by farrynbalch on Mar 5, 2014 Vehicle: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
This was my first car. 2002 pt cruiser touring edition, automatic transmission. I LOVED this car, I bought it at 127,000 miles. Did awesome in the snow, and on long trips. Once my car hit 160,000 miles it went to shit. The timing belt went out which was around 1,000 dollars to fix. We ended up putting over $2,000 into it, then 6 months later it broke down again. Then 3 months later it broke down again. OVerall it was a good car until the miles got up there. Also has a horrible resale value. The value decreases very quickly. If it has low miles its a great car. Very roomy.
by ptlover45 on Feb 13, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I wanted the PT since it first came out. I got a used (11K miles ) base , 5 spd, ac, combo cassette -cd player, fog lights, privacy glass. Drove it for 33K miles. replaced front wiper motor under warranty. 18 mpg ( city ) 35 (hwy)
never added oil. Suede interior much classier than the no-stain interior in my 07 PT. gauges set too deep in dash to be read in sunlight.
by juliarose on Aug 29, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I got this car in 2006 from my aunt who had bought it new in 2001. Before she gave it to me (luckily I didn't pay anything for it), she had MANY things replaced.
The car is poorly engineered, any work done to it is a pain because of the constricted space in the engine. Since I have had the car, every 2-3 months something huge goes wrong with it. The things I have had done since I have had it: 2 radiators, 2 coolant fans, new wheels because they were leaking and causing my tires to go flat, shocks, timing belt, brakes, head gasket, fuel pump, water pump, thermostat (engine overheats, AC broke, fog lights wouldn't go out (removed the fuse box), hatch broke twice. Gas mileage sucks too! Awful.
by myptcruiser on May 3, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I have owned 2 pt cruisers, a 2001 and 2002.
I do not know why I bought the second one.
Both had the same problems - replaced radiator $1200 both times; suspension problems with tie rods, wheel hub assembly.
If I open the hatchback it causes my brake lights to fail, because according to Chrysler dealership, the wiring rubs as I open the hatchback.
The camshaft sensor had to be replaced $350. Now it is going out again after being replaced by the Chrysler dealership less than 8 months ago.
Very expensive to repair.
Do not buy this car! You can find them available for sale everywhere - have you ever wondered why? Be glad they no longer make this car.
by DZ on Oct 30, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Bought it used from a friend with 12k on it. The only things I have had to do is timing belt, three clutch's, three crankshaft sensors, radiator fan, front bushings and the rear crank for the stabilizer. Other than that just change the oil and brakes. This car has never left me stranded. Fun to drive, very comfortable. To me this is all just maintenance and part of owning a car. Next week I'm changing the timing belt again cause it's that time. Going for 300k.
by dadto5 on Oct 17, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Bought with 57,000. In the 57,000 miles since: new elec cooling fan $600 dealership ($90 rock auto), fog lights won't turn off (pulled fuse), front window switch failed ($45 ebay), brakes 3 times (only $65 done myself), whole new front suspension $575, new transmission @ 110,000 miles $1700. Timing chain will need done by 117,000 or the engine will fail $475, new water pump ($65 done myself), chrome alloy rims look great but bend easily. I don't expect a car with 114,000 to be free to operate. But everyone I've talked to can't believe my transmission lasted that long. Front suspension needs work every 30,000 miles. Arm rest are to low to be useful. 16-19 mpg, but I'm used to 10 in my truck
Taking a cue from custom cars of the past, Chrysler offers a flame-accented paint job on its popular retro-styled PT Cruiser. The optional flames, which are actually a decal. Also, two new trim levels debut this year: the Touring Edition (which was previously an option package) and the Dream Cruiser. A Woodie appearance option is also available.