2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Consumer Reviews

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2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
4.5
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Nobody puts Baby in a corner....

by from San Antonio, TX on April 12, 2011

Not this Baby at least! Mine is a Limited Turbo. I've been in the paint & body business over 20 years & this is the coolest vehicle I've ever driven. I get 27 mpg highway & 18 mpg in the city or playi...
Not this Baby at least! Mine is a Limited Turbo. I've been in the paint & body business over 20 years & this is the coolest vehicle I've ever driven. I get 27 mpg highway & 18 mpg in the city or playing with the turbo too much. Put a new set of Goodyear's on it & they really improved the handling. The interior (leather/suede) is very comfortable, even on long trips. It's loaded to the max & we're just loving it. I might not have bought the regular 4 cylinder, but this turbo is a blast. You've got to love the looks on people's faces when they get toasted by a PT!
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Best car or suv I have owned

by from Attica, NY on February 22, 2011

I am getting 24 miles per gal, and love this car. Should have purchased one sooner. It has keyless entry, and all leather seats, and a sunroof. I love the Gold color...one awesome little buggy.
I am getting 24 miles per gal, and love this car. Should have purchased one sooner. It has keyless entry, and all leather seats, and a sunroof. I love the Gold color...one awesome little buggy.
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Best Car I've Ever Driven

by from Bristol, CT on September 29, 2011

I have to admit I wasn't too excited about being handed the family Cruiser as my first car, but I don't regret it a bit! I'd driven other cars trying to find a decent one instead of the Cruiser, I was...
I have to admit I wasn't too excited about being handed the family Cruiser as my first car, but I don't regret it a bit! I'd driven other cars trying to find a decent one instead of the Cruiser, I wasn't too keen on the retro look at first, but I absolutely love it. It was bought new by my grandfather in 2005, then sold to my mother & now it's mine. It gets me from A-B just fine, gas is affordable & this car is DURABLE. Only problem I've had is an overheat on one of my morning commutes, ended up being a major repair but she ran like a charm longer than she should've. But that is the ONLY problem I've ever had with this car. I do NOT regret owning this car. It doesn't have "get-up-and-go" because it's not a turbo, but it chugs along just fine. I plan on keeping this car for a long time.
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My Favorite Car Ever

by from Gaffney, SC on April 11, 2012

I bought my PT Cruiser after I "tried one on"...all I did was sit in one and was SOLD. It is the most comfortable car I have ever owned. I have driven 3 times from SC to Massachusetts...3 times from S...
I bought my PT Cruiser after I "tried one on"...all I did was sit in one and was SOLD. It is the most comfortable car I have ever owned. I have driven 3 times from SC to Massachusetts...3 times from SC to Florida...and many other small trips with our state. The gas milage is super, $100 for trip to Mass. Four of us go on average... and there is plenty of room for luggage and people. Temp controls are great for comfort... leg room is great... I am buying my daughter a 2003 next month...so she will have one of her own. it has been rated as a MAN"S car...but this woman LOVES it.
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Drop Top Heaven

by from Pompano Beach, Fla. on August 21, 2010

This '05 GT Convertible with 2.4 High Output Turbo & AutoStick manual/automatic may be the last car I ever buy. Power, handling, braking, reliability, looks, ease of operation & tightness of top, room...
This '05 GT Convertible with 2.4 High Output Turbo & AutoStick manual/automatic may be the last car I ever buy. Power, handling, braking, reliability, looks, ease of operation & tightness of top, roominess, utility, value, build quality/fit & finish, comfort, styling and bang-for-the-buck are all 5-Star! This little rocket is going on 7 years old (01/04 Build Date), as the '05 Cruiser Convertible production began at the 1st of '04, but people continuously comment they think it's Brand New. Not bad for a 61,000 mile car. For me, as a single, early Baby Boomer, I have found my ideal car. If it doesn't last the rest of my life, I'll hunt down another. There should still be good ones left in 10 to 15 more years, as I have noticed most owners maintain their Cruiser Convertibles in pristine condition. Arguably, this is the highest quality, best value Chrysler in history, and personally, in my opinion one of the best values in automotive history. It was on my short list from the first time I saw pictures of it.
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2005 PT Convertible GT with H/O Turbo

by from Johnson City, TN on December 3, 2010

Talk about fun. This car has it all. From the fun of a great covertible to the punch of a sport car with it's 2.4L high output turbo, I only wish I could buy another one for the stable. My wife owns a...
Talk about fun. This car has it all. From the fun of a great covertible to the punch of a sport car with it's 2.4L high output turbo, I only wish I could buy another one for the stable. My wife owns a 2003 classic and with it's engine, 2.4 regular, it's still a great car, just a little slow. And at the price you can get the 2005 at, mine below $8000, this is a great car at a great price. Plus, since they only made them 3 years, this will be a classic. The basic model hard top was stopped this year as well. So if your looking for a future classic, PT Cruiser is the way to go.
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Top down fun!

by from Traverse City, MI on March 25, 2008

I bought my 2005 PT Cruiser Elect. Blue Convertible a little over a year ago - drove it 3,000 miles on vacation will repeat again this year. I hit the auto show every year, and when this car came out ...
I bought my 2005 PT Cruiser Elect. Blue Convertible a little over a year ago - drove it 3,000 miles on vacation will repeat again this year. I hit the auto show every year, and when this car came out at the 2004 Auto Show I knew it was on my short list. I love the styling (based on a 37 Ford) and the ease of use for the top. Very comfortable to cruise around in all day. I have a 5 speed manual with the base engine - while I get to use regular gas (vs. premium for the turbo) I do find it a bit anemic going up hills and passing. I save 20 cents a gallon so I can't complain. Highway MPG is around 27; in town 22 mpg. Chrysler replaced the conv. top seals all the way around with a felt type of seal - the orig. rubber ones kept coming unseated. This past week I found out that (at 51,000 miles) I needed to have my water pump and head gasket replaced - the good news is that Chrylser covers me with their powertrain warranty, so all I needed to cover was the $100 deductible! Once you own a convertible I doubt you will ever be without one! On any day with the temp in the 60s and up you will see me with the top down unless it is raining. (Hint: buy one before the warm weather comes to your area - I save @$3,000 buying in the dead of winter!)
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2005

by from PA on May 9, 2008

this would have to be the best car i have ever owned in my life. its very good on gas, and for me im still in high school so its big inside for all of my friend to ride in. i think the best part about...
this would have to be the best car i have ever owned in my life. its very good on gas, and for me im still in high school so its big inside for all of my friend to ride in. i think the best part about the car would have to be the motor its very little but has alot of POWER!!!!!! i got the car used with 24,000 miles on it and now its has 36,000 and i didnt ever have to do a thing to it besides a oil change ever 2,500. and i only do that because i love the car.
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Love it, but some glitches.

by from Southern California on September 11, 2006

Love my PT Cruiser; it's very peppy and handles well, but Chrysler really skimped on some quality on the body: the antenna was rusty within a couple of months and the hubcaps that came with the car l...
Love my PT Cruiser; it's very peppy and handles well, but Chrysler really skimped on some quality on the body: the antenna was rusty within a couple of months and the hubcaps that came with the car look terrible and dirt cheap after the first wash. Design-wise, the front bumper is really low to the ground and scrapes on parking blocks and regular curbs if you pull too far forward. The window controls for the back seat are down by the passengers feet and get bumped a lot. The gas tank is only 12 gallons, so you have to gas it up way too often. On the bright side, there is lots of storage for a small car!
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Love it but may leave it

by from Maine on September 28, 2010

I bought my PT Cruiser GT in fall of 2005, leftover on the showroom floor. The sticker was over quite high and they took $7K off of that. It was a no brainer, as I was trading in an older PT sedan, th...
I bought my PT Cruiser GT in fall of 2005, leftover on the showroom floor. The sticker was over quite high and they took $7K off of that. It was a no brainer, as I was trading in an older PT sedan, that I also loved. I love the high output turbo engine and esp the style, how it looks like a car from the 30s. The front and rear wheel wells have a "muscular bump" to them that looks cool, as well as the cool trunk. I am able to put the roof down in winter on warmer days here in Maine. I can fit 2 sets of skis, poles and boots in the back with the seats folded down. I tend to average about 21-22 mpg but sometimes get higher on highway trips. I have had many convertibles in the past, including an MGB, Honda del Sol, Saab 900. This has the best roof so far, with one release catch, and easy to use. I did like how the Saab roof was hidden away though. My one continuous problem is with the wheels losing air slowly. Even getting new tires did not solve it. Just today they took off the tires and brushed the wheels to see if that helps. I was told I could buy new wheels, but feel I should not have to, since it is under extended warranty. We got a Hyundai 4x4 this winter and have a MINI Clubman and love them both, with no problems to date. I may be selling it this fall or winter, instead of paying for insurance and registration for a car I find to be using less and less. Overall, I would recommend this car and Chrysler should not have changed it and discontinued it as they did.
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