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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:46:22 AM

Last Friday was not a normal Friday. I noticed a Red Hot (yes, that's actually the name of the color) 2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel parked in front of my office. The keys were for me, as I agreed to tear apart and review Chevy's new offering. This review would be different from any I've ever written- this is my first diesel test drive!

Now, this article isn't my full in-depth review, rather a snap shot into what the first few days with the car has been like. I have to admit, I've been excited about the number of manufacturers bringing diesel engines to the United States- I've talked to officials with Mazda who also are releasing their signature car- a Mazda6- with a diesel option later this year, and the promise they bring.

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loboso
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 8:49:55 AM

Is this where the chevette left off and the cruze is attempting to pickup and run with it
muddawgs
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 6:30:50 AM

well if it is no better than the the gas model
as far as quality on everything but the drivetrain
i will never buy another one
or another government motors vehicle period
Varnell
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 9:03:52 PM

Diesel fuel is to costly in the US, unless you plan on keeping the car for 500K+ miles.
mabrams184
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 7:18:28 PM

No diesel for me. Can't stand the smell.
JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 7:10:00 PM

I choose to wait until consumer reports does a subjective comparison between similar diesels, when there are enough to compare with.
dwbuddy
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:41:50 AM

ok
mdr46
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 5:37:44 PM

Wonder what the mpg was around town. With diesel costing more than regular, I don't know how soon a diesel powered car may be in my driveway.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2013 8:49:29 AM

Until diesel tax drops diesel will not take off in this country for cars
markcayer
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 3:37:20 PM

I drive a gas fueled Cruze at this time and find it a not very exciting but serviceable ride. My fuel consumption is a bit high but this is due to my not doing much highway driving. I wonder what a diesel would bring to me??
Very little I would think.
agrico
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 10:37:49 PM

wish Tahoe's came in Red Hot
loboso
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 4:18:31 PM

Guessing they were thinking a chevette once
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 11:34:24 AM

Like the mileage, But car would be to small for us.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 6:21:06 AM

Give me a family car with diesel and 35mpg and I'm in. Cruze is too small
JMW1942
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:26:34 AM

wait and see
Houckster
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2013 12:18:11 AM

I can certainly believe that today's diesel engines are much cleaner but what's the real advantage? As the article notes, the Civic costs less to drive and gets almost the same mileage. The greater the dependence on diesel fuel, the greater the differential between gas and diesel which, around my area is about 50ยข or more expensive. When the CPM is figured out, I suspect that gas gives a better value and will continue to do so.

The refineries in this country are built to favor gasoline production. Retooling to emphasize more diesel production will cost billions and that the investment costs will show up at the pump further exacerbating the price differential.

In addition, I suspect there will be a hefty price differential between a gas and a diesel engine car.
agrico
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 9:53:06 PM

what color is red hot - wish they made fire engine red
jeskibuff
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 8:31:21 PM

PathfinderSC said: "Had a GM 350/made into a diesel in the 80's No more GM for me."

Aw, c'mon! Why not be a glutton for punishment?
loboso
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 10:02:47 PM

well then what the expected mpg
weeleedude
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 9:40:54 PM

good times
SFRangerSniper
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 1:40:35 PM

I agree that the new diesels are great running. I have been driving a diesel for five years. But you have to take into account some other factors. 1. There are less diesel fuel stations around. So you have to watch where you are going so you don't run out of fuel. 2. The oil changes and tune-ups cost more. 3. In cold weather the fuel will gel. Make sure you let your glow plug warm up, or you will have a problem.
Becky_Gelke
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 9:53:14 AM

Good to see more diesel cars out there.
mdr46
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 8:34:13 AM

Europeans have known that small diesel powered cars get good fuel economy for decades. Good to see that we're finally taking notice of this.
lyanMI
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 10:29:03 AM

Looks like a good car
agrico
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 9:58:15 PM

Think I'll wait for a natural gas Suburban
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 12:57:08 AM

The fuel is too costly.
priver
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 2:08:05 PM

just wait till the maint costs are added up...
benjy
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2013 6:15:58 AM

still not a diesel man.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 8:36:56 AM

Build a Traverse with a diesel and I'm all there. The fear of family sized diesels in this country drives me nutz.
CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:24:09 AM

I wish you could get the wagon version they sell in Europe, and with a stick, then it'd be perfect
Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 8:46:17 AM

Do they get 70 MPG like the VW car that's built here in the US but banned from selling it to we Americans but shipped to Euros, etc.
oldmack
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 2:16:04 AM

ok
scorpiogg
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:33:35 PM

good
nightworker998
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:20:56 PM

Sounds good
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:56:46 PM

Had a GM 350/made into a diesel in the 80's No more GM for me.
tillandsia
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 10:30:45 AM

Seems like a lot of advantages to diesel engines.
millerin
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 9:58:50 AM

must be good
Jumpmaster82
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 9:11:41 AM

Once you own one of the new clean diesels, you'll NEVER go back to a gasser. I own a 2005 diesel and its the best thing I ever did. Maintenance has gone down (oil changes at 13k vs 5k for gas, since diesel fuel itself is a lubricant), fuel expense has gone down due to the increased mpg, and driving pleasure has zoomed through the roof - the torque is impressive. The Cruze may not be for me, but I'm 100% diesel from now on.
orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:49:48 AM

People who are quick to say 'never!' or 'not for us!' just have driven a new ultra clean diesel.

Fact--2010 VW clean diesel wagon in the driveway, with about 50K miles on it, and the stainless steel exhaust is still absolutely clean inside--wipe your finger, no soot. No diesel smell EVER. Incredible TORQUE at low RPM--with a diesel you leave it in the highest gear you can to pass and and let the turbocharger do all the work starting at about 1700 RPM. Push the pedal too hard, and it has been known to spin the tires on dry pavement due to the torque. And unlike gasoline cars, the mpg does NOT fall off a cliff if you pass, tow something, or drive fast.

Drive a diesel at highway speed where diesels excel--and notice the tester was getting 50 MPG at 55 with an automatic!--and you can learn very very quickly why diesels are so very attractive. Quiet, massive torquey power at very low RPM, no muss, no fuss, no downshifting needed. Drive on the Autobahns in Germany and most likely it will be a small, medium or large diesel passing you at 120 miles per hour getting twice the mpg of a similar sized and powered gasoline car.
Nancy&Len
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:03:14 AM

Not for me.
pitamon
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:09:44 AM

I know it's too small for me.
mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:06:44 AM

Cruze is too small for my needs - the engine will probably last longer than the car
RockCity
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:06:26 AM

Seems to be a conundrum to get better mpg and pay more for diesel at the pump, perhaps.
muddawgs
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:04:45 AM

CHEVY CRUZE IS JUST A COMPILATION OF THE
CAVALIER/COBALT LINE
CAVALIER/COBALT/CRUZE
JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF GOVERNMENT MOTORS JUNK
HAD ONE-IN THE SHOP 8 TIMES IN A YEAR
SPENT MORE TIME IN THE SHOP THAN ON THE ROAD
THEY SAID THEY FINALLY SOLVED ITS PROBLEMS
AT THAT POINT-I
FINALLY UNLOADED IT TO ANOTHER SUCKER-ER BUYER
61chev
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:01:22 AM

OK
rick_evans
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:59:43 AM

rehash
Jeffro61
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:59:16 AM

Buy American.
jcurley
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:59:04 AM

What? No NG option?
krzysiek_ck
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:58:05 AM

OK
ovillaone
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:57:46 AM

interesting
tco0102
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:57:15 AM

Go GM
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