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Old 29 Apr 2009, 09:04 pm
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Are the 2003 GT's ok as far as reliability ? I heard they made changes in later years due to the early ones overheating? True? explain,,I found a low miles sharp '03 for a good deal..thanks MJB
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Are the 2003 GT's ok as far as reliability ? I heard they made changes in later years due to the early ones overheating? True? explain,,I found a low miles sharp '03 for a good deal..thanks MJB
When Stage 1 came out for the '03, early on, there was an overheating problem that was quickly solved.
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 11:09 am
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MEAN Green so a 2003 stock GT is ok?? please clarify thanks Mjb
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 01:03 pm
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My '03 GT turbo has been a nightmare. A few months after the warranty expired, the timing belt broke. Then my multi-function switch on the steering column failed. Then my A/C died. Then i noticed that my chrome rims were peeling on the inside, and needed to replace all four wheels. Then my engine light came on and complained about a power steering pressure sensor switch which was replaced TWICE by the dealer - engine light still comes on and goes off by itself. I've had to replace the battery twice in less than 3 years. The tires on my GT last far less time than any other car I've ever owned....so do the brake pads. Yesterday I found power steering fluid all over my driveway, and it's back in the shop today for yet another repair that's going to cost me several hundred dollars.

The Corolla I bought used and owned for 10 years/250K miles before - never had a single major component failure. I changed the oil and tires regularly and that was it. My girlfriend's Honda Accord is several years old - she's never had a single major component failure.

I've spent more on repairs in the last 3 years than I've spent on the 3 previous cars I owned, combined. I know others have had better experiences with their Cruisers, but I'm most definitely NOT a happy PT owner. Mine has been a complete lemon.
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 08:47 pm
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My daughter and her husband both have - '03 GTs (bought used with very low miles) with combined mileage well over 100,000 - the problems between both cars:
1 cam sensor
1 Multi-function switch.
I replaced the ignition wires & plugs on both, and had auto tranny flushed when the higher-mile one (daughter's) hit 50,000 a while ago.
They are not easy on cars...
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 10:35 pm
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My 03 Gt has had no problems. Everything is working great...luv it...just buy one that has been taken care of.
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 11:04 pm
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My 03 GT has only needed...

Power steering sensor switch thingy ma-bob.
Oil pressure sensor switch thingy ma-bob.
....and some stuff in the suspension after a lil' fender bender from the previous owner...
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My '03 GT turbo has been a nightmare. A few months after the warranty expired, the timing belt broke. Then my multi-function switch on the steering column failed. Then my A/C died. Then i noticed that my chrome rims were peeling on the inside, and needed to replace all four wheels. Then my engine light came on and complained about a power steering pressure sensor switch which was replaced TWICE by the dealer - engine light still comes on and goes off by itself. I've had to replace the battery twice in less than 3 years. The tires on my GT last far less time than any other car I've ever owned....so do the brake pads. Yesterday I found power steering fluid all over my driveway, and it's back in the shop today for yet another repair that's going to cost me several hundred dollars.

The Corolla I bought used and owned for 10 years/250K miles before - never had a single major component failure. I changed the oil and tires regularly and that was it. My girlfriend's Honda Accord is several years old - she's never had a single major component failure.

I've spent more on repairs in the last 3 years than I've spent on the 3 previous cars I owned, combined. I know others have had better experiences with their Cruisers, but I'm most definitely NOT a happy PT owner. Mine has been a complete lemon.

Several of these issues are not a 03GT issue they are common issues that could have been known that would need more attention if research had been done on what are common repair and upgrade issues for the PTCruiser.

Sorry just cause its honda or toyota doesn't make it a better car. Their quality isn't much better these days.
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I bought one of the first 2003 PT GT's to show up in So Cal. As soon as the Stage One kit came out I had it on the car.

The front brakes were gone at 17,000 miles. I put Raybestos dustless ceramic pads on it with new rotors and they lasted until about 85,000 miles. It wasn't until it had 150,000 miles on it before I replaced the fronts again with Raybestos dustless ceramics.

At 90,000 miles I replaced the timing belt and the motor mounts.

When I finally traded it in it was on the downhill side of 160,000 miles. The items mentioned above are the only service repairs it ever needed except for two sets of tires and plugs/wires during this time. I drove it hard, whipping up on the new Nissan 300 ZX's and anything else in my way and raced it at Irwindale Raceways 1/8th mile, too. I gave it the ultimate "stress test" and it passed with flying colors.

When I found out the GT was being dropped in 2008 I searched long and hard to find another one and bought a new 2007 left over at a dealer all they way over in Victorville. I hated to get rid of the 2003 GT, but I new the opportunity to have a low mileage GT in my future depended on me making the trade since the GT's were no more.

Now my 2007 GT just turned over 40,000 this week and the only thing I've done are oil changes. If they made a 2012 GT I'd be on the list.

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