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I am looking at buying a 2007 PT Cruiser. I keep hearing about problems with oil and I am not sure if this car is mechanically sound?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA June, Thank You for writing into AskPatty!! All vehicles of any make and model have their own mechanical quirks. You can search for consumer reports and find pros and cons all over the internet. There are always risks as well buying a used vehicle as there are unknowns of the previous owner. I recommend asking for service records, and paying an outside mechanic if you have to, for an inspection before you purchase. I hope this helps! A. J.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi June, It's always a good idea to check online for reviews of various makes and models before you go hunting for a used car. My favorite sites are:, to compare four of your favorite vehicles, and find out the city and highway average miles of any vehicle, and where you can get other owner's opinions regarding various makes and models. To find out if any used car is mechanically sound and worth purchasing it is imperative you take it to a qualified auto technician for a thorough used car inspection.

Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc. I am assuming you are referring to an oil leak. I have heard this is due to an endplay on the crankshaft that extends about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch out of the seal. In the case, that is a known problem with the 2.4L inside the PT Cruiser. It will need a short block to repair.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Without more information I can only comment this way: If you are asking if the PT Cruiser is a Sound car~ I would say "YES"! Used to own one and loved it.. If you are asking if THIS particularly vehicle is sound that you are considering, I would find a certified ASKPATTY.COM facility in your area and spend the few bucks to have it checked out throughly~

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