GottaPT said:I have heard two rumors about it.
1. The car wouldn't break down as much as they wanted and it was discontinued.
2. The engine was a nightmare to service.
I would buy #2 over the other one. I was just wondering if anyone knew for sure.
“The PT Cruiser was unloved by management, and suffered from benign neglect. We had to fight the chairman to get the program approved. Many other models were planned, but never came to fruition. Other than Brian Nesbitt, Design hated the car because they felt their job was to move the state-of-the-art forward, whether the customer likes it or not.”
I was just thinking today that the Cherokee is a good example of what they should have done with the PT. Give it a hint of retro. Give it AWD but not all off road hardware the Cherokee has and I think you would have a nice little CUV for Chrysler. Lower it, and give it a hybrid option. Again though, I think they look to Fiat to fill that role but nobody seems to want a Fiat.Duster; the PT could have been restyled to a modern/retro look like they did to the latest Beetle. I want to see a new PT based on the Cherokee to give a little more room inside. It is necessary to keep the practicality of the original design. Like removable seats, easy access in and out, good vision, etc. They could have upgraded the engine to the V V T and the 6 speed auto in 2006, but chose not to.
I was thinking DBAG as in DBAG!!! LOL!The excuse of an old platform was the reason, decontenting the cars was the other thing.
You also have to follow the history of the car itself. Jurgen Schremmp was told the PT Cruiser was going to be a halo vehicle to bring people into the showrooms. Basically it was seen as a vehicle to sell about 60,000 cars per year. As soon as she was shown, they had almost 60,000 pre-sales, so it was a winner right off the bat. Having a winning car was not really something that interested DBAG as a whole, they wanted the technology Chrysler had, not grow a car company. The PT Cruiser was one of the least expensive cars designed because it basically tweaked the Neon platform, so most of the calculations were done, and there were just enough changes that the two don't interchange other than rims (almost). As the years went by, DBAG (Daimler Benz Auto Group, just in case), they had the habit of loading a car up with options and capabilities, and as time went by, deleting them. It finally got to the point they couldn't sell them because they just didn't have the stuff the others had.
I have to admit, they are a love it or hate it style, they do seem to be durable, and not too far into the future I will add a few customs that should have been done over the life of her, such as a coupe, pickkup, RWD V6, things like that.