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Old 02 Apr 2012, 09:51 am
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We left Friday 30 January 2012 from Provo, Utah to different locations in Idaho. Here are our thoughts about our new PT Cruiser on the trip...

THE RIDE:
I had back surgery recently and was concerned about the 6 hr drive. However, It was a GREAT drive. My back was sore but did not cause me a lot of pain like I had thought. We did stop about every half hour to let me walk around and stretch. I contribute this to the wonderful seats that my PT has. My wife and son noticed a huge difference between our old Saturn car and our PT Cruiser. My son said he loves riding in the back seat.

GAS MILEAGE:

We averaged about 21-23 mpg. When we looked up on the internet we saw that 19-20 mpg would be what we would get. I did use Premium Gas when we filled up. I do not know if that had anything to do with it. Our cruise control dose not work so we could not set it to maintain a consistent speed.

THE ENGINE:

One of the things we noticed was how quiet the ride is. With all our other cars we heard engine noise as well as all the noise outside. With our PT the ride was peaceful. At one point at a stop light I rolled down the windows to discover how loud some equipment was across the street only to roll up the windows to give us quiet.

Most of our family and friends gave us a hard time because she was only a "4 banger" She will be "gutless." We had sever hills to go up and down on our way and we seemed to be passing everybody. She never struggled or slowed down. We can not figure out how she was gutless.

She wanted to go faster then we wanted. By this I mean we would be cruising along enjoying our ride when we looked down we were doing 90-95 mph. No shaking, no stammering. We would slow down only to look down in a few min to find we were going at top speed again. She really wanted to open up and fly. I know going long distances at that speed could do harm so we fought it the whole trip. Not to mention we did not want a ticket.

THE PROS & CONS:

For the pros just read above. We had an enjoyable trip never worrying about our PT breaking down. The smooth ride and the wonderful seats made it easy for my back. If I had to give it tires 5 tires being the best and 0 being the worst, I would give it 5+ tires. Very enjoyable. I love my PT!!!

For the cons I would have to say goose egg for the cons. 0, nadda, nothing! Well, we had to come home would be the only con I guess.

I look forward to your comments on our wonderful experience with our new 2009 PT Cruiser.

Love & Prayers

Darryl
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Old 02 Apr 2012, 11:12 am
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Glad the trip went well, and I agree the PT is a comfortable vehicle, if she got better MPG she would be perfect. I think the positioning of the seat is what makes it comfortable, it's more like a real chair.
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Before we started using my wife's car for the trip up north to see the Grandkids in Virginia, I used my PT several times. A little under 800 miles one way. I never had to get out of the car to stretch (but did when we stopped for gas 4 times) and keep about 10mph over the speed limit the whole way. 90% of the trip is on Route I-95 so there's no hills to speak of and it cruised effortlessly. I don't keep a record of the gas mileage but Im sure it wasn't nice at speeds from 65 to 80mph.

Can't drive right now for another 3 weeks because of my surgery so I turned the car over to my mechanic friend (who does work at home for half price) with a full box of Energy Suspension bushingsfor the front and rear, new ball joints and new Tokico front struts. Told him to take his time and when I get back, should be good for another 100,000 miles.
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Old 02 Apr 2012, 11:53 am
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Good to hear from you again Cruz, after your surgery you should also be good for another 100, 000 miles.
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Old 02 Apr 2012, 01:14 pm
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We left Friday 30 January 2012 from Provo, Utah to different locations in Idaho. Here are our thoughts about our new PT Cruiser on the trip...

THE RIDE:
I had back surgery recently and was concerned about the 6 hr drive. However, It was a GREAT drive. My back was sore but did not cause me a lot of pain like I had thought. We did stop about every half hour to let me walk around and stretch. I contribute this to the wonderful seats that my PT has. My wife and son noticed a huge difference between our old Saturn car and our PT Cruiser. My son said he loves riding in the back seat.

GAS MILEAGE:

We averaged about 21-23 mpg. When we looked up on the internet we saw that 19-20 mpg would be what we would get. I did use Premium Gas when we filled up. I do not know if that had anything to do with it. Our cruise control dose not work so we could not set it to maintain a consistent speed.

THE ENGINE:

One of the things we noticed was how quiet the ride is. With all our other cars we heard engine noise as well as all the noise outside. With our PT the ride was peaceful. At one point at a stop light I rolled down the windows to discover how loud some equipment was across the street only to roll up the windows to give us quiet.

Most of our family and friends gave us a hard time because she was only a "4 banger" She will be "gutless." We had sever hills to go up and down on our way and we seemed to be passing everybody. She never struggled or slowed down. We can not figure out how she was gutless.

She wanted to go faster then we wanted. By this I mean we would be cruising along enjoying our ride when we looked down we were doing 90-95 mph. No shaking, no stammering. We would slow down only to look down in a few min to find we were going at top speed again. She really wanted to open up and fly. I know going long distances at that speed could do harm so we fought it the whole trip. Not to mention we did not want a ticket.

THE PROS & CONS:

For the pros just read above. We had an enjoyable trip never worrying about our PT breaking down. The smooth ride and the wonderful seats made it easy for my back. If I had to give it tires 5 tires being the best and 0 being the worst, I would give it 5+ tires. Very enjoyable. I love my PT!!!

For the cons I would have to say goose egg for the cons. 0, nadda, nothing! Well, we had to come home would be the only con I guess.

I look forward to your comments on our wonderful experience with our new 2009 PT Cruiser.

Love & Prayers

Darryl
IDK if you have a turbo or not, you dont say.

Then you mention putting premium in it, so maybe it is a turbo?

Not sure why you would put premium in a NA

I dunno

Anyway, I have the GT and my wife has the NA.

She even tells me her PT is gutless, I thought it was just me getting out a turbo into hers.

We do still have our saturn and it is quite peppier.

Also it weighs alot less too.

What model do you have anyway?


Glad you enjoyed your trip, enjoy your new PT!

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Old 02 Apr 2012, 03:38 pm
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Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! And the PT just made it better!
I also love to travel in ours. it's a pleasure to go on trips. Glad you had
such a wonderful experience! Thanks for your report Pappyroot!
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 10:03 am
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Glad the trip went well, and I agree the PT is a comfortable vehicle, if she got better MPG she would be perfect. I think the positioning of the seat is what makes it comfortable, it's more like a real chair.
Thank you for your comment. I agree if she was able to get more MPG she would be a fantastic car. But! she is a keeper any way.
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Before we started using my wife's car for the trip up north to see the Grandkids in Virginia, I used my PT several times. A little under 800 miles one way. I never had to get out of the car to stretch (but did when we stopped for gas 4 times) and keep about 10mph over the speed limit the whole way. 90% of the trip is on Route I-95 so there's no hills to speak of and it cruised effortlessly. I don't keep a record of the gas mileage but Im sure it wasn't nice at speeds from 65 to 80mph.

Can't drive right now for another 3 weeks because of my surgery so I turned the car over to my mechanic friend (who does work at home for half price) with a full box of Energy Suspension bushingsfor the front and rear, new ball joints and new Tokico front struts. Told him to take his time and when I get back, should be good for another 100,000 miles.
Thank you for the comment.
With my back surgery I have become a recluse so this trip was so refreshing. What surgery did you have? Best wishes and lots of prayers for your speedy recovery.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 10:11 am
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IDK if you have a turbo or not, you dont say.

Then you mention putting premium in it, so maybe it is a turbo?

Not sure why you would put premium in a NA

I dunno

Anyway, I have the GT and my wife has the NA.

She even tells me her PT is gutless, I thought it was just me getting out a turbo into hers.

We do still have our saturn and it is quite peppier.

Also it weighs alot less too.

What model do you have anyway?


Glad you enjoyed your trip, enjoy your new PT!
Thank you for your comments.
No she is not a Turbo. I felt by putting in Premium it would help with the MPG no matter if she is a turbo or not.
I have a 2009 Candy Apple Red no thrills PT Cruiser. She had less then 13,000 miles on her when we purchased her. She is perfect for me and my family.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 04:48 pm
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Thanks for the trip report - nice writeup. I'm glad you had a good trip.


I have an n/a also - an '05 - it is not gutless. It is not as peppy as a turbo, I'm sure, but it's reliable and gets me where I want to go in relative comfort.
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