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Old 17 Dec 2010, 11:23 am
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As new PT owner this fall I was wondring how the PT would be in winter. Wehave about 2 feet of snow and just got 3 more last night. My PT is parked outside, Non Turbo/auto. First, the PT is a decent car/truck, Im happy with it. But as a Winter car, it has a few issues.

traction, Mine still had (I bought it used, low miles) factory tires with about 50% tread left and factory battery. Its pretty good, no complaints. Works fine in snow. More agressivbe tires and I think it would have no probelms ever. Factory tires are pretty flat and mild gorves, still do good, but as mentioned more agressive or even newer tires and I think it would be excellent on the snow/ice.

Warm up- again, i cant fualt this car, it warms up quick even in extreme cold (we had 20 below the other day). heats just fine.

Now ... the bad.. The mirrors collect snow and it builds around them (most cars do) nothing new there. BUT, the snow when it melts (from driving and defroster that hits window at that corner) it melts and freezes window shut. Pretty much any car will freeze a window shut when its melting and then freezes..But the PT does it all the time .. just the normal snow and blow cloolect and when the car warms up it freezes the window shut every time.

The doors. the snow that melts from windows (windshield especially) and it runs down into door at front corner. its cold there so ICE builds up. When you open the door its HARD ice and can be kinda ugly for the door bottom.. I worry it will bend it.

Those two things are really anoying.. no other car has ever had stuff like this for me..

Not deal breakers.. but annoying, just my obervations. Inside a gaarage or warm areas would eliminate alot of this.. but I have neither option. And dont take this as anyting but observation.. its a complaint.but not a big one.
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 11:45 am
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My wifes car is no problem for winter time, in fact better then my Escort.
One thing you may try, I always seem to wait untill a storm or something freezes my weather stripping is, spray something like wd40 on stripping around doors a couple times at least through the winter. Moisture will not stick to it and that will help keep doors opening up free. Far as the outside!! I think mother nature is just mean some times.
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 11:47 am
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i agree that this car like all cars have some faults but the pt cruisers are a ton of fun to drive and no other car comes close to looking like a pt cruiser.like you i dont have a garage to put my cruiser in and it snowed here and my doors froze shut i got them open with some effort. as for driving in snow it depends on what tires you have on your cruiser and also your driving habits.i myself am impressed with the handling of the cruiser in snow,and most other types of weather,, give your cruiser a break in period and i think youll like it as much as everyone on these forums. i am in no way saying you dislike like your cruiser . drive it and have fun
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 12:32 pm
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You could buy winter tires (with heavy grooves) for the PT, and switch when the snow's gone.
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 03:22 pm
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Good to know. Living down here though it has yet to get really cold and we really only get a couple weeks of harsh stuff. I'm usually more concerned if the A/C works or not!
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 08:31 pm
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I have the factory low profile tires on mine and they aren't too good in heavy snow. Mine has track control and the spinning just goes from one wheel to the other. The tires are wide and the car is fairly heavy. If I had to use it more in the snow I would buy a narrower winter tire like Blizzak on a set of steel rims. I have a that setup on my Escort and it will go anywhere in the snow.
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 08:33 pm
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Mine is only 4" off the ground so it SUX in the winter... good thing we don't have much winter in NC....
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 10:19 pm
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My wifes car is no problem for winter time, in fact better then my Escort.
One thing you may try, I always seem to wait untill a storm or something freezes my weather stripping is, spray something like wd40 on stripping around doors a couple times at least through the winter. Moisture will not stick to it and that will help keep doors opening up free. Far as the outside!! I think mother nature is just mean some times.
I agree with Murphy.
We have plenty of winter here in central Oklahoma.
PT has same issues as other cars. But, if I were up north, I sure would have snow tires - always did in PA & WVa. Now, I simply take my aftermarket low-profile tires and Kazera wheels off, and put the OEMs back on for the winter.
***But, the door moldings sticking to the door is the only thing that does irritate me.
THANKS MURPH!
You just reminded me, that after a summer of cleaning & detailing, I need to lube the black moldings in the door jams!
I have succes with plain Vaseline.
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Old 18 Dec 2010, 10:59 am
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Well Im in mid mo and we get some snow and i usally make it to work every day i have some meaty tires and just push on down the highway
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Old 18 Dec 2010, 01:40 pm
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I think the PT is a good winter car at least as good as any and probably a lot better that most. We don't get much snow here in Washington and Oregon but when we do the PT works just fine. And sure I have put chains on a couple of times.
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