What do you love/hate about your PT?

What do you love/hate about your PT?

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kvb

Sheridan, IL

#1 Jan 30, 2006
Considering buy one, but want to hear the Pros and Cons before I do.

Thanks
Steve

Redwood City, CA

#2 Jan 31, 2006
kvb wrote:
Considering buy one, but want to hear the Pros and Cons before I do.

Thanks
We just bought a new 2005 convertible, base model, we paid under $15K for it. The 2006's have a new front end and some minor changes in the interior. The 2005 has the 7yr/70,000 mile power train warranty. The 2006 is only 3yr/50,000 (I think). We havn't had it that long to give you an opinion. The only thing I can say is I have heard only a few people that are dissatisfied with there purchase. I would recommend the rag top over the coupe if you like convertibles.
Karen

United States

#3 Feb 9, 2006
My PT is the best car I have ever owned. Roomy, adaptable, great for hauling things, and fun to drive are a few of the things I love about it. I wish I had more money to customize it. I can't say enough!
Bonneville Bob S

Van Nuys, CA

#4 Feb 12, 2006
I really like this car, the style that is ...... Now that the basic warranty is over, I have to chase down my own problems..... Some things are well hidden, the battery for instance, under the air cleaner..... You don't see it when you open the hood. As I was chasing down a dead battery problem, which was a bad fog light switch on the end of the turn signals, I looked to see where the alternator was located. I found out that to get to the alternator, you have to remove the right front wheel and drop the suspension to pull the alternator out the right front fender well.... Wow, they really had to move stuff around to accomodate the cool design... I dont care for the new PT, they chopped the front grill off at the bottom....The grill is what attracted me to the retro look....OH well, I still like the old ones better....
maggie in north carolina

United States

#5 Feb 15, 2006
I bought one of the first PT Cruisers and was quite happy with it until last August when a continuous list of problems has plagued it. First the water pump went at 40,000, then the transmission control module (TCM) left me stranded by the road at 41,000. Then an ongoing problem with the engine cutting out and the engine warning light popping on every 60 to 75 miles or so, hoses coming off or blowing off, an EGR replacement and now it is back in the shop and this time they say the catalytic converter is stopped up and needs to be changed. I am frustrated to the point of wanting to do horrible and totally illegal things to get rid of this drain on my finances. Be warned PT enthusiasts, your cruiser can turn on you in a heartbeat.
april w

Janesville, WI

#6 Mar 2, 2006
My PT cruiser is a 2002. I bought in 2003. Ran like a top. Couldn't hear the car run. Had pick up and drove smooth. But after the 3,000 mile oil change. The wheels creaked and wasn't running right. I took car in only to have them tell me "no Duplication" and that to drive the car more, put more miles on the car and I have plenty of warranty and that things like this have a way to working themselves out. And it may be the air con or heating doing the sluggishness. Three years later, I have trouble with jumps and sluggishness in car transmission. Brakes make noise and don't stop properly and move after complete stop and then move again.Wheels creak and pop on turns and over bumps and dips in the road. but to the dealership,'no duplication'. But other people hear the noise and feel car jump. Why not the dealership? Especially with the "Factory trained technicians".
At 6,000 miles the car should not have worn out parts on struts and rotares. I bought the car with 51 miles on it and hardly drove any place to wear the parts out. The car shouldn't need any replacements for atleast 100,000 or so. but I am only a woman who drives the car. I don't know anything I might tell to the dealership. It's "What I thought I heard" is usually their comment to me. When I spoke to the Gen. manager of the dealership, he wanted me to humor him one last time and take car into another dearlship to have fixed. Then suggested the Lemon Law to me to see where it would get me and also to get myself a lawyer and then told me to just drive the car another 99,000 miles or so and enjoy the car. I told the Gen manager,(Jeff), that you can't drive anywhere in a car that is not repaired. how can you enjoy that? This really reflects back on the dealership and on Chrysler. They would call me a ask me if the car was still acting up and then tell me,"I'm sorry you're having this trouble". But offered nothing other than aner dealership.
I requested they repair the car. But it's not done.
I requested Chrysler to recall the car and refund money paid on the car with the full extended warranty. But nothing yet.
I do like the roomieness of the car and comfortable seats and handles well in weather. But Not any of the trouble/ complaints in the last three years with the car. And the dealership laughed and said I could trade the car in for new car. my car is new, and why would they want to sell the car in the condition it is in to another person? The saga continues. Such the brush off with repairs.
April W.
maggie in north carolina wrote:
I bought one of the first PT Cruisers and was quite happy with it until last August when a continuous list of problems has plagued it. First the water pump went at 40,000, then the transmission control module (TCM) left me stranded by the road at 41,000. Then an ongoing problem with the engine cutting out and the engine warning light popping on every 60 to 75 miles or so, hoses coming off or blowing off, an EGR replacement and now it is back in the shop and this time they say the catalytic converter is stopped up and needs to be changed. I am frustrated to the point of wanting to do horrible and totally illegal things to get rid of this drain on my finances. Be warned PT enthusiasts, your cruiser can turn on you in a heartbeat.
MSN-RGF42

Naples, FL

#8 Mar 5, 2006
I have had 3 PT Cruisers and my latest one is a 2005 Almond GT Convertible. I got it for $10,000 and a 2003 Red Turbo trade-in. I love the styling, convertible operation and I hate the mileage.
Therese

Schertz, TX

#9 Mar 19, 2006
Bad Fog light switch? What did they have to do to replace this? There are several of us on another forum with this problem.

THANKS!
James

AOL

#10 Mar 19, 2006
As soon as I rolled over 36,000 miles, my foglamp switch went bad also. That was just the beginning of the problems to come. Next the caliper on the front brake locked shut. At 42,482 miles, the pushrod went through my engine block. I always change my oil and do preventive matainence on my car, but had to fight with Chrysler for a month to get them to repair my car. At first they tried to say the 3 year 36,000 mile warranty was expired. I then brought in the signed 7 year 70,000 mile power-train contract. Next I had to bring in all my service records. Since I don't use the dealership to have my car serviced, they didn't want to honor the warranty. I loved my car, but don't think I will be purchasing another Chrysler anytime soon after all I've been through.
Fred

Sunset, TX

#11 Mar 27, 2006
I started work at a BMW dealer recently and have lot of chances to drive "the ultimate driving machine". I have to tell you, I like my 05 Touring cruiser better than any beemer I've driven (less the 7 series). Chrysler came up with a good thing with the Cruiser
Chuck Thompson

Redmond, WA

#12 Mar 28, 2006
kvb wrote:
Considering buy one, but want to hear the Pros and Cons before I do.

Thanks
I have a 2005 GT, bought new last November, which I am gradually personalizing. I love this car! So far the only disappointment it has given me is the gas mileage, which is 20% lower than EPA's prediction. Looked at Chevy's HHR and the PT convertible, but I like my sedan better than both of them.... more power and outward visibility than the HHR and quieter inside than the PT convertible.
Antionette King

Franklinton, NC

#13 Apr 22, 2006
kvb wrote:
Considering buy one, but want to hear the Pros and Cons before I do.

Thanks
Pros are good driving and gas mileage and a sense of a small SUV
Cons are some electirca problems and mechanics csn't seem to figure it out/
Bob

Englewood, CO

#14 May 9, 2006
We just purchased a 2006 PT Cruiser GT Convertible. We've had it only a week and love it. For the price, you can't beat this convertible. Seeing the comments above regarding quality & maintenance issues are surprising, as I have (and continue to read) read hundreds of forum postings and discussions and see very few complaints, so I suspect the folks who posted above are amoung a small minority. As for fuel mileage, it is not quite broken in and I am seeing nearly 20 mpg city vs. the 21 claimed, so I have no complaint there. Any car can have problems - I'm sure you'll love the PT. The GT Convertible is awesome!!
Hannah

Mountain View, CA

#15 Jul 14, 2006
If by the car "jumping" you mean the acceleration surging when your foot is not on the gas pedal, there IS a service bulletin or whatever they call them for that, the dealer has to upgrade something in the computer, for free, and it never surged again for me. And as a bonus, the car climbed hills better after they did this fix.
Michelle

Rockville, MD

#16 Aug 13, 2006
I bought a 2003 Touring Edition brand new and never had a problem until this year. Luckily, I have a 7/70,000 warantee but it's not doing me much good because they can't fix the problem. It started out hesitating after every stop. Then, it got scary when the car started actually stalling out when coasting and decelerating. I have had two different sensors replaced, tune-up, throttle body clean out, software updated, charcoal canister replaced and it's going back tomorrow for a new fuel pump. I've read that some people have had similar problems, but I have yet to see a solution. My car only has 36,000 miles on it and it's three years old. If anyone has had this problem, I'd love to hear from you. My question is when does it stop?? If the dealership can't ever figure it out, what happens?? Do I get a new engine, a new car? It breaks my heart because I loved my car for the first three years, but it seems to have turned on me.
dont_be_a_dumbas s

United States

#17 Aug 23, 2006
all i have to say is pt loser
Nicola Natale

Cutrofiano, Italy

#18 Aug 25, 2006
I own a 2002 Pt cruiser since February 2006. The first owner says it has no problem but with only 20.000 kilometrs done - about the half in mileage - I changed the fuel pump (eur 400) repair the "sterzo" box (eur 476) and now overheated. I don'k know yet the cause. The drive is hard, the rear visibility inexistent and in the highway it is also rumorous.
I installed a lpg system ma I don't thik depend on it.
Of course it seem beautiful but, strange to say, the interiors are too tight.
What to say? Just like women I don't like the beautiful and impossible so I hope Chrysler will seriously improve this unic car.
Greetings from the South of Italy, Ginosa Taranto
maggie in north carolina wrote:
I bought one of the first PT Cruisers and was quite happy with it until last August when a continuous list of problems has plagued it. First the water pump went at 40,000, then the transmission control module (TCM) left me stranded by the road at 41,000. Then an ongoing problem with the engine cutting out and the engine warning light popping on every 60 to 75 miles or so, hoses coming off or blowing off, an EGR replacement and now it is back in the shop and this time they say the catalytic converter is stopped up and needs to be changed. I am frustrated to the point of wanting to do horrible and totally illegal things to get rid of this drain on my finances. Be warned PT enthusiasts, your cruiser can turn on you in a heartbeat.
Dad Was so Right

United States

#19 Oct 26, 2006
always remember some people do not take care of the cars and some dont. With any car some model are good and some are not. buywhat make you happy.
A lot of people feeel chylser are bad cars, but a lot of people don't take care of thier cars too.
my point is this , i have a 68 dodge still runing 318, a 72 charger 318 still runing, a 94 accliam , almost 200,000 still runing. all my cars i have gotten over 200,000 mile and stil drove them with no oil leaks and smoke coming out the back . just take care of your car and it should last !
Del

Cleveland, TN

#20 Nov 18, 2006
I bought a PT in 2003 and the only problem i have had with it is a bad door lock which I had fixed. I love this car. I have 60,000 miles on it now and I have been back and forth to TN a number of times. It is great on the highway also!
Bob

Jamesville, NC

#21 Jan 4, 2007
Here I am, adding another comment 7 months later. We're still loving the 2006 PT. It has run flawlessly since purchase and we have absolutely no complaints!

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