2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
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Great Retro Fun

by from North of Pittsburgh, PA on March 6, 2013

I bought this car 2 months ago - it's an '06 GT with the Getrag 5-speed, and had 55,000 miles on it when I bought it (I bought a 36 month MOPAR warranty). I am driving it to work daily, about 120 mile...
I bought this car 2 months ago - it's an '06 GT with the Getrag 5-speed, and had 55,000 miles on it when I bought it (I bought a 36 month MOPAR warranty). I am driving it to work daily, about 120 miles/week. I'm averaging about 22mpg or a little better with 89 octane, taking it relatively easy on the throttle. The performance is excellent, handling is good, and it has the feel of a nice, solid, sporty car. It was very well taken care of by the previous two owners, and it is visually like new. No problems yet. I was a little bit foolish in buying it exclusively based on internet information and reviews - I hadn't even sat in one before I went to the (out of state) dealership to pick it up. My only dissapointment has been the seating position. It feels too high to me, and the seats are not very comfortable or supportive. In fact, I can't pull up too close to traffic lights because I have to scrunch down to look up and see when the light turns green. But the car looks and drives great. I've had several compliments, and I have no regrets. The flexibility of the interior has also been a plus, as I often have to load up with golf clubs, boxes, suitcases, and such, and there is always a configuration that suits my needs. I like the small exterior size, too, which leaves plenty of space in my garage. In my opinion, the poor resale value is a real plus. I would not hesitate to recommend that someone find a low-mileage, clean used one, as a good everyday driver.
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Great fun! Turbo is great!

by from Coulumbus, Ohio on February 7, 2013

Have owned for two years and no problems, Its a GT convertible with the high output 230hp engine. Boy what a difference that makes. Have driven other non-turbo models with average performance. Sort of...
Have owned for two years and no problems, Its a GT convertible with the high output 230hp engine. Boy what a difference that makes. Have driven other non-turbo models with average performance. Sort of blah. But the turbo changes its personality completely- for the good. Power heated leather seats add to the comfort. It has the AutoStick but why bother it shifts nicely by itself. Read where they put heavy duty axles and some beefed up suspension components on the GT models. Feels nice and solid. Bumps at slow speeds gives some cowl shake but doesn't at higher speeds. A lot smoother than a friends Mustang convertible which doesn't have a roll bar like the PT does. Easy folding power top plus it has a real rear glass window with defroster. Extra inner lining makes for quiet ride with top up. Really nice to have a power window switch to lower and raise all windows simultaneously. Have averaged 23.3 mpg with light cruising. A lot of times its around 20-21- too tempting to give it more throttle to feel the turbo rush. Top of the line models always seem to perform better overall than base models. For fun and easy cruising, the GT with the high output turbo is the way to go!
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Car of my dreams!

by from Baltimore, MD on September 8, 2009

I loved the retro look and once I drove it I was hooked. It feels like it was made for me. Seat is just right, I can see well out of all windows and mirrors, not to big but not to little... The only c...
I loved the retro look and once I drove it I was hooked. It feels like it was made for me. Seat is just right, I can see well out of all windows and mirrors, not to big but not to little... The only complaint is that the turning radius isn't too good. My husband says that he could turn a school bus around easier then this car. (However, it is my car & I don't care!!)
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Best Value for Money

by from New Hampshire on March 25, 2009

I've been very happy since buying my PT Cruiser. The seats while firm, are extremely comfortable and supportive, especially on long trips. The dark-tinted windows on the rear keep the bright sun out, ...
I've been very happy since buying my PT Cruiser. The seats while firm, are extremely comfortable and supportive, especially on long trips. The dark-tinted windows on the rear keep the bright sun out, help keep the car cool on hot summer days, and look great. Very stylish car and worht the money.
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WingNut

by from Greenville, SC on March 19, 2012

I couldn't ask for more in style and comfort. It's great. It's a 4 cylinder and the mileage is acceptable, but it's not speed demon, or power horse. I absolutely love it. Have a drop top and it's the ...
I couldn't ask for more in style and comfort. It's great. It's a 4 cylinder and the mileage is acceptable, but it's not speed demon, or power horse. I absolutely love it. Have a drop top and it's the best.
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Wish I still had it

by from Des Moines, IA on March 11, 2009

I sadly just traded my PT Cruiser convertible for an SUV but that is another story. Had the base model convertible. For the money you can't find a car that is more fun. Wind noise with the top down is...
I sadly just traded my PT Cruiser convertible for an SUV but that is another story. Had the base model convertible. For the money you can't find a car that is more fun. Wind noise with the top down is moderate. It is surprisingly quiet with the top up. Not a lot of storage space in the trunk but it is amazing what you can haul in the back seat with the top down. The base motor is more than enough to bark the tires and handling in the twisties is surpisingly good. I had no mechanical issues the 2 years that I owned it. Only complaint, Since the convertible is lowered and chopped compared to the standard PT, taller drivers may have to bend down a little to see stop lights when the top is up. When the top is down you just look over the top of the windshield. also since it is lowered the turning radius is wide. for the fun factor it can't be beat.
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Disappointing Fuel Economy

by from Tampa, FL on June 4, 2011

I purchased this car in January 2011 at a very good price. It had only 22k miles (very low for a 5yr old car) The car now has 35k miles & I am sure it will go another 150k, but I need to get rid of it...
I purchased this car in January 2011 at a very good price. It had only 22k miles (very low for a 5yr old car) The car now has 35k miles & I am sure it will go another 150k, but I need to get rid of it soon because it is costing me an arm & a leg in gas. I do mainly highway driving but have never managed anything better than 22mpg. I drive at posted speeds & service the car regularly. Another complaint is the lack of comfort in the back seat. My teenge boys refuse to ride in the car if we are to travel longer than 30 minutes.
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Dependable Workhorse

by from Daytona Beach, FL on November 7, 2013

I just purchased my second pre-owned Cruiser, which says a lot about how much I enjoy the car. My first was a 2005 Base model (5-Spd Man) with 9800 miles, and my current one is a 2006 Limited (5 Spd M...
I just purchased my second pre-owned Cruiser, which says a lot about how much I enjoy the car. My first was a 2005 Base model (5-Spd Man) with 9800 miles, and my current one is a 2006 Limited (5 Spd Man) with 24,000 miles. First off, what a difference in styling and standard features that come with the Limited. Great comfort and pleasant to drive, and I've always loved the "gangsta" retro '30s styling. When I traded my 2005 it had 172,500 miles on it giving much credence to its reliability and dependability. I averaged 28 to 32 mpg on Florida highways and country roads, so no disappointments there. Engine performance totally on par for a 4-Cyl engine with smooth, strong acceleration going through all 5 gears. As far as any major maintenance is concerned I changed the oil religiously at every 3000 miles, had to replace an A/C Evap Valve around 50,000, the timing belt at 97,000 miles (average life-span), and maybe two tune-ups. Had to put in a new clutch assembly around 30,000, most likely due to the original owner not knowing how to drive a stick (reason given for why it was traded in at such low mileage), and the clutch being self adjusting to point of failure without much warning. Anyway, ended up getting a whole new tranny out of the deal under warranty. Cargo capacity is more than ample, and rear-seat configuration change options are top-notch. I scuba dive and fish a lot and there's more than enough room to transport all my gear and coolers full of adult beverages with plenty of room to spare. All that being said, as long as there are PT Cruisers on the road, I'm going to be in one of them.
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STYLISH AND EFFICENT

by from Long BeaCHM, CA on January 12, 2013

I enjoy driving mytouring cruiser, it very easy to manuever, looks great the sound system is great and the interior is comfortable
I enjoy driving mytouring cruiser, it very easy to manuever, looks great the sound system is great and the interior is comfortable
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sharp

by from North Port FL on January 20, 2013

I'v had the PT Cruiser for one month,and like almost everything about it. However I don't know if there's any way to improve the shoddy gas mileage performance approx. 20 MPG avg.It loves gasoline. I ...
I'v had the PT Cruiser for one month,and like almost everything about it. However I don't know if there's any way to improve the shoddy gas mileage performance approx. 20 MPG avg.It loves gasoline. I used to have a Saab convertible that got 30 mpg on the highway so I guess I'm spoiled. So far this is my only comlpaint.
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