2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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19 reviews
Available Price Range $2,095-$8,331 Trims4 Combined MPG 21-23 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Our Take

Chrysler has reorganized the PT Cruiser's trim levels for 2008, and the 230-horsepower, turbocharged GT model is no longer offered. Trim levels now include a base LX, mid-level Touring and top... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Performance in non-turbo model with automatic
  • Aging platform
  • No side curtain airbags
  • Body lean

Notable Features

  • Unabashed retro styling
  • Seat-mounted side airbags
  • Manual or automatic
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Wagon or convertible


Our Expert Reviews

When the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser went on sale in 2000, the company suspected it had a hit, but likely didn't realize what long legs the car would have. Now sales have slowed, but it remains a great value.A testament to developing a solid product and improving it year after year, the PT Cruiser may be a better buy than the company's touted alternative, the Dodge Caliber. The PT Cruise... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

3.8 out of 5

Based on 19 reviews

Good Value For the Money

by Dave from Los Angeles on December 17, 2012

First, the PT Cruiser is not an economy car. Just because it is a 'small' car, don't think you will get 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway. I get 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, average 19.5 overall. Think of i... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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