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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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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 @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

  • A practical wagon with some Hollywood style, the PT Cruiser can also be fun to drive, especially in turbo form.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Distinctive styling inside and out, spacious cabin with multiconfigurable rear seats, smooth ride, spirited acceleration on turbo models, reasonable pricing.

  • Cons

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

  • What's New for 2005

    A convertible joins the PT Cruiser lineup for 2005.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (41 total reviews)

Throw away car ? not

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Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

In '02 my TC by Maserati blew up/quit. After some time/research, I went to my Mopar dealer & told him I wanted a "Throw away car" I could abuse for 5 years hauling a 500 lb. show display & inventory. So, I ordered a brand new base PT Cruiser w/ disc. brakes (safety), radio upgrade, and cruise control. I've hauled most everything: show display, bricks, '38 car fenders, most all yard stuff, etc. Problem - I liked it. Added fog/driving lights & que ball shifter knob (4 spd.). Then, 16" mag wheels & tires. Next, replaced seats w/ some leather ones from a limited. Finished w/ a used Borla stainless exhaust. @ 84,000 mi. I've done the brakes, shift cable, shocks & struts, & drive shafts.


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Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This is a very reliable car, it's not going to win any drag races, but considering the fuel economy and the spacious amount of interior room, the car is very good. Only negative I've had; is I had to replace the radiator at only 70,000 miles, as the bottom valve was leaking, and not repairable, had to purchase another radiator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Oil leaking unreliable crappie car and will never be a sucker to anything made by Chrysler. Bought new and now have a 5 year history of problems. 7 year 70,000 mile warranty. I have 72,000 miles on it now and the camshaft seal blows pouring out oil. At 3700 miles just 2 months old engine pulled for oil leaks. Chrysler won't help with warranty just 2000 miles over and history of this lemon even under the 7 years. The engine needs taken completely out and apart to find the problem. I feel cheated and wont waste any more money on it. Gonna go back to Ford. The most reliable vehicle I ever owned was a 1993 Ford tempo.

Pt cruiser

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Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

WOW!!! Can't say enough positive things about this car. I purchased new 3/2005 changed the oil every 3 to 4,000. I have 185,000 miles on her and she purrs like a kitten. I've replaced brakes twice, tires 3 times and replaced rear shocks. My fault for using it like a truck. That's it. I haven't had this type of reliability from my Honda CR-V. What a work horse! Couldn't be more satisfied for the money.

Lemon pt-cruiser

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Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

since I purchased this car, all I've had is problems. -1st the door took air and was very noisy, had it 'looked at' 5 times to be told, that I'd have to like with it. -The the door take in water when in a carwash or when in heavy rain - Had had constant noise with the motor and of course when you take it in does not do it for them, grrr - Brakes needed to be changed 4 times - the 'bouching' it's a suspensing thing twice - I had to buy the extendeed warrenty at a cost of 1200$, was less expensive to take that then the repair cost I had to place on it at a lil over 60k - then the a/c stopped working and had to get all 4 tubings replaced and had to par a 100$ detection, yada yada yada

The worst car ever

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Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I feel like a sucker for buying this junker.Back in 05 I thought buying new would give me worry free driving for atleast 4 to 5 years.Man I could have not been more wrong. I bought in May and by October it was at the dealer for 7 weeks because the whole instrument cluster was shot to hell.The problems have not stopped since.I have replaced the drive shafts 5 times already.The box is not big enough to list all the problems that I have had.If I did not have friends who are mechanics and had to bring this car to the dealer, I would be near $20,000 in repairs.With one year left in payments near $4,000 I am so tempted to drive this piece of junk thruogh the front window of Chryslers head office.

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What's New for 2005

A convertible joins the PT Cruiser lineup for 2005.

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Gas Mileage


  • 19
  • cty
  • 26
  • highway
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