2002 PT Cruiser- Great Car for 3rd Owner!!
By InfernoCruiser86 on Friday, June 01, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Affordable, Easy to find inexpensive part, comfort"
Cons: "Turning radius"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have a 2002 Limited Edition PT Cruiser, inferno red! I have wanted a PT Cruiser since I was a teenager, and the inferno red was the exact color I wanted! After 10 or so years we finally bought one, but not after reading about 1000 reviews to get opinions from all over the U.S., due to different climates, driving habits, etc. What we found was that there are a few MAJOR issues that the PT Cruiser encounters, however most of the reviewers were all having these issues before hitting 100K miles! When we went shopping for the "right" one, we made sure we found out if all these major issues had been repaired or replaced, by asking for a carFax or service reports/receipts. Fortunately we were able to find an Inferno Red Limited Edition loaded, with a 5 speed manual ( I wanted that ), with 114,789 miles, and sure enough inside of the owners' manual were ALL of the service reports and receipts from the first two owners prior to us. Everything had been replaced or repairs in the past 30K miles! We've seen so many reviewers complaining about expensive repairs, and a much as I love the PT Cruiser, they have issues, but once fix they can be very reliable! So unfortunately for the first owner or two the Cruiser can be very unreliable and expensive, However it's a dream car for owners after repairs are made! Ours runs like a brand new one, and you would never believe it's had over $8000 in repairs made to it in the past 30k miles, so we are quite confident that it will be more reliable for us! Another thing we also realized was that a lot of people do not understand that certain issues or repairs may come up sooner than expected or more could go wrong then expected by it just being in a certain climate, or bad driving habits. We noticed a lot of people complain that they are not fast...THE PT CRUISER IS NOT A RACE CAR, OR A SPORTS CAR. It's engine can not handle a lot of hot rodding! It's not made like that, a lot of plastic and rubber piece in the engine area, not mean to take off fast all the time and drive like it's in the FAST AND THE FURIOUS. It's called a PT CRUISER, Not A PT RACER, it's a cruiser for a reason. Great commuter or travlel car! I commute 53 mile one way to work, and I have been averaging 31 mpg, which a lot of people complain and only get 22 mpg or so, again, driving conditions and habits!!! Drive it like it's meant to be driven! It's will be good to you! AFTER the "normal" issues are repaired. And yes, we do believe these "issues" should be recalled, but hey, what can you do?"
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