2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser User Reviews

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"space" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"small space" 2 reviews

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Brian writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT Review
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Turbo charged engine, sunroof, 6 disc CD changer

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Road noise, handling

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My Old Car — Overall I really liked my PT, but with a little over 100,000 miles there was sure to be some problems. The check engine light came on and I took it to the shop four times and reset the system but the light kept coming on. Therefore, that was very annoying. Also, the performance tires that I had on the car looked great but had a LOT of road noise. But other then that the turbo charged engine was very fun to drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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oldkookskater writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base Review
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3

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Reliable, if you keep getting it repaired.
Roomier than it looks; can haul quite a bit for a small car.
I can almost ALWAYS find a parking space due to the small overall footprint of the vehicle.

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Repairs.  Frequent and costly.  Engine compartment is ridiculously small.  Had to pay an obscene amount of money to have belts and timing chain replaced.
Consumes oil like a drunken sailor on leave.
Manual door locks.  Really?

oldkookskater
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Not Lovin' It. — It was fun for the first couple of years. Now I drive it because it's paid off. I will (Lord willing) NEVER own another Chrysler product again. My Toyota Truck - 138,000 trouble-free miles. Had the clutch replaced at about 135,000 miles. Never leaked oil. Never was low. Never had transmission leak. Never had to top off fluids or even add coolant. Reservoirs were always full. Fluid always clean. Jump to PT Cruiser with Mercedes at the helm. This car is a giant bag of suck. It drinks oil like a drunken sailor on shore leave. No oil leaks - it just gets consumed by the car. No blue smoke. Passed 100% of emissions tests every year for 12 years. Where is the oil going??? My theory is my car is hoarding the motor oil in case of some emergency, for when the cars all become sentient and kill us off; that way it'll have what it needs. Rear tire alignment - the car is "off" from the factory and is fixed in this position - they cannot be aligned. Thanks for that, Chrysler. Because of this, I need tires more often than and was informed by the tech that shims could be installed but they wouldn't really fix the issue. Performance - Maybe most other drivers don't know how to squeeze anything out of an engine smaller than 5.7L but the 2.4L does an okay job, given how tiny it is in relation to the weight and non-aerodynamic shape of the vehicle. Non-turbo does just fine. Has good torque and is fast for what it is if I want to lean on the pedal in the lower gears. Manual transmission probably helps with performance. Fuel economy is horrible in the city - like 18-19 MPG, which would be okay if the engine was more powerful... If I'm on the freeway driving to San Antonio, it'll pull 30 MPG. If I'm doing mixed commuting/ city driving, then average of about 24MPG. With good tires, the car handles great. I've had 10 years out of the replacement brakes. Still no chirping, squealing or issues with discs. No uneven wear, no warping (but then I don't brake like a maniac, either). It's not the worst car I've owned (that goes to a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am) but it's definitely not the best. Can't wait to retire this vehicle.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Cassandra writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Review
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4

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Has lost of room inside for a such a small car.
Good wiring unlike the VW Beetle that is the same price but has system problems because of low quality manufacturing and designing.
Good turning radius.

Cons

Not much room in the trunk.
Is light weight so people playing jello in the back tilts the car a bit.
I have had some engine problems but it was a rental car before I got it so it's been through a lot of driving.
Engine is not the strongest but it can get up the mountains with out much trouble and keep up with a BMW M5 on the highway if wanted.
Has little or no storage room under the seats. (for like a fire extinguisher, or first aid kit.)      

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It's An Old Style Car With New Tecnolagy — It's a good kind of cheep car. (Insurance is a bit pricey because they are so new.) Has an over all good performance. Can do speeds well and turns are smooth. Is a bit sensitive to the passengers moving from side to side. But the wide wheel base helps prevent it from tilting. Has a lot of room for a small car. Can fold down, fold up, or remove back seats for more storage room. Also the front passenger seat folds down to make 75" of storage room. (found out how much room when I put a coat rack in the car.)

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bubba_1952 writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base Review
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5

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This little 5-speed was the best car on gas I have ever owned. I could not believe the difference in power and fuel economy compared to my 2002 automatic Limited Edition

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I just could not handle shifting gears due to a medical problem with my foot and leg but no cons with the car.

bubba_1952
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Great Little Family Car Or Perfect For College Student. — I loved this car but realized after I purchased it I needed an automatic. No other problems or complaints about this car at all. I would recommend this car for any small family, student, elderly person or anyone wanting a great little sporty and peppy ride. So much fun to drive. Thank you, D.Lodge

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Vickie writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT Review
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I love this vehicle and would buy it all over again.

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You don't know how awesome this vehicle is unitl you get in one!

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The P.t Cruizer. It Really Is Personal Transportation! — I love the room in this car as well as the versatility. Its a small vehicle but has the features of a mini van and small SUV all rolled into one. It may be a "Cruizer: but the turbo engine makes this thing go like stink and takes the corners with ease. It may be 5 years old but people think its new. The body has held up well and it runs like new. I love the leather interior and the heated seats in winter. The gas mileage is not bad for a vehicle this size and weight and It is easy to get in and out of for any one of any age. Although the ride can be similar to a truck this vehicle is fun to drive.

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dtroller writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base Review
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Low maintenance...only need to be kind and generous to your fluids

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Not a lot of power, headlights tend to be aimed low due to the vehicle slant

dtroller
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Great Value In A Basic Transportation, Yet Cool Auto — The only problem encountered to date was a broken timing belt at 91,000. Other than that, I keep it well maintained, and it keeps running!! Not only reliable, but it's a cool ride!! I need 6 more words, there we go.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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DBear326 writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Review
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4

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It drives pretty good, interior styling is kinda cool with the two tone black and red leather and color matched dash.

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Under powered, tight engine bay which makes it hard to work on. Dealers service departments not very helpful.

DBear326
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Decent Car, But Chrysler's Quality Or Lack Of Shines Through — We've owned this car for just over 5 years, it has been pretty dependable. It had a few issues that were fixed under warranty but the service departments at the two dealers made me wonder if they knew what they were doing. While I can't speak for every dealer the 2 I've dealt with weren't very helpful. I had better luck doing it myself.

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Garry writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Review
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comfortable, small outside, lots of room inside, good gas mileage

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transmision locked up but was replaced free

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Good Car For The Money, I'm Keeping It When We Buy A New Car Soon. — Other than ripping 1 transmision out this car has held up better than the dozen new cars I bought befor it. It looks good in a old person sort of way, rides good seats dont make my back hurt (thats amazing for a cheap car) oh yea and there cheap.

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Kat writes:
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Review
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confort stability roomy seating easy to drive

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u cant lift it and u cant put smoke stacks on it lol

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Its My Baby Lol — it has everything that a vehicle that isnt a truck should have kicking sound system bad A## paint job awesome engine with a turbo and all the extras cause its the limited edition i only drive the best lol its not a truck but its still awesome

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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sidcraft writes:
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Everything

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None

sidcraft
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Great — Everything about this car is great. Great car for shopping, driving around town, and vacation. Is easy to park and fun and safe to drive. A comfortable car to be in. Auto Stick Transmission is great in traffic. Great acceleration when getting on the highway.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

Very Pleased. By alclouis

Fun driver, quick for a 150 HP car, handles well, cost effective, excellent storage, good room in he cockpit area. Increasing the tire size to 225 has improved the handling characteristics. Well wor... Read More

Very Good For The 1st 100,000mi By ronpolley

Good little highway car for the 1st 100,000 mi,then the repairs will start to add up on you. The around town fule milage isnt great. No warranty claims at all and tires go around 45,000 on average.Fun... Read More

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

Musculine Front With Sleek Feminine Rear By rasbb

maintenance cost is incredibly high and overheating is a major prob. once fixed, you are free to cruise around town. a Chrysler PT cruiser is a car that needs to be driven at least once in any driver'... Read More

Good First Car By jofus97

The PT Cruiser is my first car. I wasn't exactly thrilled to be receiving it at first because it was my mom's old car and she described it as "cute". When I did get the car, I got used to it and I act... Read More

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

Its An Elegant And Unique Car By mkadya

I totally love how it borders on being ugly but beautiful at the same time. Its unique and it has style and character. Its not just a car, but more of personality. With all the other features you are ... Read More

Pt Cruiser Gt Is A Fantastic Jack Of All Trades By PaulEden

I purchased this PT Cruiser GT new back in 2004 and it has been an outstanding vehicle for these last ten years. The PT Cruier GT was initially purchased primarily to be a family car, yet... Read More

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

Milk Truck, Cool Looking Car But Wouldn't Purchase Again By ElephantMovers

The performance was average and had problems with the transmission and shifter cable easily detaching, it drove well and the engine was solid. The seating space was reasonable, the rear hatch back was... Read More

So Far Ok By edmo23

I like the look of the car and it's very economical . Is a little engine noisy from inside the car not outside . Don't know if that's normal with these cars as I just bought it a few weeks ago . Drive... Read More

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

Fun To Drive If You Recognize This Car's Performance Limitations And Don't Try To Exceed Them. By msok

At 6'2" with a medium build, I felt physically comfortable driving this car for the duration of my ownership. I always shopped between Chrysler and Firestone for the cost of maintenance and rep... Read More

Great Practical Car. By Dylan

I liked that it was very easy to maintain and gave me little to no problems. The car is very responsive and gets up and gos. I didn't like, however, the turning radius or the mpg because it got only a... Read More

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