2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser – head gasket, transmission problems

Dear Doctor: I recently purchased a used 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible with the 4-cylinder turbo engine with an automatic transmission. I’m concerned about a pronounced hum or whine that seems to be coming from the drivetrain. It is more noticeable when accelerating or going upgrade. I know someone with a 2006 PT Cruiser and a 2005 PT Cruiser turbo just like mine and neither has a hum or whine. I believe I have a problem and want the dealer to fix it under the warranty that I purchased. Any advice? Gerald

Dear Gerald: These front-wheel-drive Chrysler vehicles do have a history of head gasket and transmission problems. Indeed, a good extended warranty program is wise for you to have and utilize (do not buy a warranty through the mail or online). I recommend that you have the car checked by a transmission specialty shop, as well. There could be a service charge to check the car at both dealer and independent shops, but is worth every penny.

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