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Considering a '15 LS 1.8

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My daughter's excellent '09 Cobalt was just totalled a week ago--she has a fractured wrist but otherwise OK--and I'm thinking about a used Cruze for her.

I'm trying to avoid earlier ('11-13 or so) models due to all the issues. I can get a '15 LS for what I want to pay, and with GM warranties remaining.

Is the 1.8 a better reliability choice, so far, than the 1.4T in the first-gen cars? I'm thinking simpler and more displacement are good things for a heavier compact like a Cruze. (BTW, I own a '17 Cruze LT).

I see the 1.8 has a timing belt though--ugh. What's a dealer get for replacing that and all related stuff in that job?

Thanks for your input.
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We have $1K in GM goodwill cash and if they are still offering $1K to finance, I can buy a new LS in the $13's somewhere. But my daughter says she hates the stop/start so much in our new one, she'd prefer the used one! LOL
 

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The couple '15 LS's I'm looking at are advertised at $10,787. One has 24K; one has 31K. The Carfax for the 31K shows four oil changes at a dealer; the other, none (of course I know that's not to say it's had none). I'm leaning towards the 31K in case there's a problem, I can post that it's had oil changes (for warranty issues). The 31K was put into service later (i.e., 3/36 lasts longer on the calendar) but of course I know it has fewer miles remaining on the 3/36.
 

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Certified looks like it adds about a couple grand to the price. If I buy a used '15 with 31K miles, I should get the remaining 5K on the BTB warranty and remainder of the 5/100K powertrain warranty anyway. I'm avoiding 'certified'.
 
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