The compact PT Cruiser is a retro-style wagon or convertible produced by American automaker Chrysler. The PT Cruiser debuted in 2000, with the convertible version arriving in 2005. Both body styles have been available in several variations and trim levels. Despite a generally good reputation for safety and reliability, the PT Cruiser has become known for several recurring problems that owners and potential buyers should be aware of.
Some of the most common problems with the PT Cruiser involve the vehicle’s engine. The PT Cruiser’s 4-cylinder engine, shared with several other Chrysler vehicles, is sometimes known to burn oil and may need more added on a regular basis in order to operate smoothly. In other cases rough idling or a faulty “check engine” warning light may occur. Stalling and difficulty starting are other common PT Cruiser engine complaints. While some of these issues may be covered under an extended powertrain warranty, engine repairs on older vehicles can be costly.