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Old 05 Jun 2002, 02:12 am
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My wife is looking into getting a PT Cruiser. She test drove one last weeknd and and fell in love. She likes everything about it, size, interior room, style, and the way all the seats can be configured. My only concern is the power. I drove it for a short distance and the engine seems to be weak. <img src=icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle> She will use it mostly in town but when we get on the freeway, I don't want to have to bury my foot on the pedal to keep up with traffic.<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> Other than that I'm sold on them too.

Is everyone happy with theirs<img src=icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle> It seems that Chrysler is coming out with 0.9% financing over the July 4th holiday for the PT's. I'm looking to get one then.

Happy and Safe Motoring ....................

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Old 05 Jun 2002, 04:35 am
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I'm VERY happy with my 2001 PT Cruiser (touring edition). But since I also want more power I'm trading in my 2001 PT for a 2003 GT Cruiser, turbo charged edition. So instead of the 160 HP in the normal PT, there is 215 HP in the turbo charged model <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

See the Press Kit on the GT Cruiser:

So if you and your wife can hold out I would suggest getting one of these when they come available around Sept/Oct of this year.


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Old 05 Jun 2002, 05:21 am
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I have a 2002 and the power level is fine. Can keep up and pass without much problem. Of course if you want more power and torque, then the 2003 Turbo Cruiser is something to consider, but remember it uses premium gas.

The 2002 PT 0-60mph times are the same as a Mazda 626 EX or Lexus RX300 and faster than a Honda CR-V EX, BMW 318i, Audi A-4, etc. Can compared the acceleration times for yourself here:

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Old 05 Jun 2002, 11:55 am
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My 2001 had plenty of power, stock. I could get onto the freeway and pass traffic already on before I get off the ramp. Friends with "sportier" cars (though theirs were automatics) commented on how they wish they had that much power.

Since then, I've added Borla header, Borla cat-back dual exhaust and Airaid cold air intake. I'll soon be removing the header and adding turbo...I like to make it faster. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>


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Old 05 Jun 2002, 04:59 pm
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Don't get one! I see far to many smiling faces driving far too many PT Cruisers. They used to be cool - now they're just commonplace!

Seriously, I find the 150 HP quite sufficient. I can easily hit 65+ MPH on the onramp to the interstate and easily merge into traffic. Once at speed, there is enough left to easily pass when needed. In a trip through the WVA mountains last year, with two heavy guys and lots of gear, the PT maintained 70 MPH right to the tops of those mountains. Of course, the 4 banger has to rev up a bit to deliver the goods, but she will deliver. My car is an automatic. The five speed is a bit more gutsy.

Now if you want to drag race the kids - wait for the turbo!


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Old 05 Jun 2002, 06:16 pm
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In the words of NIKE (or whoever said it) JUST DO IT! The PT has plenty of power for town or highway driving. It won't spin the wheels from a stop light but will keep up with 80% of the normal traffic. Highway driving is a pleasure and it'll cruise at 70-90 all day long with enough left over to kick into the 3 digit zone if your so inclined. There's loads of aftermarket goodies you can add if you need more noise or want to add just a few more HP but it's not necessary for everyday driving. BUT, be warned, most of us have caught some sort of virus (not computer related) that makes you go out and buy all kinds of accessories till you get a letter from the bank saying your overdrawn! <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 05 Jun 2002, 11:13 pm
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quote:BUT, be warned, most of us have caught some sort of virus (not computer related) that makes you go out and buy all kinds of accessories till you get a letter from the bank saying your overdrawn! <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Yeah........Yet another concern I was very suprised by the amount of head room in the PT. Even the leg room isn't bad in the rear with the front seat all the back. I live in Sacramento and some of the dealers here have nearly 150 PT's in stock. I guess I'll make the plunge in July when the 0.9% financing comes out. Now I have to decide on the color<img src=icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

Thanks for the input<img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 07 Jun 2002, 02:16 am
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We have a 2002 5 speed has plendy of power. Glad we didnt get the automatic. Thanks for the info on the financing for the Holiday weekend.<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> Hubby now thinks we need another one (claims he never gets to drive this one) I cant understand that. LOL One word of advice check out your Dealership rating for customer satisfaction. we bought here in the Stockton area and although we got ours for a fair price we have found out they have a terrible reputation in their Service Dept. When trying to resolve some little problems found out they are not much help once they have sold you the car.
Good luck in your car shopping experience. You will love the car.

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