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Toyota Matrix, Mazda Protege5, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Ford Focus, Suzuki Aerio, Hyundai Elantra
#102 of 167 I drive a 2002 Elantra hatchback; wife drives PT
Nov 21, 2002 (10:59 am)
I paid around $20K for a 2001 PT cruiser around 15 months ago. Wifes car
I paid around $13,000 total (tax, license, etc.) for an Elantra hatchback, auto, moon/sun roof., leather seats. Here's my 2 cents.
I like driving the elantra better...better visability, seat is more comfortable, smaller turning radius.
It's easier to set the elantra up for cargo than the PT.
The only things the PT has that the elantra doesn't have is a compass, ABS (i could have ordered this on a 2003), a cargo net in the trunk.
I lke the cd/audio system in the elantra much better.
I noticed in the PT that if I went on 2-3 hour trips my legs would get a cramp. I haven't gone on 2-3 hour trips in the elantra yet, but the seat feels nore confortable.
The elantra gets better mileage.
BTW, I looked at and drove the Suzuki Aerio before looking at the elantra. The Suzuki drove well and was a little noisier than the elantra. The interior of the elantra looks much nicer than the Aerio.
My 2 cents!
#103 of 167 Good luck buying American
Nov 26, 2002 (1:16 pm)
Seriously. Especially Chisler. 95 Neon with nothing but grief.
ME - "The glue around my front and rear windows is melting and running down the sides of my car."
THEM - "Sir, that's just age. Your car is 7 years old, that happens."
ME - "I defy you to find any car other than a Chrysler with this problem! Chrysler used faulty glue and acknowledged it in their TSB."
THEM - "If you had brought it in before your warranty expired we wopuld have fixed it."
ME - "It wasn't a problem!"
THEM - "I'm sorry sir."
Honda, Toyota, Mazda the big three.
Ford, GM, Cry-sler the pig three.
I'll take mileage, relaibility, and quality over patriotism any day of the week.
PT and ZX3/ZX5...it's your money.
#104 of 167 Comparo Focus/PT Cruiser
Apr 14, 2003 (8:53 am)
I've been driving a 2000 Focus ZTS for about 3 yrs/55K. It's been great, averaging 33 mpg w/5 speed and, other than those pesky recalls, faultless. Now it's time to consider a new econo/commuter. The Jetta was tinny compared to the Focus, the Saturn is also "not enough car" for my taste. The PT Cruiser LE is just right. It's quieter, more substantial, roomier, better on rough roads and more useful like a mini-minivan. Mileage should be close to 30 mpg w/5 speed and there's a $2500 rebate, even with ordered cars. The warranty is better than VW's, too. My wife even likes it. (She suggested the car, btw.)
The LE w/abs, traction and heated leather seats (a must) is about $20K including rebate, tax and delivery. My dealer is taking $200 over the total invoice.
I'm buying one right now!
#105 of 167 Don't Do It!!!
Apr 14, 2003 (10:45 am)
Wait until you can get the Turbo Engine!
Apr 14, 2003 (9:29 pm)
it comes out in a couple of months...in a month, you will think the base engine is slow.
#107 of 167 boggse and nippononly
Apr 15, 2003 (8:20 am)
The turbo is already available in the PT. It has been since about November.
Apr 15, 2003 (9:54 am)
it will soon be available without waiting lists and mark-ups, then?...
Apr 15, 2003 (11:11 am)
...is available now with discounts AND rebates. It varies by what region of the country you are in.
#110 of 167 Then get it.
Apr 15, 2003 (11:24 am)
The Turbo that is.