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Old January 2nd, 2014, 01:42 PM   #1
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I was just wondering if anyone else has one of these? I purchased one in October after accepting a position that's almost 50 miles from home. I have to say that I'm fairly impressed with this vehicle so far. I currently have 7200 miles on it and my lifetime average mpg is 38.8 with a mix of highway and city driving. The stereo sounds great, the heated leather seats are very comfortable, and the torque is addicting. I highly recommend anyone looking for an economy vehicle to consider the diesel cruze.

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You're the first person I know that got one. There was hype about them when they were released, especially the proposed offering of a manual. Then after it was an auto only, hype died down it seemed.

A diesel Cruze hatchback with a six speed manual would be awesome.

I had a Cruze as a pool car a few times when at GM. Nice car. My only complaint was the engine, which the diesel would obviously fix.
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 01:49 PM   #3
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You're the first person I know that got one. There was hype about them when they were released, especially the proposed offering of a manual. Then after it was an auto only, hype died down it seemed.

A diesel Cruze hatchback with a six speed manual would be awesome.

I had a Cruze as a pool car a few times when at GM. Nice car. My only complaint was the engine, which the diesel would obviously fix.
You are absolutely correct!!! A manual wagon / hatchback would have been perfect. In fact, the diesel is the only reason I didn't get a focus hatchback with a manual instead.
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what is the msrp of the diesel vs the same gasser?
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A friend of mine has one, I am not a big fan of the interior of the gar. She's getting around 40mpg w/ about 5k miles on it so far.
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That's only about 3-5 mpg better than my manual hatchback focus was getting. I'm wondering how many miles you'll have to drive to offset the higher fuel cost and likely initial purchase cost to justify those 3-5 mpg.

I like the cruze, I wish it came in a hatchback, but it didn't, so we bought a Focus.
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what is the msrp of the diesel vs the same gasser?
Base diesel is 25k (roughly) but a base diesel is well equipped. I.e. Heated leather power seats, back up camera, 17" wheels, etc.
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3.40/33 dpg/mpg = .103
4.00/37 dpg/mpg = .108

It is never going to pay you back unless fuel prices change.


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3.40/33 dpg/mpg = .103
4.00/37 dpg/mpg = .108

It is never going to pay you back unless fuel prices change.


(I drive a diesel)
Factor in an additional $4k up front.....

What really sucks is that diesel has the potential to be so much better than gas, except they emissions the crap out of it and charge more per gallon. That cruze should easily be able to get 45-50 mpg based on what some other small diesel cars have been able to get in the past.
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I'd be curious how long it takes to have guys with programmers and delete kits on them to eke out as much economy as possible.

I mean *cough**cough* that's illegal.
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Factor in an additional $4k up front.....

What really sucks is that diesel has the potential to be so much better than gas, except they emissions the crap out of it and charge more per gallon. That cruze should easily be able to get 45-50 mpg based on what some other small diesel cars have been able to get in the past.
It's rated at 47 highway. My best when the weather was warmer was 50.2 (hand calculated)

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I'd be curious how long it takes to have guys with programmers and delete kits on them to eke out as much economy as possible.

I mean *cough**cough* that's illegal.
That would be real nice. Haha
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It's rated at 47 highway. My best when the weather was warmer was 50.2 (hand calculated)


That's pretty damn good.

Our focus is usually close to 37-38, we've had a few trips where we were in ohio going 60-65 all day and gotten 45 to a tank.

I wish my focus weighed the same as an 80's escort I bet my mileage would double.
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I wish my focus weighed the same as an 80's escort I bet my mileage would double.
don't sit in it then fatass

just kidding.
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I just heard one go by. Some dude was really Rollin on it, sounded legit.
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Manual tranny and EFI live tuning would be pretty cool in one.......

My TDI was getting ~43 before I parked it for the winter.
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I've got a 2011 cruze eco with 51,xxx, that I bought new that gets 44+mpg highway @70+ mph with the a/c on. Daily average is around 37. The highway number is hand calc. The daily is the car computer.

The eco model is the 1.4l turbo w/6sp man trans,
I like the idea of the diesel but it needs better mpg to make it worth the extra $$

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I still like my low 30's mpg awd 5 door manual trans more.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:05 AM   #18
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I still like my low 30's mpg awd 5 door manual trans more.
Yeah, really wish I had a hatchback manual trans in my diesel
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Manual tranny and EFI live tuning would be pretty cool in one.......

My TDI was getting ~43 before I parked it for the winter.
Why wasn't your TDI getting 50mpg like everybody else says theirs do?

Just curious because I am interested in getting one this summer to have a cheap driving DD.
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I believe there are people already offering efi live tuning for them....seems like i seen it on fleece diesel's sight.....i would assume deletes are a part of that. I know right from gm they have an "over boost" feature which allows like an extra 5psi when for a brief time for heavy acceleration such as highway merging
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