2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Consumer Reviews

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2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
4.0
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Solid car really enjoy it

by from Crofton, BC Canada on January 7, 2012

I bought my 2001 Special Edition PT Cruiser in April, for an excellent price from a small car dealer. We use this vehicle primarily for pleasure, but I will use it once a week to drive to work. Yes, i...
I bought my 2001 Special Edition PT Cruiser in April, for an excellent price from a small car dealer. We use this vehicle primarily for pleasure, but I will use it once a week to drive to work. Yes, if you are lead footed on the gas pedal, kilometre(mileage) can be rather poor. Highway driving it is okay. The car is wonderful to drive, I have just had to put in a new battery and got the front brake shoes replaced. I love the chrome wheels too. Leather seating is so comfortable to ride on. The engine gives me good get up and go from a standing start. I will check and see how the timing belt looks, it was changed at 96,000kms. My son is a good mechanice so I will have him periodically check on important issue that my arise. It is a deep red color and the paint is still exceptional. I traded a 1994 Ford Tempo for it and I hope it will serve me well for a few more years.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Reliable/versitle/inexpensive/good all round trans

by from Fenton, MI on June 14, 2009

I have burned up many cars over the years traveling in my job as sales rep. Do not think you can find a better combination of usefulness, reliability, and total cost of operation than buying a PT. Esp...
I have burned up many cars over the years traveling in my job as sales rep. Do not think you can find a better combination of usefulness, reliability, and total cost of operation than buying a PT. Especially if you opt for buying one pre owned. overall a great buy! Bought mine for $10K with 10K miles on it and loaded. It has 120K on it now and still looks, runs and drives like it did when I bought it. Have to agree with the one negative it has is a wide turning radius. I think I can live with it.
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I guess my favorite car ever

by from Richmond, KY on July 13, 2009

I love my PT. Her name is Eleanor, she has a custom paint job and she's beautiful. She is also a real workhorse. She has amazing cargo space, has always been completely dependable, gets good mileage, ...
I love my PT. Her name is Eleanor, she has a custom paint job and she's beautiful. She is also a real workhorse. She has amazing cargo space, has always been completely dependable, gets good mileage, has 148,000 miles on her, and is fun to drive. If they're still making PT's when she gives up the ghost, I'll buy another.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I don't understand the negaive reviews, mine A+

by from Cleveland on April 26, 2010

Bought mine used from a dealer as a mechanics special, got a great price replaced the power steering pump, and suspension part in back that goes bad and that was at 155k. At 199 almost 200k the timing...
Bought mine used from a dealer as a mechanics special, got a great price replaced the power steering pump, and suspension part in back that goes bad and that was at 155k. At 199 almost 200k the timing belt went out literally (I never did replace it as I should have at the recommended 125K). Tore into engine expecting it to be thrashed, and found it is a "zero tolerance built engine" which means no valves hit pistons when timing belt broke, put in new belt and she works like a charm. 204, ooo miles, a little rust, took care of it. Its a great car and I routinely get 23 mpg with even mix of street and hwy. Honest truth, it is fun, nicely designed pretty easy to work on cause of engineering even with tight engine compartment. I love it, even have a hitch and tow my atv around with it. Parts are hard to find in junk yard cause there are very few being scrapped!
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Does recommend this car

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I am in Love with my PT

by from Orlando, Florida on April 6, 2011

This is my Toy. I Bought it 2 months ago,2001 "PT THING" with 86K for $4,495. It gives me 22 mpg in city and 25 mpg in Hwy. Very stylish, great power, great acceleration, lots of leg room, lot of spac...
This is my Toy. I Bought it 2 months ago,2001 "PT THING" with 86K for $4,495. It gives me 22 mpg in city and 25 mpg in Hwy. Very stylish, great power, great acceleration, lots of leg room, lot of space inside and excellent interiors. I love my PT and I recommended this car to anyone.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Best 2001 Chrysler I've Ever Owned

by from L.A.,CA on November 15, 2011

I love my 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition Interior i love the chrome wheels on this model the leather seating the radio the steering wheel where the door handle is and shaped all the storege...
I love my 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition Interior i love the chrome wheels on this model the leather seating the radio the steering wheel where the door handle is and shaped all the storege and cargo board in the trunk. Exterior i love the shape that the front end is shaped i love the grill how it is shaped i like how the door handles are and the back lights are shaped and the back up lights are on the bumper and it says PT Cruiser on the door i love that it says it on the door and the hood shape. Performance I love the V4 engine one time i was on the highway in a 65 miles per hour zone when i speeded up and the engine made a very big roar i wish i had gotten the turbo convertiveble instead.I HAD THIS CAR FOR 9 YEARS WITH 189,893 MILES ON IT.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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2001 PT Cruiser, 5 spd, Great car fun to drive

by from Pompano Beach FL on October 2, 2013

I have had my P.T. for 9 years, this is a great car and so much fun to drive. Its spacious inside, very comfortable, great on gas and looks great. I have 125,000 miles and have been told by chrysler t...
I have had my P.T. for 9 years, this is a great car and so much fun to drive. Its spacious inside, very comfortable, great on gas and looks great. I have 125,000 miles and have been told by chrysler this can run strong past 200,000 miles. Yes some repairs are pricey but what car isn't these days. Wish they still made this iconic car :(
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One of the Best "RETRO" wagons around!

by from Long Beach, CA on April 16, 2008

Where to begin...? Bought My 2001 PT Cruiser Limited Edition (bright silver metallic) used in 2004 with 26,000 miles on the odometer. Fully loaded with all Limited level equipment (leather, full power...
Where to begin...? Bought My 2001 PT Cruiser Limited Edition (bright silver metallic) used in 2004 with 26,000 miles on the odometer. Fully loaded with all Limited level equipment (leather, full power, tilt, cruise, AC, moonroof, alloys and more!), the heated front seats, auto trans, "ultimate" stereo and optional painted alloy wheels. Have made MANY mods over the years - adding performace options (cold air/cone filter, higher performance wheels & tires and more) - adding visual "styling" aids (woodie kit, chrome trim, portholes, LEDs and strobes).... One of the great things about the PT Cruiser is the built in community of owners and enthusiasts. Performance is good - a bit slow at times - and the gas mileage isn't great - especially for a small car. But at over 3200 pounds (yes, the weight of a mini-van), what can you expect. No trouble with the car - AT ALL - and now have over 86K miles! Only maintenance work done! That's over 60K miles of TROUBLE FREE driving!!! Brakes tend to wear quickly - again, 3200 lbs of car - but not horribly. A bit slow off the line - high-rev powerband and heavy weight - make the performance only mediocre. But the looks we get!!! OH, and you can personalize the car to almost no end - chrome, wood, flames, stripes, wheels, trim - you name it! Retro to modern sportster... GO FOR IT! PS - we've got 3 in the family - 2 01 PTs and an 02 PT - all are great!!!
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The worst car I have ever owned!

by from Maui on July 28, 2011

I have had this car for 5 months and driven it for less than 3,000 miles. The gas mileage is more like 17 around town. It has a bad turning radius compared to my Chevi Van. It is in great shape and fu...
I have had this car for 5 months and driven it for less than 3,000 miles. The gas mileage is more like 17 around town. It has a bad turning radius compared to my Chevi Van. It is in great shape and fun to cruise around with the sun roof open for sure. No need to use the air conditioning. Came with a great car fax. Unfortunately I did not look to see if the timing belt was changed as it had over 80,000 at purchase. The cost and time of this mistake is so astronomical there could be no recovery at resale.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does not recommend this car

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Unable to Repair at 110,000 Miles

by from Wauwatosa, WI on July 25, 2013

Overall, I enjoyed the car. It's very comfortable. I liked the style. It's much roomier than it looks, especially the cargo area. I was once able to get a full sized stove in the back with room to spa...
Overall, I enjoyed the car. It's very comfortable. I liked the style. It's much roomier than it looks, especially the cargo area. I was once able to get a full sized stove in the back with room to spare. Performance meets my needs. I've driven peppier cars, but power and handling have been more than adequate. Reliability had been OK, but parts tend to be costly so individual repair bills may be high. The fatal flaw with this car has been availability of parts. A section of the sub-frame, which cradles the engine and anchors the suspension, has broken due to corrosion and cannot be replaced. My mechanic and I have been working with Chrysler to get the part for 35 days without success. They're now telling me that it won't be available for at least another 25 days. I'm not confident, at this point, that the part will ever arrive.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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