MY 2003 PT only has 51,000 on it. It had been over heating and it died. MY mechanic told me the head gasket blew and I need a new engine. Is it worth it to put 1500+ into the car?

Asked by Nov 23, 2014 at 06:28 PM about the 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The radiator had been making sounds like bubbles now it is

2 Answers

12,790

he is probably right about the head gasket, but get a second opinion on whether or not you need a new engine. Head gaskets can be fixed, but maybe you had extensive damage to your engine. BTW, if you can get it going again for 1500 bucks, you better do it. Expensive repairs on cars over 10 years old are a hard one. things to consider... what is the book value of the car in good running condition? If you are really pushing that value with the repair, then maybe it isn't worth it, but your car has low miles, i would check it out. The car not running is probably only worth a few hundred in non running condition. also have to decide if you like the thing and how long will you keep it after the repair.

5,735

Is there white smoke from the exhaust? Does the oil have coolant mixed in with it? When I have an overheating engine, I first check the thermostat, fan clutch, and water pump. If those are ok, then it's something more serious.

Your Answer

Chrysler PT Cruiser Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,730
  • #2
    Gypsy Rose
    Reputation
    1,550
  • #3
    Kelly Little Ashford
    Reputation
    1,450
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
229 Great Deals out of 9,576 listings starting at $1,277
Used MINI Cooper
265 Great Deals out of 10,896 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chrysler Sebring
29 Great Deals out of 2,599 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Focus
655 Great Deals out of 64,824 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Mustang
457 Great Deals out of 42,831 listings starting at $1,488
Used Honda Civic
696 Great Deals out of 53,263 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
859 Great Deals out of 79,206 listings starting at $1,444
Used Honda CR-V
722 Great Deals out of 53,302 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Camry
1,083 Great Deals out of 76,315 listings starting at $1,400

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
51 listings starting at $1,800
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
135 listings starting at $2,450
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
311 listings starting at $2,600
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 501 listings starting at $2,195

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.