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Old 07 Dec 2005, 10:37 pm
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Default 2006 PT Limited Ed Mileage is terrible.

We've put a little over 1000 miles on our 06 PT Limited
Edition with the automatic and turbo engine. We've taken
two trips (over 100 miles each) on interstate highways averaging
about 65 mph on cruise control.

The average mileage on the first trip was 17.9 mpg. The second trip
mileage was 18.7 mpg. The window sticker say highway mileage should be
22-30. Not even close.

We have a 1999 corvette coupe with 400 horsepower and we get almost 30
mpg on the highway with it!!!

Why the heck can't this little 4 cylinder PT Cruiser get better mileage?

Anyone else have similar problems?

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Old 08 Dec 2005, 12:02 am
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We don't have a turbo, but just finished a 1,200 mile trip to Williamsburg VA and back to Florida. We have just over 5,000 miles on the car and averaged over 20-22 MPG, between one fillup we got 26 MPG. It does take a few hundred miles to get decent milage from a vehicle that has been likened to a "Brick on wheels". We had a '02 and used to get 22-26 MPG on highway trips, so I wasn't to unhappy, although we got 15-18 for the first 500 miles or so. Good Luck, they are great cars.[^]
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Old 08 Dec 2005, 08:37 am
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quote:Originally posted by vetteloverpa
We have a 1999 corvette coupe with 400 horsepower and we get almost 30
mpg on the highway with it!!!

Why the heck can't this little 4 cylinder PT Cruiser get better mileage?
I don't have figures, but a quick glance will tell you a 'vette has probably half the frontal area of a PT...
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My Vette is also in the upper 20's for highway mileage but I put it down to gearing and areodynamics. At 65mph the Vette is only turning 12-1300 RPM, hardly over idle speed and "sipping gas" while my PT is up around 3000 RPM pushing thru the air as Hooligan put it "like a brick".

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Are you using the recomended grade of fuel. If you have a turbo or superchagred PT, you should be using premium gas. That's what I use and get 20-23mpg. No problems here.
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Your mileage will also increase as you put more miles on the car. After 3000 miles my mileage started climbing and I average 21-22 now (thats with a ton of short trips, idling, and lead foot goodness!) That being said, the PT has the aero properties of a brick, take that into account. The PT has a .38 cd as opposed to your vettes .29, which, while it may not sound like much, is the same difference between a Dodge Durango and a Lotus Elise. Anyway, enjoy the Cruiser for what it is, mileage be damned!

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quote:Originally posted by vetteloverpa...Why the heck can't this little 4 cylinder PT Cruiser get better mileage?...
PT Cruisers are not known for "great" fuel economy. Don't make any final judgement on your Cruiser until you have 10-12K miles on the engine.
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My Vette is also in the upper 20's for highway mileage but I put it down to gearing and areodynamics. At 65mph the Vette is only turning 12-1300 RPM, hardly over idle speed and "sipping gas" while my PT is up around 3000 RPM pushing thru the air as Hooligan put it "like a brick".

Have to agree with CREWZIN My wife's Accord Coupe only turns 2100 rpm at 75 mph and gets 32 mpg. One of the problems is the 4 speed auto. I have a friend with a 5 speed and he gets 30 mpg highway.

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The window sticker say highway mileage should be
22-30. Not even close.
Um, how many cars actually GET the mileage posted on the sticker?
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Are you using the recomended grade of fuel. If you have a turbo or superchagred PT, you should be using premium gas. That's what I use and get 20-23mpg. No problems here.
Thats only for the high output turbo's on the GT's that required the 91 octane fuel. The limited editions have the 180 hp variety that only require 87 octane gasoline
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