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Old 24 Feb 2013, 11:36 am
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Default 2006 PT convertible rear visibility concerns for a new driver?

Hello,

We have been looking for a starter car for my 17 year old daughter. Yesterday we found a black 2006 PT convertible with 61000 miles at a local trusted dealer for $7500 with all taxes and fees included.

We test drove the car and I have a couple of concerns. First, the rearward visibility seemed quite limited due to the small rear window, and second the stock engine seemed to idle roughly when stopping for traffic lights. Are these common concerns with this model?

The low visibility concerns me most, as she has only been driving regularly for about a year.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 24 Feb 2013, 11:54 am
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Default Re: 2006 PT convertible rear visibility concerns for a new driver?

Not a lot you can do about the visibility. Lots of Vert and the newer higher rear end cars out there that have the same problem. Even the 2001 PT sedans have a limited view out the back that was corrected in 2002 when the installed smaller back seat head rests. My Police cruiser, looking out the back you feel like your looking out the gun turret slit of an Abrams tank.

The rough idle could be a number of things from a cheap plugs and wires fix to a timing belt that's not correct being a tooth off center. Has to be diagnosed and pin-pointed. It's not common. The N/A 4 cylinder, Turbo Lite or GT models all should idle smooth when everything is right.
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Old 24 Feb 2013, 03:12 pm
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Default Re: 2006 PT convertible rear visibility concerns for a new driver?

If the 'rear visability' concerns you that much, then don't buy the car. As with any car on the road, you can't change the rear visibility.

As far as the rough idle, again, any used car out there that has a rough idle the first thing that should be done is a tune-up and it should be done before you buy the car by the dealer or the private owner whichever applies in this case.

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Old 24 Feb 2013, 03:32 pm
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Default Re: 2006 PT convertible rear visibility concerns for a new driver?

Thanks for your responses. We've decided that the visibility is enough of a concern to choose a different car. Also, the main reason I was so concerned about the rough idle is that this car has already gone through the full dealer inspection/service and apparently the rough idle was not corrected. This is a very reputable dealer with respect to service.
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Old 24 Feb 2013, 03:39 pm
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Default Re: 2006 PT convertible rear visibility concerns for a new driver?

I was initially curious how the vision would be out the rear of my vert also. After a day or so I found it to be no problem. You just need to watch your outside mirrors more often.

I do understand your concern for an inexperienced driver, though.
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This is a very reputable dealer with respect to service.
Then the dealer should have had enough respect for you (his prospective customer) to make a SERIOUS attempt to correct the rough idle or you don't buy it. He should know, that you know, that if they couldn't correct it, then you shouldn't have to shoulder that burden.

Again tirs.

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