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So, I'm cruzing Ontario highways last week and buddy in front is going a tad slow for me. I'm on cruise control, set to about 55 mph or so (90 K in Cannuckian) and thought I'd pass. (sinlge lane highway). Put the signals on, hit the pedal and WOW!.....engine revs up, but nothing happens! ...like a transmission time delay or something. Scared the **** out of me on account of oncoming cars way down the road. I immediatley backed off and waited. Next time I tried that, I tapped the brake pedal to shut off the cruise and then punched it. Smooth flawless passing.

Is that how it is with these new Cruzes? Or is there some other technique for passing while in cruise control mode that I'm missing? I thought for a split second something broke in the transmission. Was expecting perhaps a slight turbo delay, but that was a tad unnerving. Only happend once, so just trying to figure out how to prevent that next time. Anyone else have that experience?

Maybe I pushed too hard or not enough on the gas pedal?? (can't recal exactly), but tried a few more times & it was seemless. Not sure exactly what happened.
 

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I got that impression early on too... not sure what I would get when I pressed the gas. I think a combo of break-in, an oil change, getting used to it, and filling with 92 fuel, has made a difference. Now I'm confident in how many gears to downshift, how deep to push the throttle, how long I need to wait for the turbo (not long). I hope you have that experience too.
 

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Sometimes it's a bit stubborn to downshift if you don't really romp on the pedal hard. But floorboard it swiftly and mine picks up and goes without hesitation every time.

I like going about 3/4 and using the glut of torque in the midrange around 3.5-4k rather than all the way to the floor, dropping down an additional gear and screaming.
 

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The manual has the first three gears widely spaced, and 4-6 are close together. Sometimes when in 5-6, will need to drop two gears or even three to get meaningful shove. Especially if lugging along below 2000 or even 1500 for economy.
 

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The manual has the first three gears widely spaced, and 4-6 are close together. Sometimes when in 5-6, will need to drop two gears or even three to get meaningful shove. Especially if lugging along below 2000 or even 1500 for economy.
The gearing is not well-suited to the powerband of this engine, which is slightly higher than the old 1.4 Eco the transmission was used in. Your 4-5-6 are ALL overdrive gears - 3 is a 1.3 ratio, somewhere in between 3rd and 4th in the 1st gen LT.

The auto has a whole ton of short gears up front and stupid highway ratios (5 is 1:1; 6th is the only OD; 4th SCREAMS at highway speed). I think a final drive ratio like Ford uses on their versions of the transmission would be better suited to the torquey nature of the new engine.
 

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The gearing is not well-suited to the powerband of this engine, which is slightly higher than the old 1.4 Eco the transmission was used in. Your 4-5-6 are ALL overdrive gears - 3 is a 1.3 ratio, somewhere in between 3rd and 4th in the 1st gen LT.

The auto has a whole ton of short gears up front and stupid highway ratios (5 is 1:1; 6th is the only OD; 4th SCREAMS at highway speed). I think a final drive ratio like Ford uses on their versions of the transmission would be better suited to the torquey nature of the new engine.
The manual sure enables maximum-economy cruising in suburban and highway driving. As long as you're willing to row often and use a judicious throttle foot when the engine is below its ability to handle the full airflow.* Not sure if this was a plan or if it's just that the transmission was available, or maybe both. I am actually getting 42-44 mpg for full tanks of gas in mixed driving, which I think is pretty good. Is it?

*Does that statement make sense? It's the way I've driven since I learned to drive, and I always do better than the EPA highway rating for full tanks of mixed driving. For this car, it's a matter of barely cracking the throttle if the engine is below 1500 rpm. If need more acceleration, then downshift. And, a bit more opening if below 2000, but not much. Again, downshift if needing more. More opening above 2000, but not full throttle until roughly 2500 or above, by feel of the response. If you have to downshift, then employ the lower gear for all it's worth, use all the throttle it can economically handle, until you can upshift again (highway conditions permitting, that is).
 
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