2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4 gas from North America


Pops likes it


Watch it if you replace the battery, you may experience electrical problems.

Timing belt is very expensive to change.

Leather seats beginning to crack.

General Comments:

Very unique body design, my father who is 89 years old thinks he is 20 when he gets behind the wheel.

Comfortable on long trips.

Good paint; no peeling or discoloration.

Peppy enough powertrain. Very happy with my purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2009

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L from North America


It was an excellent machine!


Nothing went wrong during the whole lease.

General Comments:

This was an excellent small car.

It started without fail in our very cold winters; no boosts or plug-ins. Despite some of the claims seen, it was very good on fuel and would travel from Ottawa to Halifax on 2 (two) tanks of fuel or about 42mpg (imperial).

It was very rugged too; I drove it hard (two sets of tires in 80,000km hard) and it never whimpered. It wasn't the quickest thing around but it kept up with other small cars just nicely.

I loved the interior room, especially the head and shoulder room. It fitted my weight-lifter frame just fine whereas the previous small car was too darned tight for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2009

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 2.4L from North America


Great car that combined good looks and excellent utility


Front sway bar replaced.

General Comments:

I bought this US domestic version PT Cruiser new while stationed in Germany. I do not recommend this, but I broke in the car's first 500 miles by driving it as fast as the governor allowed me (105mph) on the Autobahn. The problem is the gear ratio is all wrong for Autobahn driving, so I got a dismal 14 mpg at that speed. It cruises happily at 80 mph, but not 100 mph, although it handles fine.

It drove very well through European winter, and the engine has enough power so the trip through the Alps was pleasant. The car went to Texas with me in 2003. Since then, it has endured extreme Texas summer heat and a blizzard in Idaho with no problem.

The front sway bar had to be replaced in 2005. The dealer in Texas was a little mystified about the rusty sway bar. I guess I should have cleaned the underside better after passing through Idaho.

Recently the car reached 80,000 miles. I decided to have a major tune up because I was going overseas, and didn't want the wife to get stuck with car problems. The original brake pads probably would have been good for another year, but I changed them out just to be on the safe side. The routine 80,000 mile service wasn't cheap at the dealer, but then this car had no problem except for the sway bar so far. Overall, no problem with this car mechanically.

The biggest disappointment is the mpg. At 23 mpg, it is just not great for a little car like this. It has enough power, but with the 4 cylinder engine you have to punch it if you really want to pass somebody in a hurry.

The handling is great, ALMOST as pleasant as my old 85 Mercedes 500SE, and much better than my old 95 LeBaron GTC. Except for the black bumper starts to grey a bit, it looks almost brand new.

With the base model, I had to special order the rear disc brake with ABS and traction control. They work great in the snow and on the Autobahn. I am glad I had them instead of drum brakes.

Overall, I am very happy with this car. It runs very well if properly maintained. I just wished that the then Daimler-Chrysler Corporation had put a Mercedes diesel engine in this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2008

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition from North America


Good Part Time Cruiser


Brakes, TCM, PCM, radiator, steering column, timing belt and harness, motor mounts (all 3), water pump, A/C, blinker switch, 02 sensor.. just to name a few things.

General Comments:

I was so excited to get my PT Cruiser for the first two months.

At 47500 miles the PCM went out... It was all down hill from there. The car broke down about every two months costing anywhere from 300 - 1200 USD to repair.

It's a cute car, just a VERY VERY bad built investment.

I finally figured out what the PT stands for; it only cost me about 7000 USD total in three and a half years.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th August, 2008

5th Sep 2008, 02:25

You bought it with 47000 on the clock and got 73000 miles out of it and you are complaining? My PCM went at 29000 miles.