Like a Mini-SUV, but a problem every year.
By Karen on Monday, July 13, 2015
I owned and sold this car
overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Reason: Fan malfunction,overheated
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Room in back for moving furniture, mulch, teens!"
Cons: "Cheap parts, a problem once a year."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I bought my 2008 PT Cruiser in 2010. Low miles 35,000 and only $8,500 (basic car, no cruise control and no moonroof). It worked terrifically, until two months in, it would not start while I was at the grocery store. A computer chip malfunction (problem 1). Within the next 9 months, my tires went flat and replacing was costly due to the sensor on the tires (problem 2). Eventually the remaining 3 tires within the next year needed to be replaced, and I elected to ditch the sensors.
During the 3rd year the car started to make a squeaking sound and the struts needed replacement. Soon after, the steering column, I was told was loose and needed to be tightened. Perhaps I was being taken for a ride by my mechanic. I had a good year of no problems, then ball joints needed to be replaced. Yes, I took care of the car by doing the oil changes every 3,000 miles, and having the tires rotated and air pressure checked.
Last summer, the car and I were in an accident where my front end was damaged. Took a week to fix the car, but the insurance and mechanics took care of everything. Then last Spring 2015, brakes and rotars needed replacing (which is routine). Well, last week as we traveled to Chicago for the Taste, I noticed the heat gauge to the top. Smoke came out of the engine. It was overheating. Once we stopped in a parking area, all the coolant came spilling out of the car. The mechanic said it was the fan failing. The head gasket may need replacing. Way too much to repair. Its been a nice ride and had served me well, but I've never had so many computer chip, strut, tire, brake, fan, steering column problems in my life with any other car!! When I finally got rid of it it only had 117,000 miles!! I had recommended this car to my friend, and I hope their car lasts longer than mine, and does not have the same problems mine had. Perhaps I got a lemon. Not certain, but I would not recommend this car again, I'm going back to a Japanese car."
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