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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 215 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

  • The PT Cruiser is a fun, stylish and practical rig, now even more so with the new Turbo model.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Handling and ride qualities, versatile and spacious cabin, unique styling, low sticker price.

  • Cons

    Acceleration can be sluggish with base engine, awkward seating position for shorter drivers.

  • What's New for 2003

    The PT Turbo debuts with a 215-horsepower engine that gives the unique and versatile Cruiser a much needed boost in performance.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (212 total reviews)


Pt cruiser touring

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Vehicle: 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Bought new,,,, drove it 99k miles so far....normal routine maintenence, one of Chrysler's all time best sellers( average mpg 20mpg)HONDA,TOYOTA CONTINUE TO BUILD AND INPROVE/// CHRYSLER SHOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME- A CLASSIC.



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Fun car or worst piece

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Vehicle: 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my PT Cruiser used. It is a 2003 and I bought it in 2005. I have replaced the waterpump (inline), the power steering,I have had work done on the struts,front bearings, I have had electrical problems and replaced the battery, and it eats oil at a rate higher than I would like. I have spenr over $3500 dollars on repairs and it had 30,000 miles on it when I bought it and I have just less than 70,000 on it now. There is a small leak somwhere in the cooling system either coming from the water pump$700, the head gasket $1000 or the engine block $2000. I am a little unhappy with the reliability of this car.




My 2003 pt cruiser

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Vehicle: 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

All in all I am happy with it. I bought the car new and now have 150,000 plus miles on it. I don't baby the car at all, I drive it hard. Would I buy another one, probably not. The car has treated me ok. Just regular maintainance, tires, brakes, tune ups, timing belt, and just replaced my front wheel bearings. No real major issues on the car. The gas mileage is bad, and it feels under powered. Coming from VW's and driving them hard as well but, taking care of them as well. They felt a bit more sturdy and the gas mileage and power was there when I needed it.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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Full 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

What's New for 2003

The PT Turbo debuts with a 215-horsepower engine that gives the unique and versatile Cruiser a much needed boost in performance.

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