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I love my new Cruze but my previous car (conveniently my first car) set the standard for me and what I love about cars. I have a few things I hate about the Cruze though and was wondering if others shares my distaste towards some of these features. What are your guys` thoughts? Anything you guys don't like about your Cruze?

1 - I am used to kicking my door open and it staying open. In the Cruze, it doesn't "catch" open very well and I have to open it and hold it in place to find it's sweet spot to keep open. It drives me nuts!

2 - How far back the dome light is. When I open my doors I can't see anything because the light is set so far back. I know we have map lights but sometimes I just need a light on for a second and would rather not have to manually turn it on for a second then turn it back off.

3 - No trunk release button?! I hate having to open the trunk with the FOB only. (Maybe there is a button I am missing and that'd be great news!)

4 - In almost every car I've driven you can adjust your side mirrors to reveal your blind spots so you don't have to crank your head 180 degrees to see your blind spots. This car I cant do that with; there is ALWAYS a significant blind spot on my sides.
 

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A new can of worms has just been opened !
The speakers are always a good start .
I have always pulled out those pos in all of my rides .
 

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I love my new Cruze but my previous car (conveniently my first car) set the standard for me and what I love about cars. I have a few things I hate about the Cruze though and was wondering if others shares my distaste towards some of these features. What are your guys` thoughts? Anything you guys don't like about your Cruze?

1 - I am used to kicking my door open and it staying open. In the Cruze, it doesn't "catch" open very well and I have to open it and hold it in place to find it's sweet spot to keep open. It drives me nuts!

2 - How far back the dome light is. When I open my doors I can't see anything because the light is set so far back. I know we have map lights but sometimes I just need a light on for a second and would rather not have to manually turn it on for a second then turn it back off.

3 - No trunk release button?! I hate having to open the trunk with the FOB only. (Maybe there is a button I am missing and that'd be great news!)

4 - In almost every car I've driven you can adjust your side mirrors to reveal your blind spots so you don't have to crank your head 180 degrees to see your blind spots. This car I cant do that with; there is ALWAYS a significant blind spot on my sides.
There is a button above the number plate but doors must be unlocked for it to work. The outside mirrors are curved (convex) and I have no problem with blind spots there. The dome light is so you can see to get into or out of the car and for me it works fine. I agree the door falls shut unless it is fully open but I am used to it after 14 months. I believe your car doesn't have a lock on the petrol flap, I would hate that, luckily the Aussie cruze locks the flap when the doors lock.

But hey it's a nice drive and no car is perfect.
 

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A new can of worms has just been opened !
The speakers are always a good start .
I have always pulled out those pos in all of my rides .
I am thinking of upgrading mine. It's the base model speaker setup. Can I do a 9 speaker after market (similar to the pioneer one they offer) without too much modification?
 

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There is a trunk release latch dead center over the license plate. What the Cruze doesn't have is an interior trunk release. Technically it has one - you fold down the rear seats and use the emergency release latch inside the trunk.

Door open dome lights - I'd love to have the front map lights come on as well, but I suspect the reason they don't is because they are so bright that they would immediately night blind many people.

The blind spot is a little larger on this car than you would expect. My recommendation for you would be to go to your local auto store and purchase a pair of the convex mirror stickies and stick them to the outer corner of your side view mirrors.

I agree with you on the door holders. They're next to useless, especially when you park facing uphill like I do. They will hold the doors open, you just have to hold the door for a moment for them to catch.
 

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Little things that bug me is the fact the lower doors do not have carpet on them, The inside trunk release like my Buick Park Avenue, the steering wheel is 3 spoke instead of 4 spoke, The cruse control on-off switch is to sensitive (your hand brushes it when on it turns the cruse off), The door hold open thing is not a major issue for me as my old Chrysler LeBaron would chop your legs off as its detents were even weaker then the Cruzes, no lumbar support in the drivers seat (both my Buick and Chrysler has it) I also like the removable flashlight that my wife's Caliber has.
 

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1 - No interior trunk release button
2 - No "repeat track" option for the CD player (We have a young daughter that falls asleep on longer car rides to a certain Elvis track).

+1 on the larger than usual blind spot. I always look before changing lanes as well, but the mirrors do have that blind spot that cars tend to hide in at times. Mine are all minor things, overall I am definitely more than satisfied with my Cruze!
 

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I am thinking of upgrading mine. It's the base model speaker setup. Can I do a 9 speaker after market (similar to the pioneer one they offer) without too much modification?
That 9 speaker Pioneer system is Garbage according to the unlucky few that have it .
You have a lot of reading to do in the audio section under forum topics ( electrical and audio )
 

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I am thinking of upgrading mine. It's the base model speaker setup. Can I do a 9 speaker after market (similar to the pioneer one they offer) without too much modification?
Please talk to XtremeRevolution, myself or someone else that has experience with installing Audio in this car before you buy anything.
We will be able to give you very important information on how to select the right equipment for the budget you have.


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I agree with Terrrible T .. the Gentlemen through out the audio section have a lot of years experience with car audio . I do not have the time nor interest these days to contribute much . Although I do chime in from time to time .
 

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The only convex mirror is the ones that say "objects in mirror are closer than they appear". You can shoot laser out of the drivers mirror at target vehicle but not the passenger mirror for this reason. Reason you see police cars hide the entire car behind something and only leave the drivers mirror exposed.

Blind spots are horrible but not like the Dodge Avenger. The B pillars are like 8 inches into the cabin. I felt like the family guy skit "I turn now, good luck everybody!"

I would change the seats, they need to be softer. 2 minute ride whatever, 8 hr trip I have to stop even if I don't need to get gas or go to the bathroom.




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I wish they had a turn signal on the side mirrors. Doesn't bother me much but Imo they are nice to have.

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I hate the stock headlights that come with it. The front grill not being fully opened but only in the center bothers me (yeah i know... aerodynamics). The rear of the car is so high off the ground it just looks weird. I've noticed that when you have rear passengers, you put your seat forward and your gas pedal leg gets cut into by the center console design. It becomes painful during longer drives. I don't like how the hood is held open by the rod. The steering wheel buttons feel so brittle and cheap. I hate how Chevy refuses to come into the new age with the key system. The keyless touch start and whatnot surely should be standard by now. I don't like how the driver and passenger seats are anchored down and I can't remove them by taking off four hex nuts. There are many more. NOW no car is perfect and I LOVE MY CRUZE. It's an awesome car. This car is literally the best car for it's value undeniably. These are just a few things that bother me a lot and I will change them if I can.
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Easiest vehicle I have ever owned to lock yourself out of, won't even leave this thing for a second unless that remote entry is in my hand. And do have a new 2032 battery in the glove compartment, can't even use that one door key without setting off the alarm.

Lighting was very poor, so installed for lamps, 30% brighter head lamp bulbs, and Sliverstars for the backup lamps. Odd they put the mode switch for that dome light on the rear of that lamp. Typically just leave that off so I am not standing there waiting for it to go off on its own, to wake up to a dead battery.

No problem with the doors staying locked open with my 12 2LT, you must have weak springs, see your dealer. Do agree with the driver's side mirror, no matter how its adjusted, will give a blind spot in mine. Suppose to turn your head anyway when changing lanes on the interstate. Ha, was doing that for years when cars didn't even have side view mirrors.

Putting in a flat nosed rectangular key in a flat rectangular key hole, takes practice, finally getting use to this after 18 months, but sure is a backwards step. That angle even if you can find that hole, has to be perfect.

What's a CD? Only tried it once. Granddaughter, must be a kid thing likes to hear the same song over and over again, MP3 players does have a repeat mode. Also have to agree with that cruise switch, to easy to brush and wonder why the cruise doesn't work, but getting use to that. Took a long time for my wife not to push that button at the end of the directional signal lever, took me awhile also to set the cruise. GM has been putting that switch there since the 60's.

And why do people also call me when making a turn with my steering wheel 180 degrees out of phase, that really screws me up. Did take awhile to get use to this car, but you learn to like it. You need to buy a cushion for lumbar, but a standard size is too large, have to cut it in half.
 

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How is your hammer hanging NickD ?
Read any of the daily poison in the raggs lately ? sure has been getting ugly in some parts around here !
 
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