It was retro design that made the PT Cruiser so desirable in 2001. DaimlerChrysler thought the design would appeal to young people, but, strangely, that hasn't proven the case. You see PT Cruisers everywhere today, and behind the wheel you'll most likely see a middle-aged person, often a woman. But no styling update has been done and only colors have been changed in successive model years. Today, the PT Cruiser is no longer a novelty and is growing a bit long in the tooth. Still, it is the very model of . Nesbitt brought back the old Chrysler emblem, he created old-looking but completely acceptable exterior door handles, even ordered the cue ball atop the shifter on the manual transmission. But at first, a leather-wrapped shifter from a Dodge Intrepid was used on the automatic -- and it was discordant, to say the least. Now, even the automatic on the 2004 PT Cruiser Touring Edition has that metal cue ball. And take a close look at the tail lights. There's a little purple circle in there, just like the old days. The one remaining sour note is the modern radio. It's woefully out of place. How much better it would be to have an old style radio, with a twist knob for volume and another for station selection.
Its retro theme carried over from the 40-ish body style to an interior complete with cue-ball shifter. And it turned heads as only the New Beetle had done. But it was hardly a hot rod. A small four-cylinder engine couldn't back up its looks. So a turbocharged engine was a no-brainer. The turbocharged 2.4-liter four pumps out 180 horsepower, plenty for front-wheel drive to handle. It corners well on a sport suspension and still has the functional interior that helped make it appealing in 2001. Prices have risen, however. In 2001, a $16,000 PT could be purchased. The tested 2004 PT Cruiser Touring Edition topped out at $21,865 with only two options; an $825 automatic transmission and a $1,280 package that includes the turbocharged engine.
The following recalls have been announced by Chrysler, so if you own a 2004 PT Cruiser take action immediately to get your automobile fixed. Interested in how this information is collected? and the .