• Jan 6th 2008 at 3:04PM
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There were no eulogies. No bagpipes were played or honor-guard gunshots fired. Few paid any notice, but on December 21, the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible passed quietly into the night and was buried. And we doubt many will miss it.

The axing of the ragtop PT is part of the phasing-out of several Chrysler LLC products devised by its new owners in order to cut costs. Earlier we brought you the news that the Chrysler Crossfire ceased production in Germany. Before that, the Chrysler Pacifica ended its lifecycle in November. Although originally only the convertible version of the PT Cruiser was scheduled for execution, reports later suggested that the regular hard-top wagon version could also be discontinued.

While those Chryslers likewise won't be terribly missed, except by small pockets of devoted enthusiasts, the next to lie under the Chrysler LLC guillotine will be the Dodge Magnum, which is being discontinued in March. The gonzo wagon dropped 25% in sales in 2007 over the previous year. As Inside Line points out, however, if you're still keen on getting a Magnum (or a PT convertible, for that matter), some good deals are likely to be had from local dealers eager to sell the last remnants of a dying breed.

[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah just stop insulting.Look at the site where you will all about auto industry,car buying decisions etc.Look http://blog.buyingadvice.com/
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Chrylser PT and 300 series are the only cars with any style at all, offered in the market today by American manufacturers. The rest are godawful hideous creations, and it doesnt surprise that Ford, GM and Chrysler going broke. When you get something as distinctive as the PT, like it or not, you cannot say it doesnt stand out from a very ordinary crowd
      • 7 Years Ago
      while the PT styling is not for me,I looked beyond that. The ride sucks too heavy, interior is purely recycled soda bottles so i guess that a plus if your into that kinda thing.
      But, how can a 2000 Golf 1.8t be better than an 2008 PT?
      picked up the pt as a rental and the wife wouldn't even drive the thing.I drove 68 ton tanks in the army and thought the weight sucked on PT!
      I would've thought in 9yrs something would have improvedI guess thats why Chrysler group is OUT!
      • 7 Years Ago
      rented a 08 PT and was worst driving than my smashed 00 Vw Golf
        • 7 Years Ago
        dude... we had a PT as a rental because the benz was at the shop and wow. My father is 5 feet 7 inches and he complains how cramp it is. Yeah it's ugly because it reminds me of those funeral car...herz?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i own a 06 pt turbo ragtop and have to say i am sad to hear they are ending production of this car. I personally think that for the money this car is great. the ride is smooth and with the turbo there is plenty of get up and go and ive lost count of the number of compliments ive gotten on the looks of the car, seriously i am not joking. the only compliant i ve ever had with the car has been the fuel mileage which is not great for a four banger even with all the upgrades ive done but it sure is fun to drive so i guess i can live with the mpg.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bought 2001 as a work car I loved the car because todays cars are completely boring! They all look the same, No lines no style horrible blackwall tires & plastic hubcaps, & every car is either silver, white with horrid grey interiors! No chrome! no appeal, its no wonder no one washes them! The SUV's are the biggest joke, watching all these idiots, as they are climbing Mount Everest or something! at 10 MPG.

      I was afraid to drive it at first, as I always had a huge cars, but I had 5 years of horrible NE Ohio driving & guess What IT NEVER SPUN OUT I Tried to make spin out it always held a staight line I never got stuck no matter how snowy or ice I loved passing those ridiculous boxy 4 wheel drivers who thought hey where moutain clumbing when they are usually in a ditch or upside or kissing the guardrails I also loved passing them at the gas pumps are at $ 350 a gallon plus. What is this county coming to.

      The radio & Cd's Jambs no matter how loud it always sounds like a bose! no cracks and takes the bass! The price is good, leather seats & moon roof and it loaded fits 4-5 comfortable. I carried home a 15 ft ladder & big screen Tv it is roomier than looks! It always looks good it has classic lines! 4 wheel disc brakes. It is a bit small the ride is not a Caddy, but on a smooth highway it is good. handles well.

      I got hit in it broad side by a huge van & did not get hurt it held up great compared to the Huge Gm Van! The fit & finish is great it always shines even at 80Kmiles outside! I never picked up the hood it ran always & I beat it! used some brakes lost a rim due to our wonderful cavernous potholes, but nothing else. I traded it in on a sports car. I missed it.

      So I bought a convertible & tricked it out with Continental Kit & loads of chrome .Check out the SoCal Pt Cruiser site from San Benardino California they have some great works of art!

      So to all the plain Jane boring sedans/vans Suv & foreign car drivers in light blue/ grey/ silver & white boring car drivers who choose to blend into the environment. Envy me when I pass you by in something a little freaky that runs good gets great mileage and is reliable, and now classic since none built that resemble the fine cars and beautiful lines of yesterdays classic cars & does not set you back $40K! It is really sad that Chystler does not build the same body style on the Van frames with 3 seats in a large size in 4 wheel drive &v-8 hemi People Would Stand in line TO GET THEM.
      The car stylist of today have no sense of style. We are all followers, no leaders, drivng these boring cars! I pray that all the cars body styles of the 50s return as replicas!

      Happy with my Pt Crusier Classic Convertible


        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm looking for a continental kit for my 2005 PT Cruiser turbo convertible. All I kind find are ones for the sedans that say, "NOT for PT Cruiser Convertibles". Did you use a kit? Where did you get it?
        Thanks for any info.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh yes please kill off all the cars I personally don't like, cause I'm the most important SOB, and if I don't like it, it should be gone! Chrysler sold a ton of PT Cruisers to people that love them. Not every car buyer is looking for a d--k extension, or thinking they're a race driver. Some people like cars that may not appeal to enthusiasts like us that read autoblog.
        • 7 Years Ago
        As an enthusiast, I have the right to bitch about said cars.

        Besides, as everyone else has said, they were one of the fugliest cars ever made. Every time I see one I die a little more inside.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No you are only insulting people that bought these cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        As a so called SOB, its all about helping the non-enthusiasts avoid buying lame cars.

        If only people could see that, then the PT Cruiser would have never been made.

        We are only trying to make the world a better place, not increase the penile enhancement market.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes and non enthusiasts have the right to buy whatever they like. And PT buyers numbered over 100k for seven years inspite of DaimlerChrysler ignoring them and the product.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Right, but I never said "let's take away the right to buy a car". I just wish the car was never made, and had I been at Chrysler when it came across someone's desk, I would have stopped it. Now that it's slowly going away, I'm bidding it adieu.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Best decision ever. Hopefully GM will kill the HHR too! Wait, hopefully FORD will kill the Edge,Taurus and the Focus. What else.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        In all fairness, the HHR is a pretty ugly car. The Taurus (X I am assuming you meant), Edge, and Focus are not my favorites, but meh, they don't offend my ocular senses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're an idiot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a shame to see a car like this going away but it makes sense the Chrysler has to trim its product line before it can improve.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You honestly believe the world would be a better place with more PT in it? Good riddance! Now if they could only stop producing the rest of them...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well I'm just trying to be general about it. If I had a say it would be far too soon if I never saw a PT again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay, you kiddies it's Monday and you need to get up and go back to school....no more playing on your folks computers and acting like "real car enthusiasts".....

      The PT has sold over a million cars to people who wanted to buy them, some of them were everyday drivers and some were "enthusiasts"....if you doubt that you don't have a clue as to the rather large aftermarket business that has followed the PT. Personnaly I owned three of them starting in 2000 afrer waiting 9 months for my first ordered one. Enjoyed the cars enthusiastically for 6 years. Then as Chrysler signalled that they weren't interested in growing their PT family with newer variants, I moved on to other brands that were current. The Pt was a niche car for a niche group of buyers, you either love 'em or hated 'em...but before you go mouthing off about a car here try to understand that your opinion is just that, and most of the time your opinion is based on what daddy or mommy drives when they transport you.

      Just my opinion.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Very well put, end of story.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i looks like a wuss car... like the cars use in cheesy videos...
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is what it is - I don't understand the hatin'.

      Although in my quest for a decent 4-place convertible the PT didn't make the final cut, I was impressed overall with its room, visual statement, and sight lines. After discounts, for under $20k you could get a pretty decent little convertible - many thousands less than any other 4-place convertible out there.

      I drove a rental (sedan) last year - I found it competent, inoffensive, and very roomy for cargo. While selling for as low as $13k around here for the base model, someone seeking basic transportation could do far worse.

      Personally, I find the now-8 year old design still better looking than the HHR.

      Keep in mind, 8 years ago were were waiting lists for PTs. So obviously they struck a nerve somewhere....
        • 7 Years Ago
        I liked the PT cruiser and when it came out thought it was great that an American manufacturer would actually come out with an interesting and practical small car. Remember, at the time, none of the Big 3 seemed to care much about small cars. The PT cruiser was interesting to look at (like it or not, at least it was interesting), roomy, and capable of carrying a lot of stuff.

        Of course, it suffered from typical Chrysler quality lapses and turned out to be less fuel efficient than it should have been. I thought the convertible was actually quite striking to look at.

        If anything, the problem was that the car wasn't updated over the years and the original surge of interest ran out as it ceased to get marketing support.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We've had a turbo convertible for three years and had a ball. It has a stiff ride but steers like a dream. We get compliments from folks when we are getting out of it even after having it three years. One of us is 70, the other over 80.
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