I have had this car from new March 2002 its the LTD petrol model, the only things to go wrong with it have been the bushes, replaced at 6000 mls under warranty, and I bought a new battery when the car was 4yrs old, parts are overpriced if you need to buy any and the turning circle is very poor,I love the comfort you get when driving, and I would buy another one but not new, depreciation is very high, I would buy a 12 month old car, you can buy lots of after market products to make the PT more individual.
This is our third PT cruiser so you could say we are fans .As other reviewers state this car is a superb comfortable and practical hatchback .I drive autos and have to say that the new 2.4 engine is a much better combination with the autobox than the 2 ltd models.Reliability has been fine with no major problems on any of the cars and fit and finish is good.All problems have been dealt with by Chrysler under warranty. Only drawbacks are poor turning circle and its not very economical but then I didnt buy it for fuel economy .
I wouldnt buy a new one unless it was heavily discounted as the depreciation in the first year is heavy however as a second hand buy they are great . I also lease a PT Cabriolet automatic at a very competitive 1 year rate and thats very quiet and comfortable with the hood up or down .
Overall I've enjoyed the PT Cruiser experience and will find it a difficult car to replace.
I bought my PT new in November 2000. Six years and 110,000 miles down the line, I think its time to change.
Why? In all that time it has been the most reliable & comfortable car I have ever had. No major parts have yet been replaced (battery just replaced today!), so they must be on borrowed time. A few niggly things have gone, most replaced under warranty.
Criticisms: So beautifully curvy that all the stones go through the windscreen (4th at present). Cannot find a reliable, competent service department - have taken it to independent local garage since warranty ran out. Don't get as much attention as we used to when it was new - too many out there now!
Will I get another one? Just waiting for the colour range to change!!
I owned a PT Cruiser 2lt Limited Auto Patriot Blue for 18 months, it was a year old when I bought it and had done 9,000 miles,but still felt and drove like new.I loved my Cruiser,purely for the comfort of the drive.It was the first automatic I had owned,but it made driving so much more relaxing and enjoyable.Cruising is what it does best,not in the show off sense of the word,but in giving its passengers a smooth ride.Leather seats, heated and adjustable were a dream in winter.My only negatives points are that the air conditioning was always TOO cold,as in FREEZING in summer,when you needed it to make you cool,but not so cool you couldn't feel your toes lol,and the other was the relatively high cost of servicing and petrol,although I suppose that goes hand in hand with owning a good quality made car.It had everything I needed and like the other reviewer who commented on the removable seats, I was able to transport a sofa bed with the rear seats removed, so it is very adaptable.Of course,it was nice to have people stare at the car when we drove past,but that's not why I liked it so much,it just felt unique,different,and most of all COMFORTABLE.The only problem I ever had in 21,000 miles was a faulty air bag brought to my attention by a warning light,which was replaced with no fuss by the Chrysler garage. Other than that,for a good drive,comfortable and standing out from the crowd I would recommend it to anyone.I may just make it my next car!!
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