The little cutie pie has the turning radius of a dump truck and is a gas hog, but if you bought one of these, especially the 2005 model, you'll realize it has Daimler Benz quality built in and worth repairing. The window switches were in wrong. Looking at another one, tomorrow. I keep up with maintenance. A little cowl shimmy is detectable, but well within limits acceptable to convertible lovers. Fortunately, the low price doesn't equate with Amish-like deprivation of creature comforts, as this retro take on a 1940s' delivery van comes surprisingly well equipped: power windows, mirrors and door locks, plus power actuation of its 3-layer, fabric-lined top that latches in two places with a 180-degree twist of a single lever. I am a disabled veteran and have been waiting for my disability award since 2009.
With both rear seats out, the Cruiser provides 64 cubic feet of cargo volume. These kinds of junk is a big waste of money and made me hate all Chrysler brands. I am buying my daughter a 2003 next month. I replace brakes every 3 months etc. There's one manual chore inside: Grabbing hold of a circular handle at the front of the roof and turning it to release the two latches at the windshield.
All in all, it is great to cruise around and go on drives. I liked the 07 better because of the royal blue color, the updated radio with an aux cord and the very nice leather seats. I always got compliments on the vehicle every where we went. Items usually have to be laid flat in order to fit. Car is comfortable and practical. Motor mounts once a month and change the oil. Strange electrical problems difficult to diagnose but easy to solve.
The base model may be the least expensive convertible you can buy, though options quickly drive the price up. All the lights inside and out still work. But on curvy roads, it can't quite match the New Beetle's athleticism, displaying more body roll, understeer, and torque steer, the latter really noticeable in the first two gears. Leather sport seats and a power moonroof are also standard. Quite frankly, with the driver's seat adjusted up a ways for me to drive comfortably, I felt as if the roof was located at my forehead. The Cruiser had 82,000 miles on it and I did both repairs.
The car has been all over North America, through tough Canadian winters, overloaded for vacation trips and so on. Plan on using your three-point turning skills. Many of the standard features on higher-line models are also available as options on the less expensive models. Even when using high grade gasoline it still eats up gas. It takes 5 minutes to get out of our neighborhood over the cobblestones at 20-30 mph. Been all over the country with it.
I spent more money on fixing the car than the amount of money I bought it for and what it's worth now combined. And the Convertible looks more rakish than the sedan in profile, due to a lower roof height and a faster angle to the rear panel. A six-foot, nine-inch passenger can fit comfortably in the front or rear seats. Hard surfaces and uncomfortable seating angle at least in the base models. Now the engine light does not come on but the left rear window will not work. It consists of a layer of insulation between an inner liner and an outer, canvas surface. Failed to get data, please try again.
I hit the auto show every year, and when this car came out at the 2004 Auto Show I knew it was on my short list. But it will all be new. A bonus of the Cruiser's tall profile is its upright seating position, with a fairly high view ahead, somewhat like a sport-utility vehicle or minivan. It's been the most reliable car I've ever owned. There are two snaps to hold it in place. A nice boot is provided that dresses up the appearance with the top down. Failed to get data, please try again.
And barely enough room to do anything. In base, Touring, and Limited versions, this engine is tuned to deliver 150 horsepower. So the issues arise whenever I accelerate the engine too quickly. Rust underneath is the current issue. The car has about 110,000 miles on it, and has had oil and filter changes every 4000-5000 miles. All will eventually stop if you don't keep up the maintenance.
Turbochargers are available to add fire under the hood. One of the most beautiful cars on the road today. We love this little car! I touched 36 mpg twice while on road trips from Ohio to Virginia Beach. The three-layer convertible top is notable for its quality and fit. Engineers placed an emphasis on rear-seat roominess, and ease of entry and exit. The car is pretty reliable.