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Hello,

My name is Robert. I've been lurking for a few months, leading to and after purchase of a 2014 Chevy Cruze LT. I found info on this site useful when deciding to buy the Cruze, and really helpful since than. It was purchased as a replacement for my 20 year old Escort ZX2. Since purchasing it, I have added a set of splash guards, which I've found protect the paint on the rocker panels from the sand blasting they take in northern climates when drop traction sand on the roads. I've also added the factory fog light kit, and after seeing what a PITA bulb replacement is, put in a set of LED bulbs. For cargo hauling, I have a Yakima roof rack and a most recently, Draw-Tite trailer hitch. Since purchase, I've put about 7,000 miles on it.
 

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Welcome, I have a 2014 LT and put fogs on my 2011 and 2012 also. Factory on my 2013 RS, yet to put on my 2014. Glad to have you here. You got an auto or manual?
 

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Mine is an auto. Loved rowing my own in the ZX2, but love the remote start even more :th_coolio:
 

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Welcome! Got to like that Yakima.
 

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Glad you introduced yourself. You’ve done some very sensible mods so far.

Welcome and congrats on the ‘new’ to Cruze!
 

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That Yakima rack has been handy. I live in Alaska, but had been commuting to the South for work, and use it as a place to haul gas cans for the long hauls. Decided to go with a hitch carrier for my return trip. Hoping for less drag penalty carrying them behind the car instead of on top.

Speaking of mods, I forgot about the Korean sunglass holder :th_coolio:
 

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When I started shopping, I was initially looking at a Hyundai Elantra, which did have a slight size advantage over the Cruze, as well as a few interior layout benefits over the 1st Gen. However, the Cruze won out overall. I never test drove the Elantra, but did look at a few and it just wasn't one of those "gotta have it" moments. I'm currently renting a Kia Soul for work use, and although its aerodynamically very different, it uses the same engine/transmission and similar weight to the Elantra, and the Cruze seems to be quicker on the throttle and get better gas mileage and longer range.
 
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