2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Handling and ride qualities, versatile and spacious cabin, unique styling, low sticker price.
  • Acceleration can be sluggish with base engine, awkward seating position for shorter drivers.

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

2003 Highlights

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

Consumer reviews

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2.75 out of 5 stars
Junk in Miami
Junk in Miami,09/14/2010
Touring Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Great concept, poorly executed! We loved our car when we first bought it. Dark Blues with the Woody package. Still turns heads to this day. However, front wheel bearings went out at 20K, transmission went out at 37K, water pump went out at 52K and overheated warping the head. Luckily this all was covered under the extended bumper to bumper warranty. When the water pump went out, it still cost me over $800 for misc repairs that the car needed. Four months later the car started running rough, so back to the dealer and another $1100. None of the work they did before was now covered since the warranty expired and so did the warranty on their work! Really? Yes. I can not afford this junk!
4 out of 5 stars
Undercover Rocket Ship Car
Darth Car Master,05/06/2016
GT 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
My 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT has 215 horsepower. It can go 120-130 Kilometres per hour without struggling like some cars do on the highways. It can take on a Ford Mustang sports car while looking like a crossover wagon/minivan. I have not floored the gas peddle to the maximum yet, because it scares me a little to have the Cruiser go all out. I fear unleashing its full power so I hold back. The GT version is not a sleeper of a car like the base model is.
3.75 out of 5 stars
My 2003 PT Cruiser
1daddyjoe,07/29/2011
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.
4.88 out of 5 stars
2003 PT Cruiser GT turbo
Grant Watson,01/15/2007
GT 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
A very fine car, I enjoy driving it very much. The only thing I have any problem with is seeing the instruments in day-time. I thought I should get better city mpg.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested

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Used 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

The Used 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser is offered in the following submodels: PT Cruiser Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M), Touring Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M), Limited Edition 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M), and GT 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M). Pre-owned Chrysler PT Cruiser models are available with a 2.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 150 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual. The Used 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 7 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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