Chrysler PT Cruiser Estate 2000-2005

Chrysler PT Cruiser Estate 2000-2005

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Big boot offering plenty of space
  • Diesel version is exceptionally strong
  • Distinctive looks

Cons:

  • Expensive servicing costs
  • Uncomfortable rear-seats
  • Bad depreciation

Overview

Chrysler PT Cruiser is a small and exciting car to drive. However, it lacks the practicality provided by most of its rivals. The style of the vehicle may also not suit all and this may put off some potential buyers. The PT Cruiser can easily fit 5 adults in with enough room in the boot for their luggage as well, not bad from a small looking vehicle.

Exterior and Interior

The PT Cruiser was designed to look different and be fun to drive according to their brief when it was unveiled. Admittedly it is indeed different to look at with nothing else on the market looking anything like it. There's probably a good reason for this. The PT comes with a large boot that is capable of accommodating all the passengers' luggage easily. The main issue with the car is that despite having three individual rear seats; it has got a 60/40 split folding rear bench, which will requires two people to lift them out. There are several trim levels to choose from but the best overall is the touring trim which comes with everything you are likely to want such as 16"Alloy wheels, CD player, air-con, all round electric windows, traction control and cruise control.

Performance and Economy

Although the two petrol engines are quicker than the diesels in a straight line the diesel engines pull much more smoothly and with far more economy. The petrol engines only manage 31mpg for the 2.0-litre and 31.7 for the 2.4-litre. The diesels get a much more respectable 40 and 40.9mpg from their 2.2-litre and Common-rail 2.2-litre engines. The Common-rail diesel is the best overall engine giving 150bhp and a much stronger pulling power than any of the other engines. It is also a lot smoother and less noisy than the older 2.2-litre engine. The handling is accurate in the corners with minimum body roll and a firm ride which can become uncomfortable on rough roads. The steering is also very light with not much feeling being transferred back to the driver. The Pt Cruiser is not particularly cheap to ensure either with it falling into group 12 and 13.

Like to Drive

The seats in the PT Cruiser are very comfortable with ample room for 5 adults to sit comfortably. There are good commanding views of the road for the driver thanks to thin pillars which also help to make parking easier. This isn't a vehicle for someone that wants to blend in though. The quirky looks will catch the attention of people will be interested in the vehicle but not always for good reasons.

Faults and Repairs

There have been reported issues from owners about the gearbox and suspension of the PT Cruiser. Any gearbox problems should be easy to pick up on during a test drive. There have also been reports of loose, fragile plastic trim and electrical glitches in the car. The PT has been recalled on two occasions to have their fuel lines customized in 2000 and to have secondary seals installed on the fuel pump in 2003 to reduce the likelihood of leakage during the occurrence of a roll-over accident. The Pt Cruiser also requires servicing every 7500 miles or six months which is twice as often as their main rivals. This is an unusually high servicing schedule and will lead to additional costs over the life of the vehicle. The official Chrysler dealers charge hourly and are a lot more than one would pay at a Ford, Volkswagen or Renault dealers.