2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

PT Cruiser

Looking for a Used PT Cruiser in your area?

CarGurus has 3,114 nationwide PT Cruiser listings starting at $1,500.

Average user score
4 5 stars
Based on 28 reviews

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

The PT Cruiser Base model is unchanged for 2003. Now in its third year of production, the in-demand PT continues to turn heads. However, as earlier models start to get older, owners have begun to voice complaints about Chrysler'ss well-known build quality and service issues.

The PT is powered by a 2.4 liter DOHC inline four, producing 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is included, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Gas mileage is estimated at 21/29 mpg with the manual and 19/25 mpg for the automatic.

The PT's unique chassis offers class-leading cargo space, and the flexible seating arrangements allow drivers to create additional space. Standard features on this model include front airbags, air conditioning, a CD audio system, power windows and mirrors, and intermittent wipers.

This base model offers prospective buyers a reasonably affordable route to PT ownership. Yet, many owners are finding that the true cost of ownership is not what it should be. For a compact car, the mixed driving fuel economy is comparatively low (low 20s), and the cost service for minor but nagging problems can add up quickly.


What's your take on the 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser?

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser vs:

    Have you driven a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2003 Chrysler PT CruiserPeople researching a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser contacted a dealer about

    PT Cruiser

    Looking for a Used PT Cruiser in your area?

    CarGurus has 3,114 nationwide PT Cruiser listings starting at $1,500.

    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions

    I Opened The Fuse Box To Remove The Fog Light Fuse And Am Having Trouble Re...

    See question above

    2 views with no answers yet

    Transmission Replacement

    I have a 2003 Pt cruiser basic model and am replacing transmission. My trans has 4 plugs and the other one that I took out of a newer cruiser has 5 plugs. Will it still work if I put it in?

    0 views with no answers yet

    Having Problem With Car Starting Only In The Neutral Gear And Brake Light O...

    Keeping having trouble with car starting in park. Starts in neutral and its hard getting the shift into gear. The brake light on dash in now on also.

    3 views with no answers yet

    When Do You Know You Need To Replace The Timing Belt?

    17 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    2003 Pt Cruiser Won't Start?

    Yesterday on the Freeway the car just died... Thought it might have been the fuel pump or relay Bought a new relay installed no change ...checked fuel shader valve at fuel railed plenty of pressure! ...

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