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Take a look around the site on a desktop browser and you'll see our answer. We created a badge system starting at 100,000 miles and going up from there - many of us have these badges.
 

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Will most Gen1 Cruzes make it to 100k miles without something "major" like a water pump, camshaft cover or intake manifold?.....No probably not. Doesn't make it a notoriously "bad" car though.

Scotty Kilmer is a tool. He's a sensationalist douchebag of the highest order who is so out of touch with current tech that his videos are cringe worthy and difficult to watch. I only check out ones referred to me by people who are confused by the **** he spews and the proper procedures I try to get people to espouse.

Here's a particular post of mine where I also mention how I feel about his videos and breakdown some of the crap he's spewing.

Scotty Kilmer on YouTube is a 40+ year mechanic. Here's what he says about auto stop: https://youtu.be/L7524u5w4ZE
Scotty Kilmer.....LMFAO

Scotty is an animated, antiquated, hippy, who makes disjointed, sensationalizing, seizure inducing videos pandering to the ADHD, social media addicted, instant gratification crowd with lots of hand motion, expressive body language, click bait, buzz word, sound byte videos. On his good days he tends to be only about 1/4 inaccurate, sometimes he's just wildy off in the fcuking weeds.
GMs autostop vehicles are designed to be that way.

Most Toyota Prius have 200volt batteries, not 500.

I don't know of any US hybrid or EV that uses a 500v battery.

Prius didn't get Li-Ion until about 2016 IIRC, Toyota was a big proponent of NiMH

Most GM autostop vehicles use a "hybrid" SLI/deep cycle AGM battery

They ARE putting more expensive batteries in.

The 1.4 doesn't use a tiny starter. It uses a starter specifically designed for its intended use. The LE2 has a bigger starter than the 6.6 Duramax

I've worked on stopstart systems as long as Scotty has. Probably more of them since I don't work semiretired as a YouTube personality out of my home garage. I've yet to see an engine with a mechanical failure I'd attribute to excessive wear from more start events than a standard engine.

The 2018 and newer 1.4 will autostop between 14F-100F+

YES, it will turn the engine on sooner based on AC (or heat) demands in the cabin.

They don't use the alternator like what he has in his hands, they use a starter/generator. GM has done that since the Saturn GreenLines back in about 2006. This use a HUGE electromotive device compared to a typical "alternator"

BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet don't use electric water pumps so the engine doesn't overheat when turned off....They use them to save fuel due to reduced parasitic mechanical loads, and to more quickly heat up the engine and cabin heater for emissions and comfort purposes.

There's not "a lot of technology to break"
On a 2018 Cruze, the only additional parts that could break compared to 2015 Cruze related to the autostop system are the additional circuit and hardware related to having independent control of the starter pinion position and starter motor. Meaning an extra relay, fuse, and extra single wire circuit to the starter solenoid.

They don't all have a button to disable it.

"Let me tell you, I'm a mechanic and when they break, I have to fix them"...They are no more difficult to fix than a standard car, they don't require significantly more time to diagnose on average, don't require any additional specialized tools, and the difference in cost in hardware is marginal to the end user. A 2018 1.4 starter is about $15 more than a 2015 1.8 starter. So if he's charging more....
 

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I think all of 100K+ Cruzers, especially 1st Gen, need to go comment on his BS video, and post a mileage/km photo.
 

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He claims the weak point is the transmission and cites ONE customer that's gone though several. I think that one guy went though more transmissions than the entire forum - three automatic transmissions in 70K miles.
 

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So because he worked on one Cruze that had multiple transmission issues at 70k miles means ALL of the Cruzes are junk. Got it. Furthermore, is there really a manufacturer out there producing a single line of cars where every one produced made it through 100k miles with only fluid/filter changes and withOUT a single repair? I find that impossible. And lastly, in one of his videos he suggests a cheap and quick fix to a broken brake line is to simply use a compression fitting and then holds up the package the fitting came in to show his viewers, but on that package states in bold print "DO NOT USE ON BRAKE LINES".

Lol, yeah like everyone is saying....what a tool
 

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I don't consider an intake manifold, or valve cover gasket to be major. Do regular maintenance as you should and the car will last a long time. A water pump isn't major either, plus GM extended that warranty to 10yr/150k miles. All that being said, I guess for someone that is not mechanically inclined, and has to pay someone for every little thing, any car is a piece of junk. I bought my daughter a new 2013 LTZ/RS, it now has 113k miles on it. No major issues.

No tranny issues, I've drained and filled it 4 times now, no big deal. One valve cover gasket, one set of plugs, one coil pack, 2 sets of cam actuator seals, drive belt, belt tensioner, turbo oil feed line, and a battery. The battery being the most expensive. A couple of the items I listed were not really needed, just preventative maintenance, drive belt, turbo oil feed line, etc. Still on original water pump, intake manifold, and valve cover. These are the items that most seem to have to replace. This is truly all I've done to this car, besides always changing oil and filter every 5k miles with synthetic oil. Brake pads are still original and I'm sure will not have to be replaced before 150-175k.

I've spent around $200 in parts over 6 1/2 years, plus $150 for a battery that any car would have needed. I'd say that is darn good myself. Been one of the better cars I've owned, and very easy to work on, and parts are fairly inexpensive for this little car. It only went to the dealer one time for the recall on flashing the ECM for the updated emissions crap. Never had a warranty claim for anything. If I needed another, I would not hesitate to buy another Gen 1 Cruze.
 

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I like our cruze, do the proper services as needed, and have not had any major issues, it feels like a solid car. I think Scotty is wrong on this one.
 

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His Youtube account should be deleted. He spews so much bullshit it isn't even funny.

Cruzes aren't known for reliability, but I doubt anything he is whining about with them in that video is even an issue (like the auto transmissions above).
 

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He looks like if Geddy Lee didn't have talent and instead chose to make Youtube videos about cars, without having any actual knowledge about that, either.

Complete toolbox.
 

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Anything not made by Toyota is an "endless money pit," according to him. Then, he continually endorses various forms of stop leak and additives that I would NEVER put in any car I own, not unless it was to just get me home so I could junk the vehicle when I got there. I think the guy is getting paid by these companies. That's my two cents. I do subscribe to and watch his videos, but I don't take them seriously. He gets things right once in a while, but then so does a stopped clock.
 

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I have a 2011 Cruze with 117k on it. A month after buying it, it started using a lot of oil and was down on power. After tearing the engine down I've found that 2 of my pistons have broken ring lands. Luckily I'm doing the work myself or I'd be out some big money. I don't know if this is a problem with any Cruze after the 2011 model, but at the least it's a somewhat common problem for that year.
 

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I have a 2011 Cruze with 117k on it. A month after buying it, it started using a lot of oil and was down on power. After tearing the engine down I've found that 2 of my pistons have broken ring lands. Luckily I'm doing the work myself or I'd be out some big money. I don't know if this is a problem with any Cruze after the 2011 model, but at the least it's a somewhat common problem for that year.
Which motor do you have? TIA.

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I have a 2011 Cruze with 117k on it. A month after buying it, it started using a lot of oil and was down on power. After tearing the engine down I've found that 2 of my pistons have broken ring lands. Luckily I'm doing the work myself or I'd be out some big money. I don't know if this is a problem with any Cruze after the 2011 model, but at the least it's a somewhat common problem for that year.
The 2011's had a few issues but what you're seeing is more likely lack of maintenance by the previous owner.
 

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I have a 2011 Cruze with 117k on it. A month after buying it, it started using a lot of oil and was down on power. After tearing the engine down I've found that 2 of my pistons have broken ring lands. Luckily I'm doing the work myself or I'd be out some big money. I don't know if this is a problem with any Cruze after the 2011 model, but at the least it's a somewhat common problem for that year.
The 2011's had a few issues but what you're seeing is more likely lack of maintenance by the previous owner.
I really doubt it being that it's a known problem. (check link below)

If it were rings or bearing failure I would assume it was caused by lack of maintenance.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cr...mitting-there-problem-1-4l-pistons.html?amp=1
 
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