2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser User Reviews

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars 2.3 / 5
  • Appearance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Build Quality:2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars 2.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
CONS
"space" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"noise" 3 reviews
"radius" 2 reviews
"small space" 2 reviews

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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Review
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4

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Love it, sturdy "little engine that could" car.  

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Very heavy and not too good on gas if you live in the mountains.  This is not a turbo, just a 4 cylinder.  

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Great Looking. Comfortable And Easy To Drive — I bought this used and it has 17" wheels. The turning radius is terrible, but I've been told that was because of the wheels. Tried to have them changed out, but apparently the car was ordered like this so I was told it may cause problems to go to smaller wheels - besides the cost of doing so. Other than that - I LOVE IT.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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paulor writes:
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style, roomy interior, versatility, brakes, comfort, build quality, safety with many air-bags.

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turning radius a little too big, 4 speed auto transmission.

paulor
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Great Car — Of course, style is the highest point of the PT. Almost as wonderful as that is the roomy interior with many possible configurations to fit your need: cargo or passengers. The engine seems to suffer the lack of a better transmission, what also makes the mileage worse than it could be. We accommodate 2 bikes (26" wheels) inside the car without removing any part of them, just taking the back seats off. We simply love it.

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elpran813 writes:
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base Review
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4

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clean good looknig

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not the best in gas but its ok

elpran813
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A Fun Car To Drive — i like how it looks and drives i like the dash ,it has an average fuel economy,it only takes $38 to fill the tank ,tire pressure monitoring is a plus .i like the new key style with remote and alarm

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Cabana writes:
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Review
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The color wasn't too bad.

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Everything else.

Cabana
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Awful — The worst car I've ever driven. Nudged 20 mpg on a good day, handled terribly, and had Chrysler's trademark disgusting interior quality and design. It's unbelievable that Chrysler still makes these things, but it's probably because it costs like $5 to throw one together. I guess an HHR would be better, and a Scion xB would be better than that.

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Bob writes:
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Nostalgic look??

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NO ROOM, brakes, noise

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Very Disappointing - Very Little Room — Very Disappointing - Very Little Room This was a rental car that we had during our vacation in October, 2008. We picked up the car at DFW in Texas and drove it to OK City, OK; Little Rock, AR; Memphis, TN; Dayton, OH; Holland, MI; and returned it at O'Hare. From day one it was a struggle to get all the luggage we had for our two week trip. I must have been out of my mind. We had rented a 2005 Mustang a few years earlier and it had way more room that this tiny ride. Performance was adequate, and the mileage was OK. The only redeeming thing was the looks. But that will only get you so far. If there are two of you traveling for more that a week, PASS on this car. It was a royal pain.

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Bob writes:
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Review
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Nostalgic look ??

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NO ROOM, brakes, noise

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Very Disappointing - Very Little Room — This was a rental car that we had during our vacation in October, 2008. We picked up the car at DFW in Texas and drove it to OK City, OK; Little Rock, AR; Memphis, TN; Dayton, OH; Holland, MI; and returned it at Ohare. From day one it was a struggle to get all the luggage we had for our two week trip. I must have been out of my mind. We had rented a 2005 Mustang a few years earlier and it had way more room that this tiny ride. Performance was adequate, and the mileage was OK. The only redeeming thing was the looks. But that will only get you so far. If there are two of you traveling for more that a week, PASS on this car. It was a royal pain.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Boog writes:
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base Review
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Retro look

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road noise on rough roads

Boog
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Love Mine — 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 nice car and i love mine.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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getitondawn writes:
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5

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Great little car with lots of cargo room & seats 5.  Has IPOD hookup & CD Player.  Easy to keep clean.

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Would love a bigger car for my family of 5.

getitondawn
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Great Car For The Price. — 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 & heat work well. Easy to park and turn.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Octoberschild writes:
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible Review
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5

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I love my convertible! It's comfortable to ride in, even on long trips. Great on gas. I am tall and also have arthritis in my hips and back I was looking for a smaller vehicle to take the place of my SUV, but one concern I had was being able to get in and out of the vehicle without any discomfort or trouble. The PT cruiser sits high enough that I have no issues with getting in and out of it. I also have plenty of leg room as do passengers. You don't hear much road noise at all in the convertible which I was surprised to find.  It is one sporty, economical little car and is good for a family even. I'm so glad I bought mine!  

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On the convertible there is limited space in the truck for groceries or other items. The only downfall I can see in the car.

Octoberschild
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"a Sporty Economical Ride For Little Money" — 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 town or taking it on a long trip. Great fuel economy on these cruisers. If I ever buy another car again, I'll buy another PT Cruiser. Love it.......Love it........Love it!!!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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kickboyface writes:
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4

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feels very spacious on the inside.  
the turbo is shockingly fast and powerfl.  
lifetime powertrain warranty, matched with a lifetime bumper-to-bumper service contract is unmatched ANYWHERE.  
leather seats with seat warmers are exquisite.  
bose sound system upgrade is the best i've ever heard in a car.  
convertible top up/down in 8 seconds is the fastest of any power-top car ever made.  
rear seats are pitched up and pushed in (stadium style) giving rear passengers good views out the front (especially with top down).  
interior vent system is the best/easiest to use of any car i've ever driven.  
after 75K miles it's running well and strong.

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20 mpg is a joke on a 21st century automobile.  
convertible has VERY little storage space.  
with the top down, the roll bar gives the car an odd picnic basket look (not a "con," but it IS strange).  
turning radius is too big for a car of this size.  
car is far too heavy for its frame size and ground print.  
engine is jammed very tightly together -- replacing your own battery is VERY difficult.

kickboyface
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Convertible Turbo Is A Strong, Stable Car With Bad Gas Mileage — when chrysler announced the discontinuation of the PT cruiser convertible, and i discovered that i could get a lifetime service contract that made the warranty essentially bumper-to-bumper, i had one factory made to my specifications. overall, i've been very pleased, although i AM bugged about the 21 mpg gas mileage (i knew it would be bad ahead of time -- i had rented one a few times before owning). top down in the middle of a hot NV night is the most fun i've ever had driving ANY car, ANYWHERE at ANY time. for more details on my experiences -especially related to the lifetime service contract i have on this vehicle- do a search for the "continual car" blog. thanks for reading.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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