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Chrylser PT Cruiser Owners: Meet the Members

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,023
edited March 9 in Chrysler
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your PT Cruiser!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

Tuesdays:
4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET

-or-

Thursdays:
5:00-6:00pm PT/8:00-9:00pm ET
6:00-7:00pm PT/9:00-10:00 ET
7:00-8:00pm PT/10:00-11:00pm ET
(The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)

Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS
Host
Owner's Clubs

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

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  • cruiserkevcruiserkev Posts: 2
    Hi. My Name is Kevin, and I live in State College Pennsylvania with my wife Theresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. I've been cruising since 4/20/01 in an aquamarine 28F with a few extras. A friend of mine does some online work here at the Edmunds site, and I was mentioning to him that I noticed a lack of a PT owners forum here in the Town Hall. He got in touch with Karen, who quickly added the forum. Thanks Karen!

    It looks like we can take this forum in pretty much any direction we'd like. What are some of the things you'd like to see covered here? Personally, I'd like to get to know other owners, and trade some stories and tips. I'm interested in setting up a local PT group here in the State College/Centre County area, and would love to hear from anyone nearby who'd like to be involved. We have an actual drive in movie theatre, and there are a couple of annual car shows and cruises here as well.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Glad to see you made it. This IS the ground floor, so don't worry too much that there was no reception committee for your arrival! I'm not a PT owner, but I am looking forward to a closeup look at yours this week. It's almost time for a new vehicle at our house, so you never know...




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  • kh60kh60 Posts: 2
    Hi I'm Keith from eastern PA. USA, and I have been following the PT from before the first one rolled off the line and knew I just had to have one. After waiting for a year and a half I stopped in at our local dealer to find out about ordering a 2002 PT on 6/9/2001.
    After building one on the computer at the dealer, the sales team told me they had one just like I had built on the lot (2001) cranberry limited - ABS - /am/fm/cass/cd/ - heated seats - stoarage tray - chrome wheels - leather seats - moonroof - ( my dream of the last year and a half )
    After making a deal (below msrp) with a rear spoiler to be added later I drove it home that afternoon, and a few hours later we took it to our first cruise night to show it off.
    I own three other chrysler products but I never had a must have feeling for anything in my life like I have had for the past year or so about this PT Cruiser.
    I was going to replace my caravan with the PT but decided for now that the PT will be our fair weather and weekend vehicle.

    Let's go cruisin
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Interesting that the first two posters in this owners club would be from PA!


    I have to say that I was impressed with the rear seat leg room in cruiserkev's PT. I was very comfortable in the back behind Kev, who was in "full cruise mode"! LOL




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  • Glad to have you aboard. My PT is my every day vehicle, and I've never had so much fun driving in my life. I've got a relatively conservative day job, so I won't be doing a lot of modifications. I do have a brake light cling, so when you're behind me, and I hit the brakes, you see "PT Cruiser" in red where the upper brake light is. (cue the song, "Born to Be Wild...")

    Being an idiot, I'm lucky to have a Cruiser at all. I had been admiring them from afar, but really hadn't checked one out. I had NO idea they were hard to get, for example. So, with a little time left on the lease of the vehicle I was driving, I called a friend of mine who owns a local dealership. I told him I'd like to test drive a PT, and if I liked it, I'd like to get one in the next week or so. After the laughter died down, he told me although it was unlikely, he'd shake some trees and see what he could find. Next day, he calls. Someone ordered one, but now that it's here, they've decided on another vehicle. I asked him what color, and he said aquamarine. I told him I wasn't sure about the color, but I would sure like a test drive. Well, it was love at first sight, and I drove it home the next day. It had everything I wanted, except a moon roof, which I really haven't missed.
  • davidm8davidm8 Posts: 2
    Hi folks,

    I live in the Philadelphia area. Got my red PT Limited in January. I love it. 4,100 miles, no problems---not even a rattle. A very solid car, so far. Gas mileage is a bit dissappointing (18.5 to 21 or so), but a guy at a gas station told me it might 'break-in' at some point and do better?!?! Sounds like mechanic's mumbo-jumbo to me, but we'll see.

    I bought from Videon Chrysler in Newtown Square. MSRP-$22,400. I highly recommend these people. Straight-shooters. No pressure. Free 1,000 mile check-up and free first oil/filter change. Good, punctual service department.

    I really do love the car. It still makes me smile every time I climb into it!
    ---David
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Your car is great cruiserkev, but I think I'm kind of partial to the metallic red one. That one has caught my eye. Might be interesting to go to a PT gathering to see what people are doing to customize their rides!




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  • I couldn't help logging onto this site. I figure if anyone knows about PTs, you folks do. I am going to look at the 2002 PT and I would like to know if anyone has heard of what changes will take place. I would like to see a turbo option. I guess I acn only hope.
  • I live in central PA and am looking for a daily driver. I do territiry sales in some of the northern counties where i know it snows good! Currently drive a '98 beetle which is great on gas but is lacking in the cargo area. Have any of you driven the cruizer in the snow? How did it do? Also how has gas mileage been? probably looking to drive 150 mi. a day is this a car you would recomend?
  • Hi ,
    My name is Louie ,Retired and living in West Florida.
    In April 2000 I went to look at the Chrysler Minivan but when I saw that I could have two PT's
    for the price of one minivan I ordered the PT's
    and took delivery April 14, 2000.
    I took the white one and my wife took the Silver
    one.
    With almost 1 1/2 years of everyday use and loving every minute ,we are unable to find any
    reason to bring them in for service other them
    the regular routine maint. (oil & filter changes).
    I have over 17,000 miles and my wife is close with just over 16,000.
    Being we both love driving them , we found ourselves at times taking both cars rather then fighting as to who will drive.
    This is the ideal marriage having his & hers PT's.
    The reason we were able to get two so fast was because we did not order the Limited Edition with all the options. All we wanted was auto/trans - air cond - am/fm/cass - tinted glass - pwr/windows & cruise.
    We find that there are more Limited Editions on the road then Base models, now which one is Limited ??
    Louiept
  • Well. We finally took delivery after 17 months. We got the new color of Light Almond. It's beautiful--the drive, the car, and all.

    Our other car is a Lexus, and excepting a few creature comforts, it's an easy transition. The PT is fun, a solid ride, and surprisingly quiet.

    We look forward to a long happy life together.
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    We just took delivery yesterday of a 2002 Touring Edition in Inferno Red. My initial take on the car is that it is a tightly put together vehicle with some very thoughtful touches. Unfortunately, I won't have much opportunity to test out my initial feelings as it is my wifes car and I may not be able to pry it out of her hands. As we speak, she is on her first antique hunting run, across the Bay bridge into Marylands Eastern Shore.

    The ride with the touring suspension is very firm as are the seats. Steering is very tight and requires more effort than my other two rides. It's not unpleasant, just different and I'm sure that with a little more exposure I will find the other steering sloppy and ride too soft. The sound system is very good, I really like the (now) standard AM/FM/CD player, the sound was very clean and crisp when we tried out a cd. I have a feeling that my first few trips with the car will be spent with the owners manual clutched firmly in hand as I learn to use all the features.

    BTW, Hi Karen
  • Hey back atcha!

    Congrats on the PT...or I should say congrats to the wife.

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  • msu1msu1 Posts: 6
    I just turned 9000 on my PT.
    it is running good.
    the gas mileage is still about 20 mpg.
    I do a lot of highway driving
    I hope it gets better.
    I took the back seats out, there is a lot of room for my dog back there.
    I do have one problem.
    the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT occasionally comes on.
    But if I keep it filled with gas it OK.
    MSU
  • cmimcmim Posts: 9
    Picked up '02 Cranberry Touring - ABS/CD-Cass./moon roof/pwr seat/cruise/side airbags/auto
    for MSRP-21,280. Coming from years of p/u's and suv's and going to a PT is quite a change. But it is refreshing to get back the nimbleness and ease of parking you getin a car like vehicle but still retain the versatilty the suv's have. I think the PT is a great compromise and with it's great retro looks it was an easy pick for me. Looking forward to having fun driving again.

    msu-1 - it could be a vacuum problem with the gas cap. A new gas cap might fix the problem
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    His suggestion that two PT's were the way to domestic harmony was right on the button. The end of December, taking advantage of the Home for the Holiday incentives, I took delivery of my second PT, a steel blue Classic 5 speed. As this is my daily commuter, I don't need all the bells and whistles that the TE or LE offer. The 5 speed is also a blast to drive. I still get visitation rights to the Inferno Red TE, whenever it needs gas.
  • heart93heart93 Posts: 15
    And I'm very satisfied. I have about 4,000 miles on my Black 2002 Limited (4 whl ABS w/ tract control, heated seats, and upgraded radio being the only options). I bought it for 2% below invoice & could have picked one up the same day, if I had been willing to take an automatic. I wasn't thrilled with the acceleration & knew I wanted a 5 spd, so I waited around 2 weeks for a 5 speed that had already been ordered to arrive.
    This is my first Chrysler product, and so far I'm very pleased.
  • 2002 Almond Pearl 5spd. Just turned 10,000 @ 90+ miles a day! -PTzPT
  • Hi all, just ordered an cranberry PT.My wife went CRAZY over the PT when it first came out. I never saw her so exited over a car as she was over the PT's We waited until the dealer markups went away and discovered a rebate in effect until 2/28 so we may the plunge.
  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,730
    I traded in my sedan on a new PT. Like many I thought I would wait but sometimes you have to treat yourself a bit. Mine is an Almond color. I thought about getting the Automatic but living in the mountains I decided I would buy a stick at least one more time. I wanted to do some of my own things so one of the few options I added over standard was wheels and rims. I am going to order my Spider spikes this weekend for next winter so I will be ready. I can't see how I couldn't like this car and the after market people are all over the place if you wish to fix one up even more. Believe me I looked at lots of other wagons but kept coming back to the PT. Good luck to the rest of you.
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