The definition of a LEMON
- Front end required replacement at 90K. Ball joints, tie rods, LCA bushings.
- Air conditioning sprung a leak around 80K, no longer works.
- Transmission failure at 120K.
- Engine burns oil.
- Miscellaneous electrical problems, such as a radio that works half the time, door ajar light comes on along with the interior light for no reason while driving.
Ouch, what a lemon I have here. I should have known better than to get another Chrysler after the destruction of my Sebring with the infamous 2.7L motor. This car has been nothing but trouble in every sense. One would think a car with these problems would be in the 200K + kms mark, however this seems to be what the PT Cruiser was designed for, complete failure.
In addition to the problems I've listed above, there are still more things wrong with the car. Little things that really get on your nerves, for example if you pop the hood, the lever sticks inside the car, and it's hit or miss if the hood will go back down.
The blind spots in the car are ridiculous; aside from the poorly positioned side mirrors, you can barely see your blind blind spot by turning your head, because the back seat and headrests are in the way, along with the oversize interior pieces and ultra-tiny (and useless) rear side windows.
Interior room is not that much for a hatchback when you really take a good look. The switches for the power windows in the back are on the floor (yeah, what genius came up with that design). The seats are terribly uncomfortable for long trips.
Gas mileage is very poor. I've gone on an 900 km trip, all highway and averaged 26 MPG (US gallon). That's horrible for a 4-cylinder. Normal driving you get probably 20-22 MPG... nothing spectacular to say the least.
To sum it up, if you're thinking about getting this car, I strongly recommend you reconsider. Even the re-sale value of the PT is nothing... it's a nothing car with an unfortunate, and maybe in denial, following of people.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th June, 2010