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New member! [10 Nov 2010|06:23pm]

[ mood | happy ]

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. :)

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anyone else been there? [31 Oct 2010|07:57am]

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.
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End of an era ... [09 Jul 2010|01:09pm]

Chrysler Discontinues PT Cruiser
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What can I do? [12 Jun 2010|05:32pm]

[ mood | curious ]

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?

Whatdaya think?


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Warning... long post [06 Jun 2010|09:28am]

[ mood | disappointed ]

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.

Hopefully optimistic...

Part 2...

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.


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Probable New PT Owner [31 May 2010|01:29pm]

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...
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0340 cleared now 0344? [06 Nov 2009|09:40pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

HALPCollapse )

Please offer me any insight you can - I have three years of payments to make on this thing if it runs or not! Thank you all so, so much!

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TPS issues [09 Sep 2009|10:49pm]

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?
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PT Cruiser gets a stay of execution.... [17 Aug 2009|09:53am]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Chrysler Decides to Keep Making PT Cruiser.
Chrysler LLC has reversed course and decided not to kill the PT Cruiser, the innovative hit vehicle which critics claimed was mishandled by management following its 2000 debut.

The auto maker, fresh out of a reorganization under bankruptcy-court protection, said Friday the Mexican facility where production has been taking place will keep building the vehicle. First-half PT Cruiser sales slumped 74% at 8,591; U.S. sales topped out in 2001 at 144,717, according to Autodata Corp.

Globally, more than 1.3 million PT Crusiers have been sold this decade. Critics have said sales of the vehicle have waned in part because it was never substantially overhauled since its debut. Instead, more than a dozen customized versions have been released.

The vehicle -- which looks somewhat like a Depression-area station wagon, but shorter -- has consistently been ranked among the best for initial quality. But Chrysler had decided early this year to stop making PT Cruisers as part of its cost-cutting effort.

In keeeping the vehicle alive, Chrysler spokesman Jiyan Cadiz noted the PT Cruiser is sold in more than 60 countries, one of the company's broader footprints, and "for the Chrysler brand, it is a good entry-level point."

He also noted J.D. Power & Associated had the vehicle tied for first in its initial quality survey, released earlier this month.

Chrysler is now majority owned by the United Auto Workers union and operated by Fiat SpA as part of its bankruptcy-emergence plan.

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Cleaning Seats. [25 May 2009|10:06am]

Hello everyone!

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. :)
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PT Cruiser toy collection for sale - for a good cause! [02 Oct 2008|08:47pm]


Hi PT Cruiser enthusiasts!

I'm selling my late Mother's collection of 37 PT Cruiser & Panel Cruiser toys. Please pass this "Craigs List" link below to anybody you know that may be a PT Cruiser enthusiast or toy collector.

Half of the cash obtained for the sale of this collection will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the honor of Caryl J. Larson - so please make a generous offer!

You can view 37 picturs (in 8x6 format) of the collection at the link below:

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Cold feet - help! [29 May 2008|07:01pm]

[ mood | worried ]

My husband and I are considering trading in our paid-off 2003 Buick Rendezvous tomorrow for a 2005 PT Cruiser (with a moon roof, but also with a loan and a service contract at a dealer within walking distance), but I'm not sure if the gas mileage savings for the smaller car will make up the difference between NOT having a car payment and having one. I'm afraid that we might be making the wrong decision.

Any thoughts from anyone who has owned a 2005? How good is the gas mileage really?

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New Blue Cruiser! [30 Jan 2008|04:33pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

I did it – traded my used 2001 base model in for a brand-new 2008!

What I like about the new oneCollapse )

What I miss about the old oneCollapse )

I thought about getting something else, especially after the two transmission mishaps. But the Cruiser has so darn much that I like: ample headroom, plenty of storage space, good turning radius, and it just LOOKS so good! (That surf blue color makes me a very happy bunny indeed!)

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Opinions on the new Cruisers [23 Jan 2008|11:15am]

[ mood | curious ]

I'm thinking about trading in my 2001 Cruiser for a 2008 model. (My current one's had its transmission go out on me twice too often. The new car would have a lifetime power train warranty.)

Has anyone here purchased a recent model (since they did the redesign)? Anything good or bad, either in general or in comparison to the old model? Is it true they got rid of the trunk shelf? (I love that thing.)

Thanks for your help!

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16,000 miles transmission/electrical problems? [03 Dec 2007|05:52pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

So, I have a 2006 PT base model, purchased new in August 2006, and I love it - or did, up until two weeks ago. It started flashing all the idiot lights, bouncing all the gauges, and - within a week -hesitating and stalling out in stop-and-go traffic and one memorable time on the freeway.

I have the extended 60,000 mile warranty, so It's been at the dealer's since Saturday morning. They just called and said they can't find anything wrong with it like what I described, but did I know that I have worn rotors and that I should replace them and the pads for "only" four hundred bucks?

A, I'm not happy that they're denying obvious electrical and transmission issues. B, there's no way I'm that stupid about brakes and rotors. Pads should last 25-35K miles, and rotors 100K, last I read. Not to mention that I'm bleeding money because they wouldn't pay for my rental car but only "help me" get it at their dealer rate of 21 bucks a day.

Anyone else have this problem? Were you able to get Chrysler to fix it? Any suggestions?

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[27 Nov 2007|01:20am]

I'm driving a 2006 PT Cruiser that's relatively brand new (I technically bought it "used" this past April, but it was in great condition and had low milage, etc...)

Anyway... today (out of the blue), when I started my car, the outside temperature screen displayed "--°". As I continued to drive, it finally hit "3°". I stopped and restarted the car, and it stayed the same. About an hour later, I came back to the car and it was still doing that... this continued all day long: it hit "6°" four several hours, and as of the last time I checked, it's stuck on "15°".

Thing is... I live in Southern California, where it's been in the high 50s to 70s all week... so I KNOW that this is way off.

I called Chrysler's customer service line, and the guy couldn't find any information on this problem...

Have any of you had this or similar issues? Any suggestions on how to fix this myself (versus paying some car mechanic to look at it and tell me something that's probably easily fixable myself)?
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The start of the Journey into the Abyss... [28 Aug 2007|08:28am]

[ mood | infuriated ]

2009 Dodge Journey breaks cover

08/26/07, 10:15am, EDT
The replacement for the popular retro car and #2 seller... the bastard child of a Dodge Caliber and a can of Spam...Collapse )


And also:
2009 Dodge Journey crossover will debut in Frankfurt.

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HEADS UP! [20 Aug 2007|08:37pm]

[ mood | worried ]

According to the grape vine, and so far it has been many vines saying this, that the PT Cruiser will most likely be discontinued as a model line after the 09 model year.

So as fellow enthusiaists, we ask that you pass the word around to all other PT owners that you know, and even fans who do not own one, to sign this petition so we can make our voices be heard!

Another link to the Chrysler blog to express yourself at here.
Just go down to the end of the page, and click on the little pencil icon. Setting up an account here is fairly easy and non-invasive.

And a few more traditional ways to do the same thing:
Chrysler Customer Service
P.O. Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004
Phone 1-800-992-1997

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My New&Old Babies! [08 Aug 2007|11:51am]

[ mood | content ]

Hello!  I just joined! 
~I was searching the Interest page to see if there were any Pt Cruiser communities, and much to my surprise there was! 

Hi, my name is Courtney and I own a *Blue* 2006 model PT. (*I Like To Call It Electric Blue Even Though I Know Its Not The Technical Term... It Just Seems Like It Bounces To Me!*)
...I previously owned a 2004 Model until in one fatal Accident my Baby was Totaled.  I cried for days. (*RIP Prince Hotohori.*) 

~Then I determined to get a 2006 Model because I couldn't see myself living without my Pt.  Its hard to explain really... I didn't want to insult my Deceased car, but I couldn't imagine "Me" without my Pt.  So I got a new one, same color, and his name is Jareth after the Goblin King in Labyrinth. ~Pt Cruiser's are somewhat feminine to me, but all my cars have been Males.~  SO I named him after a Feminine Male. (*David Bowie Is Hot Stuff In That Movie! ~Laughs~*) 

Anyways... I have a couple of questions and some complaints. 
-In some ways I'm very happy that my Jareth is different from Hotohori, but in some ways its a little annoying at times.  The interior is completely different and so are some of the driving options.  I had a base model to begin with, but now I don't have Cruise Control which... I guess was something I took for granted that all cars had and didn't realize until after the purchase was complete.  I was wondering when Cruise Control became a luxury?  But I really couldn't see myself paying more for the Touring when some of the only physical differences appeared to be a Shelf (*Which I Got Anyway*) and some gadgets like a Temperature Gadge. (*Plus, The Touring Edition They Had On The Lot Had Issues And Had To Be Jumped For The Test Ride... And I Wasn't Going To Make Myself Nuts Worrying About The Implications Of That!*)
-I also noticed my 2006 seems to get worse Gas Mileage.  I don't know if anyone else is experiencing this?  I do drive long distances, and maybe I am taking for granted just how far I am Really Driving!  -But I literally can't make it the through week without filling my tank twice.  I think my 2004 had a bigger gas tank, but to that I can not be completely sure.  I just remember being able to fill it to 14 and now I can only seem to get 10 at every stop. ...How odd?  Maybe I am just too worried about the differences, when I really should be happy that my cars have Different Personalities! 
-I wonder if anyone else notices big discrepancies between the older and newer models.  Or Maybe I'm just anal/insane... Any input would be appreciated even if its to tell me I am insane and anal! (*Laughs*)

...If it seems like I'm annoyed, its more of an annoyance at myself for having destroyed my first love.  As you can probably tell, I'm Pretty Attached To My Babies... I wish I could have my old car back in some ways.  I know... Pathetic. 

Thank you for your time. 

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Hey, baby, nice rack. [18 Jul 2007|11:46am]

[ mood | curious ]

I've got a 2006 Touring Edition that I love to little-bitty bits and pieces. Just one problem: I'm taking Barnum (oh, c'mon - how many other appropriate names for a PT are there?) with me to Burning Man next month, and I need some place to put my bike, because like hell am I trying to do the event without one.

Can anyone recommend an after-market rack (roof or hatch, I'm not too picky) that doesn't cost more than my event ticket?

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