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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wagon

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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 @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/26 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



Worst vehicle i've ever owned.

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

Cheap vehicle. At 60,000 miles the cooling system quit, had to have entire system replaced. Thermostat stopped working and car overheated, almost ruined the engine! Next the a/c compressor quit making the car stall or jump forward at lights. This vehicle is a hazard. Leather is not durable at all, and the paint flakes off, can't wash it with out finding new exposed metal!




Oh my goodness

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

I hate this car! I bought this car as a graduation gift to myself and hate it. I've had it in the shop more than I think I've actually driven it. I have 123,400 miles on it which is a lot but even before that I've had the tires changed twice, the brakes make a weird noise, there is a loud rattle on the back hatch door. This car has given me problems since day one. I bought it and the next year it failed inspection because the tint was to dark. I've never added anything extra to the car. Just need a good family car. It sucks gas! I fill up 2 times a week just from going to work, picking up my son, and going home. I wouldn't recommend this car to my worst enemy!




We won't get fooled again

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

We loved this car when we first bought it, and thought that maybe the curse of the American made car was finally put to rest (remember the "K Car"?). However, within 3 years, it feels like we've replaced everything in it! Transmission, air conditioner compressor, power steering, ball joints - and those are off the top of my head. Of course, none of these were covered by the warranty due to the high amount of highway miles we put on it from my wife's work commute, which means I've been basically making 2 car payments for the past 2 1/2 years. Regardless to say, we're going back Honda or Toyota when I trade this in next month.




Not happy with performance

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

Traded in 300m for Cruiser, have 77000 miles on it. I have had passenger side wheel bearing replaced 3 times and drivers side replaced once. Going on the third set of tires. Car is in the shop at least once a month. Numerous front end issues. Thank God I purchased the extended warranty. Added a K/N filter no improvement on gas mileage. Have had struts, tie rods, and numerous other front end replacements




'03 pt cruiser

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

At 75 miles, day after purchase, transmission required total rebuild (overdrive hub seal leaked and burned up clutches). At approx. 35k, first battery was replaced under warranty. Since then, two more batteries have been installed, most recent was less than a year old. We discovered, just after 70k, where extended warranty expired, that problem stemmed from fog light switch WON'T turn off! We have hence unplugged fog lights, but indicator light on dashboard is always on. Also, transmission required another rebuild at 50k, w/$100 deductible. Also, there is a power steering fluid leak, requiring daily fill-up. Ign. key cyl. won't always turn on & column won't lock w/key removed. TIRED OF THIS!!




2003 dream cruiser

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

I just purchased a 2003 Dream Cruiser. I was impressed by the overall fit and finish inside. I have been a foreign car owner for many years and I am very impressed with my Cruiser. The power is substantial even going up to flagstaff (6% grade) the car handles and accelerates effortlessly and is very solid. the interior is surprisingly very versatile and plenty of room for really anything. The dog loves her backseat and has more room than my subsequent vehicle. There are a very few issues, broken fog light, not-so-great gas mileage and some fragile plastic parts (fog light housing etc). I am overall very happy with the decision to buy this car.



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.

Talk About The 2003 PT Cruiser

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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