2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

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Base Convertible
Avg. Price: $6,089
Avg. Price: $6,410
GT Convertible
Avg. Price: $7,499
Avg. Price: $5,941
Avg. Price: $5,448
Touring Convertible
Avg. Price: $6,685

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4.15 stars

Based on 29 reviews

My First Convertible. by Randy584
 — It has good lines and is fun to drive. I enjoy the overall appearance of my PT Cruiser Convertible versus the hard top as it does not have an "egg" appearance to it. This little car is simply amazin... Read More
It's A Great Car If You Like The Styling! by Matthew
 — Although this car is ugly on the outside, it makes up for it's lack of beauty on the inside. Sporting a 4 cylinder engine, this car will get the job done. In our 3 years of ownership, there has neve... Read More
Little Speedster by awertz
 — I loved this car so much. Never left me stranded or had any technical or mechanical difficulties. As long as you keep up with the scheduled maintenance it should last for a very long time. It is a nic... Read More

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler introduced the PT Cruiser for the 2001 model year.  A convertible model was added in 2005, and several interior and exterior styling updates came in 2006.  Changes this year include a new headlight design, altered taillights, and a restyled grille.  The dashboard has also been redesigned, for a more mature look, and a new audio system features an input for portable devices.  The center stack, seat fabrics and panels have also been changed.

There are three power plant options for the PT Cruiser.  The base engine is a 2.4 liter DOHC four cylinder engine, making 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Limited and Touring trims may be equipped with an optional turbocharger, which bumps up horsepower by 30. The GT gets an enhanced version of the 2.4 liter four, which delivers 230 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque.  The turbo versions of the Limited and the Touring use a four-speed automatic transmission.  The GT is available with the automatic or a five-speed manual.

Chrysler offers the PT Cruiser in two body styles and four trims.  The base PT wagon is equipped with power accessories, a CD audio system, and keyless entry. The convertible adds air conditioning. The Touring model adds a few additional standard features, and the GT provides more of a sporting orientation. The Limited PT includes a power driver's seat and a moon roof. A six-disc CD changer and heated seats are optional on most models.  The Limited trim is only available with the wagon body.

No PT Cruiser is particularly sporty with respect to handling, but the GT provides the best driving experience.  Along with the 230 horsepower engine, this top shelf model gets a firmer suspension and wider tires.  Drivers have reported noticeable body roll through the tighter turns, and base engine acceleration which requires a great deal of patience.

The PT Cruiser has been in high demand since its 2001 release, largely due to its unique styling and flexible interior.  However, low gas mileage (especially considering the PT's compact size) is a very common owner issue.


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Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions


What Are Ar Bushings

I hit a havalina the other day and it threw my steering wheel off, now I was told the AR bushing was torn , and they can't align it until that is fixed

9 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

Air Conditioner: Cold Lines, But Warm Air

The air conditioning on my 2006 PT Cruiser is acting funny. The line off the condenser is ice cold like it should be, but the air blowing out the vents is not cool at all. It's blowing plenty of air...

1,094 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)


i have a 2006 PT Cruiser convertible, for the last month I have been having problems with it running hot.. it would start to run hot and when i turn the heater on it goes down below half. I replaced...

22 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)

Something's Up With Pt Cruiser

Hi first time user and car owner here! So I just bought a 2006 2.4 l non turbo pt cruiser. I think its a four cylinder , it has like 118000 thousand miles on it. Anyway I got it real cheap and the l...

1,200 views with 14 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

Did I Need All Of These Parts Replaced?

I took my 2006 PT Cruiser in because the engine light came on, and when I started to drive, the car would not go into second gear. They replaced the TIPM--the light still came on and still would not ...

26 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)