Used Chrysler PT Cruiser 2000 - 2008 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2000 - 2008 review
Chrysler PT Cruiser (00 - 08)
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser (00 - 08)
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser (00 - 08)
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Our recommendations

Which used Chrysler PT Cruiser estate should I buy?

Spec-wise, go for a Touring model, which will come with all the kit you'll need fitted as standard.

Likewise, there's really only one engine choice - diesel. The first one, a Mercedes-Benz unit, was introduced into the PT Cruiser line-up in 2002, and is a far better bet than the early 2.0-litre, 140bhp petrol that was phased out in October 2004. True, the petrol may be swifter in a straight line, but the more economical diesel pulls much more strongly from low revs. However, by modern standards, refinement isn't great.

But, if your budget stretches, go for the common-rail 2.2 diesel unit that was introduced when the PT Cruiser was given a face-lift in 2005. It produces more power - up from 119bhp to 150bhp - and refinement is also significantly improved.

Private sales are a good place to look for a bargain, but don't forget Chrysler dealers: many also keep a wide range of used stock.