Nov 23, 2004
Reviewed By Bengt Halvorson
Price as Tested $28,420
Likes

Plenty of power without much turbo lag; the wind in your hair.

Dislikes

Plenty of cowl shake with lots of panel rattles; oddly designed power top requires a manual push to get it to go the last couple of inches back; high beltline gives sitting in bathtub feeling.

Verdict

It’s hard to believe that the PT Cruiser is entering its fifth model year in 2005. The convertible might have been a good idea two years ago, but today it looks like a last-ditch effort to save an aging car. Indeed, PT fever has come and gone—and even with a ragtop and the turbo 2.4-L engine that makes the Neon SRT-4 such a screamer, there’s just not enough here to get worked up about. The PT’s interior appointments are outdone by everyone including $12k Scions, and for this price you can buy a new Mini Cooper S convertible with a very long list of optional equipment.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
2.0 rating
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