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I'm done lurking....

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Hi everyone,

I've been lurking on this site for a few weeks now. I'm in the middle of switching to a new job that would require about 90 mile drive one way, so i was looking for something better than my current car on gas. I currently driving a 2008 Dodge Charger SXT AWD that can barely get 19/20 mpg on the highway. Of all the cars I've been looking at, the cruze is definitely the one I want. IMO, it has the best styling in its class. So I'm looking to a pick up a used 2013 LT2 within the next week.

I plan on keeping this car for a long time, so I was wondering if there any things I should be considering doing to the car once I get it. One thing I've read from lurking is to get an oil catch can. Anything else? Once I get it, I'm planning on getting an Injen CAI and the Trifecta tune for it. If there's one gripe I have about the cruze, is that I think it's a little underpowered. Since I'll be coming from a V6 that I also had some mods done on, I'll definitely be getting the tune to appease my right foot.

Another question I have is, has anyone ever done a conversion of their side marker lamps to turn signals, or made it work as both? I've searched but maybe my search wasn't extensive enough.

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With your commute take a look at the ECO MT (manual) or CTD (diesel). At 90 miles each way you'll be glad you went for the highest highway MPG versions available.

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The ECO MT is, by a very slim margin, the quickest gas Cruze trim. Note I didn't say fast as the car isn't designed for shove you into the seat acceleration. It is fast, however with either Road & Track or Car & Driver (I don't remember which) clocking a 2011 ECO MT in around 140 MPH. Where this trim shines is on the open road. I've driven mine from Denver to New Hampshire and back twice, both times running at the posted speed limits to +5 and using less than 100 gallons of gas for the 4100 mile round trip. The EPA tests at 60 MPH and the ECO MT gets the 42 MPG at 77 MPH. My 2012 ECO MT pulls down 50 MPG at 60 MPH.

Regardless of which 1.4T engine trim (LT, Eco, LTZ) you get, you want to run at least 89 octane and preferably 91/93 octane. The 1.4T engine is designed for 91 octane.
Eco is more light weight and no spare tire
Fixable - see the link in my sig. The CTD's DEF tank fills the spare tire well.
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