2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

The PT Cruiser was introduced in 2001 as the production embodiment of both a 1997 Plymouth concept and Chrysler's desire to capture its heritage in a unique new model. The 2001 PT Cruiser was named the North American Car of the Year, and it also appeared on Car and Driver's Ten Best List.

Two trim levels were offered in this initial year: Base and Limited. The Base model's standard features included air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, and power brakes and steering. The Limited added a power moonroof, keyless entry, fog lamps, power locks, heated mirrors, cruise control, leather seats and chrome wheels.

Both models were powered by a 2.4 liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder, which produced 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission came standard, and a 4-speed automatic was optional. Both route power to the car's front wheels. Fuel economy was estimated at 20 mpg city/25 highway with the manual and 20/26 with the automatic.


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    Update To My Last Question

    Just got the code from the odometer on my Cruiser. It reads 0301 / misfire detected in Cylinder #1. I am guessing that means my car needs a good tune up, and I should have the spark plugs and possibly...

    2,185 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
    Brad Niell

    Car Overheating Engine Fan Not Turning On , Just Had Radaitor Flushed And N...

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    2001 Pt Cruiser Shutdown Aft. Motermounts Installed

    Had 4 motor mounts and one transmission mount replaced car ran 1 3/4 mile and shut off wont turn over. Any help appricated

    4 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    Car Won't Start

    Put a new timing belt and fuel pump on and it won't start

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    Thomas Evert

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    I was drivin my pt cruiser.i heard a noise so i shut it off.water came out of the bottom.i thnk my water pump blew and my timming belt.is my car toast or not.

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