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Chrysler PT Cruiser (2000–2008)

Last updated 24 August 2016

Kerb weight 1585–1605 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 7,500–12,000 miles

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Driving

I did around 1,200 miles on a four-day European trip and grew to love the thing. So did everyone else I met. Every member of my wife's hugely extended family wanted a ride in it, so we did Amsterdam, s-Hertogenbosch, Alkmar, Lisse and quite a lot of other places. It cruised well, never missed a beat, never gave the slightest twinge of discomfort. You can actually run what looks like the world's least practical style statement of a car without any serious downsides. So the PT Cruiser is going to win friends in all age groups.

Like the VW Beetle, it's built in Mexico, but that's where the resemblance ends (sorry, VW, brave try but I just don't rate the Beetle at all). Could well be that the Cruiser's toughest competitor will be BMW's next 'must have', the extremely desirable new MINI. But in the meantime the Cruiser is the car to have and if I had the money I'd have one

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
2.2 CRD 47 mpg 10.8 s 113 mph 177 g/km
2.4 30 mpg 10.6 s 121 mph 223 g/km
 

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