2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Ratings

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Chrysler PT Cruiser 2005
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    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Base

    Pros: The look; the seat position (you don't sit DOWN or climb up, you just slide in like a barstool); the price

    Cons: MILAGE!!!

    Advice: Good looking, comfortable, plenty of room w/short wheelbase, BUT it's not economical or fast!

    Having owned an '03 PT (which our son now drives), we were ready to buy again. The '03 was a 5-speed which we loved; the '05 is automatic which is more convenient but with much lower performance. All in all we love the car. BUT... Chrysler has had a few years to work out the 'bugs' on this thing so why, when I'm driving what is essentially a 4 cyl Neon with a different body, is my milage so lousy!?!? I'm LUCKY to hit 20 mph in town driving like an old lady! On the highway I seldom do better than MAYBE 24mph! These days that's ridiculous. Especially when there's a new 'PT Wannabe' by Chevy that's rated at 35 hwy! I do thank heaven I bought last years, though, as the new front end has ruined the entire aggressive look that made the car special. You blew that one, guys!!!!

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    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Touring

    Pros: Fun to the nth degree.

    Cons: It can feel a little cavernous with the top up (maybe just because it's so awesome with the top down); the fuel economy is a little disappointing; and the trunk design is terrible.

    Advice: Buy the 180 HP Touring Edition, Electric Blue. You won't stop smiling if you do.

    I didn't like the PT hardtop because I just couldn't look at one without seeing Jessica Rabbitt hanging out the window. But when I first saw pics of the new 2005 drop-top, everything changed. It is one of the few disctintive looking cars on the road. After testing it, the Beetle, and the Mini, all of which I like, the PT has loads more room- there's just no reason to buy the Bug or Mini over this. Passengers in the backseat have a blast. Now that I'm an owner, I find myself asking myself, what took me so long to get one?

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    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Touring

    Pros: The power top.

    Cons: The fold down rear seats/trunk space.

    Advice: Buy the Touring Edition with ABS/Traction control

    The PT convertible handles well, a little jiggly on bumpy roads,...accelerating quickly and is a blast to drive with the top down. The ride is over all steady and controlled. The car is comfortable for four people and the back seat has a ton of leg room. If you like to change your own oil/filter, you won't be able to on the PT without a lift/ramps.

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    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Base

    Pros: Roominess and comfort as both driver and passenger.

    Cons: The look! Honestly!

    Advice: It's a lot roomier inside that what it looks like outside!

    When I was first told that we would be test driving a PT Cruiser, I had no clue what type of car it was. I was actually disappointed when I saw the car! But the test drive won me over! It was such a smooth ride and handled wonderfully! What a pleasant surprise! And I found that it's about the same length as the Jeep Cherokee Sport, so it doesn't take up alot of space in the garage. The only negative comment I have is that it doesn't seem to get the gas mileage it claims - I would say probably about 17-21 mpg!

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    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Touring

    Pros: Body Style -

    Cons: Gas Milage - 21 to 26 miles per gallon?... I don't think so, more like 17 to 21

    Advice: If you are looking for power, take a look a the turbo model.

    Car is great and runs well. Could use more turn radius, when making a 'U' turn, be aware this car does not turn well. Gas milage could be a lot better when comparing with similar competitor makes. But overall car is great!!!

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    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - GT

    Pros: Performance

    Cons: View through back window, very small.

    Advice: Drive one.

    I've had the car a week and it's a blast. Super performance, looks great and so fun to drive. The coolest car I have ever owned.

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    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - GT

    Pros: Comfort and headroom.

    Cons: Wish it were a little roomier in the back.

    Advice: GO for it!

    I am a tall guy and this car is PERFECT! It has lots of room in the front and has the most comfortable cabin I have ever been in. The turbo is very peppy and it handles well. I am very pleased with how this has turned out. I traded in a 2003 Subaru Baja and it's NIGHT and DAY in terms of COMFORT, headroom, performance, etc. I would give this car a 10 out of 10. 220 HP is plenty for me.