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      Post The Code6 Cruze

      Finally, picked up a white Cruze LTZ!

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      As to how it all happened all of a sudden, it was the day before the budget, and the air was rife with rumors about the "diesel tax", and I needed a new car to do the usual Bangalore – Kerala trips.

      The Elantra had lost its power steering plumbing the week before, was a stress failure from going up Kumily too quick. No spares were available in Pala, and I had to get back, and so picked up the petrol accent from home. A few hours in that on the way back, and my driver was a disappointed man. For the first time, he had seen me drive (up kumily), and he was probably planning to try the same on the way back.

      Got back to Bangalore, and I was as usual dilly-dallying about picking up a new car. Dropped by at Advaith and asked them for a Verna CRDi *now*, they said they have some 400 bookings to service for the Verna. Dropped the idea instantly. Called up friends in Toyota, they said they can give an Innova in a month. No good enough, dropped that as well.

      Did not call up Volkswagon, I was afraid I will end up with the Jetta.

      And then was having a casual chat with mclaren1885. The topic was the proposed car price increases, and he volunteered to check with a Trident Chevrolet sales guy to see if he can get a car invoiced quick enough to beat the budget. And my fate was sealed. Trident agreed to give a car at pre-budget prices, and through my trying to slink away, they followed up enough to collect an advance cheque, and even picks me up from office, and drops me back home, just to make doubly sure.

      And then I spent the next morning regretting it. A few weeks before, had driven Rahul's Cruze to Kerala, and there was no love. The Cruze simply failed to excite, it was just a quick way of getting from point A to B. To its credit, it is probably the safest way to drive fast in the sub 20lakh segment. On the other hand, the suspension is designed to imitate excited monkeys in heat, and the insides are more cramped than most good hatches in the market. The car was rattling, and I was comparing it with the Elantra, which has never rattled, through 1,80,000 kms. The new car was also drinking up engine oil like there is no tomorrow.

      Still wanted to pick up the Safari, as I genuinely love that car. I have changed a lot over the years, and these days I pretty much only do stuff I love doing. But the issue was my driving. While I have mellowed down a lot over the years, I still push cars more than most people. Especially at nights on the empty Kerala ghats. And I was pretty certain the Safari would get me in trouble some day. The Cruze can cope with an over cooked corner, but a Safari cannot. Had to let go.

      Then got busy with work, and before I knew it, the car was ready. Picked it up on March 30th.

      From experience with Rahul's car, I knew I needed tires with more flex, and profile. Would soften up the suspension, and prevent bottoming out over every speed hump in Bangalore. With help from Saravanan, got myself new Michelin Primacy 215/60/16. Stock size is 205/60/16. Made the car a lot better.
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      Have added a headlamp wiring harness, and 100/90 bulbs. The stock lighting is not really good enough to do highways at night.

      Also added a sun film to the front windscreen, from 3M. Think I made a mistake there, and wish I had not done that. It is curtailing visibility at night.

      Also got "3D" mats, cost 6000/-. Costly, but seriously good mats.

      And then stocked 2 liters of synthetic in the car, cause the Cruze does drink engine oil.

      Audio needs upgrades, but that is for later, once I decide whether to keep the stock HU or not. For now, like the HU, but hate the fact that there is no sub, and no pre outs for a quick fix.

      What I like about the car till now -

      • Brilliant engine - The growl on throttling makes it sound like a small displacement V6 petrol!
      • Brakes - As good as it gets, in a straight line.
      • Sun Roof - Love that to bits. Brilliant early in the morning once into the unpolluted Kerala hills.
      • Steering - Great to have adjustable rake and reach. Also has audio controls and cruise control on it.
      • Seats - Leather wrapped, and cosy.
      • Turbo - Spools @1500, good, and low for me.


      What I dont like about the car till now -

      • Clutch - Acts like a stage 2 clutch, pain to drive in traffic.
      • Suspension - The shivajinagar dudes might be able to pull off a better job at a "sporty" suspension.
      • Brakes - No real electronics support except for ABS. Brake in a corner, and you better be good at balancing the car. Could also be caused by a high rear bias on the brakes.
      • Space - No room anywhere, it is all cramped inside.


      Some stats -

      FE figure until now - 12.5 kmpl. Get around 13.5 on the highways. ODO @ 2800 now.

      Did Whitefield to Trichi town in 4.5 hours last week, including breakfast @ Shoolagiri. The Cruze is that good for high speed drives, if you dont die of a heart attack from the twitchy and extra hard suspension.
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      Many Congratulations on the car Big Surprise to me atleast, never expected you to buy this car . So it's now 2 White Monsters to scare everyone .
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      congrats on the cruze tadu.

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      Congrats Tadu. It's been a while since we've been discussing your next purchase. From the Safari to the Innova to XUV5OO to Verna to 320D to Cruze. It's surely been one roller coaster ride.

      Whatever said and done, the Elantra can never be replaced

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      Did not call up Volkswagon, I was afraid I will end up with the Jetta.
      Still think Jetta is the car you should have got

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      Trident agreed to give a car at pre-budget prices
      50k is what you saved.

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      they followed up enough to collect an advance cheque, and even picks me up from office, and drops me back home, just to make doubly sure.


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      and there was no love
      Love is there, only when you stand outside the car and admire how beautiful it looks

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      To its credit, it is probably the safest way to drive fast in the sub 20lakh segment
      IMO, Jetta and the Laura are better high speed handlers. But when you floor the throttle they won't make you feel like the Z20 motor in the Cruze does.

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      On the other hand, the suspension is designed to imitate excited monkeys in heat
      Couldn't have described it better myself.

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      The car was rattling, and I was comparing it with the Elantra, which has never rattled, through 1,80,000 kms.
      Like I said, the Elantra aged gracefully like Catherine Zeta Jones! After the recent trip to Hubli and some off-roading in the farm, the rattles have gotten worse!

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      The new car was also drinking up engine oil like there is no tomorrow.
      Seems like a run-in bug to me. I've been monitoring the oil level since the oil change. After the quick drive to Hubli there was barely any visible difference. Hope it stays that way!

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      While I have mellowed down a lot over the years, I still push cars more than most people.
      Mellow what?

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      got myself new Michelin Primacy 215/60/16. Stock size is 205/60/16. Made the car a lot better.
      Actually, I love the comfort of those tyres. After sitting in your car, I sat at the back of my Cruze and it feels horrendously stiff and bone jarring. Next swap, I will surely pick up 60 profile too.

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      Have added a headlamp wiring harness, and 100/90 bulbs. The stock lighting is not really good enough to do highways at night.
      Need to upgrade mine too. Are the 100/90s enough? Or do you think the stock headlamp casing can withstand the 130/100s?

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      Think I made a mistake there, and wish I had not done that. It is curtailing visibility at night.
      Hhhhhmmm! I didn't find the lighter shade on your car that obtrusive, mine is plain suicidal being one shade darker.

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      Also got "3D" mats, cost 6000/-. Costly, but seriously good mats.
      Are these the Kagu 3D mats? Where did you get them from? When I enquired, they weren't in stock!

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      Sun Roof - Love that to bits. Brilliant early in the morning once into the unpolluted Kerala hills.
      Told you you'd love it

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      Steering - Great to have adjustable rake and reach.
      Noticed that the LTZ comes with leather cover. I remember you saying that you needed a steering that was slightly thicker! Has the cover given you what you wanted? When I drove the TD LTZ, I didn't like the way the leather cover robbed the stiff grip the LT steering wheel has otherwise.

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      Turbo - Spools @1500, good, and low for me.
      1400 rpm actually!

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      Clutch - Acts like a stage 2 clutch, pain to drive in traffic.
      Don't you wish we had bought an AT at times?

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      Suspension - The shivajinagar dudes might be able to pull off a better job at a "sporty" suspension.
      +1. Only difference is, we wouldn't have to go to Shivajinagar every 5k to get the suspension re-worked. Still can't imagine what the dudes were thinking when they were tuning the suspension!

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      Brakes - No real electronics support except for ABS. Brake in a corner, and you better be good at balancing the car. Could also be caused by a high rear bias on the brakes.
      Wish they had given TC, EBD and ESP atleast on the LTZ, then it would have been easier to find out if the high speed stability got any better.

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      FE figure until now - 12.5 kmpl. Get around 13.5 on the highways.
      The FE on my car has definitely improved since the oil change. Also, I am guessing it's my tyres that are robbing away a lot of fuel as well. Was barely getting 8kmpl in city and around 11.5 on the highway!

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      The Cruze is that good for high speed drives, if you dont die of a heart attack from the twitchy and extra hard suspension.
      I recently did Bangalore-Hubli in under 4hrs, something that is unheard of. I tried a completely different style of driving as parents were in the car. Extra smooth, yet fast! I didn't have even a single scary incident while braking from 200+.

      Probably this is the only way to drive this car, without constantly having my heart in my throat.

      Also, did you get the re-assurance check-up done?
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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Still can't imagine what the dudes were thinking when they were tuning the suspension!
      they were thining about

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      Congrats Tadu

      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post

      Also added a sun film to the front windscreen, from 3M. Think I made a mistake there, and wish I had not done that. It is curtailing visibility at night.
      When we checked at the showroom, the stock front windscreen already had 75% visibility. Now after the sun film, what is the visibility %?
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      Congratulations. Is this the all black interiors version?

      Also, why were you afraid of ending up with a Jetta?

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