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Old 11 Feb 2020, 02:13 pm
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I'm looking at 2 different GT's... one with the 5 speed, and one with the autostick. I'm leery of the 5 speed because of the unavailability of parts for it... I don't plan on abusing the car when I get it. Just trying to decide...
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Old 11 Feb 2020, 02:50 pm
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It would come down to your preference of the auto versus manual.

I have had 3 autosticks, with not a problem.
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Old 11 Feb 2020, 04:04 pm
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Its more likely that you will have issues with a manual transmission in a PT Cruiser over about 100K miles.

The automatic's may in all likelihood and based on what I have learned and experienced working on both is a better choice for a PT Cruiser.

its hard to ride a clutch in an automatic or have trouble going up a hill from a parked or standing stopped position... LOL
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Old 11 Feb 2020, 07:02 pm
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Other than a faulty clutch when the car was new, my 5 speed is still like new at 260,000 miles (240,000 on the clutch). It has better acceleration and gas mileage. If it's all the same to you, a standard transmission is always tougher and a lot cheaper to fix if it does break. Why do you think parts aren't available? Maybe because the only part you might ever need is a $200 clutch.
Fewer buyers are in the market for stick shifts so they're a lot cheaper.

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Old 11 Feb 2020, 07:58 pm
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Lets not forget that tangerine03 is looking at 2 PT Cruiser GT models with Turbo chargers.

These are inherently harder on both transmissions types.
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Old 12 Feb 2020, 11:39 am
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I don't plan on abusing the car when I get it. Just trying to decide...
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Lets not forget that tangerine03 is looking at 2 models with Turbo chargers. These are inherently harder on both transmissions types.
If you,Tangerine just plans to drive normally you would be better off with a naturally aspirated engine. The head gasket will thank you. The cause of many a cruiser, $cost/value, demise.
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Old 12 Feb 2020, 11:42 am
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I will take the stick all week long and twice on Sunday. I will admit that my Dad did have had some trouble with mine as we did the changeover - changed the clutch and some other stuff, but it turned out that the flywheel had delaminated. Still, the thing has around 165,000 now. I prefer sticks and automatics generally feel sluggish to me. Even when they are faster than my car. Also, c'mon @Nitro, if you have trouble going up a hill from a stopped position you shouldn't be looking at manual trans cars in the first place.
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^^^ I can assure you that Nitro has no issues with a standard shift on a hill. Dude has some experience. Right, Nitro?
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Old 12 Feb 2020, 12:21 pm
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^^^ I can assure you that Nitro has no issues with a standard shift on a hill. Dude has some experience. Right, Nitro?
I am sure he does. That is why I find his comments comical.
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Old 12 Feb 2020, 05:03 pm
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Never tried the stick, but I really like the way the auto shifts
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