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Old 22 Jul 2005, 03:11 pm
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Back in March my wife and I each bought 2005 PT Cruisers. Hers is a 4 door, automatic, 2.4Ltr FI and mine is a convertable, 5 speed, 2.4Ltr FI. Both cars had a shimmy in the front end at take off and when turning corners at slow speeds. We demonstrated this to the dealer and they recognized it as a problem. In fact all of the 2005 FI Cruisers on the lot had the same problem, some worse than others. Chrysler told the dealer to change the front axles. That didn't work, they changed the wheels and that didn't help. Finally the they brought in the factory engineer and he said he felt it too, but that was the way the car was designed.

Of course we protested and I even talked directly to the factory engineer. In June I got a call from the dealer and they said Chrysler told them to change the front drive axel with one for the Turbo. Low and behold the problem went away. This week they changed the one in my wife's and the problem was solved.

The reason for the delay in hers was because the drive axel for the Turbo model was back ordered. Seems they were in high demand.

We were told by the dealer and the factory engineer back in March that we were the first customers to bring this problem to their attention.

We believe that the Dealer stood behind us all the way. Chrysler knew they had a problem and they found the solution.

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Old 22 Jul 2005, 03:20 pm
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Same "problem" here. All the ones I drove did it also. It's horrible torque steer, because of the weight of the car & the suck ass turning radius. I've seen it on quite a few cars actually.
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Old 22 Jul 2005, 03:39 pm
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the suck ass turning radius
Sure hope you didn't buy it for it turning radius.
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Old 22 Jul 2005, 05:04 pm
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LOL..no, BUT the base Neon has a 5 ft better radius( because of steering rack, not because of wheel track) & all the front end components swap over to the PT, so......
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Old 22 Jul 2005, 05:41 pm
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Johns Steel Blue said: "Sure hope you didn't buy it for it turning radius."

Nope, bought it for the gas mileage [xx(]

I haven't figured out how to do a quote on this forum yet.[V]
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Old 22 Jul 2005, 07:45 pm
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[quote]quote:Originally posted by Racer46

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Above the post there is a piece of paper with a red arrow pointing to it( along with a paper with a face & a pencil & trash can, the later 2 show up only on YOUR posts). That is the reply with quote selection. Give it a try.
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Old 23 Jul 2005, 11:44 am
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Old 23 Jul 2005, 06:38 pm
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Doh! Thanx!
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LOL..no, BUT the base Neon has a 5 ft better radius( because of steering rack, not because of wheel track) & all the front end components swap over to the PT, so......
But it ain't a NEON. Note differnent sheet metal around the wheels.

besides, if there was more steering lock available, some moron whould crank it all the way over at hiqhway speeds with a grand piano on the roof rack and flip the car over onto it's roof and into a liability suit.

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First I've heard of this, and I'm on 6 PT forums. Also, didn't know turbo axles were different - just for GT or also turbo "lite"?
If I have the problem, I don't know it - feels the same as my '02 - only faster...
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