• Nov 18, 2007
PT Cruiser fans who were relieved to hear only the convertible version would no longer be built may, after all, have reason to mourn. The Wall Street Journal, quoting a Chrysler dealership owner, says the retro-styled wagon-like CUV is again on the company's hit list.

No word on why Chrysler brass changed their minds or when the final PT will be built, but if you want a new one, you should probably take advantage of the soon-to-be-announced rebates soon. So, is it just a coincidence that the final special edition PT Cruiser will be the Sunset Boulevard Edition?

[Source: WSJ via All Cars All the Time]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I rented a brand new PT (Touring edition) for a week last year, and I wasn't impressed.

      1. The seating position is really elevated and is nothing like a passenger car. I drive a 99 Ford Taurus and I could feel the difference immediately (ok, this is subjective).

      2. Idling and low speed vibrations and noise made me think that this car had a diesel engine.

      3. Gas millage is worse than what you get with a modern mid-sized car with a either 4 or 6 cylinder.

      4. Cargo room is relatively small.

      5. Highway performance is only adequate. I think that a big part of problem is in the outdated four speed transmission (mated to an average 4-cylinder). Overtaking always took more planning in this car than what I am used to.


      So, quite honestly, I don't understand what's the point of this car. It gives you a (base) compact car performance and room, bad fuel economy, and SUV-like seating position. Retro design is nice and all, but as I am concerned, I place the driving experience above the external appearance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Selling in droves? While not a poor seller over the life of the run son far it's averaging around 10,000 units per month. While not a bad seller, that's hardly droves.

      Retro is good for short bursts but won't hold in the long run, get to the end of the product life and there is nowhere to go.

      Room? Hell, hate to say it, a Scion toaster has more flexible and usable space. The rear seat is terrible for both space and comfort.

      It's rough and busy at lower speeds, the mileage isn't that great.

      Good bye hopefully.


      • 7 Years Ago
      And the number of retro cars that have made it past the first generation remains at a astounding 0.

      When will automakers learn that retro style is a dead end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There was a time for this frumpy beast, and it isn't now. The guy who designed it already improved upon it with the HHR
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've had many opportunities to drive both the HHR and the PT Cruiser...The HHR was executed beautifully by GM but the PT Cruiser is pure CRAP!

      1..From the moment you start the engine, you feel nothing
      but harsh vibration and engine noise.
      2..You have to keep your foot on the accel pedal for some reason ,otherwise you'll be brought to a complete stop without applying brakes (makes the car feel slow and heavy)
      3..When you're in a tight turn the car feels like it's about to stall if you cut the wheel too hard...(WTF?)
      4..When you close the door , the sound you get back is CHEAP CRAP!

      5..See 1-4

      PT Cruiser ~ May you die a horrible death you fat turd!
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah I am suprised that a car like this which was so hot when it first came out (there was a 2 year waiting list! ) is just being shoved to the the side like this. I think they should have redesigned it. But maybe this has something to do with the rumors that Chrysler is redefining it's brands Chrysler being all passenger cars. Dodge being trucks and vans and Jeep gets all the SUVs/CUVs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Question that could help us understand their decision, I don't know the answer...

      If I recall the PT Cruiser platform was very similar to the Neon. Now that the Neon is phased out does the PT share any platform with another other vehicle? ??? Caliber?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...the retro-styled wagon-like CUV..."
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      It's called a hatchback, bud.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own an 05 Touring Edition turbo convertable. I bought the car new and have never had so much fun with an automobile. True, the gas milage could be better (averaging 23mpg) but this fun to drive and kick to work on with after market custom parts car is more than worth it. If I could make a couple of suggestions to Chrysler it would be:

      1 - think about bringing out the "Pronto Cruiser". I have the model on my shelve and my friends can't believe how cool it looks. They would buy it tomorrow !!!!

      2 - How about an AWD model. I would be in the showroom putting in my order as soon as it came out.

      One last comment: eliminating the cruiser would be just another reason for americans to buy foreign.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that the readership here is largely out of touch.

      First off, the low-volume-seller GT is great fun with a five-speed. Second, the folks buying the base models don't care about speed--they want something cheap and spacious that's more interesting to look at/sit in than a Corolla. This is not a kid car.

      The reason I'm baffled by Chrysler's decision to cancel this car is that its basic platform is so much better than the one under the Caliber. More back-seat room, lower cargo floor, less road noise, a more controlled ride, better steering feel, etc...

      The PT's gas milage and turning radius are not up to contemporary standards. So get the 2.0/CVT combo in there. That leaves a wide turning circle, which is nothing compared to the Caliber's flaws. That car is an absolute mess.

      To me, the PT/Caliber comparison is the best illustration of how deep a hole Chrysler has dug for itself. They're releasing products that are only marginally better, or in this case, even worse than the outgoing ones. And they're throwing away brand equity by cancelling or watering down the few strong names they had (PT Cruiser, Sebring, Liberty, etc)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another example of neglected success. Chrylser did nothing to keep this care competitive once they brought it out originally. It became a rental fleet car waiting to die. Another example of bad Chrysler/DC management.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One commenter mentioned its efficiency. That is something I have never noticed in PTs at all. I have had several on rental over the years and have never eked out more than 21 mpg in any of them. For comparison, I regularly break 30 in Malibus (both 4 AND 6), and do better in my personal car with two more cylinders, 1 litre more displacement, and a lot more weight.

      They are a nice little car with very good build quality. And it has the headroom I need; this is lacking in many other cars. But economical? Hardly.
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