2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
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PT Cruiser GT HO Turbo 2004

by from California on February 9, 2012

When I was 5 years old I told my parents that I would design a car like the VW that had the engine in the front and the gas tank in the rear, well Chrysler did it for me, My brother owned a panel van ...
When I was 5 years old I told my parents that I would design a car like the VW that had the engine in the front and the gas tank in the rear, well Chrysler did it for me, My brother owned a panel van that he drove to go surf in and I use to be envious of because of all the room inside. The PT designers incorporated some of its style from the delivery panel van. PT (panel truck) Mitsubishi made the Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista Wagon that is really popular still in Japan Some know it as the Expo or Space Wagon Well that is still a very popular design here in the States because it is such a great all around vehicle . In Fact they were designated as a MPV Multi-Purpose Vehicle but Chrysler designated the PT Cruiser as a Truck for help with their Cafe standards, The PT is actually more like the Expo than any other vehicle I've seen except it has more Style. The PT is extremely aerodynamic and they suffer very little in any windy road conditions. The engine is one of the longest stroke gasoline engines that were in production, and it has a tremendous amount of torque, but it is hard to match a transmission to an engine that has this type of power band ratio, and without forced induction of intake air to match the compression ratios (turbocharger) the engine got a reputation that no one on the road wanted to be behind one especially driving up a hill. The combination of a turbocharger and the Autostick transmission the PT turned into a Porsche in 0 to 60 in 6 seconds The Autostick transmission was like something used by VW also but with the PT the transmission has a failsafe built in that doesn't let the driver go over redline and will protect the engine by shifting for you in manual mode if the maximum RPM is met in the gear you have chosen. Another safety feature that Chrysler gave the 2004 PT Cruiser GT was equal length drive shafts and traction control, this controls torque steer, a physical characteristic of FWD vehicles that you feel during acceleration because the drive wheels are also the wheels used to steer the car, and without this feature you feel a noticeable difference in the ability to hold on to the steering wheel in a corner while using the gas pedal at the same time. The PT cruiser also has an advantage of being a car that was produced in record numbers. Many models of vehicles that if they are discontinued have a limited supply of their specific Model replacement parts, and the PT shared its production assemble with other Chrysler models. The point being there will be replacement parts available for these cars for a long time.
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PT cruiser GT high output

by from East Hampton, NY on December 20, 2010

Great car. The 2.4L turbo high output engine has all the power I need. It is faster off the line then most other cars. The only draw back is the High Output 2.4l Turbo requires premium fuel. 91 octate...
Great car. The 2.4L turbo high output engine has all the power I need. It is faster off the line then most other cars. The only draw back is the High Output 2.4l Turbo requires premium fuel. 91 octate is recommended. The book says you can run 87 in it, but they don't recommend it. I sometimes put mid-grade 89 in it, but if you "floor it" and get the turbo spinning fast you can hear the slightest "ping" from the engine. Therefor I mostly use premium.
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So far no problems!

by from Omaha, NE on May 18, 2009

I bought this car used with 18K miles in July '08. I've put 16K on it in 10 months. It has the turbo, which was one of the main reasons I bought it. But, what I didn't research, was the MPG. It got 17...
I bought this car used with 18K miles in July '08. I've put 16K on it in 10 months. It has the turbo, which was one of the main reasons I bought it. But, what I didn't research, was the MPG. It got 17-19 in the city and 20 or so on the highway...ouch! After I change the plugs (which you are supposed to do every 30K) with Autolite platinums, my mileage went up to 22-23 on the highway. The plugs are extremely easy to replace...just like most 4 cylinders. The rear drum brakes make a lot of noise. I took it to the dealer, twice, but rather than try different brake pads, I decided to live with the noise and the 60% life left on the current pads. I was told the squeaking had to do with the E-brake. Not sure if I believe it. The car has the sport suspension and has a lot of get up and go with the turbo. It drives like a tank and feels solid. I love how it handles. Like everyone else, I could complain about the turning radius, but won't. You just have to get used to it. It should be interesting when it comes time to working on anything under the hood! There's no room under there! I imagine I'll have to remove a fender just to get to some of the parts along the engine belt area. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, it should be no big deal, but I'm sure it will cost you a pretty penny if you have to pay a mechanic for his/her time!
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2004 Touring PT cruiser non turbo

by from Long Island NY on May 2, 2010

I love my PT, it's is my far the most comfortable car I have ever owned. I maintain my PT and really take care of it and so far after 56,000 miles not one problem. Somebody I know has one that has ove...
I love my PT, it's is my far the most comfortable car I have ever owned. I maintain my PT and really take care of it and so far after 56,000 miles not one problem. Somebody I know has one that has over 300,000 miles on it. The PT also has a huge following of enthusiast that have clubs and forums. It's amazing if you have a problem someone will have an answer. The gas mileage could be better but I get around 23 mpg and will get 29mpg on highway trips which is what my Toyota used to give me without the smile factor the PT gives me. I really enjoy driving again. I will be sad to see the end of the PT cruiser.
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Great car

by from Altoona, FL on January 4, 2011

This is one of the best cars I have owned in its class. I have had no issues with it and have kept it maintained. It has been driven on lots of trips and is enjoyable to own. The gas mileage is not wh...
This is one of the best cars I have owned in its class. I have had no issues with it and have kept it maintained. It has been driven on lots of trips and is enjoyable to own. The gas mileage is not what some people expect (22mpg), but it handles very well in sand (Florida) and in snow (Michigan). The body style makes it easy to see traffic and there are no real blind spots. I would buy another one in a heartbeat; I have owned this car from day one.
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touring turbo

by from los angeles California on January 19, 2012

I bought it use on 06 with 32,000 miles, great Overall is a great car. Poor mileage for being a small car, but great to drive. Response great, I have a heavy feet I have never been disappointed on the...
I bought it use on 06 with 32,000 miles, great Overall is a great car. Poor mileage for being a small car, but great to drive. Response great, I have a heavy feet I have never been disappointed on the performance I have race vs mustangs and wana be racers and have smoke them, also a great head turner having that said the cons about the car is checking the oil levels as the turbo wil eat the motor oil and lead to head gasket problem I can't blame the car its the owner fault. I'll definitely keep my car forever I love this car. I have own other cars before and they can't compared to this car I use this car for going to work and local commute just check ur oil levels every month and u will do great
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You get what you pay for

by from kansas on July 24, 2008

have replaced brakes and wheel bearings(expensive repair)and also the battery all at under 40,000 miles.Very sluggish to drive,really poor turning and rear visability. I still like the looks of the ca...
have replaced brakes and wheel bearings(expensive repair)and also the battery all at under 40,000 miles.Very sluggish to drive,really poor turning and rear visability. I still like the looks of the car but am trading in for something of better quality( you get what you pay for I guess).
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Would buy another in a heartbeat

by from Cincinnati, OH on March 1, 2016

I bought an 04 cruiser in 05 and I'm still driving it, and I still love it. The back is versatile with lay down or removable seats, it's big enough that my 90 lb dog has more than enough room to ride ...
I bought an 04 cruiser in 05 and I'm still driving it, and I still love it. The back is versatile with lay down or removable seats, it's big enough that my 90 lb dog has more than enough room to ride comfortably, and it's big enough I have hauled a dresser in it. My only complaint is it has a rather wide turn radius when doing a 3 point turn. In the 11 years I've had it, I've only had to change out the battery once, and do regular maintenance on it. i.e....new brake pads, oil change.
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A fine PT Cruiser

by from Athens, Greece on July 19, 2006

It is a really cool ride. It's fuel efficient, never caused me any trouble, looks really cool with all that chrome glowing and it 's fast enough! I love my ride and its unique American styling!
It is a really cool ride. It's fuel efficient, never caused me any trouble, looks really cool with all that chrome glowing and it 's fast enough! I love my ride and its unique American styling!
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Cute little bug-ererer!

by from Sacramento, California on March 11, 2008

A truly nice car! It is also fun to drive... I love the color and for long travel.....it does great! The seats are comfortable and gas milage is good, too!
A truly nice car! It is also fun to drive... I love the color and for long travel.....it does great! The seats are comfortable and gas milage is good, too!
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