Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,540 - $5,055
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
150-220
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,540 - $5,055
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
150-220
Seats
5

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Reviews

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112 Reviews
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Why I love my PT Cruiser and its challenges.

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser

I love the look, the roomy cab, and large head room of the PT Cruiser. The seat sits higher off the ground, making 8t easier to get in and out for someone, like myself, who has arthritis. The rear windshield wiper makes seeing out the rear window. The trunk is larger than it appears. The shelf is removable and can be attached in the trunk to make a usable table, for picnicking or tailgating. There is additional storage under the front passenger seat. I keep an atlas in the pocket on the back of the driver's seat. I have enjoyed my PT Cruiser since 2007. My problems with the PT Cruiser are a bit costly. For some, unknown reason the brake pads and rotor need to be replaced every 1 to 2 years. They can be affected by the position of your car when parking. If it is on an incline, it is at greater risk of brake damage. In the last 5 years I have been spending good money after bad, on repairs. My car is 14 years old. I have. 94, 000 miles on it. Sensors,, and electrical issues have started. My cruise control no longer works, making travel more challenging. I have an indicator light that burns out bulbs as soon as they are installed. My check engine light comes on after having it serviced for a problem. The PT Cruiser is not a car to plan on having longer than 10 years. I can no longer keep up repairs. I am on a fixed income and it is too costly to maintain. Had I known this prior to buying it, I would have chosen a different car.

- Sheila S

PT Cruiser was great! Sun roof for the summer and heated seats for winter!

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser

My PT Cruiser has been a pleasant experience for the most part. I love the heated seats for the cold Wisconsin winters we have. The car also drove well this past winter with new tires. The car heats up fast and the remote start was fun while it lasted. I have grown to love this car but there were also a lot of issues in the short time I have had it. I used the remote start a few times only for the remote to die and the car have some sort of electrical issue causing the alarm to go off and the car not respond to the key at all. I have also had to have some work done on it super recently as the gas tank straps were rusted all the way through and my gas tank almost fell off my car! A few months ago I also had work done on my muffler as the metal holding it on the car broke off, causing it to also fall off. I have enjoyed this car besides the money I have had to put in. It is such a fun car to drive it reminds me of a golf cart. There is lots of space in the back and even more when you lay the back seats down! All in all I do not think I would purchase this car again but I have enjoyed driving it close to 12 hours a week for the past year and a half.

- Kayla A

04 Cruiser Review Base model 5 speed

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base

Good dependable car. Pretty good gas mileage. Very reliable. Good legroom in front not bad in back. Seats fold down for cargo room in back. But are extremely heavy making it hard for someone with little strength to get them in and out. Also needs some sort of covers for latches when seats are out to create fully flat surface. Also when seats are folded down they are really thick making it almost impossible to put long things back there as it's a very uneven area. Hatch is very convenient but the hinges wear out and have to be replaced. Have had A LOT of problems with the evap system. Cost of maintenance is high. The engine compartment is impossible to work in. Everything is jammed in there so tightly you can't get even small hands in there. Also the butt end has a real tendency to slide when it's wet outside. Too light in the rear. Also sits too low to ground.

- Marie W

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$17,490
$25,460

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 hp
220 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L (148) DOHC SMPI 16
2.4L (148) DOHC SMPI 16
POWERTRAIN

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.6 in.
40.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.2 in.
39.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
40.9 in.
40.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.5 in.
39.5 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Chrome Wheels

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65TR15 - P205/55TR16
P205/50HR17

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.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3184 lbs.
3184 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 hp
220 hp

Torque

Torque
162 ft. lbs.
245 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.
100 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Optional

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

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 - 26 mpg
23 - 24 mpg

City

City
21 - 22 mpg
19 - 21 mpg

Highway

Highway
26 - 29 mpg
26 - 27 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

    (Not Rated)
  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
Not Tested

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety