I wouldn't make this post about ALL cruzes. Only the Gen1 series.
The verdict is still out for the Gen2.
The gen2 also runs at standard temperatures. The gen1 runs 30 degrees hotter then standard. I'm sure that has A LOT do with all the standard problems.
Is there any way to safely reduce the "operating temperature" Maybe use a lower thermostat?
Not sure how this all works, isn't the engine actually designed to operate at a very specific temp though?
Also a concern of mine now; would fitting a transmission cooler help for longterm tranny reliability, if operating temps are 30' higher is this a concern?