Hi there fellow PT fans. I got my very first PT Cruiser on Friday and I LOVE it. It's beautiful and it drives so, so well! I need to make an icon of it so when I post here I can use it.
I just wanted to join the community and say hi to other PT fans. :) By the way, her name is Alice. :)
I love my 07 PT.
Last week on the way to a very important appointment (such as my luck sometimes goes!) we overheated and had to stop. It came out of nowhere. The gage didn't slowly climb to hot, it went from a comfortable middle to *bing* straight up H. The dash light came on and blinked at me a few times and then we heard boiling from behind the dash. When I pulled into a parking lot there was smoke everywhere.
After it cooled for awhile we got back on the road and took it to AutoZone. There we came up with the thermostat being stuck, causing the overheating.
Replaced that. Refilled the coolant and were back on our merry way.
That was last Tuesday. I drove back and forth to work all the rest of the week with no problems. Then yesterday the same thing happened. -- With the boiling and the smoke.
It shouldn't the the thermostat (which makes me wonder if it was in the first place...) Because we replaced it with a "Fail-Safe" that isn't supposta lock down...just open.
So. Anyone else ever had this sort of issue? Any ideas?
I was told to check the fans to see if they are working...but, really? How does one do that? You cant SEE anything in that tiny engine compartment.
I called the salesman at East Coast Car Group, (Where the PT Cruiser I am interested in is getting fixed prior to sale.) and asked if he had gotten any other PT's in since I talked to him almost a week ago.
As you all might recall the first PT he shown me, he couldn't sell because the transmission was bad. He then stated on phone that he was getting another PT in better shape, and for same price with the same guarantee.
I then went to the dealer and greeted the salesman.
He was happy to see me, and said that he had been a bit busy. He then opened the service bay door, and waved the head mechanic over.
In the service bay on the lift, was PT #1 with new brakes, new tires, rear driver fender off with replacement fender and tail light in box waiting to be installed, and a new transmission Shocked freshly installed in it.
Also on order, was a water pump, and timing belt.
He stated he couldn't sell the PT due to the bad transmission, so they spent the past week getting it repaired correctly, and was still interested in dealing.
He even stated that he could help with the title and tag fees, and give me more for my trade since I added a new Alternator, battery, and belts.
So.. upon seeing all the work that was done to PT #1, what should I do ?
(I have my Explorer on sale in Craigslist for $1800.00 btw...)
Wait for PT#1 to get finished and do the deal?
Go to another dealer and look for another PT?
I was following up with a local dealer about purchasing a used 2002 PT Cruiser, which needed some work. Sounded like a good deal until I mentioned concerns with the timing belt and water pump needing replacing since the PT was at 108,000 miles.
(Thank you everyone here that warned me to look for and ask about the timing belt and water pump being replaced at 100,000 miles.)
The dealer did offer a warranty, and said last Saturday the PT would be ready by Wednesday at most since it needed an inspection, tires, a rear fender, taillights, and other suspension parts to pass PA Inspection.
Me, wife and 5 year old daughter seen the car last Saturday, and initially agreed on a handshake and my word that we will pick up the PT when the needed repairs were finished, and trade my 1991 Explorer as a down payment.
(They offered me $1000 initially, but I replaced the alternator and battery only yesterday, so that might get me a few hundred more. ^^)
The dealer seemed to stand behind their word. I wanted to drop a bombshell on them as they were working on the PT to see how good their word was for a pending sale, and how good the warranty was.
I was pleasantly surprised when the dealer agreed to check to see if the timing belt and water pump was replaced, and if not, they would replace both before the sale.
This was agreed to on Tuesday as I talked to the salesman. It's now Thursday evening, and the salesman called me today, saying they are having a small bit of trouble getting the repairs finished. He was worried he was gonna lose the sale because of the delays.
I told him that since they are fixing the PT, and doing it right before the sale, I told them to take their time, and just finish the PT when they could, I had no need to rush them at all.
Can you believe a used car dealer standing by their word,
even after tackling a difficult job like this?
They could have easily said everything was already replaced without turning a wrench just for a quick sale.
I will let them call me when they are finished, they always called and notified me of the status of the PT.
And I'll let everyone know when I pick up the PT, and i'll have my own mechanic check to see if all the work was done.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:11 pm Post subject: Just got word... Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post
...that I will not be picking up the PT cruiser I was shown at the dealership.
They just had called to tell me that the mechanic said that the transmission was bad in the PT, and that he was unable to sell it in that condition to me, as that would be family's only car.
But a silver lining... the salesman said they were getting another PT in on Tuesday, and this one had fewer miles, and was in better condition.
And since I was so patient with them as they fixed PT #1, they would sell me the better PT at the same agreed price for PT #1. He wasn't sure of the color or the options, but he was getting one in a few days, maybe from an auction.
(Hey, how cool would it be that I land a PT Turbo for the same price? Just a thought... heheheh.)
And before anyone asks, they will offer the same warranty to PT#2 as they had on PT#1, so I will have them redo the timing belt and Waterpump if needed.
As soon as they call me on Tuesday eve, I will let everyone on here about PT#2. And I gave the salesman the heads-up about the PT Crew here, and I told him I posted the dealer name to the PT clubs I belong to, to bring in more business, and a good word.
Honestly, I am a small bit disappointed that I won't be getting the PT#1 I had eyes on, but VERY thankful that the dealer was honest on not being able to sell the car, on it not being drivable. And that I will be getting a better PT at the same price.
Well, need to trade in my 1991 Explorer, as it spit out the alternator on my job. I drive for a car parts warehouse, and needed something I can haul parts around with ease during the day, and cruise with ease after work. The fuel cost alone for my Explorer was topping 150 bucks a week.
My southern belle blonde wife, had all mopar cars before we married, she spotted a 2002 PT Cruiser Limited, auto (I love stick.) Patriot Blue, with gray cloth interior, 108,000 miles, with new tires, suspension parts, windshield, brakes and inspection when we pick it up on wednesday. The dealer even let me trade in my Explorer, and gave me a thousand for it. It has the stock chrome wheels on it, (and I asked for white letter tires as well, hee ^^)
There is a carfax as well on it, and the dealer even offered a 3 month warranty on the PT, even towing at no cost.
What's best, is that I make $115.00 a day, and my job pays me roughly $10.00 for a gas allowance per day. My payments are $217 a month roughly, so I was figuring, my gas allowance is paying for my Cruiser. \o/ Woohoo.
(I'm an independent contractor after all.) and my only real expense is fuel. (Basically I fill up every 2 1/2 - 3 days, at $41.15 for a full tank, at $2.77 a gallon here for 15 gallon tank on the PT.)
Now compare that to my Explorer, that I used $30.00 a day and not even fill the tank every day. For mileage that was barely 15 mpg if I was lucky. -.-)
With the PT I am saving 2 1/2 times in fuel alone. And my gas allowance in my job is making my car payment for me.
I think this is a good deal, yes?
Will post pics of the PT when we pick it up on Wednesday evening.
I do have a question tho... We were also looking at the Caliber SRT4, (I love the looks and performance of it.) But a used one is $17,000 here, so it's a bit too much for me. What I was wondering, can the new CSRT4 wheels fit the PT without clearance issues, and if so, can someone Photoshop me a pic of my Patriot color PT with the CSRT4 wheels on it? Gives me something to save for...
Thank you all for being kind to the skunk...
I have an 07 PT Touring Edition. Had it for a little over a year now. I love. my. PT.
However. Recently my malfunction light has been blinking. Took it to Auto Zone and their diagnostic said Throttle Position Sensor. OK. Someting to go on. So when I took it to the dealership (still under warranty- woo-hoo!) they told me it could be a number of things and to come back when the light was on again.
I've been back an forth to TWO dealerships 4 times now. Today they told me "We may look at replacing the TPS" and see if that helps..."
Has anyone else experiences anything similar?
I have a 2006 PT Cruiser and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions how I can clean the seats. I've developed water stains from the rain, and if water can spot the seats like that, what can I use to clean them that won't make things worse?
Thanks for your help. :)