18th Jan 2009, 15:21

I agree. This car sounds like it was built by monkeys. They must let them work on the line some days. Also, Chrysler has never had good quality suppliers. It sounds like you had a frustrating trip. Here's to a better automobile.

17th Mar 2009, 10:50

Search the internet and you will find people describing how to change the battery. The air cleaner box has to come out, but it just lifts up. It took me 15 minutes to change my own PT Cruiser battery.

16th Jun 2010, 02:15

These cars are pieces of crap, period. The engine mounts were going bad at 30k miles, transmissions making noise/vibrating at 30k miles and horrible gas mileage for a 4 cylinder car. There are huge labor costs to replace anything under the hood, since the engine bay is the size of a hamster cage. The power steering hose was leaking/blowing out at 40k miles; the list goes on. I get these things through my shop all the time, and it never fails, there's always something failing at relatively low mileage.

25th Jul 2010, 14:02

I bought my PT Cruiser in Jan. of this year. It's a 2004 non turbo.

I got a decent deal on it, because it needed some front end body work done. The car had 60000 original miles, thought I was running into a nicer vehicle for a bargain... wrong! I get the body work done and get a chance to actually drive it. It was missing out and overheating, but hey, I bought it cheap, so I was not discouraged. New plugs and wires fixed the miss, but it was still overheating.

I changed the thermostat, temp sensor, and fan relays and fuse, still it overheated. I took it to a shop and it cost $320 to fix it! Of course they didn't tell me what it was. I start driving it and couldn't believe how crappy the front end suspension is, but I have still been driving it.

Two days ago, remember the overheat problem, same thing! And of course these are the hardest cars to work on anything! I changed all the same stuff I changed in Jan, and it still overheats. The fan isn't coming on, but I hooked the fan to a battery and it works. I am reluctant to spend another $300 to have it fixed again, but also reluctant to spend another minute working on the piece of #*#@! I am ready to roll this car in front of a train; it is the worst vehicle I have ever owned.