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Old 12 Sep 2003, 09:32 am
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Default New to the PT World

We are new to the PT world and have some questions before we purchase our first PT Cruiser.

1. We are looking at the 2004 GT, and can't decide between the auto stick and the 5 spd. What are people's opinion? How is the gas mileage?

2. Since we are New Englanders we can't avoid the cold white stuff. How well does the PT Cruiser play in the snow?

And any other tidbits of information we should know or avoid before joining the PT Cruiser world would be appreciated.

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Old 12 Sep 2003, 09:44 am
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Greetings, to qualify for our group you must meet for following criteria.
1. You must think about your Cruiser constantly
2. While you eat, you are wondering when you will get to drive the car
3. You are obsessive about keeping the car clean
4. You must wave to other cruisers
5. After you buy your first mod, you already have ten more ideas about what to get next.
If I didn't scare you, then you passed the test. I have a 5 speed because I love to shift. First you should decide that. People that have the Auto swear by it. Gas mileage is good on mine, not sure how it compares to auto. I drive in Chicago so the winters are BAD. No problem with handling what so ever. If you buy one, DON'T PAY THE DEALER FOR THE PAINT SEAL. I'll get you a bottle for 10 bucks and you will save yourself about $750. p.s. check out the two tone paint, [?]
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Old 12 Sep 2003, 10:48 am
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just as gary said above!! welcome to the board!! enjoy your car!!
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Old 12 Sep 2003, 10:12 pm
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WElCOME.. I too was newbie once
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Old 12 Sep 2003, 11:48 pm
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Just do it. You will not be sorry, trust me. Oh ya, welcome aboard.
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Old 18 Sep 2003, 11:04 pm
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More control in snow, rain, dry. Way more fun!
Welcome to the Forum, and happy shopping! ! ! !
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Old 18 Sep 2003, 11:19 pm
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i had my cruiser in the snow for jan/feb (canadian winter btw) and IF i have to drive it this winter, i'm purchasing snow tires. i wasn't impressed with the not-so-great-traction the factory tires had.

that was my only concern regarding snow.

other than that, it's true love.

and yes, you must wave.
\"keep your stick on the ice, and your minivan in the right lane.\"
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Old 18 Sep 2003, 11:30 pm
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[?] Hello new "Cruiser".
If you think what turbomangt and others have said is layin' it on a little thick, visit my site listed below.

We are a little off center, but we all are leaning the same direction so together we all look the same.

What did I say???

I changed the tires to a wider Goodyear and so far I think they are going to be fine.

By the way, I love the auto.

[8)]still smilin'
My Website is
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Old 19 Sep 2003, 05:20 pm
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My wife's stratus has auto stick. My base PT has a 5-speed manual. I'd go for the manual on the GT but ultimately the decision should be made on what you're most comfortable with. Welcome to the forums! Post pics of your PT once you get it!

2003 Classic Edition, 5-speed with 7-ball shift knob, badges removed, dark tint, Borla split exit exhaust, short billett antenna, Nu-Image white-faced blue flamed gauges and 15\" American Racing Aero Wheels.
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Old 19 Sep 2003, 05:32 pm
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I went with the Auto mainly for convenience for my wife, it depends solely on your personal preference, test drive both, if you still can't decide, flip a coin.

I bought the PT Turbo in March so not allot of snow experience, I personally plan on some 15" steel rims and Blizzak WS-50's for Winter driving here in Canada. The tire will keep me on the road and the steel rims will save those shiny 17" chromies for the nice weather.


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