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Pros: Interior and features
Cons: Major Repairs and problems with front end
Advice: Buy the extended warrantly and sell before 50,000KMajor Repairs! I loved my Cruiser but after the costly repairs started, I was not so enamoured with this car. I purchased the extended warranty and that was a money saver with the first two major repairs (other than the $100 deductible each time), but 3,000 miles past the expiration, the tourque converter went -- left me stranded and with a huge repair bill. I have had it in three times for a noise in the front end that the dealership has yet to find and fix! The car is a money pit!!!!!
Pros: Unique looks
Cons: Base engine, which is not bad but also not impressive
Advice: Test drive all three enginesIt was my senior year in high school, and I was looking for a new car, to get me to school on a daily basis and to enjoy on weekends. I was also planning to have the car while in college. At that time I had a 2003 Kia Spectra, it was a good car, but I just wanted something more distinctive. I parked it im my school parking lot, but it got lost amongst the other cars. I ended up buying the PT Cruiser mainly on its looks, I fell in love with the car and knew that there were no other cars on the road that looked like it. The first day that I drove to school, people gathered around it and were just amazed by it. Many commented on how 'cool it looked', others where like 'it's so small, but yet it has a lot of space.' Since that day I knew I had to keep it. Second was the interior space, it had room for three of my friends and myself along with our stuff. I realized how handy the PT Cruiser's flexibility was during my first year in college. I brought everything I needed in my car, that's including my refrigerator, t.v, computer and other stuff. Its a great car. I get good gas milage from it. Although I have the base engine, I kind of wish I would of opted for the turbo engine. It's a great car to get around town with. The interior is very nicely done, even for the base model. I would really recommend to the people who are looking at this car, to test drive all three of the engine choices, seeing that each one fullfills different peoples needs. Today, I still get a lot of stares, compliments and thumbs up from random people while driving or in parking lots. All in all its a great car, I have not had any types of problems with it, and it is still attracting a lot of attention with the newly added flames. This car is for sure a keeper.
Pros: Turbo HP. 5 speed Getrag manual.
Cons: Turning radius is terrible.
Advice: Keep up with maintenence. . .although it's really expensive right now, keep using high octaneThe car has a great exhaust note for a 4 cyl. Not to mention the sound of the turbo. To be honest, I was not looking to buy the cruiser,(looked at the 300M) but was intrigued by the electric blue GT on the lot. When I looked inside, I was shocked to see a 5 speed manual. As we all know, a rare find at a dealer. The off the line power during my . . . extended test drive was better than my wife's BMW 3 series, and not to mention the massive cargo space. I've owned Explorers with less room in back. So, I had to have it. It's been a few years now, and I have had some minor problems with the car. Turning radius is as bad as a semi, and the battery has been replaced twice now. I have looked at other cars that have come out, but none as fun and easy on the wallet. This car is a leased vehicle, but will be bought outright. It's too fun a car to get rid of.
Cons: repair costs
Advice: Don'tI really like the car but was supprised by the cost of maintenance that was required.At 25k the front brakes were gone rotors also couldn't be turned.Today the motor mounts need replaced 42k at a cost of $1000.00 I'm afraid this is my last Chrysler as its to expensive to own even with the warrenties and I even bought the extended one too.
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?
Pros: The power top.
Cons: The fold down rear seats/trunk space.
Advice: Buy the Touring Edition with ABS/Traction controlThe 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.
Pros: Styling - high seating - mileage
Cons: recessed gauges, golf clubs don't fit across in the back, battery access, 3yr-36k warranty on 2002
Advice: get stick shift with std. engine for best performance, or 180 hp turbo with automatic transmissionI purchased a 2002 Pt Classic, standard engine, 5 speed, 24K miles. It love the theater-style seating. My son, who is 6'3', has plently of front-seat headroom and legroom. I get 22 MPG in town, using the AC, and 35 mpg on the highway. The battery is cumbersome to check, since the air cleaner has to be loosened and moved out of the way to get at it -A price you have to pay for the unique styling and compact engine compaartment.Also the gauges are so deeply recessed that they are difficult to read with sunglasses on. The interior is comfortable and easy to get in and out of. since you step slightly up , instead of down to enter. It is compact and easy to park. I love the grocery bag hooks in the rear.