(Closed) PT cruisers?

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Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

@allyfally:  My mom has had cute red convertible top one for about 4-5 years that she bought new for a good deal. She is in the process of replacing it with a Volkswagen.  She likes the convertible top and for the most part it was reliable.  However, it was a little loud and not very smooth.  She likes it, but not enough to get another one. 

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Mr. LK inherited one and it was a piece of junk. When he finally got rid of it it was 4 years old and he had already sunk $7k in repairs for things that were not covered under warranty, and had numerous other trips to the shop for things that were. The car refused to start if it was more than 85 degrees outside. The power windows didn’t work. He had to have 2 panels of glass replaced because the poor design leads to lots of rocks and debris hitting the rear windows. It got horrid gas mileage (he gets better gas mileage with his V8 F-150!). It’s loud to drive. Basically neither of us had anything good to say about that car, and we did a happy dance the day that he traded it in.

 

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was just talking to someone about it cause we were riding with the windows down and I was complaining about the noise  and he says, then you should never get a PT.  Apparently it was rated like the worse for wind tunnel effect and hes like they apparently never tried test driving it with the windows down.  I dont like the look of it either and really don’t see any around.  Not sure if that just cause people didn tlike it or it didnt last.  But that’s sign number 1 to me not to get a car that isn’t all that old, if you don’t see many on the road, there’s probably a good reason for it.

 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I had one as a rental a few years ago while my own car was in the shop.  I hated driving the PT Cruiser.  It’s an underpowered piece of junk.

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@allyfally:  i would look for something else.  i personally have not heard one good thing about them; especially used ones.

they may be cheap but there is a reason for that.  over the next few years you will be spending a fortune at the mechanics.  not really cheaper in the long run.

consider a more reliable used car.  spend that extra $1000 or so now instead of 1000’s more later.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Based on Consumer Reports, I would never recommend that car to anyone:

 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I bought a 2012 focus hatchback last year and I adore it!  It feels good, looks good, no maintenance issues, great gas mileage, and I would definitely buy it again.  My brother has a PT Cruiser and it has been nothing but trouble.  He bought it slightly used and within 2 years, the transmission needed to be replaced, along with a ton of other issues.  It’s ridiculously un-peppy and the mpg is terrible. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Had one for 2 years, bought it new in 2007 (complete with tape player!;) had no issues with it, just wanted a bigger vehicle.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

And I don’t think the Aveo is any better:

The Focus looks better:

But honestly, being somewhat of a car person, I would recommend you get a Civic or a Corolla. They are going to be your best bet for reliability, fuel economy, and safety.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

@allyfally 

Whatever you don’t get the aveo. I was shopping for a car three years ago and consider getting an aveo and the ones that I test drove were some of the worst cars even though they had an excellent price. The focus on the other hand is a pretty good car especially the later ones.Depending on your budget you might want to look at the fiesta you can buy a brand new one for $14,000 and when I test drove one it handled very well. I have also heard some great things about the car as well.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@allyfally:  I wouldn’t buy a Chrysler.  I honestly can’t understand why the US government won’t just let them die; there’s clearly only room for two American car manufacturers in the marketplace.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@allyfally:  I just wanted to say thank you for starting this thread! I’m looking into getting a used car under a tight budget, and people are sure pricing the PT Cruisers appeallingly. Oh well.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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@vermonster:  I was just going to recommend she pays the $7 or whatever for a consumer reports membership so she makes sure she doesn’t get stuck with a PT cruiser, Aveo, or Focus 🙂

I just bought a Corolla, but I went into the car buying process with a completely open mind. I wanted the most reliable, best priced, best fuel efficiency car for under $20k. The corolla was a clear winner of all three categories. Surprisingly, the Hyundai Elantra was pretty good too (in recent years, NOT USED) but I still couldn’t beat the Corolla for overall reliability.

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