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#345 of 458 Re: Steering wheel vibration [andy27]
Dec 29, 2005 (3:46 pm)
I have a 2005 PT Cruiser Touring. At 500 miles I took a trip and noticed a bad vibration from 50 mph and up. This vibration is in the steering wheel and the seats. I also noticed a bad vibration when braking at high speeds coming from the rear. Being a mechanic at one time in my life, I tend to be more aware of the symptoms. I took it to the dealership where I purchased the vehicle and told them the symptoms. After keeping the car for the day, the dealership claimed the tires were out of balance. I got the car back and it was the same. I then called and set up another appointment for a few weeks later due to a planned vacation. When I returned from my trip, teeth a little loose due to the vibration, I immediately took it in for repair. They kept the car for 3 days and replaced front brake rotors, did not fix !! At 3,000 miles I took it back, they replaced the rear brakes and drums and replaced tires, still no fix !!!! The dealership called a Rep from Chrysler to analyze and I rode in the passenger side to describe the problem, he recognized the vibration and ordered a left side axle to fix problem. They kept the car for 3 weeks to repair. after three weeks, they had replaced both axles and front hub bearings. this did not completely take all vibration out so they then gave me a set of factory GT 16 inch chrom alloy wheels and tires. I drove the car and it felt good when I got it back. I am now at 12,000 miles and the vibration is back to the same before all of this work. I am at the point to where I feel I need to file a Lemon law complaint. What do you think and if anyone else out there is having same problem, please advise the cours of action. This car has been in for the same problem 8 times in 6 months.
#346 of 458 2005 PT Cruiser GT Convertible
Dec 30, 2005 (4:00 pm)
Hey, I'm thinking about buying a new '05 PT Cruiser GT Convertible from a dealer here in Toronto. It's a vehicle which they have had on their lot since March of 2004, and it has only 290 km (about 100 miles) on it (supposedly from test drives). They are offering a great deal on it. It's silver with black top, automatic (shift stick) transmission, 2.4L Turbo engine, 6CD changer (awesome sound!). I test drove it and it drives great...interior quality leaves a LOT to be desired, VERY cheap looking, if you ask me. However it's a helluva lot of fun to drive and it's a real head-turner.
My question: anyone here have an 05 GT Convertible, and if so, please give me all and any comments, good and bad, about the car, including problems, pleasures, are you happy with your purchase/lease, etc. etc. etc. I need to make a fast decision. Many thanks!
#347 of 458 Re: internal corrosion in aluminum wheels [pineislandbill]
Dec 31, 2005 (6:22 pm)
Which rims did you have the problems with? The reason I am asking is I am just about to pick up a set of older PT Limited rims.
#350 of 458 Re: 2005 PT Cruiser GT Convertible [andybear957]
Jan 12, 2006 (10:36 pm)
Didn't know they made the convertible in a GT. I have a 2005 Touring Edition bought January 3, 2005 with just under 10000 miles. Other than the fact that it has too much plastic in it, it is the best car I have had in years. I would recommend it to anyone but you have to make sure you do the service on it, I have noticed that it can not go more than 5000 on an oil change or the oil looks terrible. My Infiniti goes 20,000 between oil changes and has 200,000 miles on it with no repairs. The Cruiser just dirtys up the oil real bad. Also, make sure you check the tire air pressure every trip, for some reason the pressure drops just setting in the garage. Because the tires are low profile it is harder to tell if they are low. This may be why I keep reading about separating tires in the forums. You can see it at www.bobspt.info with all the additions. Just added a cargo trailer this week and will be putting pictures of it up next week. Some day I have to quit working on it...Bob
#351 of 458 PT Cruiser Trailer Lights Really Flash Strange
Jan 12, 2006 (10:50 pm)
I have a 2005 PT Cruiser Convertible with the OEM factory trailer wiring harness installed. All Chrysler stuff. I have a motorcycle trailer I pull behind it (you can see it at bobspt.info) and the lights on the trailer act just the way they should; tail and marker lights, right turn, left turn and brake lights. Everything flashes and lights like it should. I just bought a motorcycle cargo trailer (trailer designed to be pulled behind a motorcycle) to pull behind the PT which required that I wire the lights. The wiring is to a standard four wire plug; white ground, brown tail and marker, yellow left turn and brake, green right turn and brake. I checked the proper wiring with a 12 volt battery and the lights come on just right based on the plug assignments. However, when you plug the trailer into the PT's harness, the lights do not act normal. The tail and marker lights are fine. When you turn on the left or right turn signal, the brake light flashes on but when it goes off the marker light on the same side turns on (while the brake light is off) and then turns off when the brake light flashes on. This alternate flashing happens on both sides when that side is activated with the turn signal. Doesn't seem to bother anything and looks kinda neat but I have never had a trailer do that before. And I have wired a lot of trailers. Anyone know why this might happen and if there are any problems that might come up because of the weird flashing pattern? Thanks...Bob
#352 of 458 Re: Door Locks [misteek]
Jan 13, 2006 (11:27 am)
This is a feature of the Cruiser and can be disabled if you don't want them to lock automatically. Check your owners manual and it will tell you have to disable this feature. I turned mine off because it is just unnecessary wear and tear on the locks and will result in pre-mature failure if you leave it on. The little motors have a limited life and that process just shortens it. ...Bob
#353 of 458 Remote Key Pad works intermittently
Jan 13, 2006 (6:43 pm)
I have a 01 PT Limited edition with 75.5K. About two weeks ago, my wife's remote key would not lock or unlock the doors. My first thought was a dead battery in the pad. When I tried mine, it was dead also. I kinda threw the dead battery theory out. Then two days later, they both worked. That lasted about four days before they both gave out again. Has anyone else experience this?? What's the remedy (if any)? Thanks,,,
#354 of 458 Where Is Every One - This Is A DEAD Forum
Jan 16, 2006 (9:26 am)
This edmonds forum is basically useless, there is no one here and no one interested in any of the information posted. Why do you people waste the server space for this thing? Oh, looks like GM pays most of your bills, now I see why it is useless, it must be owned by GM which is also useless.