2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Expert Review

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Why I love my PT Cruiser and its challenges.

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!

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’ Chrysler PT Cruiser has many mechanical issues.

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.

- Kimberly P