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PT Model Year Changes

 

The table below represents design changes that we are aware of between 2001 - 2006 model years as observed by other enthusiasts and us.
For the most part this comparison is based upon physical changes, which can be easily observed, and does not include changes, which may exist, but may not be readily apparent.

Please contact us if you know of a change that isn't mentioned here. Thank you.

 

Part

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005
Sedan

2006
Sedan

OEM Passenger Side Armrest No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stereo Wiring Harness
(Attached to the headunit.)
Uses a METRA P/N 70-1817 wiring adapter harness. Uses a METRA P/N 70-6502 wiring adapter harness. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Passenger Side Underseat Drawer Optional Standard Standard Standard Standard Discontinued
Body Colors Discontinued colors; Aquamarine and Shale Green. New colors; Steel Blue Pearl Coat and Light Almond Metallic Pearl Coat. Discontinued colors; Taupe Frost Metallic.

New colors; Onyx Green Pearl Coat, Electric Blue Pearl Coat and Tangerine (Dream Cruiser-2 only) Pearl Coat.
Discontinued colors; Stone White, Steel Blue, and Cranberry.

New colors; Dark Plum Pearl, Seamist Green Metallic, Cool Vanilla and Midnight Blue Pearl over Bright Silver two-tone paint (Dream Cruiser-3 only).
Discontinued colors; Light Almond Pearl, Graphite Metallic, Seamist Green, Patriot Blue, Onyx Green, and Two-Tone Paint Black and Light Almond.

New colors; Linen Gold Pearl.

Two-Tone Paint Combinations; Black upper (primary) with lower Inferno Red, Bright Silver, Electric Blue or Linen Gold.
Discontinued colors; Dark Plum Pearl, Midnight Blue Pearl and all Two-Tone Paint finishes.

New colors; Marine Blue Pearl and Magnesium Pearl.
Vinyl Flame Accents N/A Optional on Black, Cranberry, Red and Silver Cruisers. Same as 2002 model year. No longer an option. No longer an option. No longer an option.
Transaxle Standard - Manual T350

Option - Automatic 41TE
Standard - Manual T350

Option - Automatic 41TE
Standard - Manual T350

Option - Automatic 41TE

GT Standard - Manual Getrag G288

GT Option - Automatic w/Autostick.
Standard - Manual T350

Option - Automatic 41TE/40TE

GT Standard - Manual Getrag G288

GT Option - Automatic w/Autostick.
Standard - Manual T350

Option - Automatic 41TE/40TE

GT Standard - Manual Getrag G288

GT Option - Automatic w/Autostick.
Standard - Manual T350

Option - Automatic 41TE/40TE

GT Standard - Manual Getrag G288

GT Option - Automatic w/Autostick.
Front and Rear Mats LE Luxury, embroidered with PT Cruiser logo. Luxury, not embroidered. Luxury, not embroidered. Same as 2002 model year. GT model has embroidery on front mats. Same as 2004 model year. Same as 2004 model year.
Dead Pedal Footrest Driverside, black raised rubber footrest. Driverside, black raised rubber footrest. N/A Driverside, black raised rubber footrest.    
Rear Trim Panel Storage Compartment Open molded compartment with adjustable and or removable hinged shelf. Open molded two level compartment with stationary shelves. We believe that the 2001 hinged removable shelf will fit the 2002, however the shelf is only available as part of the 2001 rear storage panel. It can't be purchased seperately through DC. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Rear Head Restraints Taller - with less rear visibility for the driver. Shorter - with better rear visibility for the driver. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Body Molding The joint (molding) between the roof and C pillars (aft side windows) is painted the body color of the vehicle. The joint (molding) between the roof and the C pillars (aft side windows) is painted black. The joint (molding) between the roof and the C pillars (aft side windows) is painted black. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year.
Standard OEM Radio An AM/FM/Cassette radio, with changer controls and 3 band equalizer, with a fluorescent LCD type display. An AM/FM/CD radio, with CD changer controls and 2 band equalizer, with a dot matrix style display. AM/FM/CD radio with CD changer controls and 2 band equalizer. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year. AM/FM radio with CD player, CD changer controls, and auxiliary audio Input jack for plug-in audio device playback. Capable of MP3 playback.
Limited Edition Package Included the "G" package. Includes the "K" package. Includes the "K" package. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year.
F Model Cruiser The "F" model had a Touring Edition option and a Luxury Touring Edition option. The "F" model is still the "F" model, but gets a name that it didn't have before -Touring Edition. Both (Touring Edition and Luxury Touring Edition) options are gone; the Touring Edition option has been rolled into the Touring Edition model. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Rear Hatch Brakelight Black mask with clear window cutout area in front of the 3rd brake light. Black mask with black grid in the window cutout area in front of the 3rd brake light. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.  
EPA Rating   On the 5-speed changing the overall final gear ratio from 3.20 to 2.80 increased the EPA rating. All transmission gears remain the same. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.  
Windshield Shading across the top of the windshield - looks like an actual tint that starts at the top and continues down to the rearview mirror area. Shading across the top of the windshield - has black dots that stop above the mirror (not like a tint at all). Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.  
Saftey Feature   A new "glow in the dark" child safety handle has been added to the rear cargo area. It can be pulled to pop the rear driver seat forward if a child (or someone) gets shut in the cargo area. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Armed Sentry System PT's, that come equipped with the armed sentry system, have a hood switch to guard against entry into the engine bay. The armed sentry system does not have a hood switch nor does the system protect against entry into the engine bay. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
PT "Woody" Cruiser Option N/A Offered on all 2002 PT models. Same as 2002 model year. Offered on all PT models. Offered on LE model only. Discontinued.
Engine Modesty Cover Included on all models. As of January 2002 DC is no longer including the engine modesty cover on new PT's. The mounting studs on the plastic intake manifold have also been removed. You cannot mount an 2001 modesty cover on an 2002 model without the mounting studs. See the 2002 Cruiser Engine Modesty Cover Installation Guide here. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year for non-aspirated PT's. It has been reported that the turbo GT model has the engine modesty cover. Same as 2002 model year for non-aspirated PT's. It has been reported that the turbo GT model has the engine modesty cover.
Chrome Wheels All models offering the chrome 16" wheels used the same wheel. If you purchase a LE you receive the same wheel used with the 2001 called the luxury I wheel. If you purchase the TE and opt for chrome wheels, you get a similar, but different wheel called the luxury II wheel. The luxury II wheel is the same as the luxury I wheel, but has small indentations in each of the 5 spokes. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. 16 x 6 inch, 9-spoke, silver-painted cast-aluminum wheels standard on LE model. 17 x 6 inch, 15-spoke, chrome-clad cast-aluminum wheels standard on GT model.
Deck covering underneath the rear passenger seats. Carpeted area. Covered by a large piece of molded plastic. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Sunroof The sunroof will automatically retract. If you press the retract button again, it will go all the way into the roof. The sunroof does not retract all the way back into the roof. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Engine Air Breather Tube The breather tube fits into the back of the flexible rubber intake, near the air intake temp sensor. The breather tube mounts to the lower air box, below the filter. This design means the oil vapors will saturate the air filter instead of gumming up the throttle body. I'm not sure which is the better design. I suppose it's easier to change the filter than to clean out the throttle body. The oil should help to trap more dust particles anyway. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Coolant Tank Overflow Drains out the overflow, spilling on whatever it wants to. Has a drain hose that routes coolant to the ground. The entire tank design changed to accommodate this feature. Same as 2002 model year. The overflow is a molded plastic drain spout on the left side of the reservoir. This indicates yet another change in the tank design. Same as 2004 model year. Same as 2004 model year.
Weather Strip/Seal Rubber weather strips on the bottom of all doors. Weather strips are no longer included. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.
Hood Support Prop Finish on the hood prop is yellow. Finish on the hood prop is yellow or black Finish on the hood prop is yellow. Finish on the hood prop is yellow.    
Chrome Wheel Real 16" chrome wheel. The original 5-spoke chrome wheel was real chrome. The new 6-spoke chrome wheel is actually a plastic chrome wheel cover, which is glued to the wheel, and called a "chrome clad" wheel, at a cost of $600 a set. Read more here. Same as 2002 model year. Standard on the LE, available on the TE Cruiser. Same as 2002 model year. Same as 2002 model year.  
Number of OEM Horns 2 1 1 1 1 1
Front & Rear External Stabilizer Bars Yes Yes The front stabilizer bar is external. The rear stabilizer bar is internal, integrated into the rear twist beam axle. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year.
Switch Illumination Lamps The front (dash) and rear (floor console) power window switch groups are illuminated when the lights are turned on. Same a 2001 model year. Some owners have reported that the power window switch groups no longer have the illumination feature, although the amber lens built into the switch appears to be in place. An owner with a TE PT, built in Aug 2002, reported that the top two switches for the front windows are still illuminated, but the lower rear console switches are not. Same a 2003 model year. Same a 2003 model year.  
External Manual Key Lock on Each Front Door Yes Yes One manual external lock on the driver side door. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year.
Body-Color Monotone Front and Rear Fascias No No Optional on LE model. Standard on BE, TE and LE models. Standard on BE, TE and LE models. Standard on BE, TE and LE models.
Body-Color Matched Painted Bumpers No No Standard on TE, LE & GT models. Standard on TE, LE & GT models. Standard on TE, LE & GT models. Standard on TE, LE & GT models.
Interior Colors Light Pearl Beige/Dark Taupe Light Pearl Beige/Dark Taupe Light Pearl Beige/Dark Taupe & Dark Slate Gray/Light Slate Gray Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year, plus Pastel Slate Gray and Pastel Pebble Beige.
Seat Storage Pockets One mesh pocket on the back of each front seat. One mesh pocket on the back of the driver side seat. One slash pocket on the back of the driver side seat. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year. Same as 2003 model year.
External Mirrors Foldaway - dual power and heated. Foldaway - dual power and heated. Fixed - dual power and non-heated. Fixed - dual power and non-heated. The leading edge of the mirror bracket (the part that attaches the mirror to the door) has a spoiler molded into the unit. Fixed - dual power and non-heated. The leading edge of the mirror bracket (the part that attaches the mirror to the door) has a spoiler molded into the unit. Fixed - manual and non heated standard on Base model. Fixed - power and non heated standard on TE, LE and GT models.
Front Seats - Inboard and outboard plastic cushion side shield covers. Yes Yes Outboard only. Outboard only. Outboard only. Outboard only.
Home Link Garage Door Opener N/A N/A N/A N/A Standard on LE and GT models (buttons on driver 's visor). Standard on LE and GT models (buttons on driver 's visor).
OEM Speakers Six-speaker premium sound system with 2" dome tweeters in the instrument panel, 6-1/2" full-range speakers in the front doors and 5" x 7" full-range speakers in the rear D Pillars. Same as 2001 model year. Same as 2001 model year. Same as 2001 model year. Same as 2001 model year. Six-speaker premium sound system with 2" mid-tweeters in the instrument panel, 6-1/2" full-range speakers in the front doors and 6-1/2" full range speakers in the rear doors.
Exterior Design Changes           Redesigned front and rear fascias, front grille with chrome-accented horizontal bars and lower grille incorporating open mesh design, headlamps with lower scalloped edge, and modified taillamp(s) with white turn signal lenses standard on all models. Round fog lamps on LE and GT models. Body-color strip spoiler at rear of roof panel for improved erodynamic performance on BE, TE and LE models.
Interior Design Changes           All-new instrument panel and door trim panel design, refreshed seat trim and fabrics incorporating sport contour trim outlines for improved lateral support, larger, more visible instrument cluster graphics with silver gauge faces and white-night lighting, higher-output, quieter HVAC system combined with flush shutoff outlets, ergonomic refinements - repositioning of radio head unit, heated seat and hazard flasher switches and raised rear window controls, larger glovebox, satin silver center stack bezel, analog clock, center console redign, and enhanced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) applications with strategically placed sound damping materials to reduce road and powertrain noise standard on all models.
Safety & Security Design Changes Accident Response Illumination System, Air Bags - Front, Next-Generation standard on BE model. Air Bags - Supplemental Side, Front Outboard Occupant standard on LE model and Sentry Key ® Theft-Deterrent System. Accident Response Illumination System, Air Bags - Front, Next-Generation standard on BE model. Air Bags - Supplemental Side, Front Outboard Occupant standard on LE model, Sentry Key ® Theft-Deterrent System, and new emergency seatback release handle accessible from rear cargo area. Accident Response Illumination System, Air Bags - Front, Next-Generation standard on BE, TE and LE models. Air Bags - Supplemental Side, Front Outboard Occupant standard on BE, TE and LE models, Sentry Key ® Theft-Deterrent System, and emergency seatback release handle accessible from rear cargo area. Accident Response Illumination System, Air Bags - Front, Next-Generation standard on BE, TE, LE and GT models. Air Bags - Supplemental Side, Front Outboard Occupant standard on LE and GT models, Sentry Key ® Theft-Deterrent System, and emergency seatback release handle accessible from rear cargo area. Same as 2004 model year. Advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags and driver-side inflatable knee blocker and Occupant Classification System (OCS), redesigned ignition key with Sentry Key® vehicle immobilizer and integrated fob for available RKE system, enhanced accident response system, new Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) system, and enhanced electrical features.
Door Locks Manual door locks standard on BE and LE models - power locks are available in package on both models. Manual door locks standard on BE - power locks are available in package. Power door locks standard on TE and LE models. Manual door locks standard on BE - power locks are available in package. Power door locks standard on TE, LE and GT models. Manual door locks standard on BE - power locks are available in package. Power door locks standard on TE, LE and GT models. Manual door locks standard on BE - power locks are available in package. Power door locks standard on TE, LE and GT models. Power door locks standard on all models.

 

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