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cruze owners..... from your experience, how do you find the quality of parts found on the interior, exterior and under the hood? Is it better then previous cars from Chevy?
 

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I do not own a Chevrolet Cruze, However I did take a look at one at a local dealership and I must say the Interior panels seem cheap, not what i expected. The rest of the vehicle was acceptable.
 

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I agree, what interiors have you been looking at montana? The Cruze is on par or better than my 2011 Mustang and Ford Flex, for a heck of a lot less money.

Overall quality:

Engine: Excellent so far
Transmission: Average at best
Interior: Excellent
Exterior: Very good
Ride: Excellent
Handling: Excellent
Overall: Very Good.
 

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I can't comment previous cars on Chevrolet but from what I see from the reviews this Cruze is surely better built than Cobalts and rest of small competitors
My point is for the exterior :
body feels solid , I do hate plastic bumper covers but sadly most manufacturers do use them instead of chrome bumpers . Door handles feel tough not cheapish or crappy
Interior :
Door handles very quality build, and very ergonomic you can easily fit in your hands to open the doors , plastic chrome surrounding around the buttons is a good feature and looks very well .
Cloth is slightly feeling cheaper may be velvet would be good , if leather is available I would go for it
Gray area around the gear knob, console is feeling sporty but in long term it may peel off or discolor . Piano black trim is very lovely
A/C buttons , center console is very well designed
 

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I have not owned any new GM cars before I owned this Cruze. What I can tell you is the interior quality of the materials is better than the 2002 CRV I used to own.
 

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I was looking at a cruze LS that was already being driven at the dealer as a loaner car. I just wasn't a fan of the quality in the plastic panels and various panels in the car. It's better then other chevy's i drove, cobalt was one of them.
 

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I have a friend who drives a Cobalt, and compared to it the Cruze is way better in terms of durability, both interior and exterior.

The problem I see IS with some of the interior plastics though. It has a dull finish to it that does make it look cheap, but I've driven other cars with supposedly "better" interior designs that ended up not holding up. I have a feeling the simplicity of this material might make it more durable. There's no glare coming from the top dash onto the windshield ona sunny day either, and that's a good thing.

That said it still looks cheap.
 

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...the black plastic battery cover on our LTZ was broken as the car sat on the dealers' showroom floor. Wife pointed it out and the dealership immediately drove the car into the shop and "swapped" out the broken cover for a good cover from one of the other cars.
 

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I agree, what interiors have you been looking at montana? The Cruze is on par or better than my 2011 Mustang and Ford Flex, for a heck of a lot less money.
...hope you don't mind, but I "borrowed" and expanded your excellent review:

Overall Cruze quality:

......Engine: [X] Excellent, [ ] Very good, [ ] Good, [ ] Average, [ ] Poor
Fuel Economy: [ ] Excellent, [ ] Very good, [X] Good, [ ] Average, [ ] Poor
Transmission: [ ] Excellent, [ ] Very good, [ ] Good, [X] Average, [ ] Poor
....Interior: [X] Excellent, [ ] Very good, [ ] Good, [ ] Average, [ ] Poor
....Exterior: [ ] Excellent, [X] Very good, [ ] Good, [ ] Average, [ ] Poor
........Ride: [X] Excellent, [ ] Very good, [ ] Good, [ ] Average, [ ] Poor
....Handling: [X] Excellent, [ ] Very good, [ ] Good, [ ] Average, [ ] Poor
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.....Overall: [ ] Excellent, [X] Very good, [ ] Good, [ ] Average, [ ] Poor


...if Excellent = 5, Very good = 4, Good = 3, Average = 2 and Poor = 1; then:

[(4x5)+(1x4)+(1x3)+(1x2)]/35 = 29/35 = 0.83 out of 1.00
 

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For my taste the Cruze is perfect in every area. I love my cloth dash and I have never seen that before. I have the black with the brick. The black makes a pattern over the brick underneath. I've had a lot of complements on it. I've recently taken a 5hr trip and was comfortable all the way. The form, fit, and function has been well thought out. You can tell that Chevy has make the attempt to put their best foot forward and it shows. I am not able to afford allot but I feel that I have gotten more than my moneys worth.
 

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I just found this site (glad I did) so this is my first post here.

I have owed the 2011 Cruze LT Turbo for 1 month and have found it to be better than I anticipated in all areas so far.

In the past I mostly have purchased Toyota's and Nissan's Brand New (that's 6 of them). I have not purchased a GM made car in over 25 years (last one being a new 1980 Buick). I bought into all the Camry and Nissan HYPE over the years because of the reliability but I found that they had their on set of problems (see below).

For me I fell that Chevy has turned the corner and in my opinion may have surpassed these two. The styling looks great and everything has tight tolerances and appears well made.

The interior is very well layed out and sharp looking and at night looks amazing. Nothing cheap about it. In comparison to the other Japenese and Korean car makers the Chevy is on par if not better. I am actually very happy with the Cruze in terms of look and feel.

I have a Maxima and Camry and I have had numerous issues with them. Some minor and some major. A few problems are listed below just to show you that they are not as perfect as they put themselves out to be. So do some reasearch and don't just drink the juice.

On the Maxima GLE (top of the line) I had the Oxygen sensors go out right after the warranty expired ($350 repair). The brake rotors were warped at 55,000 miles and had to be replaced. The original tires had to be replaced at 22,000 miles. The Bose 6cd Stereo went out at 5,000 miles and out again at around 40,000 miles. That's about a $1200.00 stereo. An internet search will show that this is a major issue but not recognized by Nissan - go figure. There is also excessive wind noise in the car as well. So as you can see there are quality issues with Nissan's flagship car.

On the Camry LE (top model) I had major engine repairs around 50,000 miles. Hydraulic lifters went out as well The digital dash went out completely right after the warranty expired. Also had other small issues. Toyota has a lot of quality issues that past few years.

Three cars that I looked at before I settled on the Cruze.

1. Corolla - Has a small feel about it and the style is sub par. Nothing exciting about it.

2. Elantra - From a distance looked ok but after really looking at it I felt that it was cheaply made and not as powerful. I know a lot of people that have Hyndai's and everyone that I know has problems with them. Quality is not there. They only buy them because they can be had cheaper than most other brands but you will pay when it leaves you stranded.

3. Civic - Small car and looking at it side by side with the Cruze there is no comparison that the Cruze is sharper looking.

I really want the Cruze to work out well and hope that I don't have problems with it. I have checked everything, Interior, Under Carriage, Engine etc.. and it all appears very well designed and well layed out. I have the Turbo engine and I can't believe how much pickup this car has for a 4 cyl. From a design standpoint you can tell a lot of thought went into this car.

My only concern are the Firestone tires that came on this car. They are B/B tires- that is Temperture B and Tread B. I'm not a big fan of Firestone because in the past I had noting but problems with them. Then again I have never had any luck with new cars original tires anyway. But right now they give a very smooth ride and handle well so no complaints so far with these tires.
 

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Very well said... Thanks for the comparisons. Firestones? I thought they came with Michelins or is that just the LTZ with the 18" wheels?
 

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I have an ltz with the cocoa/neutral leather. I have to say the leather is very nice. I like the leather on the doors and dash-it's different and I think it looks pretty classy. I think the interior is great quality. The only part that I thought looked a little cheap was the plastic "hood" that is over the instrument cluster (do you know what I mean??) I like the chrome rings on the instrument cluster and chrome door handles on the ltz. My brother has a kia and it feels like I'm sitting in a roller skate - I definately don't feel that way in the Cruze. Also -someone mentioned tires earlier - my ltz came with michelin tires.
 

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I have an LTZ with the cocoa/neutral leather. I have to say the leather is very nice. I like the leather on the doors and dash-it's different and I think it looks pretty classy. I think the interior is great quality. The only part that I thought looked a little cheap was the plastic "hood" that is over the instrument cluster (do you know what I mean??) I like the chrome rings on the instrument cluster and chrome door handles on the LTZ. My brother has a Kia and it feels like I'm sitting in a roller skate - I definately don't feel that way in the Cruze. Also -someone mentioned tires earlier - my LTZ came with Michelin tires.
...your Ice Blue/Cocoa-Neutral LTZ was the first choice that my wife wanted, but since the dealership had a Gold Mist/Cocoa-Neutral LTZ sitting on the showroom floor and we'd have to special-order an Ice Blue LTZ and wait for its' delivery(!), she settled for the Gold Mist and drove it off the lot that day, and she loves it.

...LTZ models come with Michelin 'Pilot' HX MXM4 P225/45R18 tires.
 
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