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The rear brakes disintegrated on the TDI thursday evening without a lot of warning, I had the parts so I was breezing through the process till I discovered I was missing the special tool needed for the VW rear caliper piston and was stuck trying to find one. So it's up on blocks while I hunt down the special tool. I also noticed that the front control arms were making a little noise since the car had been up on the rack for the turbo oil line repairs, which kinda sucks.

All things considered, I decided to get a new car this weekend. I have projects I want to wrench on (67 VW beetle, 72 VW bus) that go untouched while I'm keeping everything else running. Plus I have a bathroom that has been apart since New Years. Enough is enough.

As most of you guys probably know, I was planning on waiting till the decontented diesel was released but with no firm news on whether that will happen, the uncertainty over the actual new design when the car moves to the new platform, I decided to go drive the gas turbo version with the manual transmission. I was really concerned about the response of the car because I am used to driving diesels and having all that torque down low.

I can tell you that the 1.4 turbo gas car with the manual is pretty lively, compares favorably with my TDI. Peak torque is available at 1,850 rpm which is good and turbo lag seems minimal to the point of invisible, but I don't beat on cars so I may not feel it like someone else. I have a friend whose brother in law has this same car with an automatic and he gets mid 30's beating on it pretty hard so if this car gets anywhere near the sticker claim of 38 mpg, the differential in diesel versus gas prices should make this a wash.

All things considered, I liked the driving experience, fit and finish was good, the car had minimal electrical crap and chrome tacked on, and it was one of the colors I liked. There was a healthy rebate, my uncle is a GM retiree, so the price was right. I had them throw in a set of all season Monster style floor mats and bought it. Take delivery in a day or two, whenever I can get back to the dealership and they get it cleaned up.

Here's a link to the car:

2014 Chevrolet Cruze for sale in Beavercreek - 1G1PD5SB2E7295690 - Langs Chevrolet

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I haven't had a car payment in a long time but I guess it will probably be worth it not to have to spend time wrenching on the TDI. I guess this means I have to move to the gas side of the web site, haha. I hope you guys have good luck with your diesels, it's been tough to think about getting a gas car after all these years driving diesels but I don't see a huge downside to the gas version of this particular car. Time will tell.
 
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Hey, you bought my car!

Welcome to the 1LT MT club...they seem to be few in number...and mine was pretty hard to find :)

Peak torque is available at 1,850 rpm which is good and turbo lag seems minimal to the point of invisible, but I don't beat on cars so I may not feel it like someone else.
2500 on the manual (auto is 1850). You feel the engine really wake up around 2000 RPM, and start to pull hard by 2200. They're spunky little fellas, but keeping the RPMs below that magic 2000-2200 number will keep your MPGs up.

If you have seen the threads here on the copper spark plugs or checking/resetting your gap to at least .028"-.030", that will make low-RPM drivability on the 1.4 much, much better.

For the record...you wouldn't be the first I've seen to be fed up with an older VW, TDI or not.
 

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Welcome to the forum and nice car! Let me know if you did not get floormats with it(I did not see floormats in the pic). I have a set that I replaced with Husky floor liners and the old mats are just taking up space in the garage.
 

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Congrats on the new ILT - nice to see you got an MT car.
 

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You're going to like this car. I get compliments all the time on ours...black granite. The cost of fuel will probably be a wash as you said and you got the manual that you wanted. Good luck.
 

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Hey, you bought my car!

Welcome to the 1LT MT club...they seem to be few in number...and mine was pretty hard to find :)


2500 on the manual (auto is 1850). You feel the engine really wake up around 2000 RPM, and start to pull hard by 2200. They're spunky little fellas, but keeping the RPMs below that magic 2000-2200 number will keep your MPGs up.

If you have seen the threads here on the copper spark plugs or checking/resetting your gap to at least .028"-.030", that will make low-RPM drivability on the 1.4 much, much better.

For the record...you wouldn't be the first I've seen to be fed up with an older VW, TDI or not.
If it wasn't an MT, I wouldn't have bought it, it's that simple. They must be hard to find, there were only 2 on each of the lots I looked at, and there had to be 30 or more Cruzes in each location. The dealer uptown hasn;t had a manual for

Thanks for the correction on the torque. I haven't done any digging on the plugs yet but thanks for the info. I did see where people are retrofitting the plastic underbody floor panels from the diesel and ECO models to the gas cars, other than that, I haven't looked for details other than reliability related stuff, this was a pretty spontaneous purchase.

I woke up Saturday, took a look around at everything on my list of things to do, and subtracted one TDI from the list. It's a good reliable car for a VW TDI and it should sell relatively quickly. Unfortunately, my son has my other TDI and it's been a thorn in my arse but he loves it and it's a rare color so he wants to keep it forever. Wish I could subtract that one, too.
 

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Welcome to the forum and nice car! Let me know if you did not get floormats with it(I did not see floormats in the pic). I have a set that I replaced with Husky floor liners and the old mats are just taking up space in the garage.
I did get fabric mats, they were in the trunk and not installed yet. I talked them into throwing in a set of all weather mats, too.
 

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You're going to like this car. I get compliments all the time on ours...black granite. The cost of fuel will probably be a wash as you said and you got the manual that you wanted. Good luck.
Yeah, that's a nice color. I found a number that were red, one ice silver, one Atlantis Blue, and mine. the blue car was an option but it didn't have the My Link option and I think that may be nice down the road.
 

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Sweet cruse, now go and break the bank with mods
 

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Nice car! And btw the special tool can be rented at most auto parts stores

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Thanks. And yes, I know I could go rent the tool but I'm just tired of running into this special crap needed to work on VW's. I have a $300 toolkit to change timing belts on my TDI's.
 

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Nice car you will enjoy it , I see you have some chevy pin striping looks pretty cool
Funny you should mention them, they are the first thing I was planning to remove when I got it home. I'm not too much of a fan of the stripes.
 

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The transition back to gas for me would be tough, at least for a daily driver. Congrats on the new car, and enjoy!
 

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The transition back to gas for me would be tough, at least for a daily driver. Congrats on the new car, and enjoy!
I thought the same after all this time driving VW diesels but that's why I made a point of saying it compared favorably with the TDI's. I'd recommend anyone with a diesel drive the 1.4 gas turbo with an open mind. I knew I was buying the car so I didn't beat on it (there were no others on the lot to beat on, haha) so I don't know if it pulls to redline like a diesel but what I felt in normal driving was very good for a gas turbo car.

It's a good manual transmission option, I can't speak to what it's like with an automatic, I didn't bother to drive one because I knew I'd never buy one.
 

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I thought the same after all this time driving VW diesels but that's why I made a point of saying it compared favorably with the TDI's. I'd recommend anyone with a diesel drive the 1.4 gas turbo with an open mind. I knew I was buying the car so I didn't beat on it (there were no others on the lot to beat on, haha) so I don't know if it pulls to redline like a diesel but what I felt in normal driving was very good for a gas turbo car.

It's a good manual transmission option, I can't speak to what it's like with an automatic, I didn't bother to drive one because I knew I'd never buy one.
Having driven both...the manual trans makes the little engine feel SO much more spunky.
 

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-J, Penelope has her spunk back with these Eco wheels!

it's been a thorn in my arse but he loves it and it's a rare color so he wants to keep it forever. Wish I could subtract that one, too.
What color is that?
 
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