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Old 27 Jul 2014, 01:47 pm
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Where I live in CT 99% of all PT cruisers around here are beat...I havent even seen an example that has been washed in the past year! Of every 100 I see it looks like everyone just drives them into the ground...Filthy, missing hubcaps, faded, banged up, bald tires, filled with junk inside, etc...Are most people loser slobs that own these things? I feel most of us here are the few and the proud! What about where you live?
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 01:57 pm
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I see many good looking, well taken care of Cruisers where I live and where I travel for work. Good job Ohio & Pa.!
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 02:18 pm
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Where I live in CT 99% of all PT cruisers around here are beat...I havent even seen an example that has been washed in the past year! Of every 100 I see it looks like everyone just drives them into the ground...Filthy, missing hubcaps, faded, banged up, bald tires, filled with junk inside, etc...Are most people loser slobs that own these things? I feel most of us here are the few and the proud! What about where you live?
Here in my area in Arizona there are still boo coo PTs running around, and most look in great shape. Could it just be an area thing, or what?
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 02:27 pm
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I mainly see PT Cruisers in one of three conditions. Either they are beat up and unwashed, newer clean and driven by old ladies, or slightly modded and fairly clean (usually driven by young guys).

The newer old-lady PT's are the most common followed by the beaters. Cleaner older PT's are more rare. A lot of young guys like pickup trucks here in the great state of Arkansas. As far as I know, I am the only middle-aged middle-class guy in my town that drives a PT. And of course, I own a newer nicer car and a nice pickup too plus some other vehicles as well.

But here's the deal. Beater cars are likely to be 10 to 20 years old. And the PT Cruiser fits right in the middle of that range. Beaters are most often cars used for basic transportation by folks without much money and there is usually no money, resources, skill or motivation to keep them properly maintained. So they sometimes remain dirty and uncared for.

Overall though, for one model of car to turn into so many beaters, it's usually a sign of good value, long life and good utility. That's nothing to be upset about. Everyone should able to ride including the broke, the sick and the mechanically challenged. It's good that such folks get to enjoy the uniqueness and usefulness of PT like we do.
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 03:28 pm
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I mainly see PT Cruisers in one of three conditions. Either they are beat up and unwashed, newer clean and driven by old ladies, or slightly modded and fairly clean (usually driven by young guys).

The newer old-lady PT's are the most common followed by the beaters. Cleaner older PT's are more rare. A lot of young guys like pickup trucks here in the great state of Arkansas. As far as I know, I am the only middle-aged middle-class guy in my town that drives a PT. And of course, I own a newer nicer car and a nice pickup too plus some other vehicles as well.

But here's the deal. Beater cars are likely to be 10 to 20 years old. And the PT Cruiser fits right in the middle of that range. Beaters are most often cars used for basic transportation by folks without much money and there is usually no money, resources, skill or motivation to keep them properly maintained. So they sometimes remain dirty and uncared for.

Overall though, for one model of car to turn into so many beaters, it's usually a sign of good value, long life and good utility. That's nothing to be upset about. Everyone should able to ride including the broke, the sick and the mechanically challenged. It's good that such folks get to enjoy the uniqueness and usefulness of PT like we do.

Same here in the Missouri Ozarks. Not too many beaters - we send most of them South to Arkansas . Little old ladies driving most that I see. Not too many old codgers in mildly modified Cruisers like mine.
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 06:27 pm
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I've only seen 1 beater in my area so far...it was a faded out 'Blue Woodie' with no hubcaps...most look pretty good.
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 06:32 pm
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Some nice PTs here in florida too , but like everywhere and everything else theres people that will just run theyre cars into the ground
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 06:56 pm
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Now that you mention it, I'm the only one in a 400mile radius that cares for mine.
An hour or so of TLC every once in a while will earn you wonders.... much like a marriage I guess. The wife don't like it when I rev her cold either though, so there's that. Maybe synthetic lube is in order. Am I rambling ? Just upset that you're right I guess.
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 07:34 pm
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Mostly low income own them now due to the depreciation makes them cheap

All i have seen are beat to hell and the people that own them look like they have been beaten with the ugly stick
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Old 27 Jul 2014, 10:45 pm
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Mine fits the beater category. 267k miles. Mechanically sound but dents, half finished repairs, and unattended rust all from the previous owner have left it damaged beyond my bodywork abilities. It's a great car for what it is, but I've accepted it'll never look showroom fresh. I have a nicer, faster car to modify and I like my $200 pt for winters, camping, etc
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