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Truly awed....and more determined than ever!

 
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Old 29 Mar 2003, 11:13 am
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Default Truly awed....and more determined than ever!

Thanks to all for the help and pointers to other sites, etc....After spending the last couple of days bleary-eyed, glued to my Mac, clicking through all the various PT forums and sites, I gotta say I am truly awed by all the info that's out there...(cue old Police tune "Too Much Information...runnin' thru my brain...").

After more thought, we've decided to seriously try to find that pristine Aquamarine '01 that HAS to be out there for us....we just love that color, and unless Chrysler is planning on putting it back into the lineup, we figure we'd better try to find what we really want before they've all been driven into the ground/trashed.

Found one on ptcruisersales.net that looks to be exactly what we want, (only 1,700 miles on it..."never driven in the rain"....!!!!) but it's all the way across the country from us (it's in MA and we're in Austin, TX), and we'd have to get it trailered/hauled down here. We plan on calling the fellow who has it next week to get the details....Asking price ($19,000) seems kinda high, but if it only has 1,700 miles on it and has been coddled and babied, it feels worth looking into. Need to research whether having it trucked down here is feasible...may prove too expensive, so we definitely want to know if any of you are in the general vicinity of Austin and know of a squeeky-clean Aquamarine for sale...one that granny only drove to church on sunny Sundays and that didn't get puked in by her teenage grandson's drunk friends ....please get in touch with us!

We're gonna go for that total "Vintage look" when we start "making it ours". Hopefully, it will have those 16" chrome wheels from the first year, and the first things to get added are definitely gonna be the chrome beltline, that amazing "real chrome" grille that CREWZIN' found, and these rockin' little "40's fender" things...cool, eh? I think they'll look good on Aquamarine....cue up the Glenn Miller, Andrews Sisters and Bennie Goodman...



And one more little observation: after reading posts in other forums from the disgruntled few who think the PT sucks, they all seem to say the same thing: Poor accelleration and lousy brakes, some tranny probs. That got me thinking: these are probably the kind of people who slam the accelerator pedal down every time they accellerate, run right up behind other cars and then slam the brakes down to stop in time....the kinda drivers that piss me off every day....the kind of people that to my mind ***don't know how to drive properly!!!!*** (I spent many years in Old Volkswagen culture, and the same sort of complaints about bugs came from people who refused to **learn how to drive/maintain the car properly**!!!!) Their gripes only reinforce our determination to get one! heehee!

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Old 29 Mar 2003, 12:03 pm
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When the PT came out a few years ago, I wanted one so bad, but after testdriving, I didn't buy one because I thought it didn't have the acceleration we all need from time to time. The TURBO is FAST and gives me what I thought was lacking. I love my PT Cruiser and have never loved any of my prior new cars like this. I do think $19k is way to high for a used PT no matter how many miles. My new GT has every option available, down to the heated leather seats, and I got it brand new for $21,727. I don't think a loaded 2001 with the NA engine should cost a penny more than $15,000 even if it was garage kept and looks new. I think after the rebate became available, the used PT sellers are still struggling with adjusting their prices downward correspondingly.

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Old 29 Mar 2003, 12:19 pm
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If you are thinking about spending 19K on a used PTC, then, you should consider buying a new GT Turbo--IMHO, you won't regret it. Go to your local DC dealer and "test drive" both models(turbo and non-turbo) to determine which one best meets your driving needs/requirements. Just my two cents. Good luck.<img src=icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 29 Mar 2003, 12:29 pm
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When the PT came out a few years ago, I wanted one so bad, but after testdriving, I didn't buy one because I thought it didn't have the acceleration we all need from time to time. The TURBO is FAST and gives me what I thought was lacking. I love my PT Cruiser and have never loved any of my prior new cars like this.
With Austin's traffic having become the nightmare that it has, I agree on the fact that we all need acceleration occasionally...self preservation didn't used to be such a big factor in getting to and from work every day!

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[font=Comic Sans MS]I do think $19k is way to high for a used PT no matter how many miles. My new GT has every option available, down to the heated leather seats, and I got it brand new for $21,727. I don't think a loaded 2001 with the NA engine should cost a penny more than $15,000 even if it was garage kept and looks new. I think after the rebate became available, the used PT sellers are still struggling with adjusting their prices downward correspondingly.
And so far I've seen estimates of $900-$1,000 upwards to have it transported...so that would definitely add to the decision. Ideal thing would defnitely be to find one a little closer to home, with a little more realistic price....I gotta have enuff cash left to buy all that chrome....heehee...but we are gonna finish researching this one regardless...it sounds too good to be true.

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Old 29 Mar 2003, 10:29 pm
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Hey beebs, Welcome to the world of PT Cruisers. My wife and I each have one and we really enjoy them. If, like me, you're from the old VW culture (mine was a '61) you'll absolutely love having a PT Cruiser. We find that both of ours have plenty of power in the city and on the open highway. Neither of us have felt that we lacked for power. I hope that you find what you are looking for. Good luck.





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Old 30 Mar 2003, 03:04 am
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The PT's acceleration is at least average for it's class of cars. Since it resembles a hot rod, people expect it to run like one. I've found no problem on freeways and ours (Dallas) are as bad as yours. Number ONE: If you don't want holes in the front bumper, DON'T LET the dealer mount the front tag holder. Decide what touring options you want and consider adding them to a base model to get your grey bumpers. You may want to "aftermarket" most of them anyway. Check this car














out for 40's speed lines (if this works).




If aquamarine becomes too difficult to find, check out black, taupe, or steel blue as colors to produce an oldie. Maroon is good also but there are a lot of maroon ones out there. A dark color makes the chrome stand out better....but once you Zaino it the whole thing's shiney!



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Old 30 Mar 2003, 03:13 am
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Sorry, the 40's car came out small. Use this thing and go to back of album for pic of it.

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4290846501



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Old 30 Mar 2003, 08:45 am
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There are numerous ways to get your PT to look like the 40's. Here's one that was at a car show I attended last weekend:



By the way...the owners not done yet with his customizing. He's looking for new wheels and getting rid of the OEM mirrors.



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Edited by - crewzin on 03/30/2003 06:47:03

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Old 30 Mar 2003, 09:26 am
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CREWZIN - Just sent you an e-mail about Polished Steel Body Accent Bars, (nerf bars). Wondering if you have seen them on any Cruiser's.

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Old 30 Mar 2003, 09:59 am
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Mich,

Have seen them and answered by return email;





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