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Chrysler PT Cruiser, Wagon
#410 of 879 graphicguy: Thanks for telling us about your new PT Turbo
Aug 06, 2002 (8:01 am)
Congratulations on your NEW Turbo PT Cruiser. I just read Edmund's nice review of 2003 Turbo PT Cruiser where it stated 215 HP and 245 Ft Lbs Torque (same as Chrysler 3.8L V6 in T&C / GC).
Since first seeing and sitting inside the PT Cruiser, I have wanted one. We finally test drove an automatic and was surprised at the acceleration with 3 adults and 2 children aboard. However, it was a windy day and the PT was buffeted much greater than our 2002 T&C eL on the same road (I-15) just prior to and just after the test drive of the PT Cruiser.
If I could talk my wife into having 2 vehicles I would buy the PT....but with only one, the T&C is a wiser choice.
#411 of 879 graphicguy
Aug 06, 2002 (8:25 am)
Good for you. That is one of the things I have noticed about PT buyers. They look forward to getting a PT even before they see one. I didn't feel I could wait for the turbo but I know when the convertible comes out I may have to trade in my B2500 to get one. These cars have captured a spot in our culture or at lease in the auto enthusiasts culture that I haven't seen in years. I can't remember when I had a car in the last ten to twenty years that I wanted to buy things for. Like it has been said the fuzzy dice are only the beginning. Pinstriping, duel pipes, cold air, chrome battery covers, colored wires. These are not the things I used to think about. They are now.
Aug 06, 2002 (11:05 am)
Drove PT GT about 10 days ago and again last Friday. Compared it to Limited. GT has enough power, but is not "fast." Ride and quiet about same as Limited, but turn in is better.
Checked a number of dealers and found many have several. Some dealers (SoCal) are marking them up well over factory sticker while other are selling at factory sticker, with at least one selling them below factory sticker - with no add-ons.
Chrome accents package and Woody package not available on PT GT.
Noted the wheels do not have an outer lip to attach wheel weights.
Aug 06, 2002 (11:48 am)
Thanks revka...I'll mosy on over there.
Hardoo, I indeed have a wife. That's how this whole thing started she needed a new car and thought the PT was "cute". I ended up buying it for myself and she took over my 300M. That's another long story, too. If interested I posted more details in the Maintenance and Repair Thread in the Zaino Part II topic.
Using my guesstimate on invoice price (about $1,500-$1,700 below MSRP), I would say that invoice on mine was about $24,200-$24,400. Dealer gave up all but $550 of the "over invoice" profit. OF course, dealer still makes the holdback, too.
Mine is equiped with every option available, including $200 extra for the "inferno red pearlcoat", leather, side airbags, sunroof, heated seats, etc. Maybe the only thing I could have got were the dealer installed options like custon graphics or a CD changer.
#414 of 879 2003 pricing available
Aug 06, 2002 (12:13 pm)
I noticed that the 2003 PT Cruiser numbers were just posted at www.kbb.com
This includes numbers for the Turbo!
A PT GT Turbo "Loaded" with the 2CR package is $23,738 invoice, $25,450 MSRP in Michigan.
#415 of 879 boaz47, that's the problem with trading.
Aug 07, 2002 (5:22 am)
I've had 7 pickups since '88 and the first thing I have to do is the Flowmaster Exhaust and K&N Filter. And chips in the earlier ones. (The ones that had chips that you change). I'd have to do the same thing with a PT!
Aug 07, 2002 (1:25 pm)
This will not be the first time for me either. What I feel is that it is easier to get things for the PT than it was for just about anything I have fixed up over the few years. with the exception of a civic I can't think of more sites dedicated to working on a car than the PT. There is a fellowship of PT owners that I haven't seen in car enthusiasts in years. If you want more power or a better suspension or just a better looking car all you have to do is ask and that information is available from one owner or another. I got more questions answered on the PTFYI site in one visit than I did in two years working on my old prelude. I not only plan on keeping this car but after the convertible come out I want another one. I am sure I will fix that one up as well.
Aug 07, 2002 (6:01 pm)
Can you fold the passenger seat flat in the new Cruiser's?
I want to get a recumbent bike and want to carry it inside if I could.
Also, does it need premimum fuel?
#418 of 879 RE: Front Seat
Aug 08, 2002 (4:07 am)
With the 2002 the front passenger seat folded on the touring and limited edition cars. The classic seat didn't fold. I haven't seen a 2003 or a brochure on it yet. There are still a lot of new 2002's about.
#419 of 879 fgaydos - fuel
Aug 08, 2002 (4:11 am)
Cruisers use regular 87 octane fuel, except for the Turbo which requires premium.