R.I.P. PT Cruisers...

Jul 13, 2010

As the last one rolled off the assembly line on July 9th.

In a way it does make sense. Unless you work for Chrysler, you really can't tell the difference between a 2000 and a 2009, until you look at the milage. I mean the only exterior difference would be the convertible versus a sedan.

If you'se don't believe me:

Which is which???

If you don't believe me about the lack of changes within 7 years (2002-2009), according to the good ol' guys as Consumer Report:

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser: Still a hot seller in its second season, the PT Cruiser got newly optional flame accent decals for the hood and front fenders. Base, Touring and Limited Editions were offered. Base models added some previously optional items as standard equipment, including a CD player and underseat storage bin. Adjustable driver's lumbar support went on the Limited. Side-impact airbags were standard on the Limited and optional on others. Antilock braking remained an option.
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser: A new turbocharged GT had 215 horsepower and 17-inch wheels. Chrysler markets it as the "PT Turbo." Manual transmission is standard, automatic optional on. Flame decals, a chrome-trim package, or a woodgrain-body-applique "woodie" look were optional.
2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser: New for '04 was a 180-hp 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylider engine, optional on Touring and Limited models.
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser: The PT Cruiser is unchanged for 2005.
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser: All '06 PTs got revised front fascias and dashboards.
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser: PT Cruiser carried over unchanged.
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser: The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser dropped the high-performance GT models from its roster. Available on base wagons was a new Street Cruiser Sunset Boulevard Edition package that included a sunroof and unique interior and exterior trim.
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser: The PT lost its convertible body style for 2009 but was otherwise little changed.

Basically all that says is a bunch of interior changes.

P.S. The bottom photo is a 2000, the top one is a 2010. The difference between the two is that the older model had a faux metal grille that expanded to the bumper area, the newer one has a black mesh looking grille between the fog lights. I know, Huge Difference. (Last statement reeked of sarcasm). Even the GMC Envoy changed more than that...

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