• Jun 29, 2010
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Chrysler's long-lived PT Cruiser will finally roll off into the sunset next month after a decade in production. According to the Detroit Free Press, when the 2010 model year winds down at Chrysler's Toluca, Mexico plant on July 9, the final Cruisers will be produced. The retro-styled five door hatchback was a sensation when it debuted and inspired customers to pay a premium over the sticker price to get one. Over the years, the styling was tweaked only slightly its competitiveness declined significantly as DaimlerChrysler steadfastly refused to invest in it.

The Cruiser was originally earmarked for discontinuation a year ago, but when Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy, it needed product, so the automaker kept it alive for another 12 months. The Toluca factory will now be re-tooled for production of another retro-design small car, the Fiat 500 which joins the Chrysler lineup later this year.



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[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The PT will soon be in the pantheon of classic cars like the VW Beetle and the Duece Coupe. Like all great cars, it had revolutionary style and practicality, plus its reliability rivaled the Japanese. It could be personalized and powerful with its turbo motor, but like anything significant, it was also reviled by those too ignorant to understand its concept. Let those fools have their Corollas and Camrys; no PT driver would be caught dead in such mindless, soulless appliances.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ WILDONE

        I have ridden and driven MANY PTs, almost all being rentals. What a shocker, right??? Every single one of them was terrible. From the ancient engine/transmission, to the terrible seats and seat fabric, to the fit and finish and plastics used. It was underpowered and didn’t get good gas mileage at ALL given its four cylinder engine.

        Its MPG is terrible, and I have no idea what you are talking about with “basis is over 100”.

        Thanks for saying that I have no sense of style though, seeing as how style is subjective. I would say that anyone who purchases the PT has no taste or knowledge of vehicles given how it performs, how it has been reviewed, and what it offers for the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        RX8

        "the much loved Mini Cooper" will one day be reviled too. I have heard it referred to as a "clown car." While definitely stylish, it is very impractical and ridiculously overpriced. According to JD Power, it has more problems than the industry average and it has not stayed true to its concept like the Beetle and PT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, you definitely owned one without a doubt.

        The PT is an appliance, are you kidding??? Its driving dynamics and power (not including turbo PT) are no better than a Camry or a Corolla. I'd take a Camry SE over any PT and I HAAATE the Camry. The PT is also terribly inefficient as far as MPG goes, with any of the engine choices.

        The PT Cruiser was a piece of junk, it was never a "great" car. You would have to be mindless and souless yourself to justify buying such an outdated subpar vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What is kind of interesting is to go into Yahoo Autos and do a side by side comparison between base models of the forsaken PT Cruiser and the much loved Mini Cooper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ha...PT Cruiser..the car I refuse to take at any rental agency. POS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was given one, with 254 miles on it, two years ago while my some a-hole damage was being repaired.

        I got in, and the interior smelled like mold and dog poop. It handled so awfully and had zero power, that I called immediately and told the rental agency that I wanted it traded in on a different car. They gave me a 4-cylinder Fusion with about 12k miles on it, and it was beautiful, inside and out. Much better!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 2005 2.0L limited. I bought it as second hand. I preferred pre-2006 model because the first style is much better and original than the refreshed one and believe that it will be a classic in the future. From the technical point of view I have to admit that it is a really bad car. 141 hp 2.0 liter engine is feels much weaker than 1.6 liter 100 hp engines I drived so far. Transmission is like belongs to post WWII. But on the utulity side it serves you better than any big car, you can compare it with an SUV not a car. Prestige is undiscussable. It is still getting more attention any car (even worth more than 50k bucks). For me driving enjoyment is uncomporable. If Chrysler produce it with better engine and modern transmission and with the same design it would be no-brainer for me. But I'm hopeful that Chrysler will produce a newer version with good updates. There are so many fans around. By the way I'm writing from Turkey and around here PT's are very rare and you can purchase second hand PT (let's say 2005 model) for 20k bucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Farwell to one of the most interesting cars in American automotive history. What car in this era has been able to remain popular for over ten years? The folks at Chrysler must have done many things right with this modern classic. For generations, every car history book will have the PT Cruiser as a featured vehicle.
      I drove a couple and loved everything about them. For an economy car, it had class leading utility, value and unmatched style.
      My bet, someday you will see a "next generation" PT, because like me, we're going to miss this very special little Plymouth. Sniff, sniff !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm more educated about cars now, but in 2003 I rented a PT in Miami and enjoyed the drive alot. No complaints from my one time three day experience. Had a couple of band members in that time who had the PT, same purple/maroon color and they had no complaints either. As for owning one at this point- no way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      PT Loser = Fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not a bad car (I used to drive one at the company I worked for), but it like the Ranger. It has just been left on the vine to rot. No one has paid any real attention to them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And so goes another American nameplate that once had high aspirations and due to corporate greed and incompetence has not been relegated to the dustbin of the automotive world.

      How many times must this type of short-sighted management style repeat itself before corporate America gets a goddamn clue that you can't just rest on your laurels and milk a product to death... because *GOSH* that cash-cow will eventually be spent?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Frank

        I do indeed hold Daimler very responsible for many of Chrysler's ills, but not everything is their fault. Even when not dealing with Chrysler, it is still an all too common phenomenon of Detroit (and American business in general) in which a hot commodity gets exploited till all it's value is depleted, then the name has too much baggage to continue so they have to let it languish and then ultimately kill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hadaz,

        Your anger is misplaced. It should be directed at Daimler. They were the ones who let it die on the vine and actually made the interior worse than before.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *now

        Damn I hate commenting system on this site. You can't go back and correct spelling errors. Grrr
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are all the hawaiian shirt-wearing Jimmy Buffet baby boomers going to buy once the sun has set on this rolling abortion?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They can always buy an HHR!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I, too remember the hullaballoo that was associated with the PT Cruiser's launch a decade ago. I will admit the car was a head-turner when it first hit the streets, and the "gotta-have-it" factor was high back then. The problem was, like others have said, the PT Cruiser was left behind, and prospects shopped elsewhere.

      I never drove one, but I sat in the ones on display at car shows over the last few years, and I really disliked how awkward the driving position was. Its safety record over the last few years hasn't been too impressive, either, because it was a dated design compared to other cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a 2006 PT I bought new. It was the cheapest car I could buy at the time (paid under $12,000 with my dad's employee discount and rebates). The mpg isn't great, but it has been very reliable and the utility of it has been great. I have used the PT to haul quite a few things, from mulch bags and bicycles, to a lazyboy chair. When I decide to replace the PT it is going to be tough because their really isn't a comparable vehicle out their when it comes to utility.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The amount of hype leading up to the launch of the PT really was impressive. I'm trying to think of a recent car intro that has come close to the buzz Chrysler generated for this car and can't really think of anything. It was literally like an iPhone launch in the auto world at the time.

      I still remember these teaser print ads Chrysler ran that only something like PTCruiser/is_coming. I happened to be at a Chrysler dealership shortly after the launch, and every single one on the lot had a "Sold" sign hanging from the rearview. I remember my first impression was they were a lot smaller in person than I'd pictured them to be from all the photos.

      Crazy how different the auto world was at the time. It was a cool little car at the time, but times have changed way too much for it to stick around any longer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car and the 300 went from rabid gottahave market sensations to boring rental blah cars in so short a time. I would never have thought it possible for a nameplate/platform to go from being so high on the hog to the bottom in a relatively short amount of time. I would also have never thought it possible for the same company to do it twice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You would think since I bet most of us has driven this thing as a rental they still be in for demand. I remember when I went to California for a vacation with my friends and I was given a PT. within 1 hour I went back and traded it for a white tahoe. the PT was the biggest POS I have ever driven the AC didn't work well at all at any speed and I avg 15 MPG and I wasn't even trying to drive fast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bob-omb: I had a PT rental a couple of years ago too. I was appalled at nearly EVERYTHING. The tight fit and bad ergonomics of the driver's seat, the fuel economy, the cabin noise, and the fear and embarrassment I had when I *tried* to pass a semi doing 75 on the interstate. What a wasted opportunity for what could have been a kick ass vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Park the PT beside a MY2001 Cavalier, Neon, etc and it doesn't look so bad. It was pretty cool for it's time. The problem is that was the end of the investment. Had it recieved updated engine, transmission and an improved interior among other things it would be a different story. As it is the PT Convertible is a ridiculously cheap way to have some fun in the summer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, the PT Cruiser has been around forever, but it also hasn't been taken seriously in yeeeears, which I think is his point.

        Doesn't it still come with that terrible (and terribly thirsty) 2.4L 150hp engine? I had a PT as a rental several years ago and I was appalled at the fuel economy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bob-omb - you were only appalled at the fuel economy? I was given one as a rental, easily the worst car i've driven in ten years, from every perspective (ergonomics, visibility, power, fuel economy, feel, everything), and it's not as though every car built in the late nineties is as horrendous as evidenced by the continued popularity of that damn beetle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you joking?! The PT cruiser has been around FOREEVVEERRR. The 300 yeah, I agree with you, but the PT came out in 1999. It's been around for over a decade!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had to help this women in a PT Cruiser pull into a parking spot at my school's parking lot, I tried letting her do it herself with me guiding her on the outside. But she was lacking in the skill department, I questioned to myself how she had a license, so I just hopped in and did it myself. The ten seconds I was in there made never want to touch a PT again
        • 4 Years Ago
        The day after my birthday is the day the PT Cruiser dies. The universe has given me quite the present!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Gruv, just to be specific, the PT came out in 2000 as a 2001 model. Still, yeah... ten years... long time no change.
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