My idiot younger sister just bought a PT Cruiser. She never consults anyone for opinions. I've heard from some tow truck drivers that these things are always breaking down. What other horrors can she expect that i rub in her face? I've read they start 'consuming' oil after a year or two.
My last boss had one, man was it a POS.
Hers had about 60k on it and it was about 4 years old, the following SERIOUS issues occurred with that car:
Transmission failed twice
Fuel pump failed at 30k, was failing again at 55k
Car burnt a quart of oil every 1000 miles
BOTH rear doors would not open FROM THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE
Power steering pump died
Power steering rack had to be replaced because of leaks
Exhaust rusted off the car
Other minor problems included numerous squeaks and rattles that could not be fixed, electrical issues that cause the gauge cluster to intermittently stop working, and paint that liked to jump off the car. That of course excludes the design issues with the car like the fact that anything that pulls up nest to you and opens their door into your car is going to leave a nasty dent because of the placement of the rub strips, or the fact that the visibility from the driver's seat is poor.
Tell your sister good luck, she bought a car built in Mexico.