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Pros: versatility and zoom-zoom
Cons: turning radiusWe drove a non turbo version on a test drive and I thought it did well on inclines here in Jacksonville, FL. Then I read the article from Autoweek on the first turbo PT/GT. Ok, I want it and it`s been a very good transporter on trips and it`s great for a Massage Therapist. The Cruiser is easy to load,it`s versatile and a cool lookin car, plus it`s a personal appearence vechicle to show your ideas. I must say, I have not seen anyone copy my ideas of good applications...still the only good good lookin 2003 GT in Jax, FL. PS. ask my mechanic
Fun and peppy
Cons: too much road noiseBeen a very good car. Few problems. Fun to drive and too cute. Turbo makes it respond quickly and run really fast.
not soooo good
Pros: the 10 disc cd changer
Cons: the loud noiseThis car is the loudest most annoying car ever, when drving you can here everthing. When you run over small pot holes it sounds as if u got into a car accident. Hate it. And around 85thousand miles the HEAD GASKET will go out and will cost you a very pretty penny
Pros: TURBOThe GT Cruiser is great fun!
Pros: The look and the cargo space. The height of the seats. Gas mileage is great.
Cons: Seats are a little uncomfortable. Maintenance too costly. Gas tank is too small!
Advice: Look elsewhere or buy a 2005 or later model, I hear those have the kinks worked out.When I got this car in December of 2003, I loved it! I was sad to part with my 95 T-bird and this was just the car to make me happy again. Then I got married the next December and the problems started up. The brakes started grinding after it had rained (which is frequent in Houston) and eventually they were grinding every single time I stopped. That got fixed, sort of. Then the tires wore out in January of this year ($400) Then this summer the a/c went out! $700 later, it's fixed. Now my OBD light has come on for some exhuast or gas cap-related thing and most websites say, 'it'll just go away after a couple of weeks'. This is by far the most annoying car I've ever been in. I agree that all cars should have cd and cassette players! I also agree with everyone that it's hard to see behind you in it, in fact, my husband ran into a trailer a couple of weeks ago and now there's a dent in the back door and a huge gash in the bumper. I will never own a Chrysler again. I can't afford them! Next stop: 2006 Hyundai Sonata!
Pros: Turbo HP. 5 speed Getrag manual.
Cons: Turning radius is terrible.
Advice: Keep up with maintenence. . .although it's really expensive right now, keep using high octaneThe car has a great exhaust note for a 4 cyl. Not to mention the sound of the turbo. To be honest, I was not looking to buy the cruiser,(looked at the 300M) but was intrigued by the electric blue GT on the lot. When I looked inside, I was shocked to see a 5 speed manual. As we all know, a rare find at a dealer. The off the line power during my . . . extended test drive was better than my wife's BMW 3 series, and not to mention the massive cargo space. I've owned Explorers with less room in back. So, I had to have it. It's been a few years now, and I have had some minor problems with the car. Turning radius is as bad as a semi, and the battery has been replaced twice now. I have looked at other cars that have come out, but none as fun and easy on the wallet. This car is a leased vehicle, but will be bought outright. It's too fun a car to get rid of.
Pros: The interior layout and the leather interior with seat warmers. (needed in Canada!)
Cons: The wheel hubs are falling apart from inside.
Advice: Check the hubs before you buy and if they are fine, put some sort of sealant on the inside to stop them from rusting out your wheels.I have the GT Turbo fully loaded with all the extras. It drives well with fairly tight handling.I have the Automatic with the Auto-Stick. I find the transmission a little spongey at times between gears, especially when using the Auto-Stick. The wheels are the 17 inch chrome wheels. The problem is that the wheel centre hubs are falling apart and causing the wheels themselves to rot out in the centre. I have spoken to other owners who have had the same problem. I have been told by one dealer out of town that this should be covered under warranty. The hubs alone cost $40 plus tax apiece. My mechanic tells me that the wheels themselves need to be replaced too. I am hoping that the dealer sees that this is a manufacturer's flaw. I am hoping to connect to as many people as possible who are experiencing the same problem. P.S. I had to use a Detroit Zip code that I know from when I lived in Windsor (in Canada across the river)and that is where I bought the car. I actually live in Bolton Ontario.