My daughter is considering buying a 2004 turbo pt cruiser. The dealer just replaced the turbo charger with a rebuilt turbo charger. Is there a way to tell if the problem was in fact the turbo charger and not possibly a problem with the engine, like loss of compression in the cyclinders?
I would not even consider this vehicle for any of my kids, and I am an auto tech, just way too many problems with them. I am usually recommending American metal like something from GM or Ford but I would also recommend looking at Honda, my Daughter bought an Accord that then had 99K miles on it but it had been maintained with records, she drove it another 100K then gave it to her brother and he is still driving it with over 350K only mild thing has been the clutch, it went out on him at 225K.
I have tremendous respect for tennisshoes' knowledge. He is one of the few on this site that really knows cars. I just feel compelled to add Toyota to the options. A Corolla or Camry.
Your right Fordnut, they are good I just never had any personal experience with the newer ones my last Toyota was in 1977 and it was a Celica lift back, blew a head gasket at 30K got rid of it soon after.
Tennisshoes and FordNut, thank you kindly for your answers. I really appreciate the insight from people with more knowledge than me.
Your Welcome and good luck in your car search, if you ever have any questions please feel free to jump right in and ask away.
You are welcome from me also, and I agree, please don't hesitate to come back with any questions. And tennisshoes, that Celica probably had the 'T' series engine... a 1.4 or 1.6L. Not one of Toyota's best efforts. Put out a whopping 86HP
No mine had the 20R and looked like the one pictured but it didn't have a sunroof and had chrome wire wheels.
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I think I got this time.
OK, that is a different car than I was thinking of. I jumped to conclusions and didn't even go look at them..... the Celicas. of that time. My bad.
I would not recommend a PT Turbo for reliability long term for a lady. My wife has had 2 PT's both have been reliable over 100,000 miles of daily use.
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