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Old 16 Jan 2005, 09:51 pm
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[purple]Hi, I'm Rickie. Unfortunately my son was in an accident [b]totaling my car(he's fine), but now I need to decide on a new car quickly. I'm looking at an 04 touring edition with 10,500 miles, vs. an 05 Toyota Matrix XR. Any input?
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Old 16 Jan 2005, 10:38 pm
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You asking 1000 members of a PT Cruiser forum to decide between a rice burner and the PT? I think your answers might be a little bias.

The PT has it's quirks, but it has everything going for it except gas mileage and resale value. It has one heck of a following, hundreds of clubs all over the country and a thousand aftermarket dealers selling every imaginable part you could want.
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Old 16 Jan 2005, 10:41 pm
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quote:Originally posted by Rickie886
I'm looking at an 04 touring edition with 10,500 miles, vs. an 05 Toyota Matrix XR. Any input?
Rickie, Rickie, Rickie We all might be just a little bit Biased , But I Doubt it!!! Go with the touring, we're a lot more fun than those Matrix people. [?]

Good news is, your Son is OK.
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Old 16 Jan 2005, 10:55 pm
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For the Record, the Pontiac Vibe is the exact same car as a Matrix...


I was thinking about looking into those too, but my $10,000 price limit wouldn't allow it. I got a 01 Limited with 34,000 miles. Never driven a matrix personally though. I'd do a test-drive to see which one better suites your needs/wants.
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Old 16 Jan 2005, 11:02 pm
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I test drove the Cruiser, and I really liked it, but other people are trying to talk me out of it based on Chrysler's reputation, and I've also heard some talk of transmission problems.
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Echoing some of the posts above, we love our PT's. Not like 'em, LOVE 'em. There's something about everything a PT Cruiser is about, whether it's hauling 2 by 8's INSIDE the car, to the look of the outside, the look and functionality of the inside (e.g., it seemed strange having the window switches on the dash at first, but after a while I realized how much more sensible that is...

Ya gotta decide on what matters to you most.

The car has a good dependability record if you check consumer reports, too.

To me, personally, I would suggest driving a used GT before buying a touring PT. A test drive without the salesman, and have fun!
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 12:21 am
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What color touring edition?
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 12:51 am
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Rickie, to echo Jeff V's point about our feelings toward our beloved cruisers; I have 2 children, my 11 year old daughter and my less than a year old 2004 PT Cruiser GT! I love my car to death, and the more I drive it, the more I want to drive it. And tell your friends they don't know anything. The PT Cruiser has been compared to Toyota in quality. Plus Cruiser's are very comfortable, practical, and the quality of the interior is definately better than low end Toyotas. My friend has a new Corolla, and the interior and performance is crap compared to my old 2001 PT Cruiser. As with any used car, buy an extended warranty; not just this car but any car that is not new. I got a GT, and the speed is addictive. Just watch out; the mod bug comes free with the purchase of a PT Cruiser. Next thing you know, you will spend alot of money making the Personal Transportation Cruiser a Personalized Transportation Cruiser. I'm about to drop close to a g' on performance mods as soon as my tax return comes in.
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 02:13 pm
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the touring edition I'm looking at is seamist green with all chrome accents- very pretty! It has a sunroof and is automatic. He's asking 15,000. it is an 04 with 10,500 miles
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 02:37 pm
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TEST DRIVE.
From the car tests the Matrix (and identical Vibe) has no pep unless you rev the heck out of the engine.
The PT has been very reliable - that's fact.
For tranny, be sure and have a fluid flush done at about 50,000 miles.
It's your decision.
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