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Old 17 Mar 2013, 02:02 pm
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Default Turbo failure frequency/expectations

I have unfortunately killed my Cruiser. She is totaled.
I am looking at replacing with a turbo version this time. However, I have heard about the the oil feed lines getting clogged/coked up due to heat. I have heard that this is common.
1. Is it a common problem?
2 Is it difficult to replace on your own?
3. Is there a heat shield that can be attached? Could tin-foil be used? (it would also stop the aliens from getting in.)
4. Prior to failure, can tube be cleaned? Is it difficult to replace?

I am looking for a reliable vehicle. Perhaps a turbo is just another thing to go wrong?

The car I am considering is an 05 with 180K. It looks to be in good codition and service records indicatate it was well maintianed (timing belt, wheel bearings, regular service at a dealer.) I would really like the GT power and top of the line status, but that would would fade rapidly if I have to spend a lot on repairs.

Opinions please?
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Old 17 Mar 2013, 03:59 pm
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Old 17 Mar 2013, 04:11 pm
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It has 180k so if the belt has been done. How many miles on this one? How many turbos has this one had? There are lots of things that a car with that many miles could need any time if they haven't already been done. If there isn't a bill for it, it could be the next thing. The coking is dune by the turbo not being cooled down properly after spirited driving. So only protection is to follow the cool down procedures as per the manufacturer. It can be a DIY repair. Hoses are a recommend item when doing so. Coked lines usually means coked turbo oil passages also. Short of a rebuild not sure you could do much with that. Not a bad idea to check the lines on a used purchase. No one is going to let you do this before you by though. Some of these turbos have not been used much as some owners never run there cars other than point A to point B. Never feeling it's potential. That would be a good find.
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Thank you Nitro and Busted.

I will contact the people in OKC.
This particular GT was owned by a woman who appeared to be meticulous about maintenance. Not trying to stereotype, but I'm glad it wasn't owned by a teenager.

I have never owned a turbo. What is the cool down procedure?
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Old 17 Mar 2013, 08:03 pm
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Only bad thing about turbos, when the mod bug kicks in you really aren't gonna like the gas milage and the price of 93octane. Other then that I really like mine.
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Old 17 Mar 2013, 08:21 pm
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What are some things you would suggest I look for on the maintenence records?
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Old 17 Mar 2013, 08:36 pm
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I didn't think turbos got worse mileage than non-turbos. I also thought modding increased MPG as long as you kept your foot out of it.
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I didn't think turbos got worse mileage than non-turbos. I also thought modding increased MPG as long as you kept your foot out of it.
Hey man glad to see someone else from Oklahoma who cares for and takes care of their PT! I am in Stillwater and own a 2003 GT 5-speed with 127,000 miles.

I haven't heard of many turbo failures on these cars. This is my 2nd GT and both have been very reliable.

Like most any other car, if it has been maintained properly and is well maintained in the future then they will last. If not, it will have problems. Unfortunately even with the best care and attention things break on both new cars and older cars.

I love my GT and I wouldn't have it any other way. Mine frequently gets between 24 and 28 mpg highway doing 70mph with the cruise. It all depends on the direction of this Oklahoma wind! I have seen as high as 31mpg at 65mph. With nothing but around town driving (heavy traffic here in Stillwater due to the college) I get between 18 and 22mpg and I am definitely a "spirited" driver ie, I like pressing that gas pedal and hearing the turbo whine!

Good luck with whatever decision you make.


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Old 17 Mar 2013, 09:39 pm
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Hey Scrible. Let's start a club, eh?!
Sorry, I went Canadian just for a moment...

"But I'm feeling much better now!"

Still, a club would be cool.
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Old 17 Mar 2013, 09:53 pm
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There used to be a club here i believe but since the popularity has dwindled a lot of clubs disbanded. I enjoy mine and have been really bit by the mod bug.
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