Best Car In the World -- Ok, But it is a bit funny looking
Likes: The turbo model is a blast to drive! The small 4 cyl engine, turbocharged, has beefed-up internal parts and better cooling, capable of handling 300 hp, but detuned to 180 hp; it will run forever. Comfortable front seats where you sit just a bit higher up, great forward visibility. Rear seats fold up or pop out to create a completely flat floor, almost as much carrying space as a mid-size SUV! Dislikes: Tiny engine compartment makes simple repairs a bitch; more labor hours are needed to get things done. Soft rubber in engine mounts and control arms means these will likely need to be replaced at 50,000 - 60,000 miles. Integrated electrical system introduced in 2006-2010 models is extremely sensitive with hard-to-trace electrical "bugs". Snug engine compartment means more HEAT and various sensors, plastic tubes, switches, etc are more likely to fail at a lower mileage than, lets say, a Toyota Corolla. Timing belt (and other bits) MUST be replaced around 100,000 miles, again, because of difficulty in workspace, the $600 timing belt replacement cost on a Toyota is $1,100 on a PT Cruiser. These cars are now getting old; it gets harder to find a good used one every year. My oOverall operating cost at 99,000 miles is 38 cents per mile. Can't beat that!