheels on the car have been replaced 5 times and still need more now. It was knotting and they claim to have fixed it but it still knotted. the inside light not come on where the gas hand is and sometimes all the inside lights would go out even the radio.I just had a fire. The front bumper was hanging on one side paint was bubbleing on th hood. I just wish that we would have saved that money that we put in it. The oil lecked and so much more.

I have a 2004, 5 speed in which I bought used in 2008. The car had approximately 65,000 miles on it when I purchased it. I love the body styles of these cars and love the many features about them. I was warned to not buy the car by many, but I bought anyway. I have replaced the entire braking system on it shortly after the purchase to include rotors, hubs, bearings, drums etc. That cost almost $700 from Just Brakes. The next repair was an all wheel alignment and a new set of tires which cost about $400 from Pep Boys. Then about 4 months ago I had to replace the Timing Belt after the car stalled on me in going home traffic on a Friday....and that repair cost me about $1,500. So all in all, I am very pleased with my car and happy with the purchase I made almost 3 years ago. The only thing I can really complain about is the fact that the car seems to eat up tires really fast. Especially the right rear one. Just bought a used tire to replace that one until I need a full set again....which will be very soon.
If I was asked to rate the car on a scale from 1-10, I would have to give it an 8-8.5 because no car is a problem free car.

I love the fact that the seats come out of this vehicle and the room interior. I even like the fact the the window controls are on the dash above the radio. I do not however like all the repair bills that go along with owning this car. I bought this car with only 45 thousand miles. Now with about 72thousand on my car I have replaced the radiator (twice-but once was after a wreck I had two days ago.) both wheel bearings, air conditioner hose, timing belt, break pads, breaks, rotors, and of course the normal maintenance like tires. & i still feel like Im forgetting something. But hey it gets good gas mileage. Im averaging 21 mph in town and 24 interstate

I have owned my 2004 GT HO Turbo since it was new. I am a lifelong Mopar owner, so I knew of this car's ( and company's) shortcomings in advance. All PT owners should replace their suspension bushings with polyurethane units if they intend to keep their cars for the long haul. The factory control arm bushings, especially, will not last. I have 110K on mine now and it was money well spent. To be fair, when I replace the normal wear items, I use aftermarket units (cross-drilled & slotted brake rotors, polyurethane timing belt, etc) If you shop around, you'll find better value and better quality than OEM.

P.S. If you bought a chrysler in the last 20 yrs and are happy with your purchase you have gotten use to having low standards

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