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Used Chrysler PT Cruiser 2000 - 2008 review

(2000 - 2008)
Chrysler PT Cruiser (00 - 08)
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What used Chrysler PT Cruiser estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Chrysler PT Cruiser estate?

Taking the diesel option will obviously save you cash on fuel. The 2.2-litre diesel easily betters the 2.0-litre petrol, with 40mpg versus 31mpg. The 2.4-litre petrol manages 31.7mpg, which is no match for the common-rail 2.2-diesel's 40.9mpg. Even then, the equivalent Renault Scenic is good for an official 47.1mpg.

To rub salt in the wounds, not only is the Renault much more practical, it also has much longer service intervals. Whereas the Renault can run to two years or 18,000 miles, the PT Cruiser needs a service every six months or 7500 miles. Official Chrysler dealers' hourly rates are way above what you'll pay at a Ford, Renault or even Volkswagen dealers, as well, so find yourself a good specialist who knows the make well if you want to save cash.

It may not prove so easy to reduce insurance costs, though; the PT Cruiser sits in groups 12 and 13.