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Chrysler PT Cruiser, Wagon
#212 of 879 Picked up new pt cruiser last friday
Mar 21, 2002 (5:13 pm)
After working two dealers and coming up with the options and price I was happy with we finally bought our new cruiser (my wife says it's her's). We chose a limited steel blue cruiser with ABS, heated seats,(my wife is cold-blooded) roof rack, stereo upgrade-really nice. MSRP was $22,025 and we got $1000 rebate and $1000 discount and $2400 trade for 1995 ford windstar with 98000 miles. We really love it. Will be getting a 2002 honda oddysey ex-l res in a few weeks (being built right now) red. Showed one to the kids at the dealer the other day and they said they liked the cruiser better- the vote was unanimous. Really appreciate edmunds com. They have helped me immensely in picking cars, working dealers, etc. I was talked into the 7 year 75k mile extended warranty for $770 . Does anyone have any experience with chrysler warranties. I have 30 days to cancel it and am not feeling very good with it so far. thanks for the help. P.S. Very happy with Brenner Motors in Mechanicsburg, PA.
#213 of 879 I had to check,
Mar 26, 2002 (1:08 pm)
But my dealer was giving the 7 year 100,000 warrantee with each new Chrysler. I wasn't sure so I had a copy of the warrantee faxed to me to be sure. That might be why I couldn't get them down to MSRP however.
#214 of 879 You really bought one?
Mar 27, 2002 (1:41 am)
Let's see...underpowered, overweight, and MSRP over 20K with dealers reluctant to deal...not to mention seating right out of the minivan line. Sounds like PT is the one for me.
#215 of 879 little9, I'd say it sounds
Mar 27, 2002 (4:34 am)
like neither the PT nor this thread is "the one" for you.
Mar 27, 2002 (9:10 am)
I have had many cars over the years. In the last few years I have read all the reports, studied all the surveys and worried over getting the best car in the style I wanted. I have ended up buying cars that always fell short in some way of my expectations. The PT was a car I simply wanted. The seating position is nice in my opinion. I wouldn't buy a Sofa or Chair that had me sitting on the floor with my feet stretched out so why would I get a car that made me sit that way? PT drivers tend to wave at each other and the aftermarket is loaded with parts. When I had my Prelude I could go to the parts store and no one gave it a second glance. The PT gets more than glances. The Prelude was a good car and did pretty much what I expected it to do. It just wasn't as comfortable. It is hard to describe to non enthusiasts but let me try. Driving a car is a bit like going out to dinner. We all like a nice meal but many of us look forward to dessert. Driving the PT is like dessert, its comfort food for the soul.
#217 of 879 warranty question
Mar 27, 2002 (12:16 pm)
I got the 7 year 100k powertrain warranty for free but bought the 7 year 75k for $770. It is the warranty with the $100 dollar deductable. Would appreciate anyone's opinion on it. Honda has a 7 year 100k $0 deductable for $875. It tells you what's not included which is much easier to live with I think. We love our brand new cruiser with about 350 miles on it. I think it has plenty of power-very peppy. Our's is a 5 speed. You also have a great feeling driving it with response you get from others. Very fun car to drive and seems to be very well put together.
#218 of 879 Warranty Question by Leejr
Mar 27, 2002 (5:37 pm)
We bought a 5 speed last October. Paid $1300 under invoice. The dealer in Upper Marlboro, MD is great with no pressure. They even faxed the invoice to my home with offer hand written at the bottom. Ask for Steve Brennen. They had the car on their lot since May. Seems nobody wants a 5 speed - except my European wife. Folks - if you can drive a stick, go for it - you won't regret it. We love ours. Acceleration gets better with time - must be break in of the car.
Leejr - your extended warranty sounds like a deal. Assume it is a Chrysler contract. Did you buy the Power Train Care Plus or Added Care? We got the Maximum Care that's suppose to be as comprehensive as you can get (5000+ parts). Paid $1440 for 7/75000, $0 deductible after making an offer based on internet search. Always been a foreign car owner so I wanted to be cautious with a US make in its first production year.
Now that the hype has worn off the PT Cruiser is starting a track record. Consumer Reports gives it steller reliability scores although crash testing was a bit subpar.
#219 of 879 I got to test the load carrying yesterday
Mar 28, 2002 (4:14 am)
I had to make a run to a local funeral home and pick up some flowers to deliver them. When I got there the flower room was filled with flowers. I just flipped up the rear seats and filled the car with arrangements. I got everything but two floor arrangements.
#220 of 879 Turbo lovers, just wait a few months longer
Mar 28, 2002 (4:39 pm)
I subscribe to Autoweek Online and got an e-mail about the new cars introduced at the New York Auto Show. They mentioned a PT Turbo to be introduced this fall. It's supposed to be a 2.4L with 215HP and 145lb-ft torque. There's a 5 speed Getrag transaxle standard, and an optional 4 speed auto with a clutchless manual shifter.
It has a chrome tip exhaust with a pronounced exhaust note, per Chrysler, and a set of 17-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with a set of performance treads, GT and Turbo badges on the exterior, body-color monotone front and rear fascias, plus some inside reminders of this sporty edition! Oh, boy. I wonder if I can get the hang of a clutchless shifter. (Can't drive a clutch without stripping gears!)Didn't VW have one on their Beetle in the early 70's?
Mar 29, 2002 (3:04 am)
Minivan seating is fine...not too hard, not too soft. I thoroughly enjoyed your posting especially when you used the analogy of dining and the dessert to follow. See the posting by Andil1 (above) and the issue of "underpowered" will be settled. GET THOSE PONIES ROLLING CHRYSLER!