The debut of the PT Cruiser series model was held in 1999 in Detroit. Chrysler managed to hook a nostalgic chain in the soul of every single American, embodying the image of a good old van from the late thirties, mid-century in a modern car. Style PT Cruiser: an explosive mix of retro and modern motifs. This is a new aspect of a compact car: a small one on the outside, but spacious on the inside, unusually functional, but at the same time, elegant and unique. This relatively small passenger car with five doors and front-wheel drive was the result of a project of almost 4 years. PT Cruiser is produced in a plant in Mexico in the city of Tuluk. The grid of the falshradiator of this model has the shape of a heraldic shield, which is typical of the cars of the 20s and 30s of the last century. That is to say, it is a false radiator grille made almost entirely in a plane, whose upper part is wider than the lower one. PT Cruiser has two basic modifications: Touring and Limited.

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In 2003, several new modifications appeared for the PT Cruiser. The main one is the Turbo with a R4 of 2.4 liters with a turbocharger (218 hp, 332 N • m) and its exclusive version Tangerine Dream Cruiser Series 2, painted with a special enamel orange tangerine color. The PT Cruiser Chrome modification features a chromed exterior finish, 17-inch wheels and an optional CPOS package.

The Woodie version will be delighted with the finish of the exterior body panels with a material similar to wood. Gamma of power units R4: new 1.6 l (115 hp – since 2002), as well as 2.0 l (141 hp, 188 N • m), aspirated 2.4 l (152 ls, 220 N • m) and turbo diesel common rail 2 , 2 liters of Mercedes-Benz production, 121 HP. Over time, even the sharpest eye is washed and, once the unusual forms begin to be perceived quite routinely. The car shield cover needed an update. In 2005, the PT Cruiser experienced a restyling. In front, new headlights and lights appeared, a new grille with the familiar “winged” Chrysler logo and a rear spoiler on the rear door painted in body color.

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No attention was paid to the hall either: the PT Cruiser received great beautiful instruments, an analog clock with the Chrysler logo, a large glove compartment, a place to store things in the armrest and the radio moved to a new place, higher than before . A handle is made to the right of the dashboard so that the front passenger can enter and exit the car more easily. Now you can choose new options for upholstery. The Boston Acoustics audio system with 6 speakers and a subwoofer and the ability to play mp3 discs was added to the list of options. The ultra-modern PT Cruiser hatchback is equipped with a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 143 hp. This engine can be added as a five-speed manual gearbox, as well as a four-speed “automatic”. The maximum speed of the car with this engine, according to Chrysler, is 195 km / h with manual transmission and 171 km / h with automatic transmission. The average fuel consumption of the PT Cruiser 2.4 is 9.7 liters and 10.5 liters per 100 kilometers, respectively, for “mechanics” and “automatic”. With the advent of updated body versions with a hatchback and Chrysler convertible further strengthens its position.

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These new versions have a new exterior design and a completely new interior design. They bring a sporting spirit and enthusiasm to the corporate identity of Chrysler. On the outside, the two new models of 2006, the PT Cruiser hatchback and the convertible, have become more pleasing to the eye thanks to the harmonious combination of the rounded lines of the front and rear bumpers with the characteristic contours of the grille with chrome elements and the winged Chrysler emblem. The charm of the exterior perfectly complements the rear lights, whose lower edge received a serrated edge and round fog lights, which provide a fresh current to the appearance of the entire car. At the rear of the roof of the tailgate, a separate spoiler is painted in body color. Reduces drag and improves the aerodynamic performance of the car.

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The configuration level of the Touring includes: bucket sport seats with new fabric upholstery, made in the Bauhaus style, the driver’s seat with electric adjustment according to six parameters, the audio system with AM / FM radio and CD player, connector for connecting an MP3 player, chromed grid inserts, a center console with a sliding armrest and a storage compartment, as well as an analog clock mounted on the control panel on top of the center console.

The limited version of the car is equipped with all the standard Touring equipment listed above and, in addition, the following elements: sports seats with leather upholstery and heating function (the driver’s seat is also equipped with adjustable lumbar support), aluminum rims 16-inch chrome, Chromed nozzle exhaust pipe and cup holders with shiny wheels, as well as anti-lock brake system with four-wheel disc brakes and traction control, which operate when driving at low speeds.

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The customer will also be able to purchase an additional package of Chrome Accents and the Boston Acoustics PT Cruiser audio system has become one of Chrysler’s best-selling products. The car is in high demand in North America: 144,717 PT Cruiser was sold in the USA. UU In 2001, and in the first 6 months of 2002 – 75,660 (+ 5%). The customer will also be able to purchase an additional package of Chrome Accents and the Boston Acoustics PT Cruiser audio system has become one of Chrysler’s best-selling products. The car is in high demand in North America: 144,717 PT Cruiser was sold in the USA.


The units produced from 2000 to 2004 had the 2.0 16v 4-cylinder petrol engine . After the year 2005 the displacement increased to 2.4, as well as the power that was to 143 hp. In the United States the consumer can also choose the version 2.4 Turbo, and some rare units are found in Brazil brought by independent importers. with the hood open the repairman soon realizes that although compact, the safe offers space for maintenance, except for some parts such as the alternator that has difficult access due to location, as well as the spark plugs and ignition cables, which require removal of the intake manifold for access.

Manufacturer NGK optionally ships candles through code LZTR4A-11, with a 1.1mm aperture between the central electrode and the mass electrode. The main reason for the vehicle going to the workshop was the appearance of engine oil leak and coolant. After analysis it was discovered that the oil came from the joint between the head and engine block (right side looking at the vehicle in front). According to the consultant Claudio Cobeio, “this problem was common in Chryslers Neon produced in the 1990s. The impression we have is that either the gasket has poor quality, or a tightening of the head fixing bolts becomes necessary after 5,000km, or something of the sort. “

The oil recommended by the manufacturer is the API SJ 10W40 or higher, for a total of 4.7 liters including the filter. The Mopar specification (original) is the MS-6395. The original oil filter code is 4105409AB. The Fram manufacturer optionally provides the PH3614 filter. Incidentally, the vehicle was equipped with an incorrect oil filter, the Fram PH4482, belonging to other vehicle models. The external and threaded dimensions are similar in both, however the opening pressure of the safety valve is different, as well as the micturation of the paper. Damage to the engine could occur in the long run if the incorrect filter is maintained. Another problem with the PT Cruiser models concerns the height of the lower mini-front. It is considerably advanced, standing just inches from the ground. It is not difficult to find adaptations such as welds or something, since a slight blow after crossing an obstacle (ditch or spine), can cause the breakdown. As a result, the lower plastic housing of the radiator may also be affected.

The unit evaluated despite having low mileage, was already with welds in place. There was also a leakage of coolant, which came from the lower hose of the radiator. The part has a curvature that causes scraping in the protective plastic ring of the fan, which in turn has a living corner and can leave it susceptible to cuts. Another fact that drew attention was to the position of the exhaust and consequently of the lambda probe. It was fixed in such a way that it caused the friction between the floor and the wires, which in the near future would cause damage to the whip and compromise the operation of the piece. From the rest everything was okay, for example, the engine cushions and shifter, air filter (which had recently been replaced), ignition etc.


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