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Old 17 Jan 2011, 08:07 pm
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Hi all,

Well, I actually bought a new (2010) Classic a few days ago. I hadn't planned on it as I was out car shopping and happened to stop in at the local dealer looking for a Caliber or Journey. The sales person asked me if I've ever considered a PT and, as I had not, he convinced me to drive it. I liked the car and, to make a long story short, I bought it.
After doing some internet searching about the longevity of the PT I came accross a number of consumer complaints. This has give me cause for concern. Anyone care to comment about the long term reliability of the PT Crusier? Is there anything I should watch for?
Thanks.........RICK
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 08:22 pm
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new PT.The PT,as with any other car is only going to be as good as the care that goes into it.If you maintain it as you should it is just as dependable as most other cars on the road.

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Old 17 Jan 2011, 08:30 pm
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welcome to the forum pt_rick ,from Virginia
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 08:32 pm
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Just drive it and enjoy it.
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 09:54 pm
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Heh I love my pt and i have put it through alot. Including an engine replacement but eh kinda has to do with me taking her airborn.

Grats on your purchase!
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 10:58 pm
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Welcome from OkieLand!
I'm on my third PT - still have 2.
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 11:01 pm
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I'm on my third PT - still have 2.
Also on my 3rd PT and still have 2.
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Old 18 Jan 2011, 11:46 am
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Welcome to the Forums.
Name a car that doesn't have some unhappy owners.
You'll be fine.
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Old 18 Jan 2011, 12:12 pm
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I collect "stuff'" on the PT's off the internet, and while my wife still had other vehicles, I also collected similar "stuff" on those vehicles. Give an example - Aspen, Pacifica and Navigator, last three I collected info on. Now I'm collecting on the Town and Country, no sense in even speaking on that one, just too many customer complaints.

I keep all the customer complaints, TSB's, recalls, notices, etc., and the PT actually has a lot less than most of the other model's I've collected. The Aspen had only a few, the Pacifica was loaded with complaints, but the worst of all was that Navigator, which I was so glad to get rid of.

So if you're thinking that you've opted into a lemon, it's quite unlikely. Think of it this way, you won't see nearly as many good comments about any vehicle as you will see complaints. 99% of the population will take the time to document a complaint, while maybe 20% will document their satisfaction. All you have to do is wander through these forums to see the issues. Also, you need to compare the volume of complaints to the total volume of vehicles sold, to get a good idea if the number of complaints on the PT are excessive.

However, me being an engineer and all, I'm completely OCD about researching almost anything I purchase, and when I bought my '06 I was looking at 5 different vehicles with a list of very specific criteria. I wanted something small, something fun, had to be a convertible, had to be comfortable (I'm a very big guy), had to have a history of high mileage, had to have a low overall maintenance cost, etc. Out of all the vehicles I was comparing it to at the time (Mini, S2000, Mustang, etc.), the PT blew them all away in two very major items: long lasting/high mileage and comfort. I use my car for business, and even as a convertible I can still carry what I need on the road, and fit my customer in the car! I never expected to also be able to drop a tune in it and run it on both a road course and the drag strip!!!

Now to be perfectly frank and honest, the number of customer complaints have increased pretty dramatically starting in '08. If you test drive say an '05, or maybe an '06 when the body style changed, you'll see very noticeable differences in your model. Me, there are pieces of the pre-2006 models that I'd wished they had kept in the '06, but you can't have everything. I can voice what others have said in passing, that in '08 Chrysler went into huge cost cutting efforts, and it is known that they changed many of their vendors, opting for the cheapest, not the best. The word on the street is that from '08 up, the PT, along with all other Chrysler products, got cheaper each successive year. The number of customer complaints seems to follow that same curve.
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Old 18 Jan 2011, 08:08 pm
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The only 3 common issues i have seen is
1) lower control arm bushings. These ARE made poorly for the weight of the car and wear out quicker than they should. Replacement poly bushing seem to hold up better but are usually sqeaky over time.

2) Wheel bearings. Some go through them quickly, others do not. Theres some debate on the poor grounds these cars have. There is ground straps connected to the struts, if they get broke or removed seems wheel bearings go out due to static build up and pitting on the ball bearings happen.

3) Running hot. Usually this is due for running wrong antifreeze or not flusing/changing out as one should per manual specs.

Other than that, keep maintentance up and take care of it it is as good as most other cars made.
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