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Old 16 Apr 2014, 03:03 pm
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Ok, so Im new and dont really know my way around here yet. My husband is on his way now to hopefully but a 2001 PT Cruiser. Asking price is $1,999. Is that a good price? The owner has a clean title and the body is in perfect shape. Is there any issue with this year that we should worry about? Are there certain that seem to be issues with them?

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Old 16 Apr 2014, 03:08 pm
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Welcome to the forum from the great sovereign state of Arkansas!

I was wondering who stole my PT. And now I know!

I paid more than $1,900 for mine and it originally looked identical to the one your husband is looking at. So yes, that's a good price in many parts of the US if the PT is clean.

A very common problem is a blown headgasket. Have him drive the car for a good distance to assure is doesn't run hot. It's also important that the timing belt was changed at about 100,000 miles. If not, that will cost a $1000 or more at a shop and must be done or the belt will eventually give way while driving down the road. If he buys the car, he will likely want to change the sparkplugs and wires. The original ones break down and can make the PT idle rough.

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Old 16 Apr 2014, 03:54 pm
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I think there is a Red PT fever going around.....

I paid $2000 for mine. It had the plugs most recently changed at 98,000 and the timing belt at the same. Also had the radiator fan and A/C evaporator replaced before then. The timing belt is usually one of the key factors to consider since it is usually upwards of $1000 to replace, It also works as a great bargaining chip.
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Old 16 Apr 2014, 09:22 pm
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All these early-model red PT's with "two-tone" gray bumpers are starting to make things look pretty good around here.

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Old 16 Apr 2014, 10:29 pm
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Until I read Handy's post, I was about to get what you pay for.
For sure, the timing belt, water pump, and all tensioners should have been replaced by 100K miles.

Welcome to the forum, from OkieLand!

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Old 18 Apr 2014, 12:19 pm
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welcome to the forum and from virginia
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Old 18 Apr 2014, 05:53 pm
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WELCOME from Sunny South Florida !
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