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Old 15 Aug 2016, 09:21 am
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Hi, We recently had to purchase an overpriced pt cruiser on payments. It is a 2003 with 173k miles on it now. We are in Fl presently and the body shows it-minor wear but actually a beautiful car. We have recently sold our home and are moving to the north along with being able to pay the car off. We do like the car (well there are days its a love-hate thing...) along with the ability to make it have a long life. We were only wondering if this is possible with a pt. We are adding back springs as they were the first to go, new tires and checking the steering pump as we had some problems with this the first month we had it. We keep her maintained. We are wary of any transmission problems for the age and no known history re this but so far-seems fine. Thinking possibly the tranny may already have been replaced. As far as the engine, this is one thing we arent sure to replace or will need to be replaced. Wondering if we put the money into doing this we would be getting a new life and reliability. We think its the best option as vs paying it off, selling for literally a small fraction of what we paid and getting a new car. Any input or thoughts would be great.
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Old 15 Aug 2016, 09:32 am
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You said you kept the PT maintained, that's really all you have to do. Guessing at what parts might or might not go bad isn't going to accomplish anything.
But, the 1 real thing you need to keep in the back of your mind is how old the timing belt is...whenever you replace that, you also do the water pump, pully & have the crank & cam seals checked or replaced also....JMO

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Old 15 Aug 2016, 09:38 am
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Welcome to the forum

Any vehicle needs regular scheduled maintenance to keep issues under control, let things get out of hand and they can snowball on you, then you have to play catch up, so the small issues not taken care of lead to bigger issues.
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Old 15 Aug 2016, 10:52 am
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Welcome to the forum from fun filled Texas.
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Old 15 Aug 2016, 10:56 am
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Old 15 Aug 2016, 11:50 am
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Welcome to the forum from the great sovereign state of Arkansas!

For reference, here's my standard suspension write-up with part numbers including the improved Moog control arms. All this is a for a 2005 PT GT. There's a caveat at the bottom about the poly bushings. So there's no need for endless debate from those that don't like them.

Overall, you could foreseeably overhaul the entire PT suspension for not too much money. You can buy new front struts with the coils already on them. And complete bushing set for entire suspension can be bought for less than $200. And rear struts and new rear coils are pretty cheap too. Here's a quick parts list with some popular brands. Not the cheapest.

2x MONROE FRONT STRUT W/COIL SPRING Part # 181592 $69.79 ($139.58)
2X MONROE REAR SHOCK Part # 5989 $26.79 ($53.58)
MOOG REAR COIL SPRING SET Part # 81053 $33.79
Energy Suspension 5.18108G Master Bushing Kit for Pt Cruiser $113.98

Total is $458.51. Everything but the bushing kit would come from RockAuto with no tax and likely no shipping charge. You can also get 5% off this with a discount code. The busing kit is from Amazon and the shipping is free for me because I have Prime. The bushing kit would have extra pieces that already come on some of the new parts. But overall, it's likely cheapest to get the whole kit and use what you need. Softer butyl rubber bushings might help the ride more than these performance bushings. The part numbers here fit a 2005 PT GT. Your mileage may vary.

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