• Jun 17, 2008
It seems as if earlier rumors of the PT Cruiser's death may have been slightly exaggerated. According to PTCruizer.com, the retro-style hatch from Chrysler is still alive, though perhaps on some sort of artificial life support. At least for the 2009 model year, the Cruiser is expected to be built alongside the Dodge Journey, though this could change in the blink of an eye. The plant in Toluca, Mexico where the two vehicles are built is capable of switching at a moments notice between the Journey and the Cruiser. So, if the Journey picks up sales or Chrysler does the unthinkable and launches its own version of the Dodge crossover, the PT could wave good bye for good.

If you are in the market to do some Cruisin' of your own, our suggestion would be to act fast. Reports indicate that Chrysler is reducing the options on the vehicle as much as possible to make them as easy, and therefore as cheap, to build as possible. For instance, the Limited is the only way to get the turbo engine, though air conditioning is now standard across the line. And if the PT makes it all the way through 2009, Chrysler will almost for certain cancel it after that.

[Source: PTCruizer.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Id bet most people that knock the PT have never even driven one, I work on many different brands and can say its not the best car ever made but it certainly isn't close to being the worst, I like it, The build quality of the PT has always been really impressive, all the body gaps are right and the paint finish is always very good, in a nutshell the fit and finish is excellent especially for a car in the $15-$22.000 range, It will be sad to see it go, I could see it lasting for 20 years or more like the original Mini.

      Not everyone needs a PT but they are great for the 55 and older crowd, easy to get in and out of with a good driving position, The revised interior plastics and harsh seat materials wasn't a good move the original interior was much nicer, Daimler Chrysler used those materials on most of their vehicles.

      I think the big mistake was the entry level pricing, it devalued the perception of a quality car.

      I would liked to have seen a Wagon like the Mini Clubman too, I thought Chrysler would jump on the
      original panel van idea but it never happened.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good riddance. That's still too long.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i actually like the car, but i don't understand why they don't give it a good drive train. i thought usually when a model is being phased out they offer special editions with unique performance or other features that are not on the other models. they seem to be doing the oppossite, like they are reluctant to build more but they have nothing better to do and could care less if they sell. why not make an srt-4 version with more power?
        • 6 Years Ago
        They did build the PT Cruiser GT Turbo which had the same engine as the SRT-4 Neon(215HP version). Available as a convertible as well. They aslo offered a detuned 180HP version of the turbo engine also.

        Being that it's built off the Neon chassis, it makes sense to kill it off finally since the Neon's been gone long enough already. The Neon wasn't all that great a car to begin with either. The PT was more useful, but still had to deal with the poor chassis. I've driven many PT Cruisers, they aren't the kind of vehicle I'd have made an SRT version out of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      On a side note, looking back Daimler must have had their heads so far up their collective arses that they neglected to endow the entire Chrysler group with a fuel efficient vehicle. Seriously, the Germans ran that company further into the ground. Cheap interiors, horrible designs, horrible powertrains and late to just about every trend known to man. That was a clear example of milking something dry and dumping it.

      As far as the PT is concerned, the inside of the vehicle is a nightmare. Window controls in the wrong place, cheap windshield wiper/turn signal stalks, seats that you sit on top not in. Glad to see so much effort was put into keeping it fresh. Then again it's not like VW has done much with the New Beetle either. That my friends is why you never cross that line of too retro. Ask Ford....
      • 6 Years Ago
      The HHR proved that there's a market for this car and Chrysler neglected it to GM's advantage.

      Of course GM also neglected their fullsize RWD cars and Ford (and later Chrysler) used that to their advantage.

      Anyways, the car will probably continue to be built as long as there's buyers for them. I noticed that though the Magnum's "death" was reported a long time ago you can still go and get brand new ones from any dealer. I think that story would have been more accurate if it had been headlined that Chrysler isn't investing in redesigning them.

      The PT Cruiser is a good car and it made quite a splash when it was new. It's a shame Chrysler has neglected it because it's stylish, easy on fuel, small in size and very versatile with a load of interior space for flexibility.

      You don't have to like it but this car combines plenty of qualities that other vehicles don't. Too bad it's just another missed opportunity for Chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.motortrend.com/future/concept_cars/112_0109_chrysler_pt_cruiser/index.html

      I still think there should have been a family of pt cruisers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There still technically *can* be a family of PT Cruisers.

        Chrysler can let PT live on but with only a diesel engine.

        Then restyle the body panels on the old regular length minivan to be the FT Cruiser (Family Transporation ;) I've read that a portion of the hurt in minivan sales is coming from lack of a reg. sized caravan now.

        A minivan, in the form of a giant PT, could get a lot of interest from former PT owners, and people not really wanting that 'beige minivan', have outgrown wagons, and don't want SUVs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      KILL IT!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll submit the PT cruiser to the "ugliest car of the decade" nomination list....
        • 6 Years Ago
        as Matt said the Aztec won the award of the ugly car but seems then Honda wants to get the title with the Element LOL ;-)

        Jrejre, it's a very interesting idea to have a similar concept based on the Nissan platform. If Chrysler step back and changed their mind to get a 2nd-gen PT Cruiser or a new retro concept-car based on some other cars like one similar to the 1949 Plymouth 2-door sedan "fastback" http://www.49plymouth.com/mainpages/model_gallerys/dlx_2dr_sedan.shtml or the 1950-55 Nash Rambler 2-door wagon/1958-63 Rambler American 2-door wagon http://www.chuckstoyland.com/nash/rambler/
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr38/527043951/

        I also taught of a modern incarnation of the 1955-56 1st-gen "Forward Look" but I don't think it might fit for a small car design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aprime,

        You might be thinking of the Element SC...the model with less black plastic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too late, the Pontiac Aztek already won that award.
        • 6 Years Ago
        At least it's not as boring as all the 4 door sedan-o-clones driving around. Although after 9 models years with basically no changes. . . . .

        I think a replacement with a similar retro concept would be good if they stick it on that nissan platform they're using for the hornet. Dodge isn't the only one that needs a small fuel efficient car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Call me crazy, there was something about the PT I kind of liked. It didn't drive very well, was kind of a cheap-O package but it was unique and very recognizable.

      I think Chrysler should have tried to address the biggest issues of the PT:

      * A complete redesign inside and out, taking major inspiration from the Mini Cooper Clubman, Ford Funky Flex, Honda Element and other interesting new designs.

      * Try to improve performance - even just a tiny bit.

      * OR: make it smaller! The PT Compact or something.

      Just some thoughts...
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Performance"

        Actually, the PT can be had with the last-gen SRT-4 2.3L turbo. Pretty powerful for the price/package
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      I personally liked the car but it was neglected. It needed a total redesign a long time ago and for that it suffered. R.I.P. my funky retro friend.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I always loved this car because it was something different and funky. Too bad it was neglected. With the interest in smaller vehicles a PT is a pretty good small SUV alternative. Funky styling aside there is a lot of practicality in it. If Chrysler had bothered to update it they could have had a hot fuel efficient option at a time when they could really use one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had one as a rental- the only good thing about it was how much storage it had and that you could take out the rear seats if you wanted. After 3 weeks of driving, pretty conservatively, the computer said i averaged 19 mpg. So much for trying to rent an efficient vehicle, i should have just gotten the jeep.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a European in my opinion just what American cars should be about(same goes to 300c). There where actually nice amount of these cars in Finland, but they totally disappeared some years ago and i havent seen single one for couple of years.
      Interior was horrible they could have example made it Mini like retro interior and of course the fact that this car starts to be just too old by now,
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