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As the topic says, I bought a Cruze diesel. I guess technically I haven't bought it until I sign the paperwork Thursday but essentially I already bought it! :) It is going to be strange switching from a Hemi V8 Charger R/T to the Cruze but I've never had a diesel and I thought I would give one a try. I just hope it is like most other diesel vehicles that retains a higher percentage of its value come selling time so I get some of the premium I paid back. Anyway, once I have it and have driven it for a little while I will start a thread with my thoughts and I'll try to keep it updated with gas mileage figures if anybody is interested. I'm not sure where to post the thread, though, so if anybody has any suggestions, let me know.

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Awesome, Congrats, I look forward to hearing about your experience with the Cruze Diesel. So far what I have heard around here in Seattle is people are very happy with it.

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I brought it home last night. Here are a couple of crappy cell phone pics I took as it was getting dark. You can't see the color too well but it is Blue Ray Metallic. This morning was my first real drive in it. I was curious how it would start in the -7 degree weather but it remote started just fine. It also heated up fairly quickly and it blows much more heat than I expected so it must have a good auxiliary heater in it. It is surprisingly quiet inside and is a nice little cruiser. So far, I really like it. It's no race car but it accelerates plenty quickly and due to the low rpm diesel, it does so in a very relaxed manner.

My initial impression of the fuel economy is that it will be quite good. I have 78 miles on it, all but 3 of which I put on myself. Approx. 6 miles of that is on the interstate with the remainder on surface streets. It also has a 5 minute remote start on it. According to the trip computer, I am right at 37 mpg. The fuel gage is barely off full. My Charger would be at 3/4 tank after 78 miles. lol I'm guessing for my 50 mile round trip commute I am going to average around 40 mpg. That is with a 85/15 city/highway split, though admittedly 20 miles of my round trip drive has lights that are very well timed and I typically would only catch a half dozen red lights or so. For reference, my Charger R/T averages 19-20 mpg for the same commute.

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No but I want one. The dealership part department couldn't find it listed as a part and I did a quick google search last night and didn't have any luck figuring it out. I need to do a little more digging because I really would like one. Surprisingly only a couple of the cars in my area came equipped with them and they tended to be loaded cars. Mine is a base, no option car.

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So far, so good. I really like driving it but until we sell the Flex the miles are going to go on pretty slowly. My wife won't drive the Charger in this weather and it is a lease that is up in October and I want to make sure we use all the miles.

It just hit 150 miles on my last drive and the fuel gage is still showing 3/4 tank! I'm liking that a LOT and it should only get better as it breaks in and as the weather heats up.

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Six years since and the Cruze has definitely aged well. The diesel in that vehicle is bulletproof. Keep posting us about your updates. I am really happy that someone bought a non-truck GM diesel to really understand the experience.

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The more I drive the car, the more I like it. I have driven a few diesels before but never owned one. I like the relaxed demeanor of the driving experience, even when you are driving aggressively. I have around 400 miles on the car and it still shows 1/4 tank and the VIC shows about 140 miles to empty. That is with three remote starts totaling 20 minutes of idle time plus a traffic jam that took me 15 minutes to go 1 mile. The tank will probably wind up in the 34 - 35 mpg range when it is all said and done assuming the latest snowmageddon in SE lower Michigan doesn't result in massive traffic jambs tomorrow. Pretty impressive for the first tank and with a split of somewhere around 70/30 city highway for the tank and a somewhat aggressive driver. I'll post the actual first tank MPG in a couple of days when I fill up.

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Sweet, love this feedback on real world driving. I too am a Aggressive Defensive driver and have never owned an auto that actually got the MFG posted MPG.

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I didn't wait to fill up after all. I just went ahead and did it tonight. Here are the details:

Mileage = 478.9

Fuel = 13.45 gallons

MPG = 35.6

I'd guess 75/25 to 80/20 city highway split. Per the VIC my average speed was 31.3 mph. That included my 25 mile drive this morning that took 1:20 because of all the snowy, crappy roads.

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I just wanted to provide some early feedback in regard to the Chevy MyLink infotainment system. I'll start by saying I don't use half the functions of a cars infotainment system. With that said, I am a little surprised Chevy MyLink has gotten as much bad press as it has. Maybe the latest software in my car was a big improvement over earlier versions but mine is pretty intuitive and functions well. It is tough to compete with the UConnect 8.4 system in my Charger as it is one of the best in the business but here are some of my comments:

- I like having buttons and knobs for full climate control and seat heaters. UConnect has many but not all the hard buttons I would want. My Cruze has them all.

- The soft buttons for the Radio stations are legible and responsive but they either need to be made bigger or moved further up away from the bezel opening.

- The voice recognition works 100x better than the Sync in our Flex but it still lags behind UConnect. UConnect rarely ever hears a command wrong. I have more frequent misunderstandings with MyLink. :)

- One other thing with the VR for MyLink is that if you have both the first and last name in your phone for your contact but you only say "Call Steve", MyLink has no idea who "Steve" is because you didn't say "Call Steve Smith." On my UConnect, you can still say "Call Steve" and it will know who you mean or if you have more than one Steve in your contacts, it will ask you which one you want to call. I'll have to try the latter with MyLink to see what it does. I have at least four "John's" in my contacts so I'll have to test it out.

- The car came with a quick reference card that told you how to pair a Bluetooth phone to MyLink. With the card, it was quick and easy (only a couple of steps) to pair a phone either with soft keys or VR. Even still, if I went out to the car right now to pair a phone, I would have to stumble around to find the right feature or to remember the voice commands. With UConnect, it is 100% intuitive and I paired my phone in a matter of seconds without even looking at any instructions. It was so simple through the touchscreen that I have never tried it through the VR. The Sync in our Flex (not MyFord Touch) is pretty abysmal for phone pairing. I had to pair a phone quite a number of times before I no longer needed to dig out the manual to do it. Even now after almost 3 years I still have to fumble around through the menus for a few minutes before I remember how to do it.

Overall I think MyLink is a pretty good infotainment system, at least without navigation. I still need to try some Bluetooth streaming and maybe some music off a USB flash drive to see how it does with those. I also need to dig a little deeper into the menus to see how they are set up. I just haven't had time to play too much with it yet.

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Very Cool, I have to agree that I think GM has gotten hit harder than needed about their system. But then it does push them to update it sooner and address concerns about the system.

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Tank number 2 is now complete. It went 490.9 miles on 14.059 gallons for an average of 34.9 MPG. According to the VIC that was at an average speed of 32.9 MPH. That should be a 75/25 - 80/20 split city/hihgway. Not too bad! I have to say I'm really impressed with this car overall. I'm still hopeful that once the weather warms up and the car breaks in a little it will get high 30's for my commute but even if it stays where its at now, I can't complain.

I'm less impressed with the MyLink than I was before. It seems like the voice recognition has regressed. I can say "Call Mom mobile' and it will give me multiple options like "Call Mom mobile" and then something completely random that doesn't even sound the same like "Call Voicemail." As a follow up to my earlier comment on MyLink, if I have someone in my phone book as "David Smith" and I say "Call David mobile," even though that is the only David in my phone book it will tell my to try again using a name from my phone book. UConnect recognizes I only have on David on my phone and goes ahead and calls him. Strangely, MyLink does not do this when you have multiple entries for the same first name. In that situation, if you say "Call John mobile" it will bring up a list of all the Johns you have stored on your phone and ask you which you want to call.

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