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Click above for high-res gallery of the Chrysler PT Cruiser DCS 5

The festivities leading up to the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit begin to ramp up around this time every year, and you know the world's largest traffic jam of classic, custom and exotic vehicles is nigh when Chrysler debuts another limited edition version of its PT Cruiser. This year it's the limited edition Dream Cruiser Series 5 that will be available for purchase in the fall. The DCS 5 is actually more done up than past editions with Midnight White Pearl Coat paint that's topped by a Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl roof. Up front the standard grilles have been swapped out for aluminum mesh, and the 17-inch wheels have clearly been swiped from the SRT parts bin. Chrome trim and a pair of new "PT" badges on the driver and passenger front doors round out the exterior mods. The interior also gets done up with light-colored plastics, silver (plastic) trim and dash panels painted in the same glossy Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl as the roof. The seats are new and feature an interesting texture that Chrysler calls Embossed Momentum seat fabric. If you were hoping for a hot rod, however, you'll be disappointed as the DCS 5 features the PT Cruiser's standard 150-hp 2.4L four-cylinder mated to a four-speed automatic. The DSC 5 will be available with either a 2.4L four-cylinder producing 150 horsepower or a turbocharged version producing 180 hp. With that, we rate the PT Cruiser DCS 5 as one of Chrysler's better Woodward-inspired PT Cruisers. If you're down with the factory mods, you'll need to scrounge up at least $22,700 (plus $670 for destination) by this fall and get in line as only 1,750 units will be made.

[Source: Chrysler]


Chrysler Kicks Off Woodward Dream Cruise with Introduction of New 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5

New limited-edition 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser buzz model kicks off the 14th annual Woodward Dream Cruise

-- 14th factory-customized limited-edition Chrysler PT Cruiser features modern and athletic exterior enhancements
-- New PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 delivers factory customization at a value price of $22,700
-- 1,750 PT Dream Cruisers Series 5 models will be produced for the U.S.
-- More than 1.3 million PT Cruisers sold since initial 2001 model year

Chrysler kicked off the annual Woodward Dream Cruise today at Duggan's Irish Pub with the introduction of a special-edition PT Cruiser. Announced in conjunction with Detroit's famed Woodward Dream Cruise, the new 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 will be available this fall as a limited-production version of the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

"Chrysler PT Dream Cruisers are about individuality and uniqueness, and for 2009 we modernized our next factory-customized edition," said Larry Lyons, Vice President - Car and Minivan Product Team, Chrysler LLC. "The new 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 embodies a contemporary theme with a distinctive two-tone exterior and the use of unique exterior and interior materials."

As the 14th factory-customized Chrysler PT Cruiser, the new 2009 PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 features new detailed design elements. A contrasting two-tone theme with a Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl painted roof and hoop spoiler distinguish this PT Cruiser. All-new cross-hatched, upper and lower solid billet aluminum grilles are individually milled and machined for a true sense of customization. New 17-inch SRT Design wheels provide an athletic stance while filling up Chrysler PT Cruiser's uniquely styled large fenders. Chromed body-side trim moldings provide subtle highlights, and the new boldly designed "PT" front-passenger and driver's-side door badges hammer home PT's individuality, reliability and street cruising credibility.

"Our Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 utilizes Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl to accentuate body lines while enhancing side rails and windows, giving PT Cruiser a sleek appearance with a visually lower roof," said Joe Dehner, Vice President - Small, Family and Premium Vehicle Design. "With the addition of 17-inch SRT Design wheels, bold billet grilles inspired from the DUB Edition Chrysler 300, chrome accents draped all over our Midnight White Pearl Coat paint -- the latest Dream Cruiser delivers a new style that accentuates PT Cruiser's individuality."

The contrasting Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl paint theme continues inside the vehicle's Pastel Slate Gray interior and surrounds the chromed ring air vents and gauges on the instrument panel. New Embossed Momentum seat fabric has a performance feel, detailed look and expressive design via secondary layered silver accents. A leather-wrapped steering wheel with bright silver accents provides a great view to the large satin-silver finished gauge cluster with chromed rings. Premium floor mats and door-entry sill plates add a final touch to this special-edition Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Chrysler is limiting production of its 14th factory-customized PT Cruiser to 1,750 units for the 2009 model year. The U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 will be $22,700, which includes $670 for destination.

Based off of the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser that arrives this fall, the Dream Cruiser Series 5 is available with two fuel-efficient 2.4-liter powertrains that are perfect for cruising any avenue. The standard 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 16-valve engine produces 150 horsepower (112 kW) and 165 lb.-ft. (220 N*m) of torque and is coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. This engine achieves 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. A potent 180-horsepower (134 kW) turbo-charged 2.4-liter is available, providing 210 lb.-ft. (285 N*m) of torque to the pavement while achieving 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 is well appointed with standard equipment including: power windows with auto-down function on both front windows, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player, MP3-play capability and auxiliary audio input jack, 65/35 fold/tumble/removable rear seats, a center console with sliding armrest and storage, Chrysler signature analog clock, compass, temperature display, air conditioning, manually adjustable front seats with seat heaters, front dome lamp, cargo compartment lamp, floor mats, 12-volt center instrument panel power outlet, uconnect studios SIRIUS Satellite Radio, cruise control and leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt-steering column. To top off interior appointments, a 368-watt Boston Acoustics premium sound system and power sun roof are available.

Standard exterior equipment includes body-color front and rear fascias, body-color fog lamp surrounds, Chrysler winged badge on the hood and liftgate, upper and lower billet aluminum cross-hatch pattern grilles, chromed door handles, chromed body-side moldings, chromed stainless steel exhaust tip (on turbo), 17-inch SRT Design wheels with all-season performance tires, unique 'PT' door badging, PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 tailgate badge, fog lamps and a Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl hoop spoiler to match the accented roof. Exclusive Midnight White Pearl Coat exterior paint completes the dramatic look.

The limited-edition 2009 PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 also includes more than 25 standard safety and security features found on the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser, including standard front-seat-mounted side air bags, Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS), new advanced driver and front-passenger multi-stage front air bags with the Occupant Classification System (OCS), Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child-seat anchor system, brake/park interlock, lap and shoulder seat belts in all positions, rear-door child protection locks, remote keyless entry with illuminated entry, Sentry Key engine immobilizer, speed-sensitive power locks, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes with low-speed traction control (ABS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser Lineup Continues to Grow
The Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 marks the 14th customized version of the segment-busting Chrysler PT Cruiser since it was first introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model. The 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 joins the Flames, Woodie, PT Dream Cruiser Series 1, 2, 3 and 4, PT Turbo and Chrome Accents models, the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, the refreshed 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Route 66, Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition and Street Cruiser Sunset Boulevard Editions.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't this thing gone yet? Jeez it's like an Xmas fruitcake.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh i remember back in 2000(first year) when these were backordered and my uncle bought one even though there was quite a wait. It was pretty neat back then, but aside from the 53,281 different special editions they have come out with, the actual car has had zero changes. They could try and facelift the interior, HID headlights, etc. Just small tweaks that upgrade the car through the years. I'm ready for them to put this car out of its misery, or at the very least do a huge facelift on it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The interior and fascias were freshened for the 2007 model year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You would be incorrect. Chrysler redid the front and rear facias a few years back. I do agree this model is due for a change to address interior comfort issues with it, but it has served well over the years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Look out, that should boost sales significantly and turn Chrysler around all in one swoop!

      • 6 Years Ago
      Can someone tell what's different about this PT Cruiser from all the others?
      • 6 Years Ago
      although the exterior isn't much much to gawk about, i have to admit that the interior is one of the nicest i've seen in any chrysler, dodge, or jeep vehicle (which usually have the bad reputation of looking real "plasticky')
      • 6 Years Ago
      Instead of wasting time trying to tweak this dead horse, why not think about working on a totally different successor, huh Chrysler? Hmm maybe, just maybe, you might have another potential hit on your hands.

      Ooops I forgot they can't design squat unless it involves dipping back in the retro days, if it involves the Challenger, or if it's a Ram truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When Chrysler first debuted the PT Cruiser, I fell in love!
      My husband works for Chrysler, and ordered one for me.
      I am still driving the original. Although I have added fun features, (euro lights and chrome), I can not complain.
      It gets me where I need to go. I am not saying it is the ?best car?...but I am very happy with it.

      I feel that Chrysler needs to come up with an economical car with great mph, instead of revamping a trend.

      PS. Am I the only person that feels the PT Cruiser is a chic-car??? Men always look so squished driving one! LOL

      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      In my dreams, I cruise on a unicorn!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the pt would have always looked sweet as a 2 door panel delivery . just fits the shape so right.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Instead of doing these superficial changes to the exterior, they should've updated the powertrain to something more modern. Maybe at least 1 more gear to the auto transmission and manual?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's just meh. When it came out it was interesting but that has faded in its 8 years of sameness. I doubt there'd be so much hate had they bothered to refine it or change it after 4 model years.

      Personally I think chrysler would do well to develop a new version of it. It has been a huge sales success despite what people say and "The New Chrysler PT Cruiser" would definitely be a good headline for a company with barely any new products. The PT is kind of a defining car for them and a new one would help establish the direction of the new chrysler company.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had one as a rental in NorCal. Was not outstanding, but did the job. Needs a better auto trans or a stick. I would consider a base model for $13K-14K. Not sure what they go for these days.
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