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Greetings from the moon !

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After 242k miles I have recently arrived on the moon, it only took 30 months driving an avg of 60mph. I have averaged approximately 48.8 mpg during my adventure. The main reason of this post is to update my repair list after a few insignificant leaks along the way. All of these repairs have been very minor.  

30k a/c not cold ( recharge ) - warranty
100k oil pan reseal (oil leak ) - warranty
105k valve cover ( air leak )
180k valve cover ( air leak )
185k water pump ( coolant leak )
190k purge valve ( emissions )
235k overflow hose ( coolant leak )
240k front crankshaft seal ( oil leak )

This is a list of replacements I dont consider repairs. The water pump was still working and not leaking, the oil drain thread was stripped, and the oil pan required a reseal after 15k miles for an unknown reason.

205k water pump replaced ( noise ) - warranty - unnecessary - still working
220k oil pan replaced ( stripped plug thread ) - improper use
235k oil pan reseal ( oil leak ) - warranty - improper install

After repairing the recent crankshaft seal leak I cleaned the engine one last time before winter.

Link to a bigger picture.
I will upload better pictures with more light Sunday afternoon

I must say my confidence is at an all time high. I have recently inspected this engine thoroughly from top to bottom, front to back, and I am genuinely impressed at how well this compact and efficient engine is holding up. With the exception of the oil at the TB there are currently no other leaks to report.

I have a good feeling about this cruze.
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You have now surpassed the mileage I had on my 1998 car - near 230,000. With far less problems, I might add. (although I imagine a lot of stuff that went wrong was because of age rather than mileage).

Congrats sir. Keep on Cruzin.
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Congratulations on hitting the quarter-mil mark! Just curious, because I didn't notice anywhere in the thread, if you've replaced the clutch yet or if not, how the factory clutch is holding out. Sorry if this was mentioned already and I just missed it.

I've been a little apprehensive about long-term life of the clutch, because it feels like I have to constantly ride mine to get going from a stop. Especially if I'm pulling into traffic, I've noticed the eco likes to fall flat on its face in first without slipping the clutch. I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this? Long-term, I've got an uneasy feeling about it.
Do this! Or re-gap your existing plugs to .028".

Pickup sucks in stop-and-go traffic on the stock plugs.
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