Post # 1
Anyone drive one? Pros and cons, please. Do you overall like it?
I’m looking to get my first car (yeah, 24 and never had a car) and I’m thinking of getting a cruiser. Mostly because they’re affordable and theres tons of used ones around here.
Post # 3
I loved mine! It was used though so there were some things wrong with it and it didn’t last a year. I’ve also heard they aren’t the best choice to buy used. But if you are getting it new I say go for it. I really enjoyed driving mine, and still miss it!
Post # 4
My husband drives one and loves it. I’m not a fan but I don’t like any small cars. It’s actually really roomy inside and pretty good on gas. He bought it used and has had it for probably 3 years now, haven’t had a problem yet.
Post # 5
My SO family drives them and I wasn’t really that impress. If you buying used bring along a friend that knows about cars or see if they will allow you to bring it into a shop to get inspected.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
@allyfally: I had a used PT Cruiser for a few years and it was a total lemon. In and out of the shop every month! The A/C never worked, despite repairing it at least four times. The radiator had constant problems as well. Eventually the power steering went out and it would have been more $$ than the car was worth to replace it, so I ended up donating the car to charity.
I would stay away. I had nothing but bad luck and heartache with mine.
Post # 7
We rented one and it was LOUD and the pickup was crappy. I think you could do better for the money, but definitely test drive a couple of the used ones and see how you like it.
Post # 8
Wow, such differing opinions! One of my best friends had one and she loved it, but after about a year, her boyfriend took it out and said it “exploded.” But she never did figure out exactly what happened.
If I do get one, I’ll definitely be taking someone who knows about cars. My moms bf actually works on cars, so I’ll be taking him.
If I dont get a cruiser, I’m also looking at aveos or a focus.
Post # 9
@allyfally: I interned at a rental car company not too long ago (glamorous I know) and drove many cars. Definitely look into a Focus, they have come a long way in the last few years and they feel safe and are reliable.
Post # 10
@allyfally: My dad has had a pt cruiser for about 8 years now, it has never had any major problems(he bought it new). Its pretty roomy for those riding in the back seat, but I agree it is a little louder than most cars now that it is older.
My first car was an aveo! It was an amazing little car! Pick up was nice and the drive was smooth, much smoother than my car now. Loved the turn radius. Didnt have a lot of room to store things though. I had an accident after it was about 3 years old and it was totaled, but it sure protected me well.
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
@allyfally: I have a cruiser and its kind of a pain in the butt on gas (I live in LA so its pretty expensive). Another bee mentioned a chevy aveo and thats my fi’s car. I love it because of how easy it is on gas but it is a small car. It really depends on what you need the car for or what are concerns for you.
Post # 12
@allyfally: this is probably the very last car I would ever drive. Known for unreliability, coupled with a very in appealing design it seems like a no brainer.
Post # 13
DH’s dad had one for years and loved it. Personally, I hate how they look, but I never heard him say a bad word about it!
Post # 14
I don’t like them, appearance wise. My friend had one and she said it was ok nothing special
Post # 15
My best friend has one and it was used when she got it but it seemed like it was in pretty great condition. She seems to now be having all sorts of issues arising with it. Currently it’s the transmission I think which she’s waiting for it to die completely because it’ll be so expensive to fix. I wouldn’t get one unless it was the best deal I could find
Post # 16
I bought one in 2009 with 40k. It was a 2004. I loved it at first but quickly grew to dislike it. It has NO speed. Getting on the interstate was always terrifying for me because i would have the petal all the way down, The engine is screaming like i’m doing 120mph but when i look down it’s only doing 40. It would take forever to get up to speed. Gas mileage wasn’t great either–About 18mpg. But the pros-very roomy…pretty reliable. I never had any maintenance issues with it. –Oh wait.. take that back.. Front brakes need replacing often. The brake pads on the front brakes are really small for what that size car needs and they wore down quickly–also wearing the rotars down as well. I had to replace front brakes about 2 a year… and i dont slam on brakes.. i’m a slow down and coast to a stop kinda person.