Chrysler Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings
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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Worst New Vehicle Ever
Pros: The seats.
Cons: The mileage, engine performance and the turning radius.We are so disappointed in the performance of the engine especially the mileage. We have never gotten close to the EPA rating either in town or on the highway, consistently falling at least 3 mpg lower. We have also encountered gas smells into the cabin from faulty gaskets, rough idling and a corporation that does not care. We went to the dealership four times and filed consumer complaints with Chrysler and only received minimal interest. We will never buy another Chrysler product and have told all of our friends about how disappointed we were.
- Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
- How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
One of my best cars ever..
Pros: Turbo performance & retro appearance
Cons: CAN bus electronics intro'd in '06 (not in my '05)I've owned cars such as Oldsmobile (FWD Toronado), Mercedes-Benz (220S) and Volvo (240DL) but his little car, a GT series (with HO turbo) is one of the best, and easily the most fun, of any of them. Driver/ passenger comfort is great, it delivers good handling and gas mileage (up to 29mpg) as well as great performance - 0-60 in a little over 6 seconds and a top speed of 135 mph. Plan to keep this one a long time..
- Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
- How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser - LX
Pros: Styling that's different, comfortable seats, even in the base version, interior room and color
Cons: relatively poor gas mileage
Advice: Weight the trade offs of gas mileage, price, and interior room between the vehicles you are looking at.I have the 2009 base LX model with automatic transmission. Easy to get in and out of. Seating is comfortable with good lower back support. Ride is firm but not harsh, handling is good, steering feel is excellent. Car is very quiet. Standard radio is good and gets good reception and has good sound. If you are familiar with the PT at all you know it has lots of room inside. That includes teh drivers and passengers seats - they are very roomy. The rear seats are also decent. One thing I like about the car is that it doesn't look like every other small car on the road. Another nice thing is that you can get a light color interior, not just the dark charcol that seems to be all that's availble in most cars. In fact, even though the PT is a fairly small vehicle it does not look small. The transmission shifts smoothly. The base engine is just adequate to propel the car. You have to be willing to let it rev up if you want to accelerate very fast. Figure 0 - 60 in about 10 seconds with the automatic. By todays standards thats not very quick but there was a time when that would have been considered better then average. In any case, it's enough power for any normal driving. The major issue with the PT is that the gas mileage by today's standards is about 4 mpg less then you'd expect for this engine size.
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - GT
Pros: Turbo, leather seats, heated seats, headroom
Cons: Turning ratio was VERY BAD, for a small car it requires a huge circle to turn around , trade in value was TERRIBLE, they depreciate badly! If you really want one, buy a gently used model, because the depreciation will KILL YOU!
Advice: Check out the new Subaru Forester, it's about the same price but it feels much larger inside and is all wheel driveI bought a 2005 PT Cruiser TURBO new back in 2005 and just traded it in for a Subaru Forester. I think the PT Cruiser was a very comfortable driving car with plenty of get up and go. I NEVER once had it in the shop so it had a GREAT reliability record. My only complaint was that the turning ratio was VERY bad, for a small car you need a football field to turn it around in. The other problem I had was with the fit and finish, one day while driing down the road the passenger visor just fell off onto the floor. The passenger seat is supposed to fold down flat to form a desk but it really never folded flat and had so much of an angle that your paperwork slides off. All in all it was not an expensive car to drive or own and the get up and go of the TURBO is really good. Didn't feel stable at speeds over 85 MPG, the steering wheel would shake and the car felt like it wasn't in good contact with the road at very high speeds.
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Touring
Pros: retro styling
Cons: rear power window switches on floor console
Advice: great car don't hesitatemine has over 34,000 miles on it and other than oil changes i've had no issues with car. still original brakes and tires.great car
2005 Chrysler Sebring - GTC Convertible
Cons: A tie between the steering, transmission, and brakes
Advice: Do not buy ChryslerI test drove this vehicle in several years and ended up purchasing the 2005. Talk about a big mistake, so far it's been to the dealer 3 times for 3 different problems. Not only that, but I had such bad experiences at the repair shop that I went to a different dealer each time. Unfortunately, Chrysler warranties don't help you if you need to go somewhere with competent mechanics. So, if you're willing to drive 1 hour to the 3rd closest dealer only to have the mechanic say, 'I don't understand why it won't work' only to have to pay out of pocket for a local company to fix it straight out in 4 hours, than maybe Chrysler is for you. Otherwise, try a company with reliable cars and reliable mechanics.
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Touring
Cons: poor qualty
Advice: do your research before buyingi own a 01 pt cruiser, its a wonderful car untill 70,000 miles, expect to have great power loss and a motor replaced at 79,000 miles, a new motor runs about 3,750 dollars and is hard to find, time and money its just cheaper to buy a whole nother car, its a wonderful car if u do long drives and dont plan to keep it over 100k miles, when car is washed the air bag light comes on and the auto locks keep locking themselfs when they feel like it, been locked out several times.