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Old 30 Apr 2009, 09:47 pm
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im looking to buy a pt cruiser turbo. i been trying to read up on the differences beetween motors over the yrs but im getting some diff reviews? does the 03 have a 180hp motor or 215? and when did they bump the power to 230, 05? basically what is the best yr pt turbo to buy ( most HP anyway) ? do all the convertible 05's have the 230hp motor cause thats what im leaning towards buying?

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Old 30 Apr 2009, 10:54 pm
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Default Re: 03 or 05 ??

I know the 03 has 215hp. I think they bumped up the horses in 06? Not 100% sure. The convertible is most likely heavier and would probably be slower if you're looking to buy for acceleration and stuff. Just an idea.
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im looking to buy a pt cruiser turbo. i been trying to read up on the differences beetween motors over the yrs but im getting some diff reviews? does the 03 have a 180hp motor or 215? and when did they bump the power to 230, 05? basically what is the best yr pt turbo to buy ( most HP anyway) ? do all the convertible 05's have the 230hp motor cause thats what im leaning towards buying?
'03 - 215 hp
'04 - 220 hp
'05 - 220 hp (Around the middle of the year they went to the platic intake manifold which bumped it up to 230 hp)
'06 on up - 230 hp
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Old 01 May 2009, 07:43 am
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well which pt cruisers have the 180hp? cause some of the pt's im looking at all arent GT's, some are touring, some limited . im leaning towards the vert cause theres 2 nice ones im looking at but still open to any model really. ive read theres a "turbo lite" model, how do i tell the diff? cause i havent seen any of the ones for sale physically say turbo lite so i wanna make sure i dont buy a 180hp model.

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Old 01 May 2009, 07:55 am
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I know your looking for a more pacific answer but a fast way of telling if the car your looking at is the Turbo Lite or the High Output is inside the fuel door (if it hasn't been removed). The higher output engine has a sticker on the inside of the door saying "Premium Fuel Recommended".
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Old 01 May 2009, 08:00 am
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ok, ill check that out when im looking. i thought i read on here too that you can tell by the wheels that came factory on the pt, is this true?
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Old 01 May 2009, 08:03 am
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They can be changed also by the previous owner (see mine) and you are looking at used vehicles, but a stock High Output should have the 17" GT wheels. Not sure about the special models that had the Pyramid type wheels.

The basic thing to look for is on the the rear hatch. It will say "GT" or have the "HIGH OUTPUT" badge under the "2.4 L Turbo" script.
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Old 01 May 2009, 08:06 am
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can any of the motors have the autostick option or only the HO?
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...and the '05 has the larger injectors. If it has a GT on the rear hatch, it's the high-output, if just Turbo, it's the lower - de-tuned to burn 87 Octane gas.

Which-ever one you get, look at changing the plugs, wires, transmission fluid and oil with Synthetic (unless you know it's been done).
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Old 01 May 2009, 08:13 am
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ok that makes it simpler to figure out, thanks!
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