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Old 23 Mar 2012, 12:33 pm
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is there mods or parts available that can alter the turning radius of our PTs? Sometimes this car is so frustrating.
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Old 23 Mar 2012, 12:45 pm
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is there mods or parts available that can alter the turning radius of our PTs? Sometimes this car is so frustrating.
nope nothing that can be done. The manual trans cars due have a slightly better turning radius than the auto's but I don't think it's enough to notice a difference. The problem is that the transmission is right in the space were the wheel need to move into on the drivers side of the car.

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Old 23 Mar 2012, 01:50 pm
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My 2004 base model with manual transmission and 15" wheels has a turning radius of 18.25 feet (36.5 ' dia).
This compares well with my 1990 Mazda 626 with its 18 ft turning radius.
Nothing can be done as rcktpwrd says; the auto transmissions increase that radius, as do larger wheels. An auto with 16" wheels has a radius of 19.85 feet and the specs for a 2010 Classic (on-line) said 20.1 feet (40.2' dia).
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Old 23 Mar 2012, 01:58 pm
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It really is the only flaw in the pt that bothered me. In the UK parking spaces are tight as it is and room to maneuver is limited. Once I got used to it though it was fine. Just another characteristic of the PT.
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