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Old 12 Feb 2017, 06:31 pm
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Never had a vehicle were there are so many others out there! Went out today, and I was the third PT at a gas station. Looked like a club meeting. Then I saw a few more on the road back home (on
Y a few miles). I've only had mine a few weeks so far, and multiple times I look over and there is another one beside me at a stop light. Visited a friend, and there were two people on his street with PT's. Seems all the ones in the area are stock. It's giving me an itch to modify mine.

Anyone else care to share their thoughts of driving such a popular model? I find it mostly awkward.
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Old 12 Feb 2017, 06:51 pm
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The PT is the most successful car in Chrysler's history. And it ranks pretty high on the list of successful US cars.

But at least where I live (Arkansas aka "Heaven on Earth"), the number of them on the road is going down fast and the salvage yards are filling up. The 100,000 mile timing belt issue and common radiator fan failure issue (resulting in overheat/heat gasket failure) have killed many of them. Today where I live, PT's are still common but no longer notably so. I'd say there are about as numerous today as Fox-body and newer Mustangs. And I predict that in another five years, running examples will become fairly rare.
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That's part of the reason some us modify/customize our rides so we aren't run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter rides. Gives em a little personality.

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Old 12 Feb 2017, 10:07 pm
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Chrysler Estimated selling about 30,000 PT's per year of production over 10 years for a vehicle life span sales of about 300,000.

They sold over 1,300,000.
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Old 12 Feb 2017, 11:55 pm
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Never had a vehicle were there are so many others out there! Went out today, and I was the third PT at a gas station. Looked like a club meeting. Then I saw a few more on the road back home (on
Y a few miles). I've only had mine a few weeks so far, and multiple times I look over and there is another one beside me at a stop light. Visited a friend, and there were two people on his street with PT's. Seems all the ones in the area are stock. It's giving me an itch to modify mine.

Anyone else care to share their thoughts of driving such a popular model? I find it mostly awkward.
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I bet when you were driving that ford (mustang?) you saw a lot of mustang.! Now the your driving a PTC your sensory preseption is to notice Pt cruisers
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It's basically a cognitive bias sometimes referred to as the frequency illusion or baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.
It is according to the experts caused by 2 psychological processes...
first, selective attention, which kicks in when you’re struck by a new word, thing, or idea; after that, you unconsciously keep an eye out for it, and as a result find it surprisingly often. The second process, confirmation bias, reassures you that each sighting is further proof of your impression that the thing has gained overnight omnipresence
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it is a true fact though
I bet when you were driving that ford (mustang?) you saw a lot of mustang.! Now the your driving a PTC your sensory preseption is to notice Pt cruisers
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I am familiar with the frequency illusion. Used to have a Mazda B series, rebadged ranger, and I never noticed them until I had one of my own. My first car was a 76 Chrysler Cordoba. Never saw a single one of those on the road until years after I sold it.
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Old 13 Feb 2017, 09:42 am
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I am familiar with the frequency illusion. Used to have a Mazda B series, rebadged ranger, and I never noticed them until I had one of my own. My first car was a 76 Chrysler Cordoba. Never saw a single one of those on the road until years after I sold it.

So you never ran across Ricardo Montalban while cruising in your Cordoba? Too bad. You two could have compared all that "soft Corinthian leather".



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IMO More so the car your drive and admire is the one you will see most often.
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Old 13 Feb 2017, 10:44 am
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IMO More so the car your drive and admire is the one you will see most often.
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Or the one you are working on at the time.

I almost never notice little foreign cars. Most of them just look the same to me. But when looking for an Avalon for my daughter, I started noticing them everywhere. One of the encouraging things I began to notice is that lots of older Avalons were well taken care of and driven by folks that appeared to be able to afford a newer car. To me, this indicated that these mid-2000's Avalons were obviously really good cars worth keeping. And since fixing a few little things and adding a few items to my daughter's Avalon, I notice them often. I still think they are ugly as sin. But I do at least see them now.

PS: I'm getting a 10% "Mopar" discount on window tinting for the ugly duckling Avalon. Once you own enough Mopars, they just cover all your rides.
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Old 13 Feb 2017, 11:29 am
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Here in the Buffalo, NY area, There are still many PT Cruisers. Many more Base models than touring, limited or GT's, but there are plenty here. Scrap yards are paying more than usual for PT's because none have them. Instead, you find them on the road or at a used car dealership.
I remember trying to find parts for my previous 01 (which died and had 280k miles) and currently my father's 05 and I called about 8 scrap yards and not one had a PT.... So, not many are junked yet.
I still see a lot of 2001 PT Cruisers around, everytime I see one, I want to stop the guy and ask him how many miles he has on it. lol. Surprisingly, for this area, there are many still around. I say this because the road salt/winter kills cars in this area quickly, but most still look decent.
I hope one day, Chrysler will make the right move and revive the PT with a more retro look but still keep true to the original styling. They messed up discontinuing the PT. IMO.
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