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2014-06-12 01:18:49 AM
 
2014-06-12 06:22:31 AM
They actually improved the aerodynamics on that one. Also:

imagizer.imageshack.us
 
2014-06-12 06:23:07 AM
And:

imagizer.imageshack.us
 
2014-06-12 07:28:09 AM
I like the concept.  The modern day Cinderella carriage is kind of a cool idea for the right occasion, but why, oh why base it on that should-have-been-an-abortion vehicle?
 
2014-06-12 07:38:39 AM
Big Daddy Roth was ahead of his time.

img.fark.net
 
2014-06-12 07:40:57 AM
I didn't think it was possible to make the PT Cruiser look even worse.
 
2014-06-12 07:44:14 AM
Why would a Patrol Torpedo vessel be classified as a cruiser?
 
2014-06-12 07:47:39 AM
While on a vacation a few years ago, I stayed at a hotel which was hosting some sort of PT Cruiser club.  The parking lot was full of gaudy, stupid cars, and the owners were invariably obese.

img.fark.net
 
2014-06-12 07:48:17 AM
www.militaryimages.net

Like a boss...
 
2014-06-12 07:48:32 AM
The only pt I've seen and liked was modified to look like a baby 1940s car with actual chrome and no plastic trim pieces.
 
2014-06-12 07:51:06 AM
Let me go on record saying that I liked the PT Cruiser because of its retro styling.

What I didn't like was that it was a Chrysler product, which meant that it would start falling apart around
50K.
 
2014-06-12 07:54:51 AM
Yo dog, I heard you like unreliable crap, so here's a PT Cruiser.
 
2014-06-12 07:59:33 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Let me go on record saying that I liked the PT Cruiser because of its retro styling.

What I didn't like was that it was a Chrysler product, which meant that it would start falling apart around
50K.


^This

I had one the first year of production and loved that car so much... just too bad it wasn't built to last. Started *really* falling apart around 75k miles and was in the repair shop almost every month, then I knew it was time to get something new.
 
2014-06-12 08:02:22 AM
Ugly car. Friend of mine had one and she was so proud of it. I had to keep from wincing every time I got near it.
 
2014-06-12 08:02:57 AM
Most spitefully horrible shiatbox ever to grace the UK from the states...

...who thought that ACTUALLY looked good? Other than funeral directors and Stevie Wonder?

/that said not the worst car i've ever been in...that honour goes to the Ssangyong Rodius...I didn't even realise it was possible to make shock absorbers from jelly and wadded toilet paper.
 
2014-06-12 08:05:38 AM
Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."
 
2014-06-12 08:07:38 AM
www.allpar.com

...Yeah.
 
2014-06-12 08:10:12 AM

OtherLittleGuy: [www.militaryimages.net image 529x341]

Like a boss...


Like a real boss?
 
2014-06-12 08:11:01 AM

LtDarkstar: DjangoStonereaver: Let me go on record saying that I liked the PT Cruiser because of its retro styling.

What I didn't like was that it was a Chrysler product, which meant that it would start falling apart around
50K.

^This

I had one the first year of production and loved that car so much... just too bad it wasn't built to last. Started *really* falling apart around 75k miles and was in the repair shop almost every month, then I knew it was time to get something new.


^ Thirded. I quite liked my PT Cruiser. Drove like the crappy Neon it was, but I REALLY liked the retro body style and you could haul quite a bit in it when necessary. Engine block cracked at 10 years and 90,000 miles, so I figure I got my money's worth, especially since the trade-in was at Blue Book value even with the leaky engine.
 
2014-06-12 08:11:33 AM
Damn it. Let's try that again.

www.ridelust.com

Looking mighty sweet. Mighty. Might. Look sweet.
 
2014-06-12 08:11:56 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."


They are primarily driven by women.
 
2014-06-12 08:12:12 AM
Proof we never really had to worry about losing the cold war.
 
2014-06-12 08:12:15 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."

Hey my mother in-law drove one of........oh, about that, never mind.
 
2014-06-12 08:12:55 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."


Pfff speak for yourself!

I owned a PT Cruiser and probably drive better than you do.

The only reason I owned one was because they were cheap (it was my very first car) and they looked different than all of the other lemming boring cars on the road (Honda Accords, etc are the most boring looking stupid cars on the road) And I liked the fact you could fold all of the seats flat and fit a ton of cargo in that thing.. it was almost like a minivan in that regards. I also got the optional subwoofer which was built right into the side of the trunk (so it didn't take up any extra room) and the stereo system was just great!

It had it's bright side, but too bad it didn't last long..  Since I got one the first year of production no one knew how well they were built / how long they would last. But I enjoyed that car a whole lot while it did last.
 
2014-06-12 08:18:00 AM

LtDarkstar: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."

Pfff speak for yourself!

I owned a PT Cruiser and probably drive better than you do.

The only reason I owned one was because they were cheap (it was my very first car) and they looked different than all of the other lemming boring cars on the road (Honda Accords, etc are the most boring looking stupid cars on the road) And I liked the fact you could fold all of the seats flat and fit a ton of cargo in that thing.. it was almost like a minivan in that regards. I also got the optional subwoofer which was built right into the side of the trunk (so it didn't take up any extra room) and the stereo system was just great!

It had it's bright side, but too bad it didn't last long..  Since I got one the first year of production no one knew how well they were built / how long they would last. But I enjoyed that car a whole lot while it did last.


It did not matter that it was the first year of production. It was a Chrysler, it was going to be in the shop non stop.

Last time Chrysler built reliable cars was in the mid 80's.
 
2014-06-12 08:19:07 AM
Fat chicks who's favorite color is purple that own fuzzy handcuffs like PT Cruisers.
 
2014-06-12 08:19:32 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."


Yep.  I'm not sure if it's the car itself, or the personality types who are attracted to owning gimmicky shiat tier cars of the PT cruiser ilk, but it's a guaranteed clusterfarker to be sure.

That car is an abomination.  Some kid around the way from where I work put a flame wrap and has a damn supercharger on his maroon PT cruiser.  It's a rolling facepalm, and as bad as this dude drives, I'm convinced it's got to be some sort of trolly social experiment.  No one can be that lame.
 
2014-06-12 08:23:48 AM

LtDarkstar: And I liked the fact you could fold all of the seats flat and fit a ton of cargo in that thing.. it was almost like a minivan in that regards. I also got the optional subwoofer which was built right into the side of the trunk (so it didn't take up any extra room) and the stereo system was just great!


Technically, a PT Cruiser is a minivan. That's how it's classed on the government crash tests (four-star rating!). The fact that you could easily remove the rear seats created a really huge amount of cargo box for a car that small.

I predict they'll be REALLY collectible in 20-30 years. Hipsters will drive them ironically, and since the quality is so rotten, they'll be rare and valuable, like AMC Gremlins and Pacers.
 
2014-06-12 08:31:22 AM
The only good thing I have to say about it is that it is the easiest sub-compact car to have sex in, since you can fold down the seats. Provided someone is willing to have sex with the driver of one of those turd-mobiles, of course.
 
2014-06-12 08:41:54 AM
Prank Call of Cthulhu:  But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-12 08:42:15 AM

OtherLittleGuy: [www.militaryimages.net image 529x341]

Like a boss...


"See his "D" at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum"

/that line sounds dirty as an adult
 
2014-06-12 08:43:27 AM

LazyMedia: I predict they'll be REALLY collectible in 20-30 years. Hipsters will drive them ironically, and since the quality is so rotten, they'll be rare and valuable, like AMC Gremlins and Pacers.


rare != valuable. Especially with crap cars. I saw a fully restored 73 gremlin for under $40k and that's because the dude overvalued his work and spent a lot of time on it. Get a 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO if you want a great, rare car that will get more valuable over time.
 
2014-06-12 08:44:39 AM

LtDarkstar: I owned a PT Cruiser and probably drive better than you do.


Ditto. Mine was bequeathed to me by my great-uncle, so you don't look a gift-horse in the mouth. Those fold-flat sheets were a God-send as I could fit ANY art project in that car. Also, at the time, everything I owned. That said....

Mad Scientist: The parking lot was full of gaudy, stupid cars, and the owners were invariably obese.


I notice this now, especially since the car died (too much time in the shop at only 78k-ish miles) and I traded it in ... How do these people drive PTs?! That engine was horribad. I mean, really, really awful. I even had the "larger" engine in mine and it was a dog. My family's Town & Country had more umph in it and it probably weighed about the same, if not LESS than the PT.

/doesn't buy Chrysler any more... period.
 
2014-06-12 08:45:13 AM
o.onionstatic.com
 
2014-06-12 08:51:57 AM
www.weinbergcenter.org
i1.ytimg.com
t2.gstatic.com
t0.gstatic.com
 
2014-06-12 08:52:14 AM
These things were all over the place in France, almost as much as I see them over in the States.

also...CRUISER BRUISER!

/arm punch
 
2014-06-12 09:01:17 AM

LtDarkstar: DjangoStonereaver: Let me go on record saying that I liked the PT Cruiser because of its retro styling.

What I didn't like was that it was a Chrysler product, which meant that it would start falling apart around
50K.

^This

I had one the first year of production and loved that car so much... just too bad it wasn't built to last. Started *really* falling apart around 75k miles and was in the repair shop almost every month, then I knew it was time to get something new.


Word. Except on mine, it lasted to 80k. Then the transmission basically disintegrated, along with some other issues. I decided to go the "spend $5k and keep it for another few years" route. I know it has a horrible reputation, but it's the perfect car for my needs. And dammit, I do indeed like the way it looks. Screw you haters.
 
2014-06-12 09:03:49 AM
My obese wife drives a first year PT that has 126k miles on it now. Only needed oil changes and other basic maintenance like 100k flush and timing belt. Taking bets on when it self immolates for surpassing the expected 6 month life expectancy.
 
2014-06-12 09:07:47 AM

Shakin_Haitian: Damn it. Let's try that again.

[www.ridelust.com image 300x213]

Looking mighty sweet. Mighty. Might. Look sweet.


The pt cruiser is the bastard offspring of one of these being raped by a minivan.
 
2014-06-12 09:13:36 AM
I always preferred the "WT Cruiser" monicker, as in "white trash Cruiser".  I find it highly accurate in about 9/10 of spottings of such vehicle.
 
2014-06-12 09:17:15 AM
Oh great. Another 'STOP LIKING WHAT I DON"T LIKE' threads.
 
2014-06-12 09:20:45 AM

WTFDYW: Oh great. Another 'STOP LIKING WHAT I DON"T LIKE' threads.


What you don't like those?
 
2014-06-12 09:21:26 AM
I wonder how many dash cams it has... I wonder how many hidden cams are in the coach too...
 
2014-06-12 09:27:12 AM

Tr0mBoNe: LazyMedia: I predict they'll be REALLY collectible in 20-30 years. Hipsters will drive them ironically, and since the quality is so rotten, they'll be rare and valuable, like AMC Gremlins and Pacers.

rare != valuable. Especially with crap cars. I saw a fully restored 73 gremlin for under $40k and that's because the dude overvalued his work and spent a lot of time on it. Get a 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO if you want a great, rare car that will get more valuable over time.


No, thanks. Boring-ass styling on that thing, looks like a Civic and a BMW had sex. Plus, GM build quality is equivalent to Chrysler. I'm gonna hang on to this, value be damned (photo isn't of mine, but same color).

www.johnharrisautosales.com
 
2014-06-12 09:30:56 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Fark your PT Cruiser I've a horse outside.


I forgot how much I love this song. Thanks for putting it back in my ear!
 
2014-06-12 09:33:41 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."


Don't blame the driver.  That's just how they handle.
 
2014-06-12 09:34:57 AM

Pangea: TuteTibiImperes: Fark your PT Cruiser I've a horse outside.

I forgot how much I love this song. Thanks for putting it back in my ear!


"He looks like Billie Piper after half an ounce of coke"

www.ecardmedia.eu
 
2014-06-12 09:38:00 AM
PT as in PluTo. Here boy, good dog. Looks like the front end of a pooch.
 
2014-06-12 09:39:47 AM
Didn't they touch upon this in Scrubs?
 
2014-06-12 09:44:07 AM
Since when do they sell these new vehicles "Pre-junked" from the dealership? You'd probably get more money buy selling then straight to the scrapyard off the lot. "American build quality", it seems everyone has these high standards expected for it, yet settle for cars that the ignition switch goes wonky, and kills everyone inside. People expect the world in an American car, yet are penny frugal.I'm glad I'm old enough to put those days behind me. Just buy the car you want, and be done with it.
When I lived in Texas, I remember I saw a PT Cruiser, all ghettoed out. I don't know when a custom car meant seeing how many stickers you could put on it, or how much "custom" stuff you couldbuy for it it the "performance" section at Autozone. The stickers are worth more than the car.
 
2014-06-12 09:51:03 AM
www.beheadingboredom.com
 
2014-06-12 09:56:05 AM
I see y'all like your cars better'n mine. So be it. I got mine.

/PT owner for twelve years
//works great, lasts long
///struts prolly neeeded, but Hey!
 
2014-06-12 09:57:33 AM

Mikeyworld: I see y'all like your cars better'n mine. So be it. I got mine.

/PT owner for twelve years


Sounds like you got a lemon.
 
2014-06-12 10:04:07 AM

Kirzania: Mikeyworld: I see y'all like your cars better'n mine. So be it. I got mine.

/PT owner for twelve years

Sounds like you got a lemon.


It's silver...

https://flic.kr/p/gJ7JdP
 
2014-06-12 10:15:47 AM

Radak: I like the concept.  The modern day Cinderella carriage is kind of a cool idea for the right occasion, but why, oh why base it on that should-have-been-an-abortion vehicle?


I couldn't agree more. Ugh.
 
2014-06-12 10:21:39 AM

Mad Scientist: While on a vacation a few years ago, I stayed at a hotel which was hosting some sort of PT Cruiser club.  The parking lot was full of gaudy, stupid cars, and the owners were invariably obese.

[img.fark.net image 640x427]


Was that vacation in Myrtle Beach?
 
2014-06-12 10:22:28 AM
Anyone from Rochester here have a pic of the "limo" they use for Daisey Dukes?
 
2014-06-12 10:23:13 AM
I'd rather see a regular carriage with a few of these guys pulling it:

barbaraschwarz.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-12 10:25:36 AM

zenferret: Big Daddy Roth was ahead of his time.

[img.fark.net image 640x422]


That reminds me of this small-screen icon:

www.strangekidsclub.com
 
2014-06-12 10:37:47 AM
Meh, this is better, I mean honestly, if you're going to pimp out something like that, it should be with a Cadillac:

https://www.drive.net/r/cadillac/801758/
 
2014-06-12 10:38:00 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."


I always give PT Cruiser a wide berth when I encounter one on the roads.
It's a great indication that the driver tends to make bad choices when it comes to automotive decisions.
 
2014-06-12 10:44:18 AM

mercator_psi: LtDarkstar: DjangoStonereaver: Let me go on record saying that I liked the PT Cruiser because of its retro styling.

What I didn't like was that it was a Chrysler product, which meant that it would start falling apart around
50K.

^This

I had one the first year of production and loved that car so much... just too bad it wasn't built to last. Started *really* falling apart around 75k miles and was in the repair shop almost every month, then I knew it was time to get something new.

Word. Except on mine, it lasted to 80k. Then the transmission basically disintegrated, along with some other issues. I decided to go the "spend $5k and keep it for another few years" route. I know it has a horrible reputation, but it's the perfect car for my needs. And dammit, I do indeed like the way it looks. Screw you haters.


A Chrysler vehicle with a crappy transmission? I am shocked. [/sarcasm]

Seriously: when will Chrysler ever build a good transmission?
 
2014-06-12 10:45:17 AM
I loved the look of my PT Cruiser, but not the lack of power, low gas mileage and shiatty turning radius.

The cargo capacity was AMAZING for that thing.

However I finally got rid of it when my windshield wipers stopped working because of the $800 TIPR module.

/never buying Chrysler again.
 
2014-06-12 10:48:39 AM

LazyMedia: Tr0mBoNe: LazyMedia: I predict they'll be REALLY collectible in 20-30 years. Hipsters will drive them ironically, and since the quality is so rotten, they'll be rare and valuable, like AMC Gremlins and Pacers.

rare != valuable. Especially with crap cars. I saw a fully restored 73 gremlin for under $40k and that's because the dude overvalued his work and spent a lot of time on it. Get a 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO if you want a great, rare car that will get more valuable over time.

No, thanks. Boring-ass styling on that thing, looks like a Civic and a BMW had sex. Plus, GM build quality is equivalent to Chrysler. I'm gonna hang on to this, value be damned (photo isn't of mine, but same color).

[www.johnharrisautosales.com image 850x637]


Not far off: but the 04-06 GTO was a redone Holden Monaro from Australia. And from what I understand they're reliable as long as they're not abused/driven too hard.
 
2014-06-12 10:51:41 AM
Why spend the time/$ on a lame-a55 PT cruiser?  They're almost as lame as the Nissan Cube, which is one of the ugliest vehicles ever designed... Well, besides pretty much any Citroen.
 
2014-06-12 10:57:35 AM
www.imcdb.org

Pacer limo
 
2014-06-12 10:57:50 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."


Then my PT and I are the exceptions to the rule.

/ 2006 PT Cruiser with 140+K miles (needs hubcaps)
// Lives in Maryland.
/// Virginia drivers are the worst.  Marylanders second.
 
2014-06-12 10:58:33 AM

gu1tarjohn: Why spend the time/$ on a lame-a55 PT cruiser?  They're almost as lame as the Nissan Cube, which is one of the ugliest vehicles ever designed... Well, besides pretty much any Citroen.


The Leaf is pretty darn ugly, so is the Prius. That Toyota Echo though when it came out was beyond ugly.
 
2014-06-12 11:00:02 AM

The_Time_Master: I loved the look of my PT Cruiser, but not the lack of power, low gas mileage and shiatty turning radius.

The cargo capacity was AMAZING for that thing.

However I finally got rid of it when my windshield wipers stopped working because of the $800 TIPR module.

/never buying Chrysler again.


Don't get me wrong: When I get rid of my PT I'm also never buying Chrysler again. The 3 reasons you mentioned, plus the $5k bill last year, clinched it.

This means that 2 of the big 3 US car makers are off my list. Do I really want to give GM a try? Nah. I think I'll get an import next. Not sure what yet, but I don't have to worry about it for another few years at least.

I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?

/is that a euphemism?
 
2014-06-12 11:02:58 AM

mercator_psi: The_Time_Master: I loved the look of my PT Cruiser, but not the lack of power, low gas mileage and shiatty turning radius.

The cargo capacity was AMAZING for that thing.

However I finally got rid of it when my windshield wipers stopped working because of the $800 TIPR module.

/never buying Chrysler again.

Don't get me wrong: When I get rid of my PT I'm also never buying Chrysler again. The 3 reasons you mentioned, plus the $5k bill last year, clinched it.

This means that 2 of the big 3 US car makers are off my list. Do I really want to give GM a try? Nah. I think I'll get an import next. Not sure what yet, but I don't have to worry about it for another few years at least.

I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?

/is that a euphemism?


Yaris and Versa 5 doors.

I helped someone move in one of each and was baffled by how much stuff fit inside without playing car Tetris.
 
2014-06-12 11:07:16 AM

mercator_psi: I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?


We got a Toyota Matrix. Only work done was had to replace the clutch and fly wheel at 120k miles.
 
2014-06-12 11:26:33 AM
'nother former Cruiser owner here.  It was so close to being good, but it was a Chrysler so all the cool stuff went to shiat quickly.

Sweet-ass chromed 5-spokes rotted from the inside out because the chrome pitted and the aluminum underneath got crusty.  It wouldn't hold air at the beads.

Changing the headlight bulbs was fun, it is done via a panel in the front wheel wells.  If you've got small hands you can do it without removing a wheel, but it's tough.  Most of the interior was nice at first, but the coatings all wore off on the touch points so it looked rotten.

Ridiculous turning radius because the front-end packaging was bizarre.  Final straw for us was when the water pump started leaking.  Guess what?  Gotta pull out the engine because you cannot get a wrench down there.  It got traded in rather than screwing around because it was clearly turning into a money pit.

Now we've got a Subaru, which is a Japanese car with the maintenance requirements of a German one.  But, it goes like Hell in the snow, no traction control at all so spend all winter sideways because I drive like a dong.  It goes straight when my wife drives it.
 
2014-06-12 11:26:39 AM

Thingster: mercator_psi: The_Time_Master: I loved the look of my PT Cruiser, but not the lack of power, low gas mileage and shiatty turning radius.

The cargo capacity was AMAZING for that thing.

However I finally got rid of it when my windshield wipers stopped working because of the $800 TIPR module.

/never buying Chrysler again.

Don't get me wrong: When I get rid of my PT I'm also never buying Chrysler again. The 3 reasons you mentioned, plus the $5k bill last year, clinched it.

This means that 2 of the big 3 US car makers are off my list. Do I really want to give GM a try? Nah. I think I'll get an import next. Not sure what yet, but I don't have to worry about it for another few years at least.

I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?

/is that a euphemism?

Yaris and Versa 5 doors.

I helped someone move in one of each and was baffled by how much stuff fit inside without playing car Tetris.


Any Renault hatchback... Those things are like the Tardis inside...
 
2014-06-12 11:34:30 AM

sandiego1989


I always preferred the "WT Cruiser" monicker, as in "white trash Cruiser".


What's wrong with "PT Loser"? You get the same implication without bringing ethnicity into it.
 
2014-06-12 11:38:29 AM

Glitchwerks: I didn't think it was possible to make the PT Cruiser look even worse.


Radak: ...why base it on that should-have-been-an-abortion vehicle?
 
2014-06-12 11:45:13 AM

Mister Pleco: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Who makes the worst drivers? A lot of folks would argue SUV drivers, generally oblivious and incredibly slow to turn, are the worst. Others say it's soccer moms in minivans, ignoring the road to scream at their spawn. Many argue vociferously for BMW drivers. And there's a good argument to be made for all those niche groups like folks with Puerto Rican flags hanging off their mirrors, cars with gothic script across the back window announcing the death of their homey, cars with spinners, cars with fart cans, trucks with shotgun racks, cars with Illinois, Maryland, or Florida plates, trucks with trucknuts, etc.

But they're all wrong. The very worst drivers of all are PT Cruiser drivers. This is incontestable fact. Any time you see a PT Cruiser on the road, you can guarantee with 100% certainty that it will be driving badly. I do not understand this. "Well, it looks like you failed your driving test. Here's your complimentary PT Cruiser."

Then my PT and I are the exceptions to the rule.

/ 2006 PT Cruiser with 140+K miles (needs hubcaps)
// Lives in Maryland.
/// Virginia drivers are the worst.  Marylanders second.



Me and you both.  My 2003 has over 150K and other than a warranty covered new transmission at 68K, it's only needed routine maintenance.  My kids are learning to drive in it, and it is so low powered, it's like driving a lawn mower.  My mechanic says he's never seen another last like it has.
 
2014-06-12 11:59:49 AM

mercator_psi: I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?


Mazda 3 wagon (5-door). Can swallow huge amounts of stuff, and you will love the way it handles. Really, it drives better than anything that cheap has a right to.

...unless you live out in the country and park outside. For some reason, mice like to use the sound deadening material in the engine compartment for nesting. I don't know if other manufacturers use the same materials, though.

Still, a great little car.
 
2014-06-12 12:09:22 PM

WeenerGord: [www.weinbergcenter.org image 300x177]
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I... I am impressed.
 
2014-06-12 12:17:51 PM

cherryl taggart: My kids are learning to drive in it,


Please go buy a junker Jetta, Civic or Taurus... For the love of God, don't let them be in a PT. I liken its handling to that of  a U-boat and no kid should have to learn to drive with THAT. Any other POS will work better.
/firm believer in "First Car is a POS"

Mad_Flyer: Any Renault hatchback


Pretty sure they aren't legal in the USA? Something about emissions,  but I have to go back to looking like I'm doing work.
 
2014-06-12 12:26:22 PM

SouthPacificCoaster: mercator_psi: I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?

Mazda 3 wagon (5-door). Can swallow huge amounts of stuff, and you will love the way it handles. Really, it drives better than anything that cheap has a right to.

...unless you live out in the country and park outside. For some reason, mice like to use the sound deadening material in the engine compartment for nesting. I don't know if other manufacturers use the same materials, though.

Still, a great little car.


I have a Versa, and it's fantastic. It's a goofy little thing with all sorts of utility.
I like my brother's Mazda3 a teency better.
 
2014-06-12 12:36:01 PM
I work with a guy that owns a PT Cruiser, he's had it since it was new and he has less than 10k miles on it...
 
2014-06-12 12:42:57 PM

Kirzania: mercator_psi: I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?

We got a Toyota Matrix. Only work done was had to replace the clutch and fly wheel at 120k miles.


I've got an '04 Matrix (bought brand new in '03) that just ticked over 225K on the original tranny, and
(knock wood) doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Unfortunately, they're not making them any more (though I quite like the Versa, which looks to be to the
Camry what the Matrix was to the Corolla).

/Never ever buying American ever again, thanks GM!
 
2014-06-12 12:44:44 PM
I saw a pimped-out (back then they were called "tricked-out") Yugo the year after they arrived here in the states. A GREEN Yugo, with curbfeelers, lowered front end, flashing lights around the tag, etc.
 
2014-06-12 12:45:46 PM
I think the unit in the article is very cool!

As for car bragging - I am currently driving a sweet 1991 Dodge Spirit I picked up last year for my daily 4 mile commute (with 50k miles on it)

/love the car payments (none)
/love the insurance rates
/uses minimal gas
/wife gets the 2006 Honda Element
 
2014-06-12 12:55:16 PM

Radak: I like the concept.  The modern day Cinderella carriage is kind of a cool idea for the right occasion, but why, oh why base it on that should-have-been-an-abortion vehicle?


Right on!
 
2014-06-12 01:14:25 PM
Two comments on the cruiser. Several years ago my Dodge Dakota (piece of shait, got rid of it quickly) was being towed in. I asked the guy what he towed most. His reply was "anything Chrysler. Mostly PT Cruisers".

I did see a great plate on a purple cruiser last week "PPL ETR". I laughed.
 
2014-06-12 02:29:21 PM

SouthPacificCoaster: mercator_psi: I'm open to suggestions though. Anything out there currently that's similar to a PT but more reliable (and can still accommodate at least 2 12"s in the back)?

Mazda 3 wagon (5-door). Can swallow huge amounts of stuff, and you will love the way it handles. Really, it drives better than anything that cheap has a right to.

...unless you live out in the country and park outside. For some reason, mice like to use the sound deadening material in the engine compartment for nesting. I don't know if other manufacturers use the same materials, though.

Still, a great little car.



THIS. MazdaSpeed3 : )

I convinced my gf to come camping with the boys and I in a remote area with no cell phone reception because she agreed we could fold the seats down and sleep in the hatch worst case scenario.

i58.tinypic.com
 
2014-06-12 03:33:39 PM

mjohnson71: LazyMedia: Tr0mBoNe: LazyMedia: I predict they'll be REALLY collectible in 20-30 years. Hipsters will drive them ironically, and since the quality is so rotten, they'll be rare and valuable, like AMC Gremlins and Pacers.

rare != valuable. Especially with crap cars. I saw a fully restored 73 gremlin for under $40k and that's because the dude overvalued his work and spent a lot of time on it. Get a 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO if you want a great, rare car that will get more valuable over time.

No, thanks. Boring-ass styling on that thing, looks like a Civic and a BMW had sex. Plus, GM build quality is equivalent to Chrysler. I'm gonna hang on to this, value be damned (photo isn't of mine, but same color).

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Not far off: but the 04-06 GTO was a redone Holden Monaro from Australia. And from what I understand they're reliable as long as they're not abused/driven too hard.


Holden is basically GM Australia, though.
 
2014-06-12 04:34:04 PM
Thanks Thingster, Kirzania, Mad_Flyer, SouthPacificCoaster, nicoffeine, DjangoStonereaver,
Wrath of Heaven for the good recommendations. I'll keep them in mind when I decide to get rid of my PT.
 
2014-06-12 04:49:42 PM
Love the grill on the 2014 Mazda 3
media.caranddriver.com
 
2014-06-12 05:00:15 PM

mercator_psi: Thanks Thingster, Kirzania, Mad_Flyer, SouthPacificCoaster, nicoffeine, DjangoStonereaver,
Wrath of Heaven for the good recommendations. I'll keep them in mind when I decide to get rid of my PT.


Keep in mind, I really like my Versa. I would have preferred it was called the 510something, but it hasn't disappointed me in my daily take-thing-go-to-work-pick-up-more-things-go-home life. The only thing that I really like about the Mazda is that it has a really neat manual gearbox that seems more "connected" to town life. They're trying so hard to make you like their car... I am only a teency bit jealous.
 
2014-06-12 09:08:13 PM
convention.visitberlin.de

Stretch Trabis!
 
2014-06-12 09:13:23 PM

Zizzowop: Meh, this is better, I mean honestly, if you're going to pimp out something like that, it should be with a Cadillac:

https://www.drive.net/r/cadillac/801758/



Whats with the hideous brown turds stuck all over it?
 
2014-06-13 01:46:01 PM

WeenerGord: Zizzowop: Meh, this is better, I mean honestly, if you're going to pimp out something like that, it should be with a Cadillac:

https://www.drive.net/r/cadillac/801758/


Whats with the hideous brown turds stuck all over it?


Yeah, makes it much worse. I'm thinking that's suppose to be like it's gilded or something. Liberace would have loved it :)
 
2014-06-13 05:40:17 PM
Just when I thought the PT Cruiser couldn't have been made any worse.
 
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