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Old 26 Jul 2014, 03:58 pm
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I just read this on another thread, and thought NitroPT's idea was worth a shot:

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When I was first looking for a PT, I passed on a '03 Dream because the km was a bit high for me (>150k, but otherwise great with no issues... this was in 2012 and it was asking $5k), but you know, that colour always stuck with me.

I ended up with a Patriot Blue '03 GT and while I love him, it makes me a bit sad to know I probably won't get another 1st gen PT, so there'll be no Tangerine Pearl or Deep Cranberry for me, as much as I liked them.

The other day, on a dreary Pacific Northwest afternoon, I found myself thinking about that '03 Dream again, and lovely it would have been to drive on that grey day ... blue is staid and mellow and subdued, sort of like I am - but that Dream is bright and bold and flashy, as I like to imagine I could be
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Hmm this reads like a thread that should be started?? Why did you pick the color PT you drive? Or something like that?
got to hit the coffee and shop for a mattress so maybe I will start one later if someone else doesn't first!
When we were shopping for a new PT Cruiser in 2005, there were several on the lot. A couple were base models with no A/C, no power windows or locks, etc. No deal on the base models. A couple were Limiteds and GTs with everything. But there were a couple of Tourings, too. If we had an unlimited budget, we probably would have gone for a Limited or GT. But the budget didn't allow that.

There were two Tourings next to each other. The one that I thought I liked was the Dark Purple, and the other one was "Cool Vanilla". I told my wife that I wanted the purple one. It was in the month of May and was about 90 degrees fahrenheit. She thought the purple one would be too hot. I didn't think so, but she asked me to place a hand on each. That settled it. We went with the Cool Vanilla and haven't looked back. I've seen some really sharp purple Cruisers, but I've seen some that hadn't been maintained, and they sure show the wear.

Options I would have liked to have: Sunroof. Wheels. Chrome grille. Leather interior. (I took care of my desire for better wheels and a chrome grille, but no sunroof or leather interior - yet.)

So that's why I drive a Cool Vanilla Touring. What's your story?

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Old 26 Jul 2014, 04:11 pm
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Everytime I asked this question Crewzin Deleted it
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Old 26 Jul 2014, 05:17 pm
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I was looking for a new car to replace my '93 T-Bird...went to look at a few cars, the PT was the 1st one I saw...test drove another & decided to buy the PT. It was the only running PT on the lot, they had 3 1st generations for parts.

...of course, a few days later I found it had a blown head gasket, but decided to keep it & get it fixed.
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Old 26 Jul 2014, 05:21 pm
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RED because I like the attention that any vehicle gets that color!

Our first PT owned for one day next to the GT we traded the NA for the very next day.

Now mind you my other choices may have been BLACK or the Teale Green or maybe even the Tangerine. So many choices and they all say "LOOK AT ME" !

hey what can I say I honest!



I did not know anything about models or trim at the time 2 years ago all I knew is I liked everything about the 05 GT and a lot I did not like about the 06 NA
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I did not know anything about models or trim at the time 2 years ago all I knew is I liked everything about the 05 GT and a lot I did not like about the 06 NA
Hey, I have a 2006 NA
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Old 26 Jul 2014, 05:44 pm
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Hey, I have a 2006 NA
I should have explained better. The NA we got was from CARMAX. This is afterall and I have said on more than one response my wifes PT not mine. She allows me to play with it with restrictions. One reason why many projects have not been installed yet.

The NA after getting it home and carefully looking it over I found a few things I was not happy with that were broken or damaged. But the main reason we took it back is when I inspected the undercarrage and found that the only thing holding the rear bumper cover on was zip ties I said that's it.....its going back. CarMAX did not have any other PT that we liked the color so I went on line and found the only RED PT in our valley. It was the 05 GT. So we went for test drive I saw no zip ties and we bought it. Otherwise I would be sporten a 2nd generationn NA.
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Everytime I asked this question Crewzin Deleted it

Busa, that's because you asked it at the wrong time. When someone comes to the forum for help he/she doesn't want to get involved in answering off the wall questions that has nothing to do with the help that's needed and here it is again, throwing in a post for no good reason and not answering the question at hand. Why I just didn't delete your answer and let the thread continue is beyond me.

As for me, I liked the silver and back in August of 2000 the PT's were flying off the dealers lot as fast as they got them. I was moving down to Florida from Maryland and wanted one badly. I called around Maryland and this dealer had 2 silver PT's on the lot with no one speaking up for them. They were going for $1800 above sticker price (yes I paid it) but got everything I wanted for around $21,000.
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When the PT was being proposed, all the models were silver, and that's how I pictured it.
I also wanted alloy wheels, but not high-maintenance chrome, and the silver painted wheels mach the silver body color.
I wanted a sunroof, 4-wheel disk brakes, and did not want leather, since my wife's car has leather, and seats are cold in winter and sticky in summer (before the heated seats andA/C kick in, that is...)
When I got my '05, which looked exactly like my '02, my wife said "nobody will know you got a new car" - and I replied, "I will..."
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What your car color says about you
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Does your car "color" your personality? Car color can act as a psychological shortcut that expresses how we want the world to think about us. Gender and age influence choices, along with what colors are available on the lot.

Of course, that's not all there is to choosing a color.

"Color preferences change throughout time and may differ by region or vehicle type," says Nancy Lockhart, a color marketing manager with Axalta Coating Systems (formerly DuPont), a global car-coating business in Detroit. "The personality of the vehicle is as important as the personality of the buyer. The vehicle style, design and branding can influence color choices.

"A luxury sedan is more popular in black and white colors, but a small and sporty version is widely associated with red and colorful shades."

You can take these observations with a grain of salt, but here is what our experts say your car's color says about you. The rankings in this story are based on the Axalta Automotive Color Popularity Report for 2013.

White

If you're driving a white vehicle, you like to present a fresh, young, modern face to the outside world. Environmental psychologist Sally Augustin points out that many contemporary brands -- Apple, for example -- are drawn to white for the same reason.

White suggests that you have taste and elegance, says Marcie Cooperman, a professor of color theory at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. White is also associated with honesty and purity.

Or, it could be that you live in a desert climate and white doesn't absorb heat like black, and you want a car that won't bake you like a human Pop-Tart.

"However, white can be hard to keep clean in some regions," Cooperman says. "It's a high-maintenance color." Perfect for high-maintenance people, perhaps?

Black

"Black became the number one color for luxury," Lockhart says. According to Axalta report of 2013, black was the most popular color for luxury vehicles.

Black is the sophisticate's color, Augustin says. Just think of the little black dress and black-tie dinners. You'll see diplomats (or rather, their drivers) maneuvering stately black town cars through the urban landscape, and royalty riding through the night in midnight-toned limousines.

"Black is a power color, for sure," Cooperman says. Black declares itself as important, classic and in control.

Silver

The metallic gleam of silver shines bright with innovation. Think stainless steel appliances and silver technology. It's the color of security and style, Cooperman says.

A silver car color indicates that you're a high-class lady or gentleman with an eye on the upscale, Augustin says. Your status is higher in the world, and you're not afraid to show it.

"As a fallback color, it's nice," Cooperman says, because it doesn't get as dirty as a white car or as hot as a black car. It seems most Americans would agree with that assessment, as it's the third most popular car color.

"Overall, neutral colors (white, silver, black and gray) have dominated the market the past few years," Lockhart says.

Gray

Is there really a difference between silver and gray? Yes, Cooperman says.

"The gray car driver doesn't want to stand out," Cooperman says. And between silver and gray, the latter is more nondescript. Gray doesn't need (or want) to be as flashy as silver, projecting more dignity, tradition and maturity.

The driver of a gray car cares less about status and more about the status quo. As the fourth most popular car color in the U.S., gray is another neutral tone. It's just not as loud as the first three colors.

"Gray is popular on all types of vehicle sizes and brands," Axalta Coating Systems' Lockhart says. "Light grays, dark grays and grays with a slight hue offer a nice variety in this color space."

Red

"Go-getter types may pick a red car," environmental psychologist Augustin says. Red projects action, power and masculinity, she says.

A red car for a man may declare great status in his world, whether that's finance or law. If it's a sporty red car, it's a way of "flexing muscles on the road," Cooperman says. However, for women, red often just represents confidence and fun.

The red sports car screams, "Look at me!" in every way.

That driver might think he has something impressive to show you -- the freeway equivalent of an exhibitionist, Cooperman says.

Blue

Picking blue doesn't lead to The Blues. Blue is a practical, happy color for many. The cars almost act like flashes of blue sky on gray roads.

In fact, blue projects stability, truthfulness and serenity, Augustin says. She points out that the minivan mom may choose blue, which projects a nice, stable family appearance.

Blue cars haven't been popular for a while, Cooperman says. However, she says to look for that to turn around in the next few years, particularly with female buyers.

Lockhart agrees: "The forecasted trend is to see more color hit the roads as reds and blues rise in interest."

Brown/Beige

Like the solidity of a mountain range or reserve of a monk's robe, brown exudes a quiet peace.

A preference for brown or beige also may speak volumes about your penny-pinching ways. "Someone who prefers brown doesn't really want to buy anything new," Cooperman says. "He just wants to live his life. He doesn't care about style and might keep a car until it drops."

A brown-car buyer wants value and a long life in his or her purchases and doesn't care about trends or fads.

Yellow/Gold

If you're driving a yellow car, you may be the human embodiment of that "don't worry, be happy" smiley face we remember from the 1980s. Yellow exudes joy and a positive attitude.

Young people are drawn to yellow, Cooperman says. "Kids in their 20s like brighter colors and welcome trends and color," she says. They like small, bolder shapes and vivid hues. "Bright color doesn't feel like a risk to them."

However, it feels risky to many other people. Yellow or gold cars made up only 1% to 2% of car colors.

Green

For the past 10 years, green has been closely tied to nature, Augustin says. Maybe you brake for arboretums and fuel up your sedan with biofuel.

But Cooperman says that green's popularity peaked in the 1990s and now we're in the midst of a backlash against green, with fewer green cars in showrooms and on the road.

Because of the anti-green sentiment, if you still drive a green car, you may be OK with being a fashion laggard and in no rush to catch up to current trends. Hey, at least you're not recycling your car yet.

Orange

There's a reason why places like Home Depot display orange logos. Bright orange declares that you're quite comfortable with value and saving money.

If you're driving an orange Mini, you're saying, "I do a good job of minding my money," Augustin says. You might skip doing things for yourself (no spa treatments or expensive hair appointments) just so you can focus on value-rich investments.

An orange BMW? You pinched pennies to buy that head turner. "You're sort of tipping the world on edge," Augustin says. You're also not afraid of going against the tide. Orange is one of the least favorite colors of new car buyers in the U.S.
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