I Just Found the Worst Car Ever Made


rev up your engines today I’m gonna talk
about one of the worst cars ever made the PT cruisers now PT stands for
personal transport it turns out that Chrysler was trying to pull a fast one a
call it a truck to try to raise the average cafe gas mileage in the United
States but it didn’t work out that way so it’s still classified as a car not an
SUV not as a truck now these PT Cruisers were produced from 2001 to 2009 it’s
particular one is the 2003 and right from the gate big mistake every single
one of those was produced in Mexico now here’s why she listened to Scotty
and not to these nuts in magazines and Award winners
it was acclaimed at one of the best 10 cars in the years when it first came out
and they called it the North American Car of the Year now come on now you come out with a new model it’s made in Mexico how can you call it the car of the year
what are the top 10 cars come on now yes we do have the advantage of hindsight
it’s now 2019 well at least it was when I made this video in the future it’ll be
later but at least you’ll understand back when they were making these things they had
no idea how they were gonna last you call it car of the year top 10 car they
just started making them you got no idea what kind of qualities in them no not
being a Chrysler fan even back in 2001 I didn’t expect much from these things but
I really didn’t expect them to be as bad as they came out let’s start on the hood
you know the plastic crap yes plastic everywhere it cracks it breaks look at
the cheap faded bumper supposed to be black no it’s white that’s more than
just superficial stuff with these these engines are notorious for blowing head
gaskets all the time they overheat I’d say at least eight out of ten wants to
come here with overheating problems first thing I do is use my block link
test find out yep that gaskets blowing I said just get rid of the car don’t go
any further yeah they look cute it’s how they sold
1.3 million in these clunkers but man looks can be deceiving in this case
aside from the engines blowing head gasket the automatic transmissions we’re
basically garbage one they could barely get out of their own way even though
they kept trying to make the engines a little bit bigger and a little bit
bigger they never were all that fast but Americans mainly drive automatic
transmission and this car man it had one clunker transmission this particular one
to 2003 PT Cruiser has amazing a little four-speed automatic it’s 3 speeds with
an overdrive on it you know they don’t have much acceleration they don’t get
very good gas mileage for a car this size either this particular one gets in
the teens and stop-and-go traffic it’s about 18 miles a gallon
now Chrysler’s quality control actually the ones made in Mexico hey it’s
notorious for being horrible those dodge neons were made by them they were horrid is no exception if you ever made the mistake of buying a faster one the one
that’s turbocharged whoo that’s just turbo charges the head
gas keep blowing faster that head gasket will blow so fast with the turbocharger on them I’ve seen them go with as little as 40,000 miles and that goes the engine
basically comes back to pretty much a chrysler paradigm they often make
good-looking cars it’s just fall apart you want a lawn
ornament a parking on your a lawn it looks cool you know but driving it every
day for hundreds of thousands of miles you can forget that unless you got deep
pockets to keep fixing it heck even the heaters on these things break down
there’s the cheaper heater car and the stupid things either clogged up or
leaking you gotta get the whole dash apart to replace them and here’s the part I
really don’t understand when this thing was brand new a base model was three
thousand dollars more than a four-door Toyota Corolla yeah back then the
Corolla didn’t have the cool gangster styling of his PT Cruiser but it
wouldn’t run circles around these things there you go three four hundred thousand
miles or more and this thing cheer you’re lucky to get 80 or 90 before the
engine blows if you ever owned a Chrysler Neon you were probably smart
enough to realize I’m not gonna buy its replacement because the original one was
bad enough they were handy seats going on in the back
you got all kinds of space to throw crap in like my customer has all their junk
in there it makes a big Locker good storage area but has a vehicle for
dependable transportation this is one of the last things you never want to buy
now this one’s got a hundred and eighteen thousand miles and believe me
it’s on its last legs we’ll start it up you can hear her squeak a nerve and in
the back you can hear the muffler vibrating they just had poor cheap build quality anybody in their right mind that would say this is North American Car of
the Year what are the top ten vehicles of that year they got rocks in their
head at least if they were honest now I mean if they’re in the old paola what
the heck a lot of people do that these days old Scotty knows they’ll tell you
the truth about these things I have no ulterior motives other than showing
people what’s out there what’s good what’s bad over the years I’ve had a lot
of women buy these because they thought they looked cute just like the minis the buy them because they think they look cute only to find out that cuteness is hiding
an endless money pit under the hood six months ago out of customer buy used one
and nit was a convertible they actually turned some of these into convertibles he had just
bought the vehicle for like nine hundred dollars brought it to me couple months
after he bought it said what’s wrong and there was a typical PT Cruiser the head
gasket was blowing and it had overheated he put some of the sealer in it he
bought an autozone we’re pretty good the bar sealer for head gasket leaks and he
just got rid of thing you said sure I’m not going any further on and you’re
gonna even see look in here it’s a small engine but there wasn’t much working
room pennies plastic intake manifolds they crack and warp all the time besides
from the engine head gaskets blowing and their air conditioning compressor is a
notorious clunkers that break down after a short period of time
hey these things are made in Mexico you think at least have good air conditioning it
gets hot down there you know it’s like ages ago the Germans that cars had
horrible air conditioning systems a hot day in Dusseldorf is probably like 75
degrees now the Germans make better air conditioning systems no arguing that but
this hey supposedly an American car you think they could have put good I see
but no it was just the usual chrylser crap that would blow up and the
compressors would blow up long before their time the condensers they used on
were a little bit too small so they didn’t cool it down right so the
compressors would always run hotter than other cars and then go on I’ve seen that
so many times not just on the PT Cruiser but in many Chrysler products they tried
to make them too cheap to save money then they don’t hold up over time in
this case it’s a truism marketing trumped engineering and manufacturing in
his PT Cruiser so don’t be suckered by oh look it’s a cute little car maybe
I’ll get one for my kid to go to high school and don’t the engine problems the
transmission problems their conditioning problems the heating problems the
electrical problems that these things had it’s truly amazing that Chrysler
suckered 1.3 million people to buy these things now eventually they stopped
making them in 2009 people wised up and I guess Chrysler figured hey the jig’s
up we can’t fool people anymore there’s such a bad reputation nobody’s going to
be buying these things anymore these SUV type vehicles crossovers
they’re so popular these days to fail at selling a model that tells you there
were problems and problems on top of problems which PT Cruisers which leads
me to the old joke why did it make a PT Cruiser so I could comfortably hold five
people well that’s so four of them can get out and push it while the fifth
person steers the car to the nearest garage so now you know the truth about
the PT Cruiser and why you’d really have to be out of your mind
to buy one of these things used today and here’s some bonus questions and
answers average guy says I’ve learned a lot it’s nice to see an honest
mechanic there’s a lot of junk out there I’m thinking about getting another
vehicle I got three choices a 3.6 liter Ford Edge 4.0 Nissan Frontier and on the
CRV EXL alright crv hands down that’s better than any of those by far out of those three that is the most wise choice
I’ve got customer with CRVs that have 400 something thousand miles on them
they’re still running down the road yeah they might make a little noise and
bounce around a bit but they’re still going down the road with original
engines original transmissions get the Honda CRV those things really can last a
long time and you didn’t say whether you get new or used but you know if you’re
talking about buying new definitely get the Honda because it can just last and
last I like to rav4 is too but the crv and rav4 their kind of neck and neck
connect they’re pretty good vehicles if if you like the CRV go ahead and get
it don’t get the other one especially not the Nissan they don’t hold up in the
Ford Edge it’s a decent vehicle but it’s not gonna last near as long as the CRV
well Bob a42 says I got an 08 trailblazer with a bad wheel bearing in
the front driver’s side I replace and still have the noise that’s a problem
with noises you know you never know exactly where to come for I’ve had
customers say hey I got this noise in the front and then I find out that it’s
a wheel bearing in the back that making a noise noise travels around so what you
want to do is I got a video finding the source of car noises what I use is this
sound listening machine for sending units they’re like little transmitters
and they have magnets and straps on you put them in different areas of the car
then the receiving unit which is like a radio is in the car and you were
headphones and it’s got clicks that go one two three four so you can go from
each sending unit to here where the noise is coming from then you know with
yours it can very well be that the other wheel bearings worn to or that that was
the noise in the first place that’s why if you really want to fix a noise your
best to pinpoint it perfectly before you start and the problem with wheel
bearings are a lot of people say well checked up now I pull the wheel it
didn’t wobble so the wheel bearings okay ah that’s a mistake because wheel
bearings when they first wear and first start to make noise a lot of times it
will have no play at all and they’ll only make noise when you’re on the road
driving with the weight of the car then they won’t even make a noise when you
Jack it up and spin so you got a listening device you can hook it up
drive it down the road with the weight of the car on it you can count which
side is making a noise and fix that side so I’d say have that done first and somebody puts it on the other side and says the
noise is coming from the other side then change the other wheel bearings, so if
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