Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Original review: March 11, 2023

BOUGHT MY 2001 PT Cruiser Feb 2002, drove it for 349,000 miles, sold it in 2015. For me it was a great car with plenty of versatility. I DROVE IT EVERYWHERE AND DID THE Standard maintenance to keep the vehicle running p

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Original review: Sept. 27, 2020

Listen, I’m young, so maybe I’m inexperienced so my knowledge may not extend as far as most peoples, but I just want to say that I LOVE this car. I have a 2007 Touring Edition (Signature Series) with 115,000 miles on it now, and it runs like a dream, has very seldom problems with anything at all, and it very inexpensive to maintain (and buy, lol). But I will tell you that if you’re interested in purchasing a PT, you HAVE to find one that has been maintained well. They aren’t like Honda’s in the way that you can treat them like crap and they’ll keep going forever, these cars treat you good if you treat them good.

I was fortunate enough to buy mine from its original owner and it was in IMMACULATE condition. He kept up with all the maintenance so that now, despite it being 13 years old, it runs like new. This car is not very powerful unless you buy one with a turbo engine, which in my opinion is the only downside. It’s an adorable car and the interior is very unique and retro. I can also fit this car just about anywhere because it’s small, but still super roomy on the inside. Most of the people that complain about these cars have just simply not taken care of them. Don’t let that deter you. find one that has been well loved, and continue to love it. You will adore this car.

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    Original review: Dec. 15, 2019

    This car has no bells and whistles as well as no road noise reduction. While it is roomy inside any repairs outside requires removal of non related parts making self repairs a nightmare and too expensive to hire a mechanic. The tail and headlights need a new design of keeping them in their respective place because I have had to tape mine in place due to rattling and bulb breakage. Gas per mileage is acceptable and have no issues there.

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    Original review: Oct. 12, 2019

    I have had a "01" and a "02" almost identical 2.4 automatic Limited Edition, Black and all options. If you ever have a problem; Take it to the dealer. It is more expensive but you get what you pay for. If you buy a used one take it to the dealer to evaluate it to see if it has been maintained properly and it's condition. Maintenance is the key here!!! No car runs maintenance free.

    With the PT'S they have some issues and some repairs that are common. The thermostat is cheap and should be changed yearly no more than two. The cooling fan is electric and changed or checked every 60,000 or so. If either fails you will face huge repairs if you blow the motor. If it overheats; stop and get towed; don't blow motor!!! The timing belt and water pump together are a scheduled replacement at 80,000 -100,000 or depending on age!!! If older like 6-7-years 80-90- thousand is realistic!!! Motor mounts are a problem!!!

    Mine I replaced both and on one a bolt broke. I said ** it and the motor ain't going anywhere. Still broken bolt. Still no problem. Have friend look at motor while in gear; give it a little!!! Gas pedal that is and see if the motor is moving dangerously or looks loose. Mine drives fine and I ain't spending 1800.00 to replace a motor mount bolt and the motor and drivability is perfect!!!! Condition depends on how driven and where. Have it checked out before buying. Maintenance records!!!! A MUST!!! Mine now has 174,000 original motor and automatic transmission without major repairs to them only the minor things or scheduled maintenance to them.

    I started using synthetic oil at 90,000. Change the transmission fluid at 60,000 to 90,000 later if all highway. 60,000 if more city or rough driving. Batteries do not last forever; If you are buying or have one with 2yr warranty it is a 2yr. battery!!! Mine has same alternator. Done the water pump/timing belt scheduled recommended; twice... This is some advice from someone who knows from having, driving and loving the "02" PT cruiser and giving some common sense advice for the type of people that drive these cool little cars!!! One other thing; I installed an Alpine deck; blue tooth; a 10" alpine factory subwoofer with 250 watt amp for the sub together with my iPhone 6 and Spotify app; kept the original 8 speakers and it totally rocks; studio sound!!!! This is my buddy.... Brian

    12 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 6, 2019

    2006 PT Cruiser has steered me from ever, ever, purchasing Chrysler again. Bought the car, needed passenger motor mount, control arms right off. Then, the water pump, did timing belt then too, cause why not?? Then, the drum brakes went bad. Then, tie rod ends, thermostat, cam seals, valve cover, spark plugs, CV axles, whole strut mount assembly needs replaced, oil ignition switch, two different oil sensors, part after part, camshaft sensor last week and NOW, 10 months later, I have to replace the water pump AGAIN! I want blow this POS up! It never ends. PT stands for Part Time. Cause this junk wagon is only on the road that long until it's back in shop.

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 11, 2019

    We bought the 2005 PT Cruiser used in 2007. Clearly the original owner LOVED his handsome Cruiser, but traded when problems started. The A/C developed an issue that the dealer couldn't find but WB Motors in Fairfax, Va. found and fixed. (This is a keepsake vehicle kept after my Brother died because he also LOVED it.) WB Motors spotted an aged head gasket leak and VERY IMPORTANTLY pointed out that at 80,000 miles the timing belt can go without symptoms and take the engine with it. The Cruiser had 82,000 miles on it and I did both repairs. Rust underneath is the current issue. The little cutie pie has the turning radius of a dump truck and is a gas hog, but if you bought one of these, especially the 2005 model, you'll realize it has Daimler Benz quality built in and worth repairing. Keep an eye on the rust underneath before deciding the timing belt repair, but if rust is no issue, keep driving that little guy, you will also LOVE him.

    41 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 9, 2019

    I have had 2 PT Cruisers and am currently looking for my 3rd one. I absolutely love these cars! I bought one new in 2001 and had no issues with it, other than it being repossessed. 3 years ago I bought a used 2003 PT with 50,000 miles on it. It had its share of problems. 3 times overheating on the highway and had to be towed. Thank God for AAA! Unfortunately, the mechanic I used wasn't a good one. It took 3 times for them to figure out that it needed the water pump and timing belt kit with accessory belts. $1,100 later, they still hadn't fixed it right and they had to put a new radiator in it as well. I know now, that the water pump/timing belt is a common issue with these cars and should be done at around 80,000 miles, so I am looking for one that is already had that done.

    I love the room that this car has! Tons of head room and storage/hauling space with the fold down or take out back seats and the hatch. Love the shelf in the hatch and that is adjustable. Great for privacy. I have fibromyalgia and it is hard for me to get in and out of the most cars. This car, it seems, sets up a little higher and I can get in and out of it with ease while also being comfortable while driving it. When I sit in the car, it just seems like everything is located where I think it should be. I think the power window controls in the dash instead of the door is brilliant!

    That means they will never get wet by the window being left down inadvertently in the rain. I love the Retro look and style of this car and I especially love the surf blue pearl (aqua blue) color that they came out with. It's my favorite! I understand that this car, as with all cars, has problems. Some of the problems are common to the PT Cruiser. But I still love this car more than any car I have owned and can't wait to get my next one! I figure, that buying a used car is always a risk anyway, so why shouldn't I drive what I really love!

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 29, 2018

    This is a spacious hatchback that handles like a 2 door. It's not that fast, but it will get from point a to b with not that much gas usage. Back seats remove for even more space and the "trunk" has a shelf to help organize. The body doesn't look too... "modern", and the parts can be either a pain or a breeze to replace, depending on how Chrysler felt that day of designing. Overall, driving it till it blows up, which doesn't seem like any time soon.

    38 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 24, 2018

    I have had a 2007 PT Cruiser since 2008 (bought a rental that was abused, go figure), and it's needed very little repairs in the ten years I've had it. It's true, you have to keep up on the maintenance. I use reliable shops and the dealer who sold me the car, so they have the history of it. Maintenance is the key with any auto. All will eventually stop if you don't keep up the maintenance. I take mine in to the same two shops, or the dealer, every autumn to make sure I will have no problems over the winter. Sometimes, the shop catches a mistake THEY did, like changing the battery without changing the bad cable. I hold onto my repair receipts so I can keep a history overall of the repairs and replaced parts. Overall, my car is great and should last for many years.

    49 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: June 21, 2018

    This car has been a delight. It's been the most reliable car I've ever owned. It has never broken down. I've owned it for 6 years and the only thing I've ever done to it is change the oil, replace the battery and bought new tires. It's a convertible so it's particularly fun to drive in warm weather. It's a four cylinder engine but it has plenty of pep when handling the hilly roads in my area. I chose the Chrysler PT Cruiser because I really liked the appearance of the car. It is a silvery lavender color with black convertible top and it has a retro look to both the body and the interior. The top goes up or down very easily, smoothly and with a minimum of noise. It handles nice and it's enjoyable to take on road trips.

    The main drawback to the car is that the trunk is ridiculously small. At best, it might hold one small suitcase and a couple of bags of groceries. The trunk does not hold anything with height to it. Items usually have to be laid flat in order to fit. The back passenger area does not provide much leg room. In fact, getting out of the back seat requires a good bit of flexibility.

    32 people found this review helpful
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