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Chrysler PT Cruiser FAQ

Chrysler PT Cruiser
PT Cruiser

What is it?
Part car, part truck and entirely different from everything else on the road, the 2001 PT Cruiser went on sale in March 2000 and was an instant hit with buyers. PT stands for "personal transportation," and Chrysler describes it as "too cool to categorize" because it has elements of a sedan, wagon, sport utility vehicle and minivan. Because it has four side doors, a rear liftgate and is built on a car-based platform, cars.com lists the Cruiser as a wagon - albeit one that stands well apart from the crowd.

What models are offered?
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible $19,890
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser $14,485
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Convertible $23,605
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring $16,830
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited $18,995
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT Convertible $29,060
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT $23,645
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition $20,735

What does the name "PT cruiser" stand for?
The "PT" stands for Personal Transportation and you can guess the "Cruiser" stands for FUN! Because this car is so flexible in that it can have so many uses. It can be used to carry things, an 8 foot ladder fits inside with the seats folded down, it can be used as a family car, and it can be used as a hot rod cruiser. It's like a cross trainer, what you do with it is totally up to you.

Where can I purchase a PT Cruiser?
You can purchase a new PT Cruiser at Chrysler Dealers. PT Cruiser Club has a "PT Cruisers For Sale" classifieds forum if you are looking for a used PT Cruiser.

What features are standard for PT Cruiser?
The PT comes equipped with a 150-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, rear defrost, dual side mirror, AM/FM stereo with cassette, tilt wheel, power windows, full wheel covers and a rear wiper/washer. The Touring trim adds air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD, power locks and remote keyless entry. The sporty GT model comes with a 220-horsepower high-output turbocharged engine, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, fog lights, power glass moonroof, front side-impact airbags, leather seats, sport suspension and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

What options are available for PT Cruiser?
Notable Options include a 180-horsepower turbocharged engine, navigation radio, power glass sunroof, ABS, traction control, front side-impact airbags, satellite radio, suede trim seats, power driver's seat height adjustment, chrome wheels and woodgrain exterior accents. This is jus a summary, always ask your dealer when ordering.

Where are they made and what is the quality?
PT Cruisers are manufactured at the Toluca Mexico assembly plant. The owner satisfaction ratings for PT Cruiser are very high. Consumer Reports has rated the PT Cruiser better than average on reliability, and average on satisfaction and depreciation.

What are the prices?
The PT is very reasonably priced. Base models begin as low as $14K and top out around $29K for a fully loaded GT Convertible model. *Prices do not include optional add-ons, advertising fees, licensing, taxes, or other dealer costs.

What Exterior colors are available?
Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
Cool Vanilla Clear Coat
Inferno Red Crystal Pearl
Marine Blue Pearl
Opal Pearl Coat (New for 2007)
Pastel Yellow Clear Coat (New for 2007)
Tangerine Pearl Coat (New for 2007)
Ocean Blue (2007 PT Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition)
Note: not all colors are available on all PT Cruiser Models, ask your dealer when ordering.

How is it in size compared to other vehicles in its class?
When introduced in 2001, there were no other vehicles in its class. As the DaimlerChrysler Chairman said at the Detroit Auto Show, "The PT Cruiser is too cool to categorize." Chrysler PT Cruiser continues to draw buyers from all segments. Positioned in the heart of the compact car segment, Chrysler PT Cruiser also maintains affordable image models. The Chrysler PT Cruiser offers just about anything a compact car buyer wants and a great deal more, including excitement, unexpected features and versatility.

Is the PT Cruiser able to tow?
The PT Cruiser can tow up to 1000 lbs

Is the PT Cruiser front wheel drive?
Yes, The front engine, front-wheel drive configuration provides impressive traction in bad weather, and to enhance this traction the Cruiser comes with an optional low speed traction control system.

What's the handling like?
From a handling perspective, the handling is very capable; it has very flat roll characteristics, and allows for a very balanced handling capability. In addition, the ride is exceptional. It handles even the roughest road surfaces very well. The Chrysler PT Cruiser's 150-horsepower engine beats most compact cars, while the 180-horsepower and 230-horsepower engines beat them all.

What's the quality like?
Recommended by leading consumer publications
* 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Consumer Guide, "Best Buy - Compact Cars Category"
* 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Consumer Reports, "Recommended"

Is this only available in US markets?
The PT Cruiser is sold in more than 40 markets around the world. Some of these markets include Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. Right hand drive versions are available for International markets.

Where can I purchase Owner's Manuals or Service Manuals?
To order Manuals direct from DaimlerChrysler call 1-800-890-4038

Are there any accessories for it?
Yes, the customization factor for the PT Cruiser is high. You can purchase aftermarket accessories directly from PT Cruiser Club at our online store PT Cruiser Club Store. Dealer accessories are also available from your Chrysler Dealer.

Where can I meet other PT Cruiser owners?
Please Join the PT Cruiser Club, it provides a wealth of information about the PT Cruiser, constant amusement and warm friendships.

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