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#706 of 906 Re: press request [kirstie_h]
Oct 13, 2011 (11:19 am)
I already own a Chevy Cruze Eco 2011, I own an automotive specialty shop for 35 years, have a BS in industry and technology, I am a member of SAE and have multiple certificates in training for computer controls, automotive electronics ect.
I live in Kentucky, but the Cruze is the most exciting common mans car I have seen in 20 years. I presented a 1/2 hour program at a GM dealer for sales and management on the features of the Cruze Eco. I am very satisfited with this car and have noted only a few changes that I would make to it. I purchased it to replace a 1996 Saturn with 178,000 miles on it. If I can be of any use please contact me.
Gary Para M&G Engineering SAE ASE BS. In&T L-1 certification
#707 of 906 Re: press request [gpara]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Oct 13, 2011 (11:26 am)
Thanks! This one is specifically for a reporter in California, but we have had several requests recently for Cruze shoppers/owners, so I will most definitely let you know if another one comes up!
#708 of 906 Re: hypermiling the cruze eco!!!! [elias]
Oct 13, 2011 (11:35 am)
Well you have the 1.8 L engine which is not known for fuel efficiency I believe, I only know the 1.4L turbo system. But the same tricks may work for you.
A/C I don't know of anyway to disarm the compressor when in defrost mode, they use it to dry out the air and keep seals lubricated during the winter by running it in defrost. all you can do is switch to normal air mode, back and forth but on the cruze we run the normal a/c about 2 clicks off of max cooling settings and run the fan speed no higher than level 2 to keep load lite. I typically run the defrost for a few minutes and switch back to normal air mode after windows are cleared and air drys out a little.
As to your fuel economy I can suggest having a standard vacuum gauge installed and watch the vac. at different loads, if it is low and you are not accelorating at a reasonable pace then shift up a gear, this should allow engine to rev a little higher and increase your speed with save vac. load. The faster you get into high gear the better for fuel economy. 40 mph is a good 6th gear lite load for my Cruze, you just have to see what your likes but the vac. gauge is essential for monitoring engine load and throttle position. The 1.4L is over sensitive to throttle movement and you must be very carefull because you always end up in the turbo boost area just by feel.
I have pictures of the mounted vacuum gauge and led light that I use to monitor front shutter. Any idea of how to post these???? Vac. gauge cost me about $13.00 and is easy to install.
Gary M&G Engineering
#709 of 906 LS hyperspace mpg vs hypermile mpg
Oct 14, 2011 (2:44 am)
thanks for the A/C strategies vacuum gauge idea... there is a way to post photos here but i can't claim to have tried it. don't worry about it, man. i'd probably prefer to omit vacuum - i don't like watching things inside the car when driving. so far the only addition is a V1 radar detector & remote-display. i sometimes use electrical tape to block superfluous gauges. I'd have done this for the cruze "upshift" light except that my F1 steering wheel position entirely blocks the light.
34 mpg seems great for real-world-driving. i can tell you the 1.8 engine is not known for 'quickness' either - but i am slowly getting used to the non-diesel/non-V8 torque-curve. i floor it very often - my goal is safety/expediency in traffic not mpg. (gotta start shifting later at proper/higher rpm to extract the last ft-lb of torque! )
btw, in your experience how much better/worse is the mpg if one hammers it up to the traffic speed,
then shifts into the top/acceptable/loafing gear for that speed?
ps - please say a warm hello to "M" from me & the other Edmunds motorists.
#710 of 906 Re: LS hyperspace mpg vs hypermile mpg [elias]
Oct 14, 2011 (12:16 pm)
Well I can loose up to 3mpg if I accel. hard into boost area, goes down to 10-18 MPG as opposed to lite accel. at 30-40 mpg. The Eco has an instant MPG display so I can track different techniques ad see the results. The only exception I have found is heading up a steep hill, if I drop to 4th gear, boost to 5 psi and let it run out of momentum, then drop into second and keep "0" vac. load at low speed. This has been the best stratagey I have found for clmbing steep hills. I live up in the mountains and have to deal with them every day. 10-13MPG is what I usually see going up steep hills.
Good luck with your car, if you have any issues let me know, I run my own auto specialty shop, computer controls, fuel injection, engine running specialist.
#711 of 906 Re: LS hyperspace mpg vs hypermile mpg [gpara]
Oct 14, 2011 (5:31 pm)
Thanks Gary - great info.
I bet you could put a "tune" into my other car, 05 GTO M6....
Oct 17, 2011 (9:34 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with owners of a 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Monday, October 31, 2011 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.
#713 of 906 Re: press request [gpara]
Oct 25, 2011 (6:42 pm)
Hey, Mr. gpara, what do you think about a trade from a 09 Saturn Outlook to any of the Cruze's? Love my Saturn, but the 17 mpg is killing me. I've read a few consumer reviews on this site of poor reliability of the Cruze. Edmund's also gives low/mid range scores on the Cruze. Dad and hubby aren't big on the 4 cyl for the long haul of the car and I'm not big on a manual transmission. Your thoughts would be deeply appreciated and respected.
#714 of 906 Re: press request [landco07]
Oct 26, 2011 (2:16 am)
In this size category you are going to get a 4-cylinder engine regardless of brand. As for manual trans, that is your choice. but there is no reason not to get the autobox if that's what you prefer. As for the Edmunds ratings, they are out of step with most reviewers and the marketplace is saying otherwise given the good sales of the Cruze.
#715 of 906 Re: press request [landco07]
Oct 27, 2011 (3:31 pm)
I just worked on a 06 saturn vue with 4 cyl. I got the cruze to replace my 1996 saturn SL, I use it as a work/ general car picking up parts ect, breakdown calls. Had it to Ill. and Tenn. multiple times, highway and 2lane roads. Car is excellent on both but I went for max fuel economy, my special attraction, reliability should be excellent, already in Europe and asia for 2 years, 4million miles in testing. If I thought I would have problems I would not have bought it, since I fix it myself. Love the way it drives and handles, I have recommended it many times but you need to drive one. The turbo has plenty of power when you push it, 15 psi boost pressure and full torque at 1850 rpm. I did have to get use to stickshift and gearing, very different, I have had sticks since 1969, many different models. If you like the way it drives and handles and want excellent fuel economy, go for it. The other day I just "drove" the car with no reguard for efficiency and still ended up with over 40mpg pushing it and driving hard. We live in the mountains in Ky and power is no problem. Had the old saturn for years and enjoy driving cruze better.