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Chrysler PT Cruiser Estate running costs and reliability

2000 - 2008 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 26 - 47 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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Parts, servicing and insurance are all quite reasonable, but fuel consumption on the petrol goes up quite rapidly when the car is driven hard.

The PT Cruiser is quite a polluting model – the best model is the 2.2 CRD model. This was upgraded in 2006 and fuel economy improved to 42mpg (from 41mpg) while emissions dropped to 177g/km. However this is poor when compared to similar powered hatchback from Volkswagen and Ford.

Owners report very few problems – only the occasional gearbox niggle. The PT Cruiser appears well built and Chryslers have a reputation for being mechanically rugged.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £320 - £675
Insurance group 23 - 26
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