All PT Cruiser engines in the US are the 2.4 L. The GT is the high output
220 hp. I believe in 2006 the hp was bumped up to 225. There is a turbo
option on other PT's but it is referred to as the "turbo lite" putting out
180 hp. The turbo lite can get by on regular gas. The higher output GT
requires premium gas.
Thanks - I was curious about this because because on some GT's I've
seen the "High Output" badge on the back, on others the badge is not
there. It's your understanding that ALL of the GT Turbo's got the HO,
225hp engine standard, yes?
That is correct, all GTs have the High Output turbo engine. Before the
180 HP "Turbo Lite" came out there was no need for the "High Output"
tag, because they were all high output.
My 2003 GT has 220 HP Turbo (high output), and Premium Gas is
recommended, but not required by Chrysler. However, all the "motor
heads" say you really should only use premium gas. I don't know about
the Chrysler's gas requirements for the newer 225 HP models.
sceptimus email@example.com wrote:
Joe, thanks for that great info, and quite the coincidence - I just
drove home this evening in my first PT Cruiser, a 2003 red GT.
Couldn't afford a brand new one and had to settle for gently used, but
after driving it for most of the day I have to say I'm quite
impressed....I love the kick of the turbo when you stomp on the
gas....I also own a 1966 mustang with a 289 four-barrel, and the GT
Turbo is definitely faster. I'm already planning mods....a billet
front chrome grill, borla dual exhaust, maybe some blue dot tail
lights.......i think its cool that there are so many after market
parts, clubs, and modders out there for such a relatively new car.
Be careful with the blue dot tail lights. Some states claim they are
illegal as are most/all aftermarket blue or red lights added to the car,
such as the lighted washer nozzels, underbody neons, etc.
Where are you located? If you're a mid atlantic cruiser, check out
Copper, thanks for the info - yeah, I'm aware that some states are
positively draconian when it comes to car mods. One a positive note,
it looks like the folks at SEMA are actively lobbying and fighting for
common sense car mod laws, and specifically with respect to lighting.
I live in Texas and thus far I haven't found any regulations that would
be problematic with respect to the mods I plan for the car.
You should check out my PT Cruiser info and photo page:
I got mine used in March 2004 with only 4,500 miles on it (just broken
in) for $17,000 at CarMax. I think that used PT Cruisers are one of
the real bargains out there. The prices depreciate in line with other
American make cars, but their reliability is on par with the Japanese.
With the PT Cruiser GT you get 3 cars in one: a hot rod, a small SUV,
and a comfy family car. I just wish the mileage was better. The best
mileage I've gotten (averaged across 3 fill-ups) was 27 MPG, but I
usually get about 18-19. But then, I've got a lead foot.
Nice GT Cruiser! These pix are from a relatively low-rez camera phone
so the quality isn't that great, but you can see mine at:
I must say, for the price, styling, horsepower and reliability
(Consumer Reports raves about PT's), there really isn't anything out
there to compare with a PT Cruiser GT Turbo. I think it's an awesome
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