Hi all, was searching for a solution to a radio glitch on my Cruze (detailed below), and stumbled upon this site. Good place to post a rant! But I’ll post the positive stuff too.
I bought a 2012 1.8 LS and have had it for about 6 months now. I’ve had no issues with it, in fact am very pleased with the car. In Brazil cars are very expensive, and the Cruze is considered a high-end mid-level car, that will cost an upper middle class citizen over 50% of a year’s salary. (An equivalent comparison for a US Citizen is it would cost upward of $70,000).
Very tight feel (for a non-sports car) I like the standard 6 speed trans., good tire size in comparison to the car size, which keep it on the road pretty well.
Quality leather for the seats and interior, love the tight seats.
Split fold-down rear seats are a plus, back seat armrest is also a good plus.
Very good response using alcohol, as a trade off to economy (very poor gas mileage using alcohol, but better acceleration and overall performance)
No major complaints, but a few irritations; no gas pistons to hold the hood open. Long time since I had to use a fold-down support to hold open my hood. A step backwards, Uncool GM…
The trunk is spacious, but it has those old curved support brackets that limit how full you can load your trunk. My last car (2009 Vectra, also a very good car) had eliminated those making the trunk even more spacious. Now I’ve got them back in the Cruze. A step backwards, Uncool GM.
Very weird problem with the radio, although I don’t seem to find similar issues outside of Sao Paulo Brazil. When listening to a popular local station (KissFM), the radio will change frequencies pretty frequently to another station (always the same one – 104.something). This only happens when I’m listening to KissFM, and always switches to the same 104.x station. 2 friends who have the same car have the same problem, with the same station. Could be a simple fix (radio sw upgrade perhaps?) but I haven’t looked into it yet.
The car looks spacious, and I thought it was until I rode in the back seat. Not spacious.
The chrome on the front grill (the thin chrome strip that “circles” the grille) is starting to bubble and crack. Not a big deal, but still – not cool.
Very small separation between first gear and reverse (standard trans.) Although there is a safety link on the shaft of the stick shift, it’s not efficient. I’ve accidentally shifted to reverse a dozen times from a standstill at traffic lights. Almost had an accident a few times. This may have been only when the trans. was being broken in as it hasn’t happened in the past 2 months. Hopefully it won’t happen again.
The fog lights cannot be turned on without turning on the headlights. I would like to drive with only the fog lights on at dawn and cloudy days for safety, but I must turn on the headlights to use them. Unless I’m using them wrong, I’m not happy with this feature. Uncool GM, or in the case I just don’t know how to use them, uncool me. Either way, Someone is uncool, and I want it fixed.
Very short warning when low on gas. My LED indicator will light up, meaning “Hey, heads up”, and will begin blinking a few kilometers later, screaming “GET GAS NOW”. It doesn’t even give me time to be choosy about gas stations. Could be a non-issue for gasoline users as I only use alcohol, but it’s pretty annoying.
The little rubber-lined compartment in front of the gear shift is too shallow. It would be perfenct for my phone if it were an inch deeper, but the way it is I always hit my fingers on it when I shift. On the plus side, the “shelf” in front of the radio display has a good inward angle and holds my phone perfectly, but it lacks the rubber lining. No biggie.
WTF is up with the tiny armrest??
Don't like the DC plug location in the middle of my lower console. Have a big Garmin power plug sticking up which is annoying.
Looking back on my rant I see there are many more cons than pros, but overall I am very happy with the Cruze, the pros are far more significant than my picky cons. Would have preferred to pay US prices for it, but that’s a local issue.