PT Cruiser...I don't get it

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This isn't really a flame of the PT Cruiser, but more of a call for someone to rationalize their existance.

1. What the heck does "PT" stand for?

2. Dodge...different is better...in my opinion, different is ugly in this case.

3. Aren't they built on a Neon chassis? Wimpy!

4. Much like the Prowler (until recently), there isn't an engine available to back up the (dabateably) sporty looks. Wimpy!

5. It looks like a mini-mini van with some kinda weird grill on the front.

6. People pay buku bucks for them! When they first came out, people were paying thousands over retail! Even now, whenever Dodge has a promotion, read the fine print...the PT is excluded!

7. Don't you dare call it a truck! It bugs me when people call their sport utility vehicles a "truck", but that's another flame in itself. If you can't put at least two (better yet three) dirt bikes and gear in the back, in my book it aint a truck.

8. People who drive them tend to think they are really cool and park way in the back section of the lot. Yes, I know I am generalizing.

If you are the proud owner of one of these, and you like it, than by all means don't let me rain on your parade or be offended...I guess different strokes for different folks.
 

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I like'em. I don't have a use for one, but I think they are sharp. There cool in a "It'd be neat if my parents had one" kinda way. JMHO! You know, I've not really ever seen a big advertising push for them, either. They probably don't have to. Plus, everything I ever read about them said that they were basically a minivan with better body work as far as power and handling went.
 
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I guess different strokes for different folks.
That would be the key?

I think they are cutein a chick car kinda way :), wouldn't drive one, but hey, took some guts to produce it and they are selling them as fast as they are making them.

It's the retro thing, the Prowler and T-Bird are other examples and yes, the Viper.
 

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I like the PT but opinions are like a-holes, everybody has one. Yes, it is built on the neon platform, 4 cylinder front drive, etc. I applaud any company with the guts to do something different even if I don't always like the results (viper).
 

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PT=Personal Transportation (from what I heard)
there's a local body shop who threw a set of chrome wheels and some mystic paint on one and it's really sharp. I like em..
 
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<rant mode on>
All show- no go.
Anyone remember the 60's tune "No go showboat"??
Thats the PTCruizer.
I mean, come on Chrysler, if your gonna do up a car with style how about at least a 318 under the hood?
And the Prowler? Dont make me laugh.
At least Ford is stuffing a 3.9 V8 (yes, a good ol' double slant 8!!) in its IMHO much better looking Thunderbird.
(why they killed this legendary marque off in the first place is beyond me.)
Maybe Chrysler was looking back at the success (?????) of Ford's infamous "Cobra 2" and decided to build one of their own.
On Chrysler's behalf, i will admit that todays modern emission standards make v8's in these cars a difficult thing to do (thanks again environmentalists:( ) but how about at least a souped up V6, or a limited edition V8????
<rant mode off>
 
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At least the viper has four or five hundred horsepower with a manual transmission...that makes styling a little less important in my book.
 

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My wife really like's them; reminds her of a 1930's gangster car. Saw a black one the other day with little bullet hole decals on the back like the car had been shot at during a bank robbery. Bonnie and Clyde watch out!

Most people that buy them don't know what a 426 Hemi is and they don't care about turbos and superchargers. They just want a car just makes them smile more than a Camry or an Accord. Nothing wrong with that.
 

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I think they're pretty cool !

When they first came out I read that the PT stood for "Past Times". The styling is reminecent of the late thirty/ early forties cars, but with modern touches borrowed from the hotrod genre, hence... Past Times Cruiser.

The retro look is popular. I'd say Dodge / Chrysler was pretty smart to bring it out, they've sold a zillion of them already. And pricing is not that high, actually they are quite resonable when compared to other stylish bodied vehicles.

Maybe you don't get it, I never got the hoola hoop or the Cabbage Patch dolls, but someone did, and they made millions on them!
 

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It's ugly...

but it ain't no Aztek. :scream:

At least the Chrysler products are a bona-fide success.
 
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Yes, the "PT" does in fact stand for "Personal Transport." Saw it on Car & Driver TV. :)

And I do believe its pretty cheesy to make a sporty looking car with nothing special under the hood.
 
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They just want a car just makes them smile more than a Camry or an Accord.
That's true. There's only one person that has to like the car, and that's the owner.

By the way, my wife drives an accord, and it makes her smile!
 

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the pricing isn't bad for them either, I think they're less than $20k fully loaded? That's a rarity nowadays, it seems like and company who thinks they can build a sport ute type vehicle will hold you up for at least 35k. At this point I'd like to rant about the "luxury SUV" craze but I wouldn't want to bore you guys.
 
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Now A PT-CRUHSER or a PT-BRUISER now those are cool!!! They are both supercharged, BIG rims etc, cool paintjobs, groud affects, they look really sweet! I guess dodge was suppost to make the GT-Cruiser but I don't know what happened!!!! But I do agree DONT make a that's suppose to be all pimp daddy and just put a new body on a neon! blah!