2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser User Reviews
- $7,398 - $10,038
- No trim specified for this review
- love that back seats come out for more cargo room
- gas mileage & passenger side leg room
Purchased As New
We bought our first Cruiser in '03 right after I had knee replacement surgery. We needed something that sat a little higher up off the ground for easy entering & had ample leg room. This was our secondary car for me to drive around town, drive to NC to bring our daughter back & forth to college and take on vacations every year. Our 22 year old daughter loves the car and thinks it belongs to her when she comes home for breaks from college!! During the summer I can't get my hands on it.
I like the extra seating area and leg room in the driver's seat and since I sit in the passenger's seat most of the time on long trips, I find that seating area to be comfortable. The only thing I wish there was more of is leg room in the passenger's seat area. I am 5'8" tall, which is average, and I have trouble stretching my right leg out enough to be completely comfortable on long trips. But in general, for a small and reasonably priced vehicle, we find it comfortable to drive in on the 50+ long distance trips we have made in it. We did a 6 week road trip to TX from MD when the vehicle was 15 months old and we had absolutely NO problems with the vehicle for the 2500 mile trip.
One of our favorite functions of the Cruiser is that the back seats come out to offer more cargo space, which is especially helpful when bringing our daughter back and forth to college and when we go on vacations. Yes, the cargo space is not large especially when the seats are in, but then the Cruiser is not advertised as a large sports utility vehicle.
One problem that we have with the Cruiser is the location of the window switches for users sitting in the back seats. Rather than being located on the doors, they are on a panel located above the rear seats floor bump between the two front seats. Many times someone or something in the back seat has inadvertently pushed against one of the buttons and the window/windows opened. We though they had opened "magically" until we figured out that something/someone had hit one of the window switches. One time the back seats were loaded up with boxes from a school event and one of the boxes leaned against the window switch and actually burnt out the power window motor for the specific window!!
I use a wheelchair on occasion and there is plenty of room in the cargo area for the wheelchair and it is easy to get it in and out.
We have had a problem twice over the years in the fall of having "critters" decide to make the engine compartment their winter home. The first time a chipmunk chewed through a few of the belts and the car wouldn't start and had to be towed to the dealership. Of course the work was not covered by the warranty, so we had to pay for it. And then two months ago we smelled this horrific odor in the car, especially whenever the air vents were open and the heat or a/c was on. It got to the point where we couldn't even drive the car. So we made an appointment and brought it into our mechanic and he spent 3 hours taking the air vent system apart to remove a mouse who decided to make a nest in the air vent and got stuck and died. It was nothing wrong with the design of the car - just that the little critters were cold and looking for somewhere to spend a nice warm winter!!
One problem that we encounter a lot in the summer when we are using the air conditioning, is loss of speed and engine power when we are going up even the slightest grade. The air conditioning drops in pressure and the car slows down in its power to go up even the small grade.
As most of us know, the estimated gas mileage on any vehicle produced are not reliable and a crock of "bull dooey." The only time we ever got over 27 mpg was on the flat lands of Texas and Arkansas with the cruise control on. Never, in any vehicle we have ever owned, have we ever gotten the estimated MPG listed on a regular basis.
Overall, we love our Cruiser and are ready to buy another one!!!
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