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#2336979 - 08/04/11 12:48 AM Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 10877
Loc: NEO
Found this out tonight, just letting you all know that if anyone is interested, the Cruze with the 1.8L, uses a Timing BELT, instead of a timing chain (1.4 has a chain). Figured I would pass along this info.
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#2336982 - 08/04/11 12:57 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
trooper001 Offline


Registered: 04/14/11
Posts: 130
Loc: California
Thanks Nick laugh

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#2336985 - 08/04/11 01:00 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18102
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
What kind of car enthusiast would buy the 1.8 over the 1.4T anyway.

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#2336989 - 08/04/11 01:06 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
david_ES2 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 582
Loc: Fresno, CA
i wonder what other 2011+ cars have timing belts on their engines still.
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#2336994 - 08/04/11 01:28 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
chet2 Offline


Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 1408
Loc: NH
i would buy 1.8, it gets much better mpg...performance might be another story

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#2336997 - 08/04/11 01:31 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: chet2]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18102
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: chet2
i would buy 1.8, it gets much better mpg...performance might be another story


Cruze 1.8L Auto is 22/35
Cruze 1.4T Auto is 24/36

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#2337041 - 08/04/11 04:43 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
Eddie Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 7084
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Timing belts are quieter, use less power ans supposedly easer on the valve train. However: from my experience the extra maintenance cost to replace and the potential for catastrophic engine failure (interference engine), I really don't want an engine with them. What is the change interval on the Cruse?
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#2337052 - 08/04/11 05:38 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
chad8 Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 1262
Loc: michigan
Low maintenance
Measures contributing to lower running costs include: timing belt change intervals every 10 years or 160,000 km;

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#2337053 - 08/04/11 05:39 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
MarkM66 Offline


Registered: 10/19/10
Posts: 1274
Loc: stl
I would bet the water pump also drives off it. So it's usually replaced at the same interval.

I'm sure the service departments love that they went with a timing belt for it. Charge 2.5 hrs. labor, do the job in 1 hr.

And then the service writer will talk people into drive belts, oil change, trans service, coolant, hoses, a leaky gasket, struts, etc. etc. and people that don't know will keep throwing money at them. Perhaps money they don't really have, which was why they bought this so called 'economy car' in the first place. cry

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#2337054 - 08/04/11 05:41 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
toyota62 Offline


Registered: 09/24/05
Posts: 805
Loc: Australia
I would buy 1.4T over [censored] 1.8L.Don't you guys have the diesel Cruze?
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#2337058 - 08/04/11 05:59 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: toyota62]
sciphi Offline


Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 8905
Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: toyota62
I would buy 1.4T over [censored] 1.8L.Don't you guys have the diesel Cruze?


That car of legend is rumored to be hitting our shores in 2012 as a 2013 model. While I'd like to believe that, we've been burned on diesels so many times before.
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#2337061 - 08/04/11 06:05 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 7391
Loc: Florida
Maybe the 1.4T isn't selling as well because someone buying the new car knew someone else with a problematic turbo engine.
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#2337077 - 08/04/11 06:47 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: Nick R]
KrisZ Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 4594
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Timing belts are a turn off for me after a bad experience I had with a used Honda Accord that with a lot of luck and me paying attention did not end up with a blown engine. All because the previous owner did not want to pay for a proper timing belt job and went to some hack that damaged an oil seal on one of the idler pulleys, which resulted in a total oil loss when the seal popped off.
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#2337088 - 08/04/11 07:00 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: artificialist]
MrCritical Offline


Registered: 08/04/07
Posts: 2340
Loc: La.
Originally Posted By: artificialist
Maybe the 1.4T isn't selling as well because someone buying the new car knew someone else with a problematic turbo engine.


Haven't seen a 1.8 in dealer stock yet. Probably because you can't get one with factory cruise control.

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#2337094 - 08/04/11 07:12 AM Re: Cruze 1.8L uses timing belt [Re: chad8]
Johnny248 Offline


Registered: 07/19/09
Posts: 1971
Loc: Detroit, MI
Originally Posted By: chad8
Low maintenance
Measures contributing to lower running costs include: timing belt change intervals every 10 years or 160,000 km;


Until you need to replace the timing chains, tensioners, guides, etc. Pepople seem to think timing chains last forever, but given the other timing chain issues on GM engines, I wouldn't be sold on a car one way or the other based on this use of a chain or belt.
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