2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition Convertible 2.4 turbo from North America
Best convertible on the market for under 28k
Tranny gasket leaking & emergency brake cable hanging up, had to be replaced / fixed by dealer after month #1.
I love my PT Convertible!
XXL room and lots of power and room for 4 large people, I loved having it at the beach this past summer.
ABS should be standard on all models, was hard to find a TE w/ABS.
Short windshield is cool, but makes it hard to see traffic lights.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th February, 2006
Thank you for the good review.
The only opinion I might offer, is that if you are inferring that the car being under 28K is a deal, I respectfully disagree. I think new cars in general are terribly over priced, and really do not see any exceptions.
Perhaps it might be a deal "relatively" speaking (in comparison to other cars), but I am not desensitized enough to how expensive everything is these days to view any vehicle approaching 30K (or much over 10K frankly) as a deal in any sense.
I just think back to when I was younger, and what vehicles (and homes, etc.) cost in proportion to an average person's income and I see a huge problem. I am blessed to be able to afford a new car without difficulty, but I cannot bring myself to purchase one at these prices, because I do not want to enable the problem. I do think the PT Cruiser is a nice car, however I have only ridden in the non convertible model.
Good luck with it.
Please bear in mind when talking about the cost of vehicles, you include what you get. A base model Dodge Neon (for example) started under $10K in the mid 1990s, but by 2005, a base Neon was nearly $15K.
For that extra price, you got a longer and more comprehensive warranty, more power options, CD player (only AM/FM radio in the original), auto transmission, and more. Cars are becoming more expensive, but you are getting a lot more than you were before.
As far as the Convertible PT Cruiser, (although I paid less) I have one with an MSRP of $30,700 and it is loaded and then some. Heated leather seats, turbo engine, GatRag Tranny, AM/FM/CD/Cass with satellite radio, and loads more. It was a lot of money, but once again, there are a LOT of features.
Today, when you buy a car, you buy a lot more than metal. You buy features, reliability, and peace of mind.
Whats a "GatRag" tranny? Do you need to get a rag because it leaks fluid all over the garage floor?
PT Cruiser Ragtops are nice enough, but they are over-priced, and the turning circle diameter rivals a school bus!
The best convertible on the market for under $28,000?
Try a 2-year-old Saab 9-3.
Um well if you can't see the traffic lights, um I have a big hint for you. UM let the top down. LOL it is a convertible right???
You do mean 'Getrag' don't you?