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Bye bye powertrain warranty! #4498094
08/25/17 06:39 PM
08/25/17 06:39 PM
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Posts: 1,198
Campbellsville, KY
Alex_V Offline OP
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Campbellsville, KY
My Cruze hit the big 100K night before last. Bought it new exactly 4 years ago and it's been good to me since.

One set of front pads/rotors (88K)
One set of tires (50K)
One set of plugs (60K)
Coolant outlet (92K?)
Two trans. fluid changes w/Amsoil

Original turbo, original clutch.

Usual OCI since 6,000 mi. (one free OC from the dealership) has been Synpower at 5K intervals, but there were two 5K's with M1 and two 7,500 mi. intervals of Schaeffer's 9000. Oil level never changes.

The 1st gen Cruze got a bad reputation but mine's been a dandy little car.

Carry on.


Last edited by Alex_V; 08/25/17 06:41 PM.

To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498101
08/25/17 06:47 PM
08/25/17 06:47 PM
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Tennessee
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Congratulations. Seems like it has treated you well so far, and I hope it continues to do so.


2016 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 5.3
2017 Honda CR-V 2.4
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498107
08/25/17 07:03 PM
08/25/17 07:03 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Online content
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Sounds like it's been a great car. My powertrain warranty ended 4K miles ago, but I'm not worried.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498112
08/25/17 07:13 PM
08/25/17 07:13 PM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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That's a sweet looking dash!


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498125
08/25/17 07:24 PM
08/25/17 07:24 PM
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Congrats on the 100k. The Valvoline did well for your Cruze.

Last edited by PimTac; 08/25/17 07:25 PM.

Cannot see signatures any longer so it doesn’t matter.
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: aquariuscsm] #4498147
08/25/17 07:48 PM
08/25/17 07:48 PM
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Posts: 1,198
Campbellsville, KY
Alex_V Offline OP
Alex_V  Offline OP
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Thanks, all. The Cruze got a bad reputation for failure of turbos, water pumps and other cooling system components, really sluggish performance, even the manual trans. had problems with the 5th/6th gear shaft bearings going out due to underfilling from the factory... but I think a lot of that is due to the mindset of most drivers that do the bare minimum as seldom as possible, but most cars will tolerate it. Cruze just won't, but if you only do a couple things right it'll keep up with pretty much any other.

Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
That's a sweet looking dash!


I like it. Symmetrical, round gauges not unlike a lot of 60's cars but a design that, in retrospect, seems to have been on its way out of favor in '13. The same can be said for the exterior styling, and part of why I bought a Cruze - straightforward, symmetrical sedan styling in a time of angular, insect-esque lines and steeply raked body and window lines. Mine has the red & black cloth interior, and I wanted 1LT trim because I liked those wheels best and the RS package for the few trim/chrome goodies and as a nod to the '67 RS Camaro my mom had when she was young. (Though as it turns out, the rear Z-link upgrade was probably a good thing, too.) My family isn't one to buy new cars often so when I made the decision to buy new, I bought what I wanted within the limitations of what I could afford. It's not a collector muscle/sports car but I may very well pass it down to my kids or just always have it as the daily gas sipper and watch the odometer roll as many more times as the body will tolerate.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498159
08/25/17 08:02 PM
08/25/17 08:02 PM
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Posts: 458
Georgia
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Georgia
Well, I wrote this a couple of years ago.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/chevrolet-cruze-success-failure/

I'm sure you're going to make that Cruze a keeper for a very long while. Congrats, and all the best!

Steven Lang

Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498212
08/25/17 08:54 PM
08/25/17 08:54 PM
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Posts: 9,273
Phoenix
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Phoenix
I know a few people with Cruzes, they like them and seem to hold up well. I've ridden in them, seems like a nicer car than expected in the segment. One is an LTZ and it is really sharp, nice rims, leather, nav.


2018 Challenger SRT 392 PUP 0w-40 Wix 57899XP
2018 GTI
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: macarose] #4498254
08/25/17 10:31 PM
08/25/17 10:31 PM
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USA
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Originally Posted By: macarose
Well, I wrote this a couple of years ago.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/chevrolet-cruze-success-failure/

I'm sure you're going to make that Cruze a keeper for a very long while. Congrats, and all the best!

Steven Lang


I have a Cruze eco and the turbo engine is my least-favorite part of the car. I wish I could have bought the exact same car (eco trim with manual trans) but with the 1.8.

GM really cynically options the Cruze. They option it in a way to force people into the 1.4. On the Cruzes like mine, you can't get the 1.8 manual with cruise control. That's a must-have item for me because of my commute.

I like the driving dynamics, quiet cabin and overall quality of my Cruze. But I'm tired of the poor reliability, poor hot-weather performance and other foibles associated with the 1.4 turbo.

Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498274
08/25/17 11:20 PM
08/25/17 11:20 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL
Being out of warranty is life giving!
Gives you the freedom to finally follow your own OCI, and maintenance schedule!


08 Honda Accord EX-L 2.4L M1 EP 0w20 145k
01 Kymco People 50
95 Lexus LS400 M1 AFE 0w30 193k
95 Yamaha Jog
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498287
08/25/17 11:52 PM
08/25/17 11:52 PM
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Posts: 1,374
Tasmania, Australia
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Tasmania, Australia
Do most cars in the US have the kilometer per hour scale on the speedometer? Seems a bit pointless, unless you're driving to Canada...


MY16 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 diesel, 56,000km - Castrol 5w30
2006 Ford Falcon 4.0, 138,000km - Penrite Vantage 15w40, Ryco filter
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: hpb] #4498292
08/26/17 12:03 AM
08/26/17 12:03 AM
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Posts: 2,595
Canada
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Canada
Originally Posted By: hpb
Do most cars in the US have the kilometer per hour scale on the speedometer? Seems a bit pointless, unless you're driving to Canada...


And many Canadian cars have MPH in small scale too.
Just the way it is here in N. America


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Say "no" to Turbo!
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: stephen9666] #4498380
08/26/17 05:55 AM
08/26/17 05:55 AM
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Posts: 1,198
Campbellsville, KY
Alex_V Offline OP
Alex_V  Offline OP
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Campbellsville, KY
Originally Posted By: stephen9666
Originally Posted By: macarose
Well, I wrote this a couple of years ago.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/chevrolet-cruze-success-failure/

I'm sure you're going to make that Cruze a keeper for a very long while. Congrats, and all the best!

Steven Lang


I have a Cruze eco and the turbo engine is my least-favorite part of the car. I wish I could have bought the exact same car (eco trim with manual trans) but with the 1.8.

GM really cynically options the Cruze. They option it in a way to force people into the 1.4. On the Cruzes like mine, you can't get the 1.8 manual with cruise control. That's a must-have item for me because of my commute.

I like the driving dynamics, quiet cabin and overall quality of my Cruze. But I'm tired of the poor reliability, poor hot-weather performance and other foibles associated with the 1.4 turbo.


I picked the 1.4T on purpose - better mileage and power, no timing belt, etc., and a lot of its quirks were mitigated by how I was going to treat the car no matter what it was: 89 octane, keeping a close eye on spark plug condition, oil changes @ 30% OLM, etc. I absolutely acknowledge the 1.4 isn't a Toyota 22R from a reliability standpoint, but as I've already said I've experienced very few of the problems and the benefits have substantially outweighed them. I, too, wish it was still like the old days where even small cars came with any number of engine options (i.e., late 60's Nova with a 153-4 or a 350HP 327) but I don't consider the inability to get a 1.8 in more models one of the worse instances of that. I do all the maintenance on the car myself, and the gas savings of the 1.4 this last 100K vs. the cost of a pending timing belt replacement if I had a 1.8 looks pretty good to me right now.

Now, the 2.0 TD only coming with an automatic a 2/3 trim level is a different story...

I also think, in a fantasy world where available options were more like they were in the 60's, a Cruze SS with the Impala 3.6 would be much fun. smile


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: hpb] #4498418
08/26/17 06:42 AM
08/26/17 06:42 AM
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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Originally Posted By: hpb
Do most cars in the US have the kilometer per hour scale on the speedometer? Seems a bit pointless, unless you're driving to Canada...


They both have had the two scales since the late 1970's. MPH predominant in the US, KmH predominant in Canada, and the other marked in the smaller scale on the inside of the curve.

With the majority of the nations (all of South, Central America, Mexico, Canada) using Km and the US using Miles you do need both; you can drive from above the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America if you want.

I'm sure UK cars have the same thing. You can drive from above the Arctic Circle to the tip of Africa there as well, and the UK is Miles, everyone else in Europe is Km, and there could be places in Africa that are both Km and Miles (former British colonies like Egypt come to mind as possibilities).

Oz? Not much point, really, where can you drive that uses Miles?, so it's not there. An interesting tidbit is for the year before the change from Miles to Km in Australia, speedos were dual indicating, but it's the Metrification Law, not automakers, who force the Km-only markings in Australia. Marking dual units on Speedos in Oz is illegal for OEMs but allowed by the owner.


'57 FL Straight 50 wt
'90 Miata 1.8L w/Rotrex Supercharger [Mobil1 0W-40]
'96 Ram 1500 [3.7L Mobil1 0W-20 / 1L 15W-50]
'01 PT Cruiser [Mobil1 0W-40]
Re: Bye bye powertrain warranty! [Re: Alex_V] #4498438
08/26/17 07:21 AM
08/26/17 07:21 AM
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Texas & Global
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Texas & Global
Ours is at 95k - can't complain - it's comfy enough - got leather (all of mine do - just prefer it) ...
Just changed the composite valve cover cause PCV is part of it - dealer paid for that and some of the associated "tubing" ... I'm doing oil around 6k-7k (20% OLM) - doing ATF 20k-30k to be conservative - only takes 10 minutes more during oil change to get a fresh gallon D6 in there ... decent car so far ...


2018 Chevy 1500 Z71 4WD
2017 Chevy Tahoe LT 4WD
2014 Fusion Hybrid Titanium
2013 Cruze LTZ - RS Turbo
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