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Endless Summer
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible GT Turbo
By Alain Gayot

In short: A cool, modern, performance-based GT retro convertible

For those of you who live in warmer climates and are convinced that going topless is the only way to go, you may consider the totally cool PT Cruiser with turbo kick. In fact, this could be the ultimate surfer dude (or dudette) mobile. Retaining the character and space from its sedan sibling, you not only get that unique styling, but you also get more space than in comparable convertibles.

You might be lucky enough to get a base model for just under $20,000, but our 220 horsepower sport test vehicle ran over one third more. Another sign of globalization, the Cruiser is assembled in Mexico and runs with a Mexican-manufactured engine coupled with a German transmission.

This is a real four-seater with decent leg room in the back and preserved trunk space. As well, you may fold down the rear seats and get the feel of a station wagon, but you have to wrestle with the trunk design and bend down to get anything in and out. You’ll get two golf bags in with no problem, and you can let the surf board gently escape out of the back seat.

Due to all its drivetrain components and sport-tuned attributes, the GT handles rather well despite its sway-like feel in tight cornering. This is mostly a city car and is best for short trips. For sure, it’s always ready to roar, and on sunny winter days it will deliver you an endless summer.

Warranty/Service: 7-year or 70,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with towing assistance, 3-year or 36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty

Price as tested: $28,355

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

2.4L DOHC 4-Cyl 16V HO Turbo Intercooled, 220 HP

5-Speed HD Manual Transaxle

Driver and Front Passenger Airbags, Supplemental Side Airbags, Power Convertible Top

Top Speed: n/a

Acceleration: n/a

Antilock Four-Wheel Disc Brakes

Fuel Economy:
21/city, 27/highway

Sport-tuned suspension, rear shock absorber and rear trailing arm mounting, low-speed traction control, 17-inch painted cast-aluminum wheels

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(Updated: 07/24/08 HC)

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