2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

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Base
Avg. Price: $6,855
Convertible
Avg. Price: $8,535
Limited
Avg. Price: $8,969
Touring
Avg. Price: $7,670

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3.55 stars

Based on 8 reviews

"a Sporty Economical Ride For Little Money" by Octoberschild
 — I get many many compliments on my car by people I don't even know. It looks good with the top up or down. Has good power to it, operates well in the snow, it's comfortable whether just driving around ... Read More
Great Car For The Price. by getitondawn
 — I was happy with my purchase on this car when my family was smaller. This is a great car for the price with lots of features. IPOD, Stereo with CD player & Tire detection. The Air conditioning &... Read More
Love Mine by Boog
 — I commute 60 miles a day and find the car enjoyable. The looks are wonderful inside and out and the car has a very nice "stiff" quality that i love. Does have some road noise on rough roads. Its a ... Read More

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 8 reviews

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Only minor changes appear in the 2008 model year of this "retrowagon." Back in 2001, Chrysler caused a sensation with the introduction of this SUV-like sedan/wagon. Styled after the late-30s-early 40s American cars, but using contemporary automotive technology, Chrysler had a hit.

The sedan version has four trim lines, while the convertible model has two. They all use a basic 2.4-liter I4 engine, which in base tune produces 150-hp. A five-speed manual comes standard with a 4-speed automatic optional. The optional 180-hp turbo version comes with only the automatic. The GT standard 230-hp turbocharged version mates with a heavy-duty Getrag five-speed manual and an optional four-speed automatic.

0-60 in the base sedan happens between 8.5-8.9 seconds and the GT turbo in about 7 seconds. The base engine sedan with automatic averaged 18.5-23.0 mpg and 18.3-22.1 mpg with the manual, while the GT turbo manual averaged 17.2 mpg and automatic, 19.0 mpg. The GT convertible fared the worst with 16.1 mpg. The 230-hp turbo uses premium fuel, while the others use regular.

Reviewers, comparing the Cruiser to a base line SUV, were pleasantly surprised with its handling. The Limited and convertible models, with their tauter suspension, felt more controlled on uneven road surfaces. The firmer GT suspension offered more road feel without being too stiff. The manual transmission produced some torque steer and the wide turning circle makes low-speed maneuvering more frustrating.

Besides its retro "hot-rod" looks, the PT Cruiser's strongest selling point is interior roominess. The key here is the Cruiser's height. The sedan's 120.5 cubic feet of interior volume compares to the Lincoln Town Car. The Cruiser sedan cabin configures in 26 different ways by means of seat management. The 65/35 split rear bench folds flat, as does the front passenger seat. The rear seats have quick-release anchors for easy removal. With the rear seats removed, a mountain bike fits in the back - without removing its front wheel. Fold the front passenger seat down and an 8-foot ladder will fit.

Overall, the PT Cruiser makes for an enjoyable driving wagon that has a unique retro style. The convertible version doesn't have near as much space, but does have the lowest price tag for a top dropped, wind in your hair ride.

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions

aandjhamilton
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Timing Belt

has anyone had any issues with timing belt?

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Kenneth Guthrie
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What Size Fuse And Where Is The Horn Fuse For A 2008 Pt Cruiser Located?

Have no horn. Panic button just makes light flash no audible horn sound. Trying to check fuse but can't locate the darn thing.

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Rich Plevniak
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2008 Pt Cruiser A/c Blows Hot.

2008 PT Cruiser A/C blows hot,added 3oz sealer for all leaks metal and rubber,then 12oz freon,pressure valve released alot of pressure. could it be the orfice tube or what is the most common problem?

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karob
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How To Change Thermostat On 2008 Pt Cruiser

Car overheats &bubbles back into coolant reservoir

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KCDavid
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Are There Diagrams To Help Me To Replace My Ignition Switch - Base 2008 Pt ...

I had trouble with the ignition seemingly having play in it and then becoming intermittant starting. Finally total fail. I changed the lock cylinder, but problem repeated. At first soppy then nothin...

44 views with 7 answers (last answer 3 months ago)