PT Cruiser Forum  
Advertisements
       

Go Back   PT Cruiser Forum > General Forums > General PT Cruiser Discussions

PT Cruiser Forum

Advertisements
New '03 PT , What to watch for?

 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 22 Jan 2008, 05:05 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2
Default New '03 PT , What to watch for?

I just recently purchased a 2003 PT Cruiser and was hoping someone with experience could enlighten me as to what to look out for regarding future repairs or known problem components?

I am mainly asking about things I should mention to my mechanic to keep an eye on when I take it in to be serviced. Also, if anyone can suggest maintenance improvements that can be made over the manufacturer's suggested maintenance schedule that would be appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance...
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 23 Jan 2008, 08:36 am
quicksilverdon's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Felton, Delaware
Posts: 20,501
Default Re: New '03 PT , What to watch for?

Welcome.
How many miles on it?
Just some guides, based on my experience...
20-30,000 miles - Ignition wires need replacing (use Crane wires www.RaceAndStreet.com) - replace plugs (at 0.040) at same time.
Tires are probably shot - I love my Michelin Hydroedge - better life and handling
Brakes - front pads - get ceramics (I chose Raybestos) and they last and black dust is gone.

If you have an auto, at around 50,000 miles, have it flushed (not just drained) and be sure they use ATF + 4 (or 5) ONLY - runs about $175.

At around 100,000 miles - have timing belt replaced - with the water pump. Varies, but around $700.

I would recommend synthetic oil (Mobil 1) - there is no question that it's better than regular oil.

That's it. Enjoy.
__________________
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,
nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
Isaac Asimov"

'05 Limited Turbo Lite, (Silver, of course)4-wheel ABS, Sunroof, Spoiler. Mods: E&G Classic grill, K&N FIPK, BTG duals, rear lowered 1.5", LED washer lights, $20 catch can, Aoogah horn, Weatherflectors, Sunroof Deflector, Fuzzy Dice, rear logo flames, rear pinstripe graphic, Gen3 Taillights, rear sway bar, hood struts, Strut bar.
Traded in '02 Silver Touring Edition w/87,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 23 Jan 2008, 11:02 am
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2
Default Re: New '03 PT , What to watch for?

It has 78, 000 km on it (I'm in Canada). So I should look at replacing:

Ignition Wires & Plugs (what are the signs that this needs to be done?)
Tires (will probably only do if they show signs of wear)
Brakes (same as above)
Auto Transmission Flush (I believe the dealer is doing this but I will check)

Timing Belt & Water pump (miles to km 160, 000 km? does that sound right?)

Anything else anyone can think of that I can budget for either to replace right way or for preventative maintenance? Anything that is known to be a problem part that I can have my mechanic keep an eye on when I go in for regular maintenance?
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 23 Jan 2008, 11:32 am
quicksilverdon's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Felton, Delaware
Posts: 20,501
Default Re: New '03 PT , What to watch for?

Quote:
Originally Posted by bitbyter View Post
It has 78, 000 km on it (I'm in Canada). So I should look at replacing:

Ignition Wires & Plugs (what are the signs that this needs to be done?) It starts to "hesitate" or "cough" or "stumble" either at idle or when you accelerate.
Tires (will probably only do if they show signs of wear) Of course. If they aren't Goodyear, they've already been replaced
Brakes (same as above)
Auto Transmission Flush (I believe the dealer is doing this but I will check)

Timing Belt & Water pump (miles to km 160, 000 km? does that sound right?)
Yes. Insist dealer get you an owner's manual - it's in there. The bums always throw them out.

Anything else anyone can think of that I can budget for either to replace right way or for preventative maintenance? Anything that is known to be a problem part that I can have my mechanic keep an eye on when I go in for regular maintenance?
Other things that MAY arise - power steering (groaning or squealing or leaking)
Lights - fog lights stay on - it's the multifunction switch.
Remote Locking - locks go beserk - it's the Remote Keyless Entry Module (RKEM) above/behind the radio.

Now, nobody I know of had all those things happen, and I and most PT owners never had any of them happen, but they've happened enough that I remember several instances.
Hope that helps.
__________________
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,
nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
Isaac Asimov"

'05 Limited Turbo Lite, (Silver, of course)4-wheel ABS, Sunroof, Spoiler. Mods: E&G Classic grill, K&N FIPK, BTG duals, rear lowered 1.5", LED washer lights, $20 catch can, Aoogah horn, Weatherflectors, Sunroof Deflector, Fuzzy Dice, rear logo flames, rear pinstripe graphic, Gen3 Taillights, rear sway bar, hood struts, Strut bar.
Traded in '02 Silver Touring Edition w/87,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 28 Jan 2008, 11:47 pm
ptma767's Avatar
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 39
Send a message via AIM to ptma767
Default Re: New '03 PT , What to watch for?

deer wach for deer they can cause a real problem. hope your enjoying your pt!!!
__________________
if it dont work crush it
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Did any one watch "Rides" 9/20 fear1pt General PT Cruiser Discussions 8 25 Sep 2005 02:38 pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:22 am.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
vB.Sponsors