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We could start one! I don't think we have a bunch of stuff all in one place.

Here's what I've got for gas Cruzens:

-Yes, your water pump will leak. Probably the coolant tank into "T" hose near the throttle body as well. If you see "AC Off due to high engine temp", stop driving around in it, pop the hood and look at your coolant level.
-Yes, your valve cover will go bad and throw a P1101, P0106, and something else. Do not replace your oxygen sensor.
-2nd gear grinds on all of the manuals. It's dumb. Fluids help somewhat; removing the clutch delay valve helps too.
-If your automatic lurches randomly at a complete stop, it needs to have its clutch packs changed. Most common on 2013-2014s.
-The thump at 12 MPH is your ABS self testing itself.
-If you have unexplainable and strange electrical issues, change the negative battery cable. There's an extended warranty campaign for this til 10 years/150k miles.
-Oil leaks at the pan gasket, camshaft seals, and auto transmission cooler lines are common.
-If your steering "sticks" in a notch when going straight ahead for long periods, there is a software flash to alleviate this. 10 yr/150k extended coverage.
-Yes, idle is clicky. If you hear something very loud over the injectors, the EVAP solenoid on the back of the intake manifold should be replaced. It's a $20 part.
-Yes, it takes a super long time to make heat on a 1.4 turbo in the winter. No, your thermostat is not broken. Best thing is to drive with heat OFF til the engine hits 1/4 temp, and then use fan speed 2 or 3. Full speed will drain all heat back out.
-Yes, they are dogs in the summer with AC on. Adding to this, many cars left the factory with poorly gapped spark plugs that exacerbate what some describe as "turbo lag" (it isn't). The correct gap is 0.028".
-2011-2013 1.4 models benefit hugely from 89 or 91/93 octane. 2014-17 less so, but more noticeable in hot temps.
 

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