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  1. Name: Chevrolet Cruze Eco (2011) Date Added: 16 November 2009 - 11:31 AM Owner: Dsuupr Short Description: None Provided View Vehicle
  2. I get better than stated by GM for my Cruze Eco. When I drive as flog on it, I get as low as 36 to 37 mpg which includes 60% to 70% city driving. When I am on the interstate doing 65 mph to 75 mph with the AC on, plus have a full load (kids, luggage, etc.), I get 42 mpg. When I am careful to go the speed limit on the highway and minimize my AC usage I get 50+ mpg.
  3. Dsuupr

    Emergency choice

    Why get a new car if there isn't something that "move you". Try a $2500 Buick Century from an old person for a while until the car you really want is available. My suggestion on the new, go drive the Cruze LT, Ford Focus and Cruze Eco. If the car you want needs to be ordered, convince the dealer to give you a loaner or sell you a running car for $500 that you can sell on the street for $1000 after cleaning it up (which they would probably sell at auction anyways).
  4. Is it the quality in question that keeps the Cruze and Focus from getting a recommended rating? I'm still confused how the corolla, and sentra beat out the Focus and Cruze.
  5. I just don't get what people see in that. I think it will age fast and terribly. The same goes for the inside of the Focus, though I find it looks good now, I wonder how aged it will look 3 years from now.
  6. I am heavily considering making the cross country trip to check it out. I figured since Chevrolet is sponsoring it, my Cruze would be perfect with the hood graphics. Who else is?
  7. I wondered the same thing. I have a friend with a 2010 Corolla and it is downright terrible. Cheap plastic, cheap feel, horrible build quality, etc.
  8. Do keep in mind that the car is two months old and has 6000+ miles already. My cars are babied and sold before they are old enough to have scratches but often have high mileage for their age (generally making them a great deal for the next person).
  9. Thx - No problem. It is the the 3M product, which is like a very good protective coating that will save the paint. Is it a lease or a purchase? Leased Dealer will be paying to remove the wrap later and will most likely be turned in at the same time the wrap comes off (or bought and given to my daughter).
  10. We had a total of 11, so the girls youth pastor went with us in her car.
  11. That is the point. It is almost done "tong & cheek" toward those owners. The back even notes that it is NOT a hybrid. The Cruze is better for the environment than a prius because: 1. It was made in the U.S., thereby not shipped on a boat, which has passed cars in collective pollution. 2. It was made in a zero landfill plant 3. It gets similar amazing gas mileage to the prius without the extra hardware/software 4. It was made without mining additional metals through the tearing down of mountains 5. It was made by a company that allows women in executive positions which also recently won an award for how they treat minority employees 6. It was made by Union Members (a big thing for most progressives on the West Coast now days) 7. It is "Buying Local" which is something many in the Northwest believe is key to saving our environment 8. It was made by a US based company Until the 2013s arrive, assuming they are different.
  12. It is the the 3M product, which is like a very good protective coating that will save the paint.
  13. My friend owns the Chevy Dealer (Loren Berg Chevrolet) and I am locally active SO, he is helping to make my payments and I will be putting the car in our local parades. He is also generous in letting me use other vehicles when needed. A few weekends ago I got a Silverado to take my kids and 9 friends to the drive-in, last week I had a Traverse to take my kids and friends all over town as well as to the coast, and this weekend I have a Tahoe to take kids, my own and neighbors, to the local festival. Most importantly, I am very proud of the what GM has done and how well the men and women of the UAW built the car, and wanted others to know about it.
  14. The person who is doing the wrap for my car has finished the hood and driver's side. You can view the pictures at my Picasa page.
  15. I would have to disagree on this one. Cruze went for the "grown up" version, Ford went for the kid version, Hyundai went for the flashy version, VW went for the cheap version, honda went for the reputation version and toyota went for the non-car, stupid buyer, toyota kool aid drinking version. Having driven the non-Eco & owning an Eco, I can tell you there is a definite difference and I could see why one would pick a non-Eco model. Yes, I have gotten 50.7 mpg on a 200+ mile road trip and am averaging 41 mpg, including tons of city and heavy footed driving, but if my life was s little different and they offered a manual transmission on other models, I would have chosen a 2LT over the Eco. Many folks I have spoken with have commented that though they like the Mazda3, Focus and Elantra, they believe they look and drive like "kid cars". I couldn't agree more. The Cruze has a youthful part, but does not look like an 18 year old should own it, and has a design that will still look good after 5 years.
  16. I love mine and so do many others that have checked it out.
  17. I picked the Cruze because it felt the most grown up and upgraded of those mentioned. The key reasons I picked the Cruze over the Focus include: 1. The Focus looks great, if you are 16 to 21, but I don't act like a child, so I don't want to look like one either. 2. I found the Focus dash to be cheap looking in mid-level form. 3. I am not a fan of Microsoft so I wasn't about to waste extra money on Sync nor did I want to deal with rebooting my stereo/climate control/etc. The base Cruze stereo and OnStar do everything that Sync does, without the voice activated command and the Microsoft issues. 4. Sound suppression is key to me enjoying a car, and no one beats the Cruze, even in Eco form. 5. Gas mileage for a Focus was not so great compared to the Eco model. Add to that the 6 speed manual and well, how can one go wrong. 6. I know people say the Focus "handles great", but the reality is, the Cruze is a nicer ride and when put to the test, it keeps up with the Focus on almost all metrics. Why give up a compliant comfortable ride just because you think bouncing around more will help it be better on the corners? Besides, 99% of my driving is on straight highways and not the Nürburgring. 7. The lower air dam on the Focus reminds me of something a child (see earlier comment), would want on their car (I hate it on the VW & Porsche SUVs just as much). 8. To get a manual transmission on a Focus, you have to downgrade the interior and rims, which makes the car more expensive when you equip them the same. 9. Telematics (OnStar like product) is not standard or even available on the Focus. 10. Safety is key since I have two daughters who will eventually get the car. The Cruze has received a perfect crash score rating and includes 10 airbags. Nothing has come close in the segment, especially when you add in Onstar. 11. The trunk is larger on the Cruze (take note of #10, meaning all the extra space I can get I need when traveling). 12. And most importantly, our local Ford dealer is typical old school dealer, offering poor service with nasty management. As you all know, the owner of the Chevy dealer has become a personal friend because of the great service offered the first time I walked in the door. He makes a point of saying "thank you" to every customer that buys a car from the dealership and if you have a problem, he gets right in the middle to solve it. I understand why people would choose the Focus over the Cruze and to them I say thank you for choosing American owned/made. As for me, I love my Cruze and I find it to be the perfect fit.
  18. That is a beautiful car. There is a limo 6-door style for sale at a local dealer near me that is in near perfect condition. More than once I have snuck onto the lot after hours just to check it out.
  19. I ended up with a new Cruze Eco (pictures to be posted later). I will spend time looking for the part and am now open to looking at a junk yard since I don't have to rely on the car to be my daily driver.
  20. They called Autozone, all possible suppliers, etc. They went down the list of people they called. Like I said, this is not your everyday dealership. They did state I could scour the internet and if one was found they would install it. It is the backing plate that has given way of which RockAuto does not show available.
  21. These guys have no reason not to fix it. This is the only place I take my cars to be fixed and like I stated, I am friends with the owner. I have bought more than a 1/2 dozen vehicles from them plus I send them a new customer multiple times per year. They all tend to be falling apart at the same places. Getting the old parts might buy me a year, possibly two, but will not ultimately solve the problem.
  22. Pick any and/or all current Opels and bring them under Buick or ?? brand. The Vivaro and/or Movano would make a great update to the old GM vans. Maybe give it to GMC so they are truly different than Chevrolet. Or Meriva or Zafria to Buick.
  23. So yesterday I dropped my beloved Marie (1984 Celebrity wagon) off at the Chevy dealer because she was making a grinding sound as if her brakes had gone bad. Upon inspection they noted that the entire rear drum brakes had fallen apart due to age and cancer. They are unable to locate replacements and at this point she is labeled undriveable. I am friends with the owner of the dealer and have full confidence in them telling me the truth, have had no luck finding the part myself, don't want junk yard parts as they will only have the same problem and love the car to much just to give up on her. Anybody have ideas on how to get new parts for the old car? Maybe converting her to all disc brakes or ?? Keep in mind that it is the ENTIRE drum braking system that must be replaced. Thanks for anyone who can help!
  24. Top 10 2011 products - Just because they sell a fair number, does not mean it is not a flop, in my book. 1. toyota yaris 2. VW Jetta 3. honda insight 4. acura zdx 5. lexus hs hybrid 6. toyota tundra 7. toyota venza 8. BMW X6 9. hyundai equuis 10. infiniti qx

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