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Old 26 Apr 2011, 03:36 pm
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Question Looking at an 05 GT 'vert.

Hey all.

A dealer in my area has a 05 GT 'vert with about 65,000mi on it. Finding a cheap ride with any semblance of personality at all is a challenge these days, so I'm gonna go take a look at it tomorrow evening.

I know all the usual stuff to check when it comes to used cars... but is there anything special I should be on the look out for?

Thanks.
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Old 26 Apr 2011, 03:51 pm
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Do the key dance to check codes.

Look at the LCA bushings, and peak under the oil fill cap. If all varnished up I would walk.
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Old 03 May 2011, 11:13 am
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Default Re: Looking at an 05 GT 'vert.

If it's a Turbo like mine, you'll be purchasing premium gas & only getting 17+/-mpg. It has cost me way more than $50 to fill up for months now.

I'm now at 75,000 miles and just replaced the left front bearing $438, found a small leak in my power steering fluid, need to replace an oil gasket that might cost $5, but because of it's location requires $450 in labor to get to it.

The power train warranty is over at 70,000 miles so you might want to negotiate an extended warranty on that. My extended warranty is costing me $2,800.

So buyer beware.
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Old 03 May 2011, 12:34 pm
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If it's a Turbo like mine, you'll be purchasing premium gas & only getting 17+/-mpg. It has cost me way more than $50 to fill up for months now.

I'm now at 75,000 miles and just replaced the left front bearing $438, found a small leak in my power steering fluid, need to replace an oil gasket that might cost $5, but because of it's location requires $450 in labor to get to it.

The power train warranty is over at 70,000 miles so you might want to negotiate an extended warranty on that. My extended warranty is costing me $2,800.

So buyer beware.
Thanks for the words of advice.

I buy premium gas anyways... regular out here is 85 octane and many stations only carry 2 grades. I'm not about to put 85 in anything.

From the looks of it she's in pretty good shape. From the ride quality I'm thinking new engine mounts and shocks are needed, gotta get that taken care of this summer.

I got a full extended warranty from the dealer, covers pretty much everything for 4yr/48,000mi from date of purchase. It's got a $100 deductible per service and after that point the warranty company pays everything.

I figured with the way the engine is shoe-horned in there replacing even the simplest parts might turn into a hassle. Right now I've got a nasty squeal that I think is coming from the power steering belt or pump. Gotta take her in and have that checked before it drives me crazy.
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Old 03 May 2011, 01:09 pm
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Two weeks ago my left front wheel squealed on gradual curves, not turns, just curves. It was the bearing.

About a year and a half ago I invested in Michelin tires which made a big difference in the ride.

Good luck.
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Congratulations.

If it is automatic, do not boost in 4th (OD) or you may be needing a new transmission sooner than expected.
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If it's a Turbo like mine, you'll be purchasing premium gas & only getting 17+/-mpg. It has cost me way more than $50 to fill up for months now.

I'm now at 75,000 miles and just replaced the left front bearing $438, found a small leak in my power steering fluid, need to replace an oil gasket that might cost $5, but because of it's location requires $450 in labor to get to it.

The power train warranty is over at 70,000 miles so you might want to negotiate an extended warranty on that. My extended warranty is costing me $2,800.

So buyer beware.
I dunno about that. Our HO turbo gets about 21mpg on medium grade
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Old 04 May 2011, 11:18 am
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This isn't my first boosted vehicle.

That being said, mileage on a boosted vehicle can vary greatly from driver to driver based upon their driving habits.

I had a 06 Cobalt SS a few years back... Stage II with some other goodies... would drink like a V8 when the pedal was down, but if I went easy on it I could easly see 30MPG.

Being that the PT is automatic and has a larger engine I don't expect that kind of excellent mileage... 25 would be OK with me.
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Hey all.

A dealer in my area has a 05 GT 'vert with about 65,000mi on it. Finding a cheap ride with any semblance of personality at all is a challenge these days, so I'm gonna go take a look at it tomorrow evening.

I know all the usual stuff to check when it comes to used cars... but is there anything special I should be on the look out for?

Thanks.
I've got a 2005 PT Cruiser Turbo GT Convertible (AT) that I am preparing to sell. It was manufactured by Chrysler to showcase the initial ragtop with turbo power. It began life on a Chrysler dealer's showroom floor. I found it and purchased it in September of 2005, on the spot! Sticker was $30,645 and included all available factory options including Infinity sound with built-in GPS.

Light Almond Pearl Metallic with a matching Taupe PearlBeige leather interior and of course, a matching Taupe/Tan convertible top. It has 21,800 miles and not a single scratch! It's one of a kind and a real show stopper!

I've added about $2,000 of performance and appearance options, lowered it 2" front and rear with upgraded struts and shocks all around.

Let me know (fhgardner@gmail.com) if you're interested in seeing photos.
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Poppy

You might want to advertise in the For Sale section.
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