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Old 25 Nov 2010, 03:12 pm
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We recently bought a 2005 PT Cruiser (2.2L, diesel, 36,000 miles) from a private owner, which included a full service record. Before we bought it, we had AA check it out, and nothing amiss came up.

However, 3 days after buying it, the engine went into limp-home mode. We took it to the local Chrysler garage, and they said (after a diagnostic), that the catalytic converter and turbo weren't working.

Apparently, a sensor on the catalytic converter stopped working, causing the engine to run rich; the cc eventually stopped working, causing the turbo to quit as well.

The cc has been rebuilt and replaced, but the turbo still won't work and it must also be replaced. A very expensive job.

Has this happened to anyone else?
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Old 25 Nov 2010, 08:46 pm
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Just by chance I was in the dealers today to get a quote on some exhaust parts & a few other things, AFTER I woke up from the sticker shock The converter was $1268 + a core charge of $200!! Add taxes and that's pretty much TWICE what I paid for my car! Holy crap
Of coarse this is OEM stuff..but still...Guess I better get TWO more jobs...
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Old 26 Nov 2010, 07:18 am
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Have you checked the turbo yourself? If not, take off the intake (car not running please) it's held on with a hose clamp, 5/16 nut I think. After you have it off, put your finger inside the turbo and see if the impeller spins.... If it's free spinning, why would it need replaced? Maybe the wastegate is stuck open? The only thing that controls the turbo to work is air!!
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Old 26 Nov 2010, 09:00 pm
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turbo's are expensive!
Lucky the PT does not have an intercooler!
Those can be even more expensive!
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Old 26 Nov 2010, 09:45 pm
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turbo's are expensive!
Lucky the PT does not have an intercooler!
Those can be even more expensive!
Yeah those intercoolers can be expensive. And yes, PT'S do have intercoolers. At least mine does!!!... lucky me.
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Old 27 Nov 2010, 02:13 pm
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36k miles? The cat is covered under warranty for like 100k. An aftermarket cat is around $60-$100 (I have a Magnaflow cat). You got taken for that. You can get a turbo off of ebay for around $300, new through an aftermarket vendor for around $600 or through someone parting out a car, a junk yard, etc fo a lot less than a rip off dealer can. Independent shops can be a lot cheaper than the dealer.
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Old 27 Nov 2010, 04:35 pm
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Lucky the PT does not have an intercooler!
Those can be even more expensive!
..Dude, are you serious? Wow.


Anyway, worst case scenario is that your turbo's blown.

Here's a link to a rebuilt turbo with exhaust manifold and stock WGA.

Turbos Unleashed, Inc.

$350.
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