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Old 08-20-2008, 03:15 PM   #1
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Chrysler PT Cruiser

For the size, it probably has the worst MPG. I hate it!

300 miles on a 15gal tank is what I aim for, but manage to only get 275 plus or minus 20miles.

IMO, They should have made the PT's with 5 or 6spd autos and perhaps put alot less weight into the car!

Anyone else?
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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That is awful mileage. My antique Buick gets that kind of mileage. Are you sure that there isn't something wrong with the car?

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Take it to AutoZone or something and have them check for codes. I'm doing better in my van "Green".
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Nothing is wrong with my car...Oil changes are up to date, I have a drop-in K&N Air Filter...Getting new spark plugs in the near future. The PT Cruiser is about as aerodynamic as a brick. Check any PT forum you can find any they talk about the mileage and how it's no good etc..

I just filled up my car, and by using some of the techniques listed on the website I hope to see an improvement.
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PT cruiser is part of a select group of cars that are more aerodynamic going backwards than forward. Does Chrysler even own a wind tunnel?

EPA says 19 city, 24 highway but the average owner only gets 20.5mpg.
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008c...umn=1&id=22371
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What really makes me wonder though, is I can easily hit 25 MPG driving The Big White Hooptie on the highway (Cruise on 65 and A/C). Its a 1981 Buick with a 231 V-6 and a computer controlled 2bbl carb that hasn't worked right in 6 or 7 years. Its as aerodynamic as a brick as well, is heavier, bigger, and as I said earlier the carb hasn't worked right in years.

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PT cruiser is part of a select group of cars that are more aerodynamic going backwards than forward. Does Chrysler even own a wind tunnel?

EPA says 19 city, 24 highway but the average owner only gets 20.5mpg.
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008c...umn=1&id=22371
I don't have a doubt in my mind that they don't own one. Its ridiculous but I won't complain too much as it's my first car and I love it. People have gotten 30MPG or better with the car, it's the way you drive it I guess....

Today will be my first real day of using techniques to save fuel...We'll find out in a few days what kind of improvement the PT can offer on Fuel Economy.
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Just to add my $.02, I used to own an '02 PT Cruiser, and I absolutely loved everything about that car except the mileage. It was fun to drive, could hold a boat-load of stuff, (the front, at least) was roomy and comfortable, and it was very easy to put car seats in and out of as well.

But, I was lucky to crack 19MPG, usually got 18ish. My record was 21.

I traded it in on 2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (and got 37-40 on diesel).

Both cars were automatics.
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The PT Cruiser is about as aerodynamic as a brick.
More aero than an Astro and about 800 lbs lighter.

Good luck with the hypermiling, hope you destroy my van's numbers.
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The PT (New Beetle, Prowler, Thunderbird, Mini) weren't intended to have maximized aerodynamic properties. Get over it. These were styling exercises that put primary emphasis on the exterior appealing to the expected tastes of the intended purchasers.
Trade the PT in for a Neon (Golf, LH sedan, LS, or what ever it was that prompted the mini).
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