2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT Turbo 2.4L High Output from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4L High Output Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Pretty ugly looking for a lemon

Faults:

High pressure power steering hose.

Power Steering Pump.

Power steering pulley (broke away from the engine!!!)

Thermostat.

Thermostat gasket.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute piece of junk (I would use the "s" word, but don't want to be censored).

My wife (against my strongest possible recommendation) purchased this car, and if it wasn't costing us a bucket load, I would delight in telling her I told you so.

I think Chryslers in general, from Neons, to their mini-vans and down to the PT Cruiser, are and were generally shoddily built, and all in all, junk. I will update the review as time progresses, in case the car turns out to be a lemon (I don't want to sound biased by not following up and painting these fancy Neons... oops I mean PT's with one wide brush). It just seems to me that at 60k miles, these cars have self destruct buttons... I dislike Chryslers, and this one is certainly not helping my opinion of them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd December, 2010

23rd Jan 2011, 15:57

Original poster here: I've done another 1500 miles since posting, and have no further problems to report. I still do not like this car.

8th Feb 2011, 12:50

I should not have posted! Two days after my last update, the lower power steering hose went. Speaking with other Chrysler owners, this sort of power steering problem is not uncommon in Chryslers and Dodges... Wow this car has done NOTHING to endear itself to me.

Still hate it.

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired23014 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Piece of junk

Faults:

Rear wheel bearing went about 3 months after I bought it.

Bushings went at around 40,000 miles.

Rear bearing went again at about 50,000.

Developed a horrible vibration in the front end around 64,000 miles, and I got rid of the car.

General Comments:

The suspension isn't of good quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd November, 2010

5th Nov 2010, 12:49

I agree; the P.T. is a piece of junk. I own one and there have been numerous problems with this '08 car. There's nothing like a Honda or a Toyota. Most American cars are a piece of junk that is made to breakdown and make the dealers money by them having to fix them, it's just a big scam that's going to cost you a heck of a lot of money and problems. Don't buy American cars unless you can afford the money and headache. I am selling mine as soon as possible before something major goes wrong.

I bought it from a rental company; don't buy anything from these people because these cars are being driven by people that don't care about these cars, and are sold at a certain mileage before they start breaking down. "Smart Ya?" They sell these cars for at least what they pay for them, and make a crap load of cash on them. Like I said before, mine started breaking down two days after, and I believe they knew this. "Beware buyers"

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base model 2.4L gas from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4L gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carChrysler Town and Country

Summary:

Unexpectedly fun, extremely practical

Faults:

Just normal wear items, including control arm bushings.

General Comments:

Was looking for a small car with a big trunk. Got a small car that thinks it's a truck. Seriously, how many compacts can take a love seat or a full sized recliner, and close the trunk? Guys at the furniture store were shaking their heads in disbelief after we loaded two boxed bunk beds (four beds total) into the car after flipping down the back seats and front passenger seat.

Originally, the performance was adequate and the handling was good. Since I can't leave well enough alone, I increased the power from 150hp to about 200hp. Torque now is wonderful and the power band is low and wide. Car is driven on the track, and easily tops 115 with no turbo. Total cost of engine modifications was less than $1,000.

For handling, the suspension was lowered with new springs and dampers, and was balanced with matched adjustable sway bars. Car is now set to neutral, with trailing oversteer and power understeer. Sticky performance tires top it off to make a great handling car. All this was for about $600 excluding tires, and the car now handles so well it scares people. How about doing a u-turn at 25mph without squealing the tires, or hanging the tail out at 90+? Yep! Have even left Jaguars and Bimmers behind in the corners, and that's not unheard of for these. A friend has out-handled a Viper in his PT, and it was officially documented on a racetrack. Rear suspension borrowed from F1 racing helps ;)

Interior comfort is good. Plenty of leg room, and the back seat will accommodate adults, not just children with removable legs. We have three basketball players in the family, and I drive team members to games several times a week in reasonable comfort. No problems with leg or head room.

Build quality seems better than most American cars, Chryslers in particular. Just feels like it's screwed together with a bit more care.

Reliability is excellent. My warranty expired and I could not even find an excuse to take it in. 130,000 miles and it's never been to a dealer for repairs, just oil changes. It should be noted that the control arm bushings are soft and wear a bit early (80k miles in my case). I was replacing mine with performance models anyway, so it was a planned replacement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2009

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews