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Hello guys, in the market for a new car. Been looking at a lot of cars but the Cruze has caught my eye. I love the diesel MPG, but somehow more HP+torque it has worse 0-60 times then the gas 1.4L engine. I will want to do some light mods to the car if I pull the trigger. So I have some questions..

1) Not familiar with diesel engines, I know they have exhaust fluid. Does this mean no after market exhaust?

2) How is the aftermarket scene with Cruzes? Lots of available parts?

3) How happy are you with your Cruize? Handling, speed, interior quality?

I'm looking for LTZ model or diesel cant really decide as of yet..

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My wife and I purchased a '12 Cruze Eco 6mt about 6+ weeks ago. Ended up being quite happy with it, so much so that we purchased a new '14 Eco 6mt. As far as speed, they're never going to be "fast" cars. They have adequate power and move down the highway quite well. Handling is good imho, interior is nicely appointed. The gas mileage is phenomenal for the eco especially. Sorry I can't speak to the diesel version, when we purchased new, we didn't consider it as it is automatic only. For the increased mileage and leather, etc it sounds quite worth the increase in price.
 

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Well it all depends on what you are driving on a daily basis considering if you would be driving Highway miles or city miles . If you think that you would be driving city miles mostly then any model cruzen would be a fine buy . For long distance highway mileage then an ECO MT , or the Cruze Turbo Diesel would be at the top of the list for possible purchases . Have you test driven a Cruzen ?
 

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I have to say that as of 77000 miles since I bought the 2012 Cruze Eco 6mt I have been very happy. I'm on my second set of tires, original brakes, and more oil changes than I can remember at this point. My commute is 150miles/day mostly highway. My ownership experience has been quite uneventful. As far as aftermarket parts are concerned there are companies out there making stuff for our cars. As fars as MPG's are concerned I typically get between 46/48mpg on a regular basis at 65mph. That of course drops a few points when hitting 70mph. As nice as the diesel is with all the amenities I still see no purpose in buying one. If you want all that and mpg's then go for it. If not imo the only model that gets decent mpg numbers is of course the Eco model but amenities are limited for weight purposes. I have to say that I love my Cruze Eco and when its time for new commuter car then I'll definitely buy another one!
 

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Not sure where you seen the 1.4T was faster 0-60mph than the diesel, but stock vs stock the diesel is quicker. Most of the 1.4T 0-60mph times I have seen listed are for the eco manual or the 2011 auto which has lower gearing than the 2012+ auto, even then most of the listed 0-60mph times were like 9-9.5seconds.

In the full heat of summer my 1LT 1.4T auto takes 11 seconds to 60mph, very slow. Everything I have seen listed for the diesel is 8.5seconds to 60mph.

If I was buying now that the diesel is available, I would buy it hands down over the 1.4T. More power and better MPG potential? kinda sounds like a win win if you ask me.
 

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I've never owned a diesel car and I have no regrets. Other than using a diesel pump and getting sweet fuel mileage you wouldn't even know its a diesel. Oh the aux electric heater is a nice diesel feature as well
 

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Ooh another smurfboarder!

I think the 1.4T is better suited for stop and go city driving, whereas the diesel shines in long distance highway driving. An Eco MT can be pretty similar to a diesel on the highway, but I think it takes more work to achieve the good mileage compared to the diesel.
 

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I bought a Cruze diesel a few months ago and have so far put 17,000 miles on it through a Chicago winter. It's an excellent little car for both city and highway driving. I have averaged no less than 37 MPG in the cold winter and do 42 combined most of the time with my commute (I'd say it's 30% stop-and-go/70% highway).

The transmission shifting starts off a little rough, but with mileage, it has improved to be quite smooth 95% of the time.

I did compare the Eco 1.4 and the Eco-D. The gas Eco was too gutless for me. It pulls hard from a stop to about 40 MPH, but there's absolutely nothing left from gears 3-6...the gaps between gears are huge and the ratios are tall. The Diesel is a little torque monster - not a race car, but it'll get up and move around slower-moving traffic with no problem at all.
 

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Hello WellHungSmurf,

I see you are in the market for a new Cruze. As you begin to narrow down your search please do not hesitate to reach out to us so we can locate the Cruze of your choice in your area. We can also look to see if there are any incentives in your area. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Thanks for all the replies.. I will be driving 22 miles one way, so 44 miles round trip. About 70% highway, but on weekends I'll be mostly city driving.. I MUST have a peppy car. So far I've driven mini cooper s, and Hyundai Veloster turbo.. Both were quick, two major problems with Diesel. No manual tranny and I'd like some simple mods to boost 0-60. I am going to test drive on this weekend.. I hope I can narrow it down soon
 

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If I didn't need a reasonably sized commuter car, the Mini Cooper S is an absolute hoot to drive - no comparison at all to the CTD - or any Cruze for that matter.
 

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If I didn't need a reasonably sized commuter car, the Mini Cooper S is an absolute hoot to drive - no comparison at all to the CTD - or any Cruze for that matter.
This! The Cruze is quite heavy for what it is, and nowhere near as fun as a Mini.

If you're looking for a "quick" Cruze...the CTD won't impress you with 0-60 times - it excels in passing power situations. In that case, I'd go for the 2LT in a stick shift with a Trifecta tune.
 

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With your commute I'd go with the ECO MT. The gearing is a little different from the LT but the car is schizophrenic based on how you want to drive it. Keep the RPMs below 2000 and it easily exceeds both the city and highway EPA estimates for your commute. Take them above 2000 and it's a blast to drive.
 

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Says the one without a tune...
A tuned slow car = a slightly faster slow car. :). As it is, I can run 0-60 in 8 seconds flat - fairly sure that a tune wouldn't knock > a second off that time. Would be just a little better if I didn't have to change up to 3rd during the run.

Besides, once I get going, I'll end up wasting money on other things trying to get more power from it. :D
 

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I hate to say it but if we are competing against the the MiniS and Veloster turbo for a peppy car this may be a battle we cannot win, as much as I like my Cruze. When considering the diesel keep in mind that a lot more work went into it aside from just adding the engine; the brakes were upgraded for the additional weight, and a number of higher quality parts (mostly sourced from the Volt) were used to decrease the noise of the car. I think it is the best diesel on the road currently.

That said, if you want something peppy I would suggest looking at these four additional vehicles:
Buick Verano (same platform as the Cruze but the engine options are much better)
Ford Focus ST
Subaru BRZ (rear wheel drive is hard to find in this compact segment)
Mazda 3 (actually all engines are impressive. The 2014 year received some major changes and our Cruze petrol engines haven't received any attention for a while. If you wait a year or two I think the new Cruze will finally have a refreshed engine)


I hope I don't get chased out of the forums for this post. We are of course biased towards the Cruze. One added bonus of the Cruze over the Hyundai and Mini is that we are an American made high volume vehicle, so if you have mechanical troubles in the future you will be able to head to Autozone and get what you need almost always the day of.
 

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I hate to say it but if we are competing against the the MiniS and Veloster turbo for a peppy car this may be a battle we cannot win, as much as I like my Cruze. When considering the diesel keep in mind that a lot more work went into it aside from just adding the engine; the brakes were upgraded for the additional weight, and a number of higher quality parts (mostly sourced from the Volt) were used to decrease the noise of the car. I think it is the best diesel on the road currently.

That said, if you want something peppy I would suggest looking at these four additional vehicles:
Buick Verano (same platform as the Cruze but the engine options are much better)
Ford Focus ST
Subaru BRZ (rear wheel drive is hard to find in this compact segment)
Mazda 3 (actually all engines are impressive. The 2014 year received some major changes and our Cruze petrol engines haven't received any attention for a while. If you wait a year or two I think the new Cruze will finally have a refreshed engine)


I hope I don't get chased out of the forums for this post. We are of course biased towards the Cruze. One added bonus of the Cruze over the Hyundai and Mini is that we are an American made high volume vehicle, so if you have mechanical troubles in the future you will be able to head to Autozone and get what you need almost always the day of.
If I went with Buick, I'd want the Buick Regal, I know the Cruze isn't fast, I was hoping it would be somewhat peppy. I'll test drive 3-4 cars this weekend and choose. Thanks for the useful info
 
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