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Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#20 of 151 Re: PT Cruiser Oil Leak [katspt]
Nov 21, 2005 (7:04 pm)
katspt & david91304
My 2005 PT Cruiser is in the shop with the same problem. (Oil dripping between transaxle and oil pan.) Did you get your problem resolved? Here is my history:
Car is now in for the third attempt to repair this problem.
1st attempt - replaced the galley plug.
2nd attempt - replaced the oil pressure sending unit.
Currently - Mechanic called to say that oil is leaking from head gasket. Chrysler has issued a TSB instructing them to retorque the engine head bolts to specs. Mechanic said they retorqued the head bolts to specs. He test drove the car and oil is still leaking. Now they are ordering a new head gasket.
#21 of 151 Re: PT Cruiser Oil Leak [igocars]
Nov 22, 2005 (2:06 pm)
I have had my 2005 PT Cruiser since mid September and it leaked oil from from day one. The first time in the shop they tightened some bolts which didn't fix it now this week they replaced the head gasket. But its back in today because now its making a noise similar to a loose motor mount....I am not sure yet if the gasket has fixed the problem I only was able to drive it less than a day before be took it back in for the current problem.
Jan 20, 2006 (11:14 pm)
Got 28 MPG on last run. This was mainly on highway, freeway, with little in town driving. Most of the time, with a third in town and two thirds highway ( putting good foot into it ) I average 24 MPG. Doing mainly in town or short highway trips it can dip into the 20 - 22 range. Considering the weight and more box structure of the beast, it is doing OK. I do have the manual transmission. The automatic seemed too slow, and I was worried about the gas mileage, so I went with the stick shift. I take it, most people with auto tranny average three MPG less. Seemed like it takes away a lot of power too.
#23 of 151 2001 PT lousy mileage
Feb 01, 2006 (5:48 am)
My Mom's got a 2001 with just 2200 miles on it. It gets no better gas mileage than my Suburban. I went 40 miles with it yesterday and it went through over 1/4 tank! When does it kick in to get better mileage? It eats gas very quickly. Course she's the little old lady that only drives it to the store and back and it's going to take a while to break it in!
#24 of 151 2006 pt cruisner oil problems
Feb 03, 2006 (4:58 pm)
i really like the 2006 pt , is there anyone having problems with the oil like in the 2005 etc .any other special problems?
#25 of 151 pt cruisner gas
Feb 03, 2006 (5:01 pm)
2005-or 2006 what kind of gas milage are you getting ?
#26 of 151 Gas Mileage/Trip Computer
Mar 11, 2006 (12:28 pm)
I purchased a 2006 PT Cruiser Touring in Marine Blue. It has an automatic and sunroof. I have yet to crack 21 mpg on highway driving. Around town, it gets only 17-18, and that is nursing it.
Also, why does the trip computer not reset to zero? Everytime I reset it, it starts all over from the previous mileage. If I had know how bad this MPG was, I would have never had purchased the car.
Other than that, I like the car.
#27 of 151 Re: Terrible over time [pmcaleer]
Apr 14, 2006 (5:33 am)
I've got the same car as you except with manual and I struggle to get 24 on the highway. Usually get around 20-22 in the city. Pretty disappointing for such a small engine but that's probably the problem with so much car.
#28 of 151 Re: Terrible over time [gary7379]
Apr 17, 2006 (4:32 pm)
When I bought My PT, I felt that I was the only one getting poor gas miles. Boy was I wrong. I average 18mpg in the city, and 23 on the hiway. If mountains are involved, mpg drops to 21! I have owned this car 3 1/2 years and love it but the gas miles stink. I test drove a NEW HHR, and this will be the car that will replace the PT!
Good pick up, larger fuel tank, tight turnig radius, and 30mpg!
#29 of 151 Re: Terrible over time [hhrguy]
Apr 20, 2006 (3:10 pm)
We just bought a new 2006 PT Cruiser in Base trim instead of an HHR. The HHR is rated about 4 mpg higher on the freeway; I wouldn't assume it will actually get 30 mpg. More likely, 25 or 26 versus the 23-24 we get on road trips on the PT. Keep in mind ALL PT Cruisers come with the larger, more powerful 2.4 engine vs. the 2.2 in the HHR. So you have to choose what is more important to you, throw in styling choices, and make a decision.
I think they are both good cars, but the PT has gotten good initial quality and long term quality ratings. Also, as a "mature model" (it's been out several years, although this year they did some minor styling, and major soundproofing, updates) it goes on sale. We got ours for $12,500 - with power windows and doorlocks, but not the power mirrors, cruise control, and remote entry that you get on the stock HHR.
Like I said, you have to choose the one you like. I would have been happy with either one, but we chose the cheaper - much cheaper - alternative.