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Old 08 Apr 2019, 07:33 pm
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has anyone changed an auto to a manual gearbox , whats the best way to go about it , my thought is to get a donor car but it would have to be really cheap and not fixable , like a write off or something, or is there another way, my daughter likes her convertible but wishes it was a manual, she feels its not really driving unless you have to think about it , anyway , suggestions please(other than buy a different one)
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Old 08 Apr 2019, 09:04 pm
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The manual tranny's only come in the base model PT's and the GT's. And the tranny's are not the same.

In most cases, I would say that this type of trade out in a PT Cruiser is not worth since you can buy PT's cheaper than it cost to do this job. However, manual tranny PT convertibles are fairly rare. Most are Touring models (all automatics) with a few base and GT models. And only a limited number of those have manuals.

If your daughter's car is a turbo model, you will have to get a PT GT donor car to make this work. And if not a turbo, you will have to get a base model. There really aren't other choices unless you run up on a special order car which are very rare too.

If me, I'd first search for a convertible with the manual. Even though rare, there are some out there. Otherwise, you are in for a very fun, expensive and involved project.
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Old 11 Apr 2019, 05:37 am
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ok cool , thanks for the advice , guess we will be looking for a different car ,
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