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Old 04 Aug 2014, 07:13 pm
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Default Having retired looking for advice on PT Cruisers?What to look for?

Having retired I am looking for a sporty little car to tinker with and drive around. Mainly the convertible. Any input on what to look for ,besides the normal thing(brake,tires,etc) I am mechanically inclined.

Any major problems on these cars,do not know any one that has one and have not driven one yet.Will have to get out and start shopping for one and drive one. They look like a fun car esp convert. to drive.

So if any advice I would appreciate it, and I see they have a turbo one,any problems with these?

Live in Ohio so rust may be a problem,but I can handle some rust.

Thanks a lot.
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Old 04 Aug 2014, 07:35 pm
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Get a turbo, and make sure synthetic has been used in it.
If an automatic, trans should be flushed every 50,000 miles - with ATF+4 ONLY.
At about 100,000 miles, timing belt, water pump need replacing - about a $1,000 cost, so consider that when looking.
Lower control arms wear out...
Pretty much like any car - inspect oil, look into radiator, listen to it idle - and let it idle w/A/C on and make sure engine fan comes on.
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Get a turbo, and make sure synthetic has been used in it.
If an automatic, trans should be flushed every 50,000 miles - with ATF+4 ONLY.
At about 100,000 miles, timing belt, water pump need replacing - about a $1,000 cost, so consider that when looking.
Lower control arms wear out...
Pretty much like any car - inspect oil, look into radiator, listen to it idle - and let it idle w/A/C on and make sure engine fan comes on.
All of the above. Welcome to the forum.
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Welcome to the forum from the great sovereign state of Arkansas!

And I believe Quicksilverdon's comment above gives you your answers. My personal preference would be a 2003 or 2004 Dream Cruiser. After-market add-on parts are most available for the first generation PT Cruisers (2001 thru 2005). Additionally, the first gen PT's don't have the computer-based CAN bus electrical system. So it's easier to modify the electrical components and to diagnose electrical problems with the first gen PT's. And in many cases (but not all), the first gen PT's come with more options and refinements than the second gen's.
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if you're patient, look for one that was someone's baby. tasteful mods usually mean they really liked the car and maintained it to a T. avoid cars where wiring has been added. if you see amatuer wiring under the hood or extra switches and stuff in the car, run. i threw out about forty feet of wiring since buying my car.

make sure to check for trouble codes before buying it. if there are any, see what they mean. you can check the codes on these by turning the key back and forth a few times.<-click. they will display where the odometer is. not that you should run away if there are codes, but if i did that and there were codes, i'd use it as a bargaining chip.

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If you are concerned about turning radius, get a 5-speed with 15" wheels. All others have wider turning circles.

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if you're patient, look for one that was someone's baby. tasteful mods usually mean they really liked the car and maintained it to a T. avoid cars where wiring has been added. if you see amatuer wiring under the hood or extra switches and stuff in the car, run. i threw out about forty feet of wiring since buying my car. ...

happy hunting!
Buy my car (notforsale) and you get what Rob said. All of my mostly electrical mods and changes are noted in the owners manual and are well documented here.
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