Drive – Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

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Chrysler PT Cruiser

Bruce Newton

Make Model PT CRUISER Price (man). $35,990 (auto), on-road costs. Model CLASSIC,GRAND TOURER,LIMITED Series UPGRADE,MY05 UPGRADE,MY05 UPGRADE Year 2005 Body 5D HATCHBACK Crash Rating 3/5 NCAP front and side 1/4 Euro NCAP pedestrian Emissions 251 g/km (auto). ADR 81/01 rating.

Fuel 10.4 L/100km average. 57-litre tank. Insurance $1021 (RACV, 40-year-old one male, medium-risk suburb, excess). Kerb Weight

Safety Equipment Dual airbags. Front-side airbags. belts/headrests all-round. Front pre-tensioners. ABS. Traction Steering 2.7 turns lock-to-lock. circle 12m. Suspension Independent by MacPherson struts, stabiliser bar. Rear: beam axle, with arms, Watt’s linkage and bar. Transmission/Driven Wheels manual four-speed automatic Warranty 3 years/100,000km.

Wheels/Tyres 16 x alloy wheels, tyres Space saver spare.

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Whenever the turns to automotive retro three vehicles are invariably the Mini, Volkswagen Beetle and PT Cruiser.

With its massive bulbous wheel arches and rear-end, the PT evokes post-WWII when men were Bogey, were Bacall and cars of the bold and beautiful supporting

But not much has changed since the arrival in 2000. While has released a turbo and even a convertible in the US, we’ve had to make do the single five-door body with only a basic four-cylinder as motive power.

from the Neon small car long since gone Australia – along much of its front-wheel-drive underpinnings, the 2.0 has been identified as the PT’s weakness. Its 100kW and 186Nm of simply struggled in this So, the change in the engine bay is welcome a 2.4-litre four cylinder the base-line engine in the States.

Power grows by only kilowatts to 105kW at 5200rpm but gets a much bigger to 214Nm at 4000rpm.

The new powerplant is across the range, and now includes a $30,990 GT model in between the $29,990 Classic and $33,990 tested here. Add $2000 for the transmission.

Mechanically, these are virtually identical. Same five-speed manual and four-speed with semi-manual operation. MacPherson strut front and rear suspension, rack-and-pinion and all-round disc brake

The difference is in the details – and not that different. Off an acceptable base including dual and side airbags, traction anti-lock brakes (ABS), CD and cruise control (now on all models except Classic the new GT adds a firmer suspension 17-inch alloy wheels as as an overhead console and some

The Limited retains the same tune as Classic, gets its own 16-inch wheels, a bright exhaust tip, dual fog a combination of leather and suede and heated seats. To sweeten the it’s also a hefty cheaper than the old model.

the 2429cc engine is the star in the PT’s new act, there’s exotic about it. The basis is a block with aluminium cylinder heads that double-overhead camshafts and 16 valves.

Average fuel consumption is L/100km. And performance? Chrysler a 12.8-second 0-100kmh time, might have cut it in the 1940s but not

The switchable traction control superfluous as you whip the PT hard to only acceptable performance, loud engine and drivetrain A fuzzy logic auto its best, changing down the brakes are applied to provide braking and behaving in a co-operative The Mercedes-style semi-manual side-to-side action works well

The PT has some shortfalls. There is too body roll, the ride is the steering is vague and feels far direct than the 2.7 turns would imply. But worse is the 12-metre turning circle makes PT unwieldy in tight

Much of the disappointment is more than anything else the PT’s exterior writes a cheque the car’s technology can’t cash. So put the looks to one and treat PT for what it really is a competent five-door compact

It has real interior space, and storage of all shapes and sizes. The fold, flip and remove in 32 combinations and you can fit a stepladder or a surfboard in if you really want to.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Two adults three children in the rear and mid-size soft-cover suitcases in the were comfortably fitted this test, albeit the multi-position parcel shelf And that rear seat is not child-only – you sit upright but is plenty of foot and headroom for two over a journey, or three for a trip.

Upfront you sit high but is marred by the small windows and is no reach adjustment on the steering The colour co-ordinated interior fetching but the plastics quality is the radio an ergonomic mess and the too soft and lacking in support for journeys.

Accept this is not a hot-rod, the bigger engine, but a competent car with sharply defined weaknesses and visual identity and you just enjoy it.

What’s it

Cruise control. Air-conditioning. 3 x 12V outlets. Single CD audio. height adjustable driver’s Heated front seats.

missing?

Full-size spare Reach adjustment for steering. computer. Six-stack CD player.

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