2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Graphite Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$1,835 - $3,997
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
21 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
150-220
Seats
5

How 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Ranks In Its Class

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $1,835 - $3,500
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0, 16 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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chevronDown icon Touring $2,036 - $3,881
Horsepower: 150 hp - 180 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $2,005 - $3,826
Horsepower: 150 hp - 180 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon GT $2,090 - $3,997
Horsepower: 220 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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Why I love my PT Cruiser and its challenges.

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

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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
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04’ Chrysler PT Cruiser has many mechanical issues.

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My 2004 PT Cruiser has unfortunately had many mechanical issues. Water pump, timing belt, cam sensor, the ac went out, there have been many issues with this car. So many that I cannot even remember what all I have had fixed. Nor do I remember how much money that I have put into fixing it. Also, it is a tough car to work repairs on due to how small the hood is and how everything is compacted inside. The plus of the car is that it gets pretty good gas mileage. I love the look and I love the interior. I have always liked Chrysler and I really want to love my PT Cruiser but unfortunately there have been so many mechanical issues with it that I am not even sure how much longer I will keep this car because I do not feel it is worth continuing to put money into fixing it as it seems to always break down in some way.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$1,835 - $3,500
$2,036 - $3,881

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 (hp)
150 - 180 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

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

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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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
39.2 (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.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

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

Navigation System
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Optional
Optional

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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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

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
Optional
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/55TR16
P205/55TR16

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
3184 (.lbs)
3184 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
150 (hp)
180 (hp)

Torque

Torque
162 (ft. lbs.)
210 (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

Turbocharged
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Optional
Optional

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Optional
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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
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
28 (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
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Traction Control

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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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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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

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Safety Features

  • Driver/front passenger Next Generation airbags
  • Child seat anchor system
  • Rear door child protection locks
  • Single-note horn
  • Front seat side airbags *
  • 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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