2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

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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.


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    My 2003 Pt Cruiser Just Stopped Running.

    While driving I got an ding the check engine light came on and the car just died on me. No sputter or any indication of a problem. Just stopped running. It has 3/4 of a tank of gas so that isn't my p...

    32,495 views with 49 answers (last answer about a day ago)

    Transmission Sticking In 2nd Gear

    2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4 automatic. Lately the car will shift to second gear fine but will not shift higher and then will not shift back down to first. However, if you turn the car off and back...

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    I am interested in purchasing a 2003 PT Cruiser touring Edition. It does have high miles at 150000 and I was concerned about that. I did some research and the major issues are the timing belt, the...

    7 views with no answers yet
    David Boland

    Hard To Shift In Reverse And Making Weird Noise Hard To Shift In All Gears ...

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    Tina Wells

    After Replacing The Water Pump And Timing Belt .now It Won't Start Could It...

    23 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)