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Chrysler PT Cruiser Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

  • More than a retro styling exercise, the PT Cruiser is also fun to drive and surprisingly functional.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Unique styling, low purchase price, roomy and flexible interior.

  • Cons

    Only 150 horsepower, engine noise at high rpms, initial demand will exceed supply.

  • What's New for 2001

    Classic styling and modern utility were the guiding forces behind Chrysler's PT Cruiser. Based loosely on the Neon platform, this small van offers a flexible interior, head-turning looks and, sadly, only 150 horsepower. A more powerful engine is already in the works.

Full 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

What's New for 2001

Classic styling and modern utility were the guiding forces behind Chrysler's PT Cruiser. Based loosely on the Neon platform, this small van offers a flexible interior, head-turning looks and, sadly, only 150 horsepower. A more powerful engine is already in the works.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Great alternative to an suv

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Vehicle: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have always wanted a car with a back-hatch (due to always owning large dogs). I purchased this car in 2011 with 132k from my mechanic. He combed through it with a fine tooth comb, so i knew it would be reliable. My car has leather seats, power everything and a sunroof. I enjoy the leather seats, being a dog groomer means lots of dog hair, but the leather is easy to clean. My only complaints are that the ride is a little noisy and rough (but i think it needs new shocks, being a 12 year old car), and i have had issues with the alloy wheels. the rims have slightly corroded (nothing visible to naked eye) but it was causing my tires to lose air regularly. bead seal was quick inexpensive fix.



12 of 18 people found this review helpful

Chrysler is #3 for a

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Vehicle: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

After owning a PT for 100,000 miles, I can only say it is an ok car. GM's 4cyls get better gas mileage and have more power. Ford's are more reliable. The turning radius is too big. The seats are hard, with only one arm rest for the driver and none in the back. Paint has lasted very well, it still shines. There are better options on the market that you should consider. I found out by my mechanic that this engine will be broken if the timing belt breaks




Unreliable

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Vehicle: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

At first I loved my car it was everything I had been looking for! Drove it a little over and I have had to change the brakes ever 2 months. It started overheating about 3 hours away from home. Replace temperature gauge and water pump, A month later had to do it all again! This car is SOLD! Never again will I have a PT. Too many problems has about 50,000 miles. NOT reliable at all.




Powertrain computer module

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Vehicle: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have 2001 Pt Cruiser with 100400 miles on it the Computer has been replaced 3 times in less then 2 months. Does anyone have idea as what could be causing this problem. The EGR valve has melted and needed to be replaced 2 times in less then a month.




Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Bought in 12/2001. Now has 98K. Replaced suspension & exhaust w/better quality aftermarket. Car has no lean into curves like other PT's. Replaced 16x6 wheels w/17x7. Replaced air cleaner w/cold air box for more power & better sound. Sunroof glass shattered, brake caliper bent, bad LED light but no other probs. Always synthetic oil. Never a prob w/inspection. Disabled & it fits my needs perfectly. Cargo area will gobble up anything you want to put in it. Fits 4 tall adults w/no complaints. Can't really fit 5 because of load limit not because there's not enough space. 3 recalls all important. One of the best designed cars I've ever seen. Daimler cheapened subsequent years so avoid them.




Best car i've owned

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Vehicle: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

A quote from the guy who sold it to me in 2002. I second it. At 227,000 miles, the trans failed, so it's time. It breaks my heart to send it away. Rest of the car is still like new. I've read the negatives, and maybe I was lucky. I did take care to maintain it. I just shopped around for new, and not car comes close to the interior design of the PT.



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shopdog97
shopdog97
03-31-2014
My friend has a 2001 PT Cruiser(I know, poor guy!) He hasn't been able to start the car in nearly a month. I told him I'd help as soon as our weather here in eastern Pa. got better and today was the ...


araczek
araczek
07-07-2014
I have a 2001 PT Cruiser and I want to replace the radio/climate control bezel as it has peeled abit on top. It's a common issue. I saw some on eBay but I am always wary on buying eBay parts. And it w...


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02-17-2013
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Road Test You see it splashed across billboards, magazine covers, and nightly news stories. It's become the darling of radio contests and eBay speculation. It's even inspired ...



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