2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible Turbo from North America

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance40600 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

I love the look and feel of the car, but with repair bills like this so soon; buyer beware!

Faults:

I was very disappointed to find out that the power steering rack needs to be replaced at 40,600 miles. I was given an estimate of about $1000.00 to replace it.

The lower control arm barrens are also gone at 40,000 miles. I was given another rough estimate of $250.00 - 300.00 to replace.

A lot of money for a car with only 40,000 miles.

General Comments:

I'm not sure how something so major can go on a car with only 40,000 miles. I've always loved everything about this car, but now I'm skeptical about it after getting an estimate of about $1300.00 to fix such major parts (power steering rack, line, lower control arms barrens) as previously mentioned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

1st Sep 2010, 15:06

I agree. Love the car, but at 3 years old and 70,000 miles, I have had to replace the tires 3 times, brakes 3 times, and now my heater core is leaking, $1000 estimate to fix, and the clean air intake tube/hose is ripped and needs to be replaced; $100 just for the part on that.

Also, less than a year into it, my windshield wiper fluid things on the hood dry rotted, and have had to be replaced twice, generic doesn't fit, must be Chrysler... YIKES... first and last time I ever buy a brand new car!

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT 2.4L turbo from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4L turbo Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Very nice car - Just don't buy it for gas mileage

Faults:

- Was somewhat surprised that the back brake pads and rotors had to be replaced by myself after 30,000 miles. Has been fine since.

- Hatch in back is sticking or coming in contact with something that prevents it from opening naturally.

General Comments:

Upsides:

- The interior is leather, comfortable, and spacious (fits 4 adults easily); Unlike most other compact cars, you sit rather high in the PT Cruiser, with a very easy view over the dash.

- Gauges behind the steering wheel have several nice display features, including: Outside/Interior Temperature, Compass, Radio Station, Average Gas consumption and a host of other goodies.

- 2.4L Turbo engine churns out 230hp, giving this car some real zip for it's price range.

- Traction control works well.

Downsides:

- The car (with a Turbo at least) is a gas guzzler; I get ~19/20MPG when averaged over highway and city street driving.

- With 4 people in the car, the storage space available for hauling is limited.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2008

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible - Touring 2.4 liter turbo from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter turbo Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance3000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

The most fun ride I've ever had!

Faults:

Nothing wrong with this car, although the gas mileage is seriously lower than previously owned Toyota so I'm having a bit of gasoline pump sticker shock, especially with current and rising gas prices.

General Comments:

I'd been wanting a convertible for a long time, but I've always bought very sensible, very sensibly priced Toyota Corollas my whole life and I didn't want a pricey sales sticker or a honking big car payment.

It took a leap of faith to move to a Chrysler, and my long term decision is yet to prove itself, but the PT Cruiser Convertible is the most affordable way to get into a convertible. Since I bought 2006 model year new in early 2007, I got the car, fully tricked out, for under 19K.

This convertible is a cool, fun ride at a very reasonable price.

Other than the gas mileage differential, the trunk design requires deep bending to get anything in or out of it, although it does offer enough room for two moderately sized pieces of luggage without dropping the seats, and significantly more room when the rear seats are dropped.

However, the rest of the car is perfect as far as I am concerned. The cabin is roomy and comfortable, I can fit 4 adults in the car comfortably even when one of them is a fairly tall man in the back seat, and I have yet to go a single day without somebody offering positive comments in parking lots, at toll booths, and even at stop lights.

Road noise is minimal even at 70 mph with the top down.

Every errand turns into a mini-vacation. To steal from a Queen song.... "I'm in Love With My Car".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2007

28th Apr 2009, 09:07

I agree, it's like vacation every time I get in. The convertible is so cool!!! I love my car. The noise is like none at all. I can hear my radio very well. And most of all, I love the look of the car. People do give positive feedback all the time. Thanks Chrysler. Jones N.J.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 5 reviews