Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

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    Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    I test drove a Cruze Diesel today. I drove it in town, on the highway and in a residential area. I put about 20km on the odometer.

    The car was brand new with only 60km on the odo. It had just been PDId yesterday.

    I've previously test driven a 2011 and 2013 when they were also brand new.

    The diesel changes the character of the Cruze in ways that I found pleasing.

    First it feels heavier; more substantial. This is a feeling that I like as I've always driven large vehicles. I felt this mostly through the steering wheel and when going over bumps like rail road tracks.

    Second there was substantially more power. For my personal driving technique, which is not to modulate the accelerator pedal but simply depress it slightly and let the engine and transmission do their work, it felt as powerful as my Northstar powered DTS.

    The interior was exceptionally quiet. Rivalling my DTS. Only the slightest of engine sound could be heard at highway speeds. Whereas the DTS's engine cannot be heard at all. However, if you were to turn the radio on, or the fan to three or higher, you could not hear the engine.

    When stopped at idle there was a slight vibration through the seat cushion. It was not objectionable.

    Outside and at idle the Diesel engine is very quiet. While it makes a different noise, the L33 5.7 in my Tahoe makes the same level of noise at idle as does the LUZ 2.0 in the Cruze.

    On coastdown the Aisin transmission noticeably downshifted. I'm not really used to feeling this but the whole Powertrain was as green as grass and quite frankly I'm unfamiliar with the feel of anything other than a four speed Hydra-matic.

    There was also about a 0.5 second power lag from a standing start. I suspect this was due to the turbo.

    Overall I was impressed and suspect that Chevrolet will sell many of them as long as they let people test drive them against a 1.8 or 1.4T Cruze.

    It would make a great taxi. And I say that as a very high complement.
    Last edited by Tomko; 07-10-2013 at 10:24 AM.
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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Very nice. I wonder what a tune would do to this little diesel ??

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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Quote Originally Posted by LetsRace View Post
    Very nice. I wonder what a tune would do to this little diesel ??
    Just follow the same mod path as a HD diesel truck, and I bet 60 mpg is feasible.

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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogen View Post
    Just follow the same mod path as a HD diesel truck, and I bet 60 mpg is feasible.
    Or 325 lb-ft.

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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Tomko - weren't you considering buying a Clean Diesel Cruze?
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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    The lag is most likely torque management from the transaxle

    I get it in my Captiva as well
    Who the hell approved this abomination? Hidden Content

    I bet it was some dumbarse in Detroit Hidden Content

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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Nice to hear it is quiet from a real person (vs a nit-picking reviewer intent on a "kill"). I read an article (don't remember where, i.e. don't have a link) about the Cruze diesel and said they clearly heard diesel engine clatter which I found disapointing.

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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Quote Originally Posted by 70AARCUDA View Post
    Tomko - weren't you considering buying a Clean Diesel Cruze?
    Yes, order placed May 23rd.

    https://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...n-made-118455/

    However, yesterday was the first time I saw or drove one.
    Last edited by Tomko; 07-10-2013 at 08:49 AM.
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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Nice to hear it is quiet from a real person (vs a nit-picking reviewer intent on a "kill"). I read an article (don't remember where, i.e. don't have a link) about the Cruze diesel and said they clearly heard diesel engine clatter which I found disapointing.
    There was a very slight ticking sound that could be heard when standing outside the car.

    From inside the car there is the perception of ticking but when you apply the accelerator there's more of a gnarl sound, especially when turning a corner, that comes from the Powertrain when starting from a standing start.
    Last edited by Tomko; 07-10-2013 at 10:25 AM.
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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomko View Post
    Yes, order placed May 23rd.

    https://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...n-made-118455/

    However, yesterday was the first time I saw or drove one.
    Tomko,

    The Cruze Diesel I have the option to buy is scheduled for production on 7/15. When is yours scheduled for production?

    Ken

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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Quote Originally Posted by kmacleod View Post
    Tomko,

    The Cruze Diesel I have the option to buy is scheduled for production on 7/15. When is yours scheduled for production?

    Ken
    Some of my neighbors work at the Cruze assembly plant and that is supposed to be the return to work date after the summer shut down.
    Don't be surprised if the date gets pushed back if there are issues starting back up from all the maintenance work being done there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmacleod View Post
    Tomko,

    The Cruze Diesel I have the option to buy is scheduled for production on 7/15. When is yours scheduled for production?

    Ken
    The last date I had was August 12 for targeted production week but this is from about six weeks ago.

    I'm hoping to have an update from the dealership today and will post again when I have the info.
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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Target production week now July 29.
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    Re: Drove a Cruze Diesel Today

    Just learned that my little red devil was built on Monday.
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