2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser User Reviews

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 26 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 16 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"space" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"storage" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"traction" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Review
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3

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Nice looking (subjective), lots of interior room and cargo room for size, comfortable

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mediocre engine - neither quick nor super fuel-efficient, have had several costly sets of repairs, no anti-lock breaks or traction-control, low to the ground.

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It Has Its Flaws, But Overall It's A Nice Vehicle — This car feels like a mix of different types of vehicles. It's fairly compact, drives like a hatchback sedan, and feels a bit more roomy like an SUV. For me this is a nice balance. The surprising good cargo capacity and interior space combined with its compact body is to me its greatest strength. Overall I feel it's pleasant vehicle to drive as it handles more like a sedan than a small SUV, and can even be fun to drive around despite having a slower engine. It has its drawbacks however. The engine is pretty mediocre all-around. Its 4-cylinder engine feels a bit slow compared to most cars out on the road, and while it gets okay gas mileage, it isn't anything spectacular to counterbalance the engine's power. There is no traction-control or anti-lock break system, which some people like, but this along with its medium weight makes it a bit more of a challenge when it comes to handling snow and ice, although the front-wheel drive makes better then solely rear-wheel powered vehicles. If you are used to driving without traction control or anti-lock breaks in snowy conditions you probably will be just fine, but if you aren't you'll want to take some time to get used to it. The PT also drives low to the ground, which contributes to it feeling more like a sedan, but it also can result in bottoming out on taking some steeper bumps and entrances driveways. Having all the components compactly put in the front of the car can result in possibly costly damage if you aren't careful and are moving quick and bottom out. The PT is a road car, and on good street conditions it handles great, but in any less ideal situation you'll want to be a bit careful. I'm not sure if it's my specific car or not, but I've had a few very costly repairs. I had two $1K+ sets of repairs within a year apart not too long after getting this car (used). The exterior design is highly subjective. I personally like the style, but I know there are those who don't. The only criticism I'd have is that I feel that it was easier to check my blind spots with some of my previous cars, but on the other hand the back window and rear-view mirror is very spacious and much better than many of smaller windows many of the compact cars out there seem to have.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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msok writes:
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I loved the retro look of this car when it first came out...still do.  The body integrity is solid and the interior fit is still tight.  The interior cargo space, especially with the rear seats removed, is impressive while the rigidity and flexibility of the rear shelf makes this car great for tailgating.  The mpg is better than listed on the original sticker, which surprised me, considering 3300 pounds is a lot of weight for a 150 hp engine to haul around.  Small and easy enough to maneuver into tight spaces.

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A bit on the noisy side.  The cloth interior originally installed by the manufacturer is easily stained, but a treatment of Scotchgard would help prevent this; unfortunately, I learned this lesson too late.  

msok
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Fun To Drive If You Recognize This Car's Performance Limitations And Don't Try To Exceed Them. — 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 repairs, mostly focusing on the quality of the warranties for parts and service, so cost of ownership was about what I expected it to be, considering any car these days is a depreciating investment in precious metal. As far as the safety features, the only feature that bothered my sense of safety is the wide rear posts which interfered with having a wider range of vision from the inside rear view mirror. Considering individual driving habits are exactly that...individual...I experienced no difficulties maintaining steering and braking control when the metropolitan rush hour traffic tossed its best and worst at me. Again, I recommend this car for a first-time teen driver since the acceleration is tame and curbs the desire to speed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kelley writes:
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Review
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5

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Put the fun back in driving.

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It could be addicting to your driving habits.

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The Best Pt Cruiser Around — I love to drive this car. Great for road trips. Has more cargo space than many small pickups. I even carried a full sheet of plywood in it once! I always get comments about my fun car. Great family car. My grandkids loved to travel and the back seat could hold three car seats comfortablly.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sean writes:
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Review
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looks, drive, gas mileage, braking, snow handling

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poor quality components

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Coulda, Shoulda, But Too Many Glitches. — Corners well, accelerates decently, hold a lot of stuff, good ergonomics, but stuff went wrong.

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Laurie writes:
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I love it.

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Wish that I could drive it more.

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Awesome Car. — I love the car I wish that we could get another one. Too bad that Jay drives it all the time. I want another maybe red, black, or blue. It's a fun car and I want another so bad. I love the way that it handles. And the way that it rides such an awesome car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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schbusmom37 writes:
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5

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Nice looking car, good on gas, Lots of cargo space, handles well

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Back seat is very cozy for three people, not alot of back leg room unless front seats are pulled up.

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Fun Car To Drive — I love my car, it is good and never gives us any trouble.We have 5 in the family and it not roomy enough for all of us, would be the only reason we would want to trade it in. I get many compliments on how cute it is. It has a 50's styling to it with modern flair.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Dylan writes:
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5

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Reliable, smooth ride, and stylish

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mpg

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Great Practical Car. — 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 average gas mileage.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Samantha writes:
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Nice car

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Low to the ground

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Cool Gold Car? — its a gold pt cruiser. Nothing super special about it besides the color. Fairly good car, but too low to the ground in my opinion and the blind spots are terrible!! Not to bad on gas and easy to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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vincent06cruiser writes:
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Good cargo space, fit tools,spare tires,anything really. realible,easy to work on you're self. Nice looking ride, sound system is nice. A lot of pros I cannot think of all of them.

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Terrible gas milage at the moment. No power... At the moment mine needs work but I will update this.

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Decent Ride — I love the style and room, I dislike not having power and dislike spending a lot of money on gas. The sound system and the way the interior is set up is nice. Overall I like it, but mine needs work.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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awertz writes:
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Great zippy little car. Good for a daily driver. Very clean and well maintained.

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Gas mileage is okay, turbo boosting is fun but uses some gas.
No ABS brakes/traction control

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Little Speedster — 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 nice size to race around town in, go on road trips, beach cruise, or to haul items around in. Trustworthy car and has kept me safe since 2006. Fun fact: I named her Beluga because it is white and reminds me of a Beluga whale!

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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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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

Not Lovin' It. By oldkookskater

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 t... Read More

Great Little Family Car Or Perfect For College Student. By bubba_1952

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 perso... 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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