2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Black Clear Coat
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,529 - $4,629
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
20 City / 25 HWY
Horsepower
150-215
Seats
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How 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Ranks In Its Class

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $2,554 - $4,221
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0 (in.) - Steel
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chevronDown icon Touring $2,682 - $4,475
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $2,529 - $4,308
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon GT $2,736 - $4,629
Horsepower: 215 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum, Chrome
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Owner Reviews

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I think this vehicle is wonderful with it's roominess, cute ness of the red with its shape, comfort level, and sunroof.

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I think the pt cruiser is a wonderful car, I have the touring edition which means it is roomier inside (big plus) I got my car used and it had some trouble with the motor mounts, and the trunk hydraulic rams went out. I heard that pt cruisers at around 100,000 also have their timing belts go out. It is a reliant car though with GREAT gas mileage. total recommended and it has a sunroof (big yay). oh and the seats go up and down, and it's red in and out with great, soft seats.

Tabitha N
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The pt cruiser is an economy vehicle.

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It is a small car but it is stylish. It performs good for its age. It is the second pt cruiser I have bought. It is not good for the winter snow in the Midwest because it is low to the ground. It has lots of room from the trunk to the back seat. I can lay down the back seat a carry lots of items. The performance of the steering wheel is good if the tires are new. When the tires wear down the pt cruiser is hard to steer.

Penny M
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Small red 2003 Chrysler PT with tinted windows.

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My vehicle is a Red little 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser and I have had it for 3 years now. When I bought my vehicle it had only one previous owner and was very well taken care of. It has given me some problems this year but nothing too expensive or too complicated. Most issues have been small ones and easy to fix. It is a 5 seater and surprisingly very spacious and comfortable. I would definitely recommend it to others!

Kristy R
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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$2,554 - $4,221
$2,682 - $4,475

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 (hp)
150 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L (148) DOHC SMPI 16
2.4L (148) DOHC SMPI 16
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
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Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.6 (in.)
40.6 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.3 (in.)
39.3 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
40.9 (in.)
40.9 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.6 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65R15
P205/55R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103 (in.)
103 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.7 (ft.)
36.7 (ft.)

Length

Length
168.8 (in.)
168.8 (in.)

Width

Width
67.1 (in.)
67.1 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3049 (.lbs)
3066 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 (hp)
150 (hp)

Torque

Torque
162 (ft. lbs.)
162 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
100 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Optional
Optional
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15 (gal.)
15 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
24 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
27 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Standard

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
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Safety Features

  • Driver/front passenger Next Generation airbags
  • Child seat anchor system
  • Rear door child protection locks
  • Single-note horn
  • Driver/front passenger side-impact airbags
  • Pwr 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes *
  • Traction control *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (1)

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Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
04V268
Summary:
On certain vehicles equipped with 2.4L non-turbo engines and automatic transaxles, the high pressure power steering hose routing could allow contact with the automatic transaxle differential cover, potentially damaging the hose. Power steering fluid leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in an under hood fire.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will inspect and relocate, or replace as necessary, the power steering hose and confirm the torque of the hose fastener at the steering gear end. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

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