by kb5868 on May 13, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I bought a 2005 PT in 2007 with 11k miles as a 16th birthday gift for my daughter, with the plan it would get her through college and then "throw it away". Well, now at 50k miles and 7 years later, this has been the most trouble free car ever. The plan was to sell it and use the proceeds on a new car, but it still looks and drive as new, she still loves it and for the $5000-6000 it's worth, is still half what I paid 7 years ago. Huge value in my mind.
by 1924 on May 5, 2014 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.
by apodpaula on Jan 23, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Bought new and loved it, since then not so much.
At 30K had to have motor replaced because of bad head.
At 40K, needed rear end work, now at 58K I find out I have to have motor replaced/rebuilt for a second time due to a oil leak in the head gasket.
I'm told by the dealership that it will be covered.
We will see.
After it was fixed the first time, I tried to fall in love with it again, but the honeymoon is over.
by nat9 on Dec 31, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
This car is the most unreliable car I have ever owned. Several ongoing challenges; I have had to change camshaft sensor, powersteering line, window motors would constantly stick and windows wouldn,t move. Terrible with gas, I have to fill my tank twice per week. A/C stopped working after one year, only blows hot air. This car has cost me so much money. I purchased this car January 2006 and have owned it almost 5yrs. When I first purchased this car I felt it was too soon to write a review. Very dissapointed that I will need to purchase a new car again. When I am driving on the highway, i feel like the wind will blow the car away because of the flimsy, lite material it is made of.
by Mikey on Aug 29, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I've had my PT Touring Edition for 5.5 years. For the most part it has been a very reliable, consistent performer. I'm a big 6'3" guy and I test drove a lot of small SUV-type vehicles. The Cruiser was one of the few that gave me plenty of leg room without banging mt right knee into a center dashboard console. I kept to the maintenance schedule and after 71,000 miles, other than front brakes, tires and a leaking valve cover gasket I haven't had to put any money into it. Now for the bad news - it has a very wide turning circle which is very annoying trying to park in tight spots. The mpg is not that great for 2.4 4 liter engine and the engine is dog while running the AC.
by Lori on Aug 5, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I have owned my PT for about two and half years. I went from a Dodge Ram 1500 to this small PT only due to the fact my Ram only got nine mpg and fuel was running $4.00 per gallon. Basically there is plenty of room, with the back seats up, for my two hunting dogs. This was the only reason I bought it, because of the large cargo area.
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