Looks like your rental PT Cruiser was in bad shape because the stock 2.4L engine puts out 150hp, which I find to be more than enough for passing on the freeway. If you have 2 or more big passengers, it will cut your power, but this is would happen with any 4 cylinder car.
I have a 2007 PT Cruiser and I absolutely love it! It has plenty of power for me to pass safely on the freeways, very cool interior. I would say the only drawback would be the hatchback. You have to yank on it fairly hard to get it to open. I average about 23 or 24 miles per gallon gas mileage. If you are looking for a cool funky car this would be one worth looking into.
2007 PT owners... please drop me a line. I am considering a 2007 PT but hearing very different reviews; GREAT mileage - terrible mileage... no problems... lots of problems. Enough passing power - no passing power. Your input please. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've owned my 2007 PT Cruiser Limited since December of '07. I was not considering a PT at all (Honda Civic, Accord were my preferences) until I test drove one.
The relative comfort and utility of the interior were big selling points as was the price.
I have had no problems with my car since the purchase. There are a few issues to learn to live with with this car, however: fuel mileage is not as good as one might expect from a four cylinder; The normally aspirated engine is just not very efficient. It is underpowered from a standing start and not very good on gas. This car is better suited to highway cruising, however. I have had no problems finding passing power and the car is surprisingly comfortable on road trips. In terms of comfort, I found this car surprisingly more comfortable than the Civic and this car has made me more aware of other Chrysler products; most notably the Sebring.
I've been happy with this car... its comfortable and it still looks like nothing else on the road, save for the copycat Chevy HHR. While I'd like my next car to be a bit bigger, I would consider buying another Cruiser.
Gas mileage on mine is 28 mpg both city and highway combined. Versatile interior configurations are a plus. Plus its quirky styling means it won't look dated anytime too soon either.
My only big beef is that it needs more power on the highway for passing. I'd hate to think how bad it would be with the car full of passengers. My wife's equivalent engine in her '03 Toyota Camry is what this car needs. A four banger that thinks it's a six.
Oh, the one quibble is that lack of refinement on finish. Especially on the plastic trim. I can't believe those pieces passed quality control! I like to point it out to people when I can. lol.
I have a PT Convertible 2007. I love it!! Gas mileage could be better, but rides like a champ. No problem passing on highway. Fun to drive. I also read the reviews and I think I got a great unique car.
Just get the turbo limited edition. the turbocharged 2.4 is way more adequate. but to all of you people complaining about power. come drive my Saturn SL1. 1.9 liter putting out 100 HP. trust me, its adequate. so either you guys are used to driving really powerful cars (or suv's), or im used to driving small cars, but I don't see a power problem with the PT.
A WOLF in sheep's clothing. Whatever you do, get the STICK! The 5 speed "normally" aspirated engine has plenty of power. This little car is so light with PLENTY of power! Power to weight ratio is the key to acceleration after all. Try the turbo stick and you'll see most cars in your rearviews!
I've had a 07 Cruiser for two years. Thankfully it came with an extended warranty.
Needed two new front axles, stabilizer bushings, a new steering wheel for sticking horn, and brake boost. All at 68,000 km (42,000 miles).
Front brakes worn out with 90% highway driving.
Now the service shop tells me I need a tune up and replace spark plugs. At this mileage?
Gutless, fuel devouring piece of crap. (21 miles/gallon U. S highway) Can't wait to get rid of it.
I have had a 2007 PT Cruiser for 3 years now. I bought it in 2010 with 24000 miles on it. It has about 76000 now, mostly highway miles.
It has been a great car. No problems except the wind noise on the passenger side window when the top and all the windows are up. It is very fun to drive, and I get lots of compliments on it.
I tend to have a lead foot, and have no problem speeding or passing.
Have noticed my horn sticks at times, so I try not to use it.
I have had lots of problem cars in the past, but no maintenance issues with this one.
I love this car.