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Background:
My 2012 ECO MT has been named "Cruzen" so this is the build of "Cruzen2.0"
My ECO is worth too much to do all these modifications to it.
I WILL build the first(?) 2.0t 6MT CRUZE!

2014 Buick Verano Premium, 2.0T, 6MT, 17k miles, salvage- runs/drives, $3k (PURCHASED)
2012 Chevy Cruze LS, 1.8L, 6MT, 195k miles, bad clutch, $3k (PENDING AS OF 5/30/18)

The Buick was delivered today (5/30/18) and this it the first bit of prep so I could find out what replacement parts I needed to buy.

As Delivered
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After removal of front crash bar and upper rad support (and hood)
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Messed up rads. No leaks tho, AC still blows cold! Only part not usable or the same with the recipient Cruze is the main engine radiator
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As of now the wheels haven't fallen off the project, but they did have to come off the car
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JUNK!!!
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The wheels I will be using from now on (including the final look) will be 17x7 5x115 from a 2012 Equinox with 225/50/r16 tires to look stock and be the same size as the factory Cruze ones while fitting the Buick hubs and not saying "BUICK" on them.

Something like this
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Updates will come as I make progress
 

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So you're simply swapping the drivetrain and the cradle? Shouldnt be too difficult.
Sensor plugs should all be the same, maybe in different locations, but you could solve that with the Verano underhood harness. That harness should match up with the Cruze body harness, maybe some repinning. AlldataDIY connector diagrams for both cars would be invaluable.
Beyond that, Verano ECM, Cruze BCM, security relearn and away you go.
Heck, you might be able to use the Verano shifter in the ECO, too
Are you also going to continue to use the ECO suspension on all four corners, or are you swapping all the Verano shocks/brakes over? Should be all straightforward fit-wise, as they are the same as Cruze Diesel parts. That would also help you with any potential problems with parts integration.
Then you just treat it as a Cruze Diesel, buy a couple good used Verano wheels and use those 18s. They look good on a Cruze. :)
Look forward to your progress and future success.
 

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The buick wheels are beyond saving and none of the tires are even repairable. So I needed to buy both wheels and tires so I purchased a set of 4 off an equinox (the diesel cruze wheels are a bit ugly to me) and matching tires. Hopefully i can take the buick for a rip down my street this evening!
 

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MISTAKE NO.1

Wrong wheels, those equinox wheels (purchased) are 5x120, so now to see about another set of 17x7 wheels

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I did my research but the guy at the local used parts depot assured me that wheels from the 08 equinox and wheels from the later 2012 were the same... I shall be returning there in the morning to exchange them for some 17x7 '08 Saturn Vue wheels that I know are 5x115 as my family used to own one.
 

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https://www.wheel-size.com/

That'll help you figure out what'll fit. Check Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Thats how I found my set, and the wheels were in perfect shape.
 

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Success! Buick is now driveable, and it's f*cking FAST.
The wheel saga isn't quite over but there are four wheels and tires on the buick.
I was only able to swap 3 of the wheels and will have to pick up the 4th on monday, but 3 of 4 means I can just throw the buick spare on in place of the missing one.
Got the ac system properly emptied/evacuated today as well, for $50 it was quite tempting to "accidentally" cause a massive leak, but instead I went with the right way of doing it.
Progress!!
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(stock photo, mine have bowties)
 

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MISTAKE NO.1

Wrong wheels, those equinox wheels (purchased) are 5x120, so now to see about another set of 17x7 wheels

EDIT:
I did my research but the guy at the local used parts depot assured me that wheels from the 08 equinox and wheels from the later 2012 were the same... I shall be returning there in the morning to exchange them for some 17x7 '08 Saturn Vue wheels that I know are 5x115 as my family used to own one.
So, I am still curious. Did/Does the Buick Cap's interchange with the Chevy ones? Did the Saturn actually have Chevy bow-ties on the rims or did you find some different caps?
 

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Most gm center caps are interchangeable, finding CHROME bowties instead of the normal painted ones is proving to be harder. The 5 spokes I have were also available on the 08 equinox and the later Captiva. The parts place just happened to have a pair of the bowties laying about, my guess is they came off a set of malibu wheels.

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UPDATE: While the offset is correct on the current wheels, the shape puts the front wheels uncomfortably close to the brake calipers. I have ordered a pair of 3mm spacers just to make it impossible for the wheel to flex and contact the caliper. Also got a good bit of the interior pulled out of the car so I can gain access to the wire harness. Found out that the emergency "my fob is dead and I need to start the car" system is literally the same ring you would find around the ignition barrel in a regular key ignition system to read the chip in the key. Good use of existing systems, also makes it a lot easier to change the Cruze over to the buick drivetrain and wiring as I can just mount the sensor on a pocket and just throw the keys in there and go.
 

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Looks like you've got an interesting project and always nice when you have a complete donor car. It doesn't look in too bad of shape either which is nice. The Verano had a lot of extra features and sound deadening compared to the Cruze, let alone a lighter Eco, so your car should be a decent amount quicker and that's before any of the tuning options.
 
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You thinking about possibly just repairing the Verano? It doesn't look like too much damage so I'd imagine if you're handy with body work shouldn't be too bad.

I guess the big question is where you're looking to be in the end? The Verano will still be a nice entry level luxury car with a salvage title that you can drive and even modify. The Cruze swap will still be a LS model with a bigger engine and something different. With either one I wouldn't expect to make money off them if you decided to sell so do it for the love of which one appeals the most.
 
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Repairing the Verano is pretty much out of the question due to the difficulty of getting it repaired adiqutely to get it inspected and registered in Michigan when it currently has an out of state "parts only" title.
I am aware the the resale value will be quite low in either case, thats the reason I dont want to do this swap on my ECO and "loose" that much in value. As it is the ECO is worth about 7k so id prefer to start with a car that I can buy for 2-4k, not have to worry about the value, and get a good bit of money back from selling the ECO.

Now I just have to get everything lined up to purchase said other cheap Cruze...
 

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Ah, I thought the picture was the new LS you were talking about picking up. Missed the Eco badge on the trunk the first time I looked at your pic.

Another big question is do you have another car to drive besides the Eco? Even though it seems simple to swap in the different powertrain there's always a chance you'll run into missing parts, having to fabricate something, electrical or other troubleshooting gremlins and it might be nice to keep the Eco as a driver and have another cheap donor car to swap into.


Just curious, do you know if that engine would mate upto an ECO MT6? or does the verano have a different transmission?
The Verano with it's bigger 2.0L engine came with a much stronger F40 6-speed manual trans. Besides the extremely small amount of Veranos built with them (I'm surprised one came up at salvage auction), the F40 was also used in oversea Opel/Vaxhaul Astra OPC, the Insignia and our Regal, the Pontiac G6 GTP with the 3.9L OHV V6 and many Saab 9-3 models with the similar 2.0L Ecotec-based four and also behind the 2.8L high-feature corporate DOHC GM turbo V6.
 

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Repairing the Verano is pretty much out of the question due to the difficulty of getting it repaired adiqutely to get it inspected and registered in Michigan when it currently has an out of state "parts only" title.
What's up with that, anyway?
My salvage dealer tells me Parts Only and Scrap can never be rebuilt, and then I see talk on the internet of people having done it, including at least one guy in Michigan.
Is it do-able, but takes more than a cop crawling around looking at serial numbers for a half hour?

BTW, there's a couple of Clean Titles in Flint tomorrow. The red one has leather and good bags, and it should go on the block first, so the blue one can be your fallback plan.
https://www.copart.com/lot/23055538
https://www.copart.com/lot/33503098
 

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The m32 is garbage, I doubt it would last more than 100mi or 1 quarter mile pass with the 2.0t

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I do have another vehicle, but as I said, I would like to avoid using my nice ECO

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It would make things a lot easier to start with a stick cruze. One less thing to worry about, but it does make it harder to find one that will work. Also, it's the out-of-state part that makes the rebuilt cert hard.
 
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