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#54 of 116 PT Cruiser....used?
Dec 22, 2006 (9:54 pm)
My friend is thinking seriously of buying a used (off lease ex rental) 2006 PT Cruiser w/ 14000 miles on it from a local Chrysler dealer. They are asking $12,900 (a Touring model). What, if anything should we look out for when it comes to ex-rental cars? The car looks pristine. It is equipped with Sirius sattelite radio. What would be a good offer on a car like this? Any opinions or suggestions would be appreciated. I'm a little afraid of used cars, but that's just me.
#55 of 116 PT Cruiser and a Pancake Smell
Jan 08, 2007 (11:28 am)
I have a 2003 pt cruiser that has had three water pumps replaced since new. Thank goodness under warranty. After the last one was put in, about 5 months later, the car gives off this Pancake Syrup Smell when the heat/ac/defrost is on. Any suggestions.? The car has been checked out twice. No leaks, the last time the dealership told me to pressure wash the exhaust manifold. Doubt that will help.
Jan 08, 2007 (11:33 am)
Sounds like coolant is getting into the heater core probably.
Coolant has kind of a sweet smell to it.
#57 of 116 Can I start my '06 Cruiser w/o factory key?
Apr 23, 2007 (11:19 am)
#58 of 116 Can I start my '06 Cruiser w/o factory key?
Feb 20, 2007 (1:08 pm)
Is there anyway possible to start my car without the factory key I got when I first bought it? I lost my key 2 months ago and am really hoping there's something I can do to the actual car itself to make it start with a copy key I had made before I lost the original. Hope this makes sense. Thanks!
#59 of 116 Re: Can I start my '06 Cruiser w/o factory key? [kandakerns]
Feb 20, 2007 (1:33 pm)
I feel your pain. I lost the keys to my Caliber for almost a month. Being that it was $180 to order a replacement key fob I considered just making a copy but I was told that although the copy would unlock the doors it wouldn't start the car because there is a chip that "unlocks" the engine.
I would imagine your car is similar. I think you may have to grin and bear it and order a new key from the dealer.
#60 of 116 Re: Can I start my '06 Cruiser w/o factory key? [kandakerns]
Feb 22, 2007 (4:38 pm)
The dealer should have delivered 2 original keys to you. Some dealers lose one. Where's your other key? If you never got it, see if you can get it from the dealer. There is no way to start the car without a key with a chip in it, that has been programmed to match your ignition.
#61 of 116 Re: Can I start my '06 Cruiser w/o factory key? [kandakerns]
Mar 27, 2007 (4:09 pm)
I have an 05 PT ... I had a spare key made and it cost me $110. The key must be made in a car shop not a key shop. This is a computer chipped key that is designed that way. If you use that copy key in your ignition, it may turn over the engine, but the engine will stall within a minute. This is a safety feature so your car cannot be stolen. Let your ins. company know, usually you get a discount ... works the same as a car alarm ..
#62 of 116 Re: Can I start my '06 Cruiser w/o factory key? [minnieusa]
Mar 27, 2007 (4:53 pm)
I bought 2 key blanks that both had the chips inside from EBay. Then took them to a hardware store to be cut. Cost around $75 for both.
#63 of 116 Re: Can I start my '06 Cruiser w/o factory key? [kandakerns]
Apr 20, 2007 (5:24 pm)
Yes..EBAY!! You get a blank key with the transponder. They should send you instructions on how to program. Very easy and will take you all of about 60 seconds to program. You then go to a locksmith that can cut the uncut key for you. You might have to call around to locksmiths to see if they can do it. Example: I have an Audi A6 with a special side cut key. I got a blank key on e-bay for $50 with programing instructions. I then called several locksmiths to see if they had the machine to do a side cut. They call the machine a sidewinder and I had no luck finding anyone with the $20,000 machine. So I did what you wouldn't expect..I called the dealership parts department (parts people are cool and love seeing you save $$) to see who cuts their keys (sometimes outsourced to local locksmith). They told me only Audi, but he said they do use a local company to help them with locks and transponders in the Audi's. He told me the name and BINGO..they have a sidewinder and will cut the key for $10. I have a cut working key for $60. Audi wanted $190. So do the leg work..it can pay off!!