2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser from North America
Odd design issues, but mechanically sound
Not much. High miles on the car, so the repairs that need to be done are fairly typical and of no surprise.
Bushings and control arms need to be done.
Timing belt is due.
Engine light comes on once in a while. It's a sensor problem that has been repaired and keeps recurring. Doesn't affect vehicle operation.
It has been well taken care of and runs pretty decently for the high mileage.
It's actually not my car, it was lent to me and I've been driving it for a number of months now. I mostly want to comment on some of the weird design issues. It's like Chrysler did things in the car just to make it odd.
Don't like the placement of the window controls. They're in the center of the console, instead of on the door (where the windows are). The rear controls are in the center of the rear console. So, not only does the driver not have any control of the rear windows, the rear passengers have to lean way forward to open them. It's a pain, and a lot of extra wiring in the car.
The rear wiper controls are under the stereo in the center console as well. Find 'em before you take it for a drive, so you're not searching your whole car looking for them while you're going 100k/hr down the highway.
The doors autolock (which is apparently safer, according to my wife)... but they don't auto unlock when you open the driver's door. So, unless you remember EVERY TIME you get out of the car to unlock the rest of the car; you'll be really frustrated when trying to get your kids out. It's infuriating.
Could be this particular car, and I know you can fix it with a clip, but the seat belt clip slides all the way to the ground. So you have to reach down to the bottom of the door to do up your belt.
Drives a bit like a truck. This could be the bad bushings though.
I'm a tall guy, and usually have trouble seeing the gauges on vehicles, but not this one. Gauge layout is great, and lots of gauges and lights, so you really know what's going on with the vehicle.
It has plenty of room, paint still looks great after 10 years, engine has lots of power, and is fairly decent on gas.
Still works really well after 340K, which is impressive for a domestic. It's been well taken care of. Not a really huge fan of the look, and the interior design of the controls are mostly a pain. Just my opinion though, if you like that kind of thing, this car is great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th October, 2011