https://www.amazon.com/CHEVROLET-Fro.../dp/B00AEBAHDAFunny post, I also had an idiot hit my Jetta and total it (2004 TDI with 307k miles on it, in pristine condition, this occurred in Fall 2018). I now own a 2014 Cruze Diesel, here is my rundown:
1. Going from an old 2004 to a 2014 with all the bells an whistles, is great. Love the built in Bluetooth and like the layout and function of the electronics on the cabin.
2. My Cruze has 177k on it, so I bought high mileage to pay cash (I think it was the cheapest one in the country when I bought it, drove 8 hrs to get it). I am having transmission issues and have since the beginning. I am pretty mechanically inclined, but can't get some of the info I need to fix this one. My tranny is doing the common slamming into gear when stopped while in Drive with a warm/hot tranny. It seems like solenoids. Most people on here just had dealer replace the tranny, that is not the route I plan to take, but this is an issue....
3. I just started getting emissions issues and now have the countdown (from when it started to giving me the countdown was about 3 days). I am planning on deleting to fix this.
4. It does not get as good of mileage as my Jetta TDI, I would say about 5 mpg less. I have a 40 mile commute each way at 70 mph with limited stops/turns.
5. I am not looking to start any fires here, but there were much more and better resources (TDIClub and myTurboDiesel) for the do-it-yourselfer on the TDI's. There were writeups for everything and even the more difficult/technical things were covered. I have found that not to be the case with the Cruze Diesel. I still see alot of posts here that the fix is take it to a dealer. One example is the transmission issue. Something like that would have solenoid part #'s and links to where you can buy them to fix the jerk issue. I am still going through manufacturer documentation when I get time to try to find them myself (already ordered some that I thought were right but did not match what was in the tranny).
6. Went from a 5 speed to an automatic. I don't really miss the 5 speed unless the engine is cold. I like to shift at lower rpm's when eng warms up, even the manual override on this does not allow me to do what I want. I am impartial on this one.
7. Love the remote start on the cruze (can also add the ability to start from a smartphone for $15/mo), I live in Nebraska, we get some cold winters. Works great, and I don't think the VW's were offered with them at all.
8. Okay, two dumb things.....
- I cannot find a good spot to put my phone when in the car that is not on the passenger seat. In my old Jetta I put it in front of the shifter and it was out of the way, easily visible and accessible. Still trying to find a good spot.
- I cannot find a good spot to put my sunglasses, currently have them in the door slot, but they get scratched here. Anyone have any ideas?
9. The Cruze is very smooth and tight, much better then the Jetta (and my car had a brand new suspension when it was totaled).
Overall, I really like the car, my wife and brothers don't make fun of me for having a girl car anymore. It is comfortable to drive, has the modern toys. The downside is, when something goes wrong, it is much more expensive to fix, even by yourself, but that is the case most times you get a newer vehicle. I am happy with the purchase, just can't wait to fix these issues.
^replace the hand hold above driver and/or passenger head.