Ok the - it's like marmite - this car generate such mixed feelings!
You either 'love it or loathe it' - I personally love it!
I have one in purple with the tinted windows - 51 plate.
I have had my P.T.Cruiser for four years, and it is the best car I have owned over the years.
The volume of stuff i can cram in the back is amazing,
It will hold 2 adult + 2 children bikes with plenty of room left over - I have also been camping with it and it holds everything a 4 man team can require!
I use it for my daily drive to work, the fuel economy I would call average, which is fine for a car of this size, it has got me home in all sorts of weather conditions
Very comfortable long distance, and still turns heads after all this time.
All in all a very good car for the money, retro appeal and you will be an individual!
I bought a 2003 PT cruiser GT recently and I have to say it is well worth the money I spent on it. With all of it's features like cruise control, sun roof, automatic transmission (with autostick), heated leather seats, ABS, Traction control and it's 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder turbo engine this car definitely puts me in the drivers seat (literally!)
There are a few things I noticed about my car that might be worth mentioning. It's not that good on gas, but it's not the worst either. In town I am averaging about 14.4 miles per gallon. Although I own a 2003 it is still a good idea to run premium gas in it like the manual says, since running regular gas seems to make the car run rough and gives me a much poorer MPG average. If you plan on using a spare key for the car be sure you check to see if you have the key with the chip in it, because you will need to get a special key like that in order to start the car (so you can keep it running). Also the car is somewhat particular with some of it's fluids (like the antifreeze and transmission fluid) so make sure when having the fluids changed that the correct ones are put back in. The manual is somewhat vague on some of the fluid specifications (like antifreeze) so it would be a good idea to give Chrysler a call and see what they suggest or say.
The PT Cruiser. Or marmite car as they are commonly refered to. You either love them, or hate them.
Distinctive styling isnt to everyone's taste. The PT cruiser in my opinion is one of the most distinctive cars around today. The roads are full of euroboxes, getting you from A to B, but in the PT cruiser, you can do it in style and turn heads.
The PT cruiser was been around since about 2000. Originally in a 1.6 and 2 litre petrol version. The 1.6 petrol was frankly useless, and soon phased out. The 2l was then joined by a 2.2 CRD in mid 2003. The diesel engine made the car alive. The 2l petrol engine didnt have enough oomph. The car weighs nearly 2 tons, so it needs a lot of power to shift it. sadly the Petrol didnt really provide this.
I bought my first PT in 2005. It was 2.2CRD on an 02 plate. It was the limited version in a gloss black. I had been searching for ages to find this car, as I wanted to replace my ageing Rover 214 with something a bit more stylish, and I wanted to switch to diesel for convenience reasons.
The car had a full leather interior, with power seats, sunroof, mirrors and windows. Air con, CD changer, traction control and cruise control finished off the spec. I was happy as larry in my new car, and turned heads wherever I went. Unfortunately that wasnt very far, as the developed a serious fault. Everytime you hit 50MPH, the engine would turn in to limp mode, and you had no power at all.
It took an age to get this fixed, and was eventually found to be down to a split turbo hose. I later found out this was a very common problem on PT's, but sadly I found out the hard way and had a bill of over £400 to show for it.
Once fixed the car was brilliant. However the light beige interior wasnt fairing up so well.My job in the oil industry, means I get very dirty, and pretty much all that dirt ended up on the cream leather and beige dash. It was time for a change, and I found the perfect car.
It was of course another PT. This time in stunning metallic purple with black leather seats and interior. It was again Limited spec, so had all the same gadgets as the previous car. This time it was on an 03 plate.
This car was faultless in the 3 years I owned it. I was sad to see it go, but needed something bigger. Despite the PT having a spacious boot, it wasnt big enough. The rear seats were a hassle to fold or take out, so when you needed to carry a large load, you had the prospect of breaking your back removing the seats, or wrecking the seat backs scuffing the load over them.
Performance wise, the clue is in the name. Its a cruiser, not a racer. 0-60 was about 12 seconds, although I did have a powerchip fitted, which lowered this to a more respectable 9 seconds. The ride was comfy with adjustable lumbar support in the drivers seat and hugging soft leather. An retractable center armrest was much welcomed on long motorway crusies. The steering was well weighted and precise but the turning circle was laughable. A staggering 12 meters! Supermarket carparks are a big no no, unless you have 20 minutes spare and paper bag over your head. The car makes you look like a learner on a bad day when trying to park or turn in a tight area.
Gear shifts were smooth and precise from the 5 speed manual box, and the surge of power even as standard in 2nd gear was always pleasing.
Economy was average at best. The factory figures stated 40MPG, although I rarely managed 30. Still acceptable for a large diesel, but could have been better. Tax was a reasonable £180 and insurance group 12 kept premiums fairly low. I serviced the car myself, as dealer prices as usual were over the top to say the least. For around £30 you could buy all the filters, and a few hours work in your garage had the car all sorted. A word of warning.. Kwik fit will not touch a PT for serving.. Its not in their system apprently... The one time I needed the oil changed by a garage, and they refused to do it. Instead I went to a local independant and they changed just the oil and filter that I supplied for £40. Tyres were reasonable, depending on the quality. They are a funny size, so choice was limited, but most of the major brands has at least 1 type to choose from. My preference were Pirelli, at about £150 a corner.
The PT has a cult following with several clubs around the world devoted to them. I was part of the biggest in the UK, and enjoyed several meets around the country. Some the cars are customised beyond belief. You really can do anything your mind imagines with these cars, be it a full paint job and roof chop, or a 4 litre V8!!
As a familly car, the PT works quite well, although there are others better in the class. However if you like to be a bit different, then this is a car for you. Prices second hand are bordering on insane. I sold mine in August 2009 for a measly £3100. That was a 4 grand loss in 3 years on a car with 50k on the clock. To think the car cost almost £20k in 2003.
If you want a cheap runabout, a weekend cruiser, the you could pick one up for peanuts and have a great time with it. If you are in to customisation, the world is your Oyster. The PT is more than just a car.. Its a way of life when you get inlvolved in the massive social scene.
I love my Chrysler - it was the first car that I ever bought for looks - mine's a diesel but is not too bad on fuel economy.
Saw the Chysler building in New York and thought it was fantastic. Shortly after that I saw these cars start to appear and was drawn to them, before realising the make.
Within a month of buying it, I took 5 people to France on ferries from Portsmouth. Being from Hull the journey was lengthy but there was plenty of room for passengers and luggage.
One minor fault has occurred - some kind of relay switch which causes the engine light to come on, but otherwise it's great.
The only fault it has is that the turning circle is really big - difficult to turn round in small spaces without a lot of tooing and froing - is that how they are spelled?
Beautiful car, luxurious and spacious.
I have the Pt cruiser limited CRD with full spec which i bought second hand 1 year ago and is now 4 years old. I totally love this car and cannot believe I got so much car for just over five grand! I previously had a BMW 1 series which I enjoyed but once I had my baby i was finding the low back seat was hurting my back every time I was putting the car seat in and out so The BMW had to go. I have always liked the look of these cars and like marmite, you either love or hate the shape. There is so much room in both front and back and that is including having a baby car seat without having to push the front seat forward. The boot space is fab and the rear seats can go flat , tumble down or even be removed. I find it a joy to drive. I can't drive it like my BMW but I prefer the more relaxed driving position.
You can't buy this car new anymore but I would highly reconmend this car from the 2nd hand market.
I first saw the Cruiser as the concept Coupe sometime in the second half of the 90s and like most of the other reviewers was overcome by the “WOW” factor. In 1999 press articles announced that it had been put into production in the states as a 5 door MPV and would be available in the UK in 2000. I decided I must have one even if the performance figure were “acceptable” rather than good, especially as the car provided very flexible load carrying capacity. I still love the concept of the car and enjoy driving it when it is not back with the dealer to have faults rectified but will not be buying another. In the 19 months I have had the car I have not had a single trouble free month and do not consider that the service from either the dealer or the manufacturer has been satisfactory. The current mileage is 28k In December 2000 I took delivery of my blue Limited Edition Cruiser from the dealer. I noticed that the gear change was a little stiff but, especially as the press reviews had not been complementary about the gearbox, put this down to the car having delivery mileage only. Over the next few weeks the gear change got progressively worse. I was only able to get to the dealer on a Saturday morning and it took two attempts before a mechanic was available. He agreed that there was a problem and the dealer agreed to contact Chrysler. The car was returned to the dealer and the gearbox removed. Chrysler quoted 3 months for delivery of another and refused to replace the car. After much complaining this was reduced, but on three occasions the parts did not arrive when promised. Eventually the dealer took a gearbox from their demonstration vehicle. After two months of driving a courtesy Neon, I picked the car up, the number plates were delaminating, the security wheel nuts had rusted, the rear bumper had been damaged, there was a large stain on the rear seat and the door open warning was sounding constantly. Some of the faults were rectified there and then and a replacement bumper ordered. As compensation for the problems Chrysler supplied and fitted a Park Pilot. The car was returned to the dealer and the replacement bumper and park pilot fitted. On washing the car I noticed that the chrome was peeling off the wheels. I contacted the dealer new wheels were ordered. Additionally on several occasions the bonnet would not close properly. While waiting for the new wheels a squeak in the steering developed. When the car was returned to the dealer for the new wheels to be fitted I reported the steering noise. The car was returned with the comment that the dealer could not find any squeak. The squeak continued and when the car was next in for service I demonstrated this to the “new” service manager. I was told that new steering bushes were required and these would be ordered and the garage would inform me when they were available. August 2001 I drove from the South Coast to Scotland with my wife, stopping overnight in Yorkshire. Shortly after starting out on the second leg of the journey a loud rattle started from the dashboard. This was loud enough to drown out the CD player. This has continued intermittently since. The car was booked in during September 2001 to have the steering bushes replaced. I reported the rattle. When I picked the car up I was told that there had not been time to investigate the rattle. The car was booked in again for this to be investigated. I noticed that when I braked or turned left there was a loud clunk from under the car. The car was returned for this to be rectified and the rattle investigated. The clunk was resolved without any explanation being forthcoming but once again the dealer claimed that they could not detect any rattle. This pattern was repeated through the next couple of months with the dealer carrying out work but claiming they could not hear
any rattle. In December I took the car to the dealer and took the service manager for a run. He agreed that he could now hear the rattle but that he had not heard it before and that he agreed that it was unacceptable. Further remedial work was carried out. The rattle continued Despite numerous visits to the dealer, and a third service manager who has now also left the rattle has not been resolved. In the meantime the car has required a new steering rack, aerial and passenger air bag cover. As the replacement was damaged during fitting a second replacement is required. Chrysler and the dealer are both of the opinion that, as these faults are covered by warranty, they are not a problem and that I have no justification for dissatisfaction. Letters to Chrysler head quarters in the US remain unacknowledged. I still love the concept of the Cruiser but the ownership experience has been spoilt by the quality problems with the car and the lack of customer service.
To be honest, I can't remember where I first saw this car. I think it was in a newspaper ad. But I definitely remember thinking "Wow!"... At the time, I was mulling over changing in both my own and my wife's cars for a single one as I'd just moved to a "train commute" job. We were looking at MPVs at the time but one look at the specs on this baby and a visit to the showroom later and we had our name on the list. We have two young children (with a third now on the way) and although we had to wait around six months (don't know what the waiting list is like now), it was WELL WORTH IT! We took delivery just before Christmas 2000 and nursed it up to my parents' house in the North of England (we live in the South). I have never seen so many heads turn! One guy even pointed, jaw open, and tugged his mate's shirt to get him to look! So enough of the looks. You've probably seen at least one about now, and you're probably reading this because you already love the looks and want to know more (note: love or hate on the looks front are the only options!). Our Cruiser is the Touring Edition in Bright Metallic Silver. I've just brought it back from the first, 7500 mile service, which set me back £120 - about average I guess. There have been a few niggles such as a dodgy handbrake and an annoying rattle but overall it's been pretty reliable. Interior space is important to me as I'm 6'7" (2.03m) and there is no shortage of headroom in this car! The driving position is good and there's no "clutter" around the console which leaves plenty of leg room. My wife is only 5'4" (1.7m) and she has no problems either. There's plenty of room in the back (I can sit upright!) and three adults presents no problems so three children is not going to be a worry. I don't want to repeat the specs but I must comment that the standard eq
uipment levels are very impressive - air con, remote central locking, CD player, six air bags - and on our Touring Edition ABS, low-speed traction control and of course cruise control. The biggest problem is the lack of power. Two litres with dual overhead cam ought to provide more - why didn't Chrysler leave the 2.4 engine from the US model in? Perhaps the idea is to discourage you from driving at high speeds - the wind noise really ramps up after 75mph - good job that the sound system is up to the job! Overall though, if you love the looks and don't want to go racing, get one!
The PT CRUISER from CHRYSLER began as a concept car but, through public opinion, became a reality. Its retro looks will guarantee neck strain in both pedestrians and other road users, the only road presence lacking is a more throaty exhaust note. I have had my CRUISER for 6 weeks now and it has attracted more looks than a Kylie Minogue video. Definitely not for the shy-retiring types. The 2litre 16v engine pulls surprisingly well for what looks like such a big car ( 0-60=9.6 secs) while the reasurance of ABS and traction control, as well as arm chair comfort and excellent driving position, make driving a pleasure. Interior space can be configured endlessly through multi-adjustable/removable back seats and shelf, giving anything from family car comfort to delivery van space. My only gripe with the car is that its engine does not quite match its hot-rod looks.