Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Chrysler PT Cruiser estate?
Owners have highlighted suspension and gearbox problems. You should be able to spot any obvious gearbox faults on a test drive, but it may well be worth paying someone who knows what they are looking for to crawl underneath the car and check out the suspension for wear and tear.
Like Chrysler's Neon saloon, electrical glitches and loose, flimsy plastic trim can plague the interior. Air bag faults can prove tricky to rectify, but overall the PT Cruiser has a reasonable reliability record.
There have been two recalls on the PT Cruiser range. Cars built between the start of 2000 and the end of 2001 needed to be brought in to have their fuel line modified, while all cars built up until 2003 had to have a secondary seal installed over the fuel pump, because there was a possible risk of leakage in the event of a roll-over accident.