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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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Pros: The interior layout and the leather interior with seat warmers. (needed in Canada!)
Cons: The wheel hubs are falling apart from inside.
Advice: Check the hubs before you buy and if they are fine, put some sort of sealant on the inside to stop them from rusting out your wheels.I have the GT Turbo fully loaded with all the extras. It drives well with fairly tight handling.I have the Automatic with the Auto-Stick. I find the transmission a little spongey at times between gears, especially when using the Auto-Stick. The wheels are the 17 inch chrome wheels. The problem is that the wheel centre hubs are falling apart and causing the wheels themselves to rot out in the centre. I have spoken to other owners who have had the same problem. I have been told by one dealer out of town that this should be covered under warranty. The hubs alone cost $40 plus tax apiece. My mechanic tells me that the wheels themselves need to be replaced too. I am hoping that the dealer sees that this is a manufacturer's flaw. I am hoping to connect to as many people as possible who are experiencing the same problem. P.S. I had to use a Detroit Zip code that I know from when I lived in Windsor (in Canada across the river)and that is where I bought the car. I actually live in Bolton Ontario.
Pros: Retro look, great lines
Cons: Really cannot think of anything
Advice: Get ready to have some funTouring Edition can be configured almost exactly as GT, but about 3,000 dollars less. Four-wheel disc antilock brakes, traction control, etc. 180 HP turbo is plenty for me. After owning a Jeep Wrangler for a couple of years, the one touch top operation is a dream come true. Already have a PT sedan in the family, but the lines of the convertable top are just as awesome as the hardtop model. I love it, I love it, I love it!
Pros: Easy top up and down
Cons: wide turning radius
Advice: If you want a low cost convertibleI have the 2.4 Turbo 180hp. I am 6'3' and this is a very comfortable car with ample leg room for my frame. the car is extremely quiet for a convertible. It rides more comfortable than my 2001 Dodge Durango did. The turbo gives it some get up and go for a four cylinder! I get a lot of looks and wow comments from people. This car is a winner. And to top it off, it's fun to drive !!!!!It's not the boring run of the mill sedan.