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Old 29 Jan 2016, 03:19 pm
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Default 1st & 2nd Gen PT A-Pillar Covers - Are They The Same?

Recently, a questions was asked in a For Sale thread about A-pillar covers. Will the same ones that fit the 1st Generation PT Cruisers (2001 thru 2005) fit the later model 2nd Generation PT's? One member reported that they were interchangeable and he had swapped them himself. But seeing is believing. So here we go.

Here's a salvage 2006 2nd Generation PT Touring Edition. From initial inspections, it appears that an A-pillar cover out of a 2004 Limited is the same.




Removed, we can see that the gray 1st Gen 2004 A-pillar cover is shaped exactly like the stone white one from the 2nd Gen 2006 PT.




The ribbing and tabs on the back are the same as well.




And the fit is perfect. There's no difference at all as the forum member recently reported.




Thanks to forum member, 3pts, for his report on this. This will help solve a few issues for 2nd Gen PT owners. If anyone finds that the A-pillars were changed later after 2006 during the 2nd Gen PT production run, please report back here.
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 03:59 pm
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did either of those PT's have an airbag under there? ie:

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did either of those PT's have an airbag under there? ie:
No. Does any PT Cruiser have an A-pillar airbag?
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 05:10 pm
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This website Vehicle details notes:

"Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard beginning with 2008 models, optional in 2001-07 models)"
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 05:27 pm
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No. Does any PT Cruiser have an A-pillar airbag?
that's why i asked. i know my '02 base model doesn't. i'm not sure of any safety junk after that.
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 05:38 pm
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This website Vehicle details notes:

"Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard beginning with 2008 models, optional in 2001-07 models)"
Yep. I've seen all those and even have the side one out of a 2004 seat if someone needs it. Those are in the seats but none in the A-pillars.
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 05:42 pm
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Nice to see someone is so concerned with a soon to be discontinued part.


Well someone had better go call Modern Performance and let them all know they have had it wrong for years? LOL

Maybe they will tell you what they told me about this product.

Ask for Vincent.

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ProParts A-Pillar Overlay Triple Guage Pod, 01-05 PT/GT Cruiser
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Model Number: 331500-TRIPLE
Proparts now offers a Light Gray Triple Gauge Pod 01-05 PT/GT Cruiser
These provide a nice clean look. This piece is a form fitted piece that fits onto your factory A pillar, and is designed to lock onto your factory A pillar by means of drilling four small holes, and then using the supplied clips to hold both pieces together.
These accept all gauges in the 2 1/16 size.
If there's a specific gauge you'd like with this pod, please visit Autometer Home and give us the part number. We can get the gauges for you at great prices as well! Also we carry Mopar gauges as well.
This is just another product that MP has brings to market for the 01-05 PT/GT Cruiser.
This will not work on any PT/GT after 05!
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Nice to see someone is so concerned with a soon to be discontinued part.


Well someone had better go call Modern Performance and let them all know they have had it wrong for years? LOL

Maybe they will tell you what they told me about this product.

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ProParts A-Pillar Overlay Triple Guage Pod, 01-05 PT/GT Cruiser
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
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Model Number: 331500-TRIPLE
Proparts now offers a Light Gray Triple Gauge Pod 01-05 PT/GT Cruiser
These provide a nice clean look. This piece is a form fitted piece that fits onto your factory A pillar, and is designed to lock onto your factory A pillar by means of drilling four small holes, and then using the supplied clips to hold both pieces together.
These accept all gauges in the 2 1/16 size.
If there's a specific gauge you'd like with this pod, please visit Autometer Home and give us the part number. We can get the gauges for you at great prices as well! Also we carry Mopar gauges as well.
This is just another product that MP has brings to market for the 01-05 PT/GT Cruiser.
This will not work on any PT/GT after 05!
This is not about an after-market A-pillar cover, this is comparing stock parts. Another member also did the same experiment and seemed to confirm what is reported here.
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 05:56 pm
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Lynn, since you seem to be on first name basis with Modern Performance, how about YOU calling them and tell them THEY have it wrong on their website as there's no difference on the A-pillar from the 1st generation to the A-pillar on the 2nd generation. Been shown with pictures.
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 05:57 pm
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This is not about an after-market A-pillar cover, this is comparing stock parts. Another member also did the same experiment and seemed to confirm what is reported here.
umm.... did you even read the first post and did? Is there a problem here?
*There was only one thread in the for sale and that was a 3 gauge Pillar for sale?


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Recently, a questions was asked in a For Sale thread about A-pillar covers.

For Sale: Three Gauge Pillar Pod for PT - Brand New
For Sale: Three Gauge Pillar Pod for PT - Brand New


*Take notice who "liked" some responses in response # 6rckstein likes this. & 12rckstein likes this.
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