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Old 31 Jul 2015, 07:26 am
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You guys will likely hate me now but I bought a new primary vehicle yesterday.

My 2001 limited is going on Craigs List later as an as is or parts car.
My 2008 base has now been demoted to backup/garage queen.
(145,000 miles)

After spending just over $4000 to keep it on the road since mid Sept 2014 & knowing it again needs a few things I had to get something I felt I can count on more.

So,, enter the 2015 Kia Soul.
Unlimited drive train warranty, 5 year Bumper to Bumper warranty & 5 year roadside assistance.
Out the door for $16,300.00 deal done!

My Daughters 2001 Touring is DOA & going as either parts car or salvage yard, her 2005 is likely going to get traded off this summer.

So we did it,, we are breaking up our fleet of 4 PT's

It was a great ride!!!
We loved our PT's.
I mean really, how many families owned 4 at once???

Shame on Chrysler for no longer selling a great lifestyle vehicle like the PT.

We did check out everything at the local Chrysler /Jeep dealer. The Renegade was the only thing that came close in my eyes, but at $5000 more for one similarly equipped to the Kia it was kind of a no brainer.

So,, there we are, pass the rice please
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 08:53 am
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So,, there we are, pass the rice please

Rice is for another country's cars mostly with big wings and a fart can muffler.

Your still with us with your 2008 and as far as being a garage queen, mine stays in the garage (mostly) until it's brought out once a week to be driven to the Sheriff's EOC (Emergency Operations Center) (8 miles away) where it's parked for 3 days while I drive the Taurus Interceptor. It took me over two years to put on enough mileage (5000) to change the oil.
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 10:27 am
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Yep.

I looked at a new Kia Soul for a four-door commuter car before I decided to just get an inexpensive used ride, like a PT. The math just didn't work out for me. But the Soul was top of the list if I had decided to go new.

The up side is that there's nothing better to mod than a garage queen. Since you won't need your PT as an everyday driver, you can now take on some serious long-term modifications.
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 01:47 pm
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could of spent half that 16k and got it running right...ooh well
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 04:22 pm
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could of spent half that 16k and got it running right...ooh well

Yeah I could have, but at this point in time I really needed something I can count on every day right now.

I will miss the 01 limited a lot, it was our first and honestly I always felt it was a better car than the 08.
After sinking 4k into the 08 this past year and knowing it needs up to 2k more, and factor in the it just got where the 01 was never going to get fully fixed & I couldn't count on the 08 anymore.

If we can figure out exactly why we are still pushing coolant into the reservoir and having it not return back to the system we will fix her up really nice. Hubby has already talked about what he would like to do.


I already have almost 100 miles on the Soul as of 3:00pm today, I am really impressed so far.
The Fit & Function of this car is perfect for me, hopefully it will live a long life.

My daughter on the other hand, her 01(bought used) has a rod knock(long Story)
Her 05 is really getting up in miles as well.
She usually drives her husbands Mini and he uses the PT for work.
She is kicking around buying a Nissan Juke.
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Old 01 Aug 2015, 09:09 am
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Veeeeeeerooooom


Got my garage all cleaned up, put the 08 in there all nice & clean & ready to tinker a bit.

Man, I started the 01 up to park in the drive ahead of the third car garage door.
What the heck!!! It had a bad undiagnosed mis-fire and does not give me a code.
I had to limp home one day about 8 miles barely able to get over 30mph.
It had been acting like 1 cylinder was not firing. So, now it is not missing! or lets say it only mis-fires randomly every few minutes like 1 cylinder didn't fire.

But NO Codes!
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Old 01 Aug 2015, 05:31 pm
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The Kia Soul should work out very well for you. I know a lot of people who have Souls and are very happy with them. Good luck with getting your PT to the place you need it and enjoy your new ride.
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Old 01 Sep 2015, 03:46 pm
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Update;

So, my 08 PT is looking pretty nice now, all cleaned & polished inside & out and just a few more minor repairs planned.
Sure glad I kept her!!

I just logged mile 2000 on my new 2015 Kia Soul. I am really surprised by this car. Lots to love, but a couple things that make me go HMmmmmmm

No Transmission Dip Stick? A sealed system? to me that seams weird.
Guess they are working hard to make you go in for regular DEALER maintenance.
To me that is still that is something that should be spot checked regularly and they made it near impossible..


Gas mileage is amazing!!
Averaged just over 31.0 mpg for the entire length of time I have owned it!
Best I ever got in the PT was 24.3 mpg average on 5 tanks.

Sara
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Old 01 Sep 2015, 09:59 pm
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My daughter just bought a 12 Soul with 50k mileage. She loves it. It's a little higher than the Cruiser but seems to be shorter. I offered to find her a Cruiser for half the money and equal or better mileage on the clock but she passed for gas mileage and newer.
More Cruiser for me.
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Old 02 Sep 2015, 05:04 pm
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My daughter just bought a 12 Soul with 50k mileage. She loves it. It's a little higher than the Cruiser but seems to be shorter. I offered to find her a Cruiser for half the money and equal or better mileage on the clock but she passed for gas mileage and newer.
More Cruiser for me.

I agree, the geometry is very deceiving. The PT & the Soul are the same height +/- a couple 1/10ths.
The Kia has its highest point near the front windscreen, the PT peaks near the rear hatch.
Length is like the height, only a couple 10ths different.
Kia Width is just over an inch wider that the PT.

When parked side by side you would swear the Kia is taller though, I compared the vehicle specs as we argued that as well.

Inside it feels way bigger, more headroom and width.
Not as much cargo area behind the rear seat though.

Took the PT out for a 100 mile run today and had a blast driving her though. Chrysler really dropped the ball by not continuing the series.

Honestly, they have nothing on the lot that fills that nitch.
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