I just found out that the six speed auto doesn't have a dipstick to check the trans fluid level. It may not seem like a big deal right now because our cars are new. However, anyone planning to keep these cars for a long time will have a possible headache in years to come.
I just traded in an 02 passat for my cruze and that car didn't have a dipstick either.
Apparently my passat had a very slow tranny leak at the cooler for a while and a few years ago I noticed the trans wasn't shifting well. The dealer wanted one hour labor just to check the fluid because it requires cooling down the engine, hooking the car up to a computer (Vagcom), getting the car to a specific temp and removing a plug while the car is on a lift. If it needs fluid, they have to pump the fluid into the trans. The whole process is expensive and not many indy mechanics know how or are willing to even check the fluid.
As far as I know most european cars don't have a dipstick. But my 06 Honda Odyssey has one.
So for right now, no big deal. But down the road, this might be a big pita for all of us. Kinda sucks, But Im still happy with my cruze