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Old 08-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Is there anything you wish Chevy would do or would have done differently with the Cruze?
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...there are a litany of things that GM "could've" done, but didn't:

1) Offer a RANGE of Eco models: from stripped upto fully-loaded.
2) Offer 18" steel wheels on LTZ models, with cast wheels being upgrades.
3) Offer "simple" push-button AM/FM radio as base sound.
4) Offer "simple" three-knob A/C control system.
5) Offer "Eco-Package" on all models.
6) Offer High-Performance as well as Economy axle-ratio gearing on all models.
7) Leave "BIG-BROTHER" OnStar™ off car; make it an "add-on" option only.
8) Let XM and Sirius sell their own down-link receivers.
9) Make Leather seats "optional" on all models below LTZ
10) Make RS-Package standard on LTZ (done on 2012 models).
11) Use Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) on 1.4LT engine.
12) Make both 1.8L and 1.4LT engines fully E85 compatible.
13) The sliding armrest should "lock" into selected position...and stay there.
14) Instrument panel DIC display should be "download" reconfigurable at dealerships.
15) DIC should 'indicate' when turbocharger is "puffing" and when it's not.
16) TPMS "relearn" process tool should be supplied *WITH* the car.
17) "Back-Up" sonar system could be used on front to indicate "distance" behind vehicles ahead of you.
18) Allow additional OBD-II engine parameters to be displayed on "optional" display in center console (where NAV-GPS mounts); part of Eco-Package.
19) Install *fluid-level* sensors in: (a) engine oil pan, (b) radiator system, and (c) windshield reservoir...display on DIC.
20) Put ferro-electric shock absorbers on Z-link for better cornering and handling.

...some of these are incorporated in model year 2012 Cruzes; others might be seen on model year 2013 Cruzes.

...these are just a few of my thoughts, I'm sure there are plenty more from others.
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...there are a litany of things that GM "could've" done, but didn't:

1) Offer a RANGE of Eco models: from stripped upto fully-loaded.
2) Offer 18" steel wheels on LTZ models, with cast wheels being upgrades.
3) Offer "simple" push-button AM/FM radio as base sound.
4) Offer "simple" three-knob A/C control system.
5) Offer "Eco-Package" on all models.
6) Offer High-Performance as well as Economy axle-ratio gearing on all models.
7) Leave "BIG-BROTHER" OnStar™ off car; make it an "add-on" option only.
8) Let XM and Sirius sell their own down-link receivers.
9) Make Leather seats "optional" on all models below LTZ
10) Make RS-Package standard on LTZ (done on 2012 models).
11) Use Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) on 1.4LT engine.
12) Make both 1.8L and 1.4LT engines fully E85 compatible.
13) The sliding armrest should "lock" into selected position...and stay there.
14) Instrument panel DIC display should be "download" reconfigurable at dealerships.
15) DIC should 'indicate' when turbocharger is "puffing" and when it's not.
16) TPMS "relearn" process tool should be supplied *WITH* the car.
17) "Back-Up" sonar system could be used on front to indicate "distance" behind vehicles ahead of you.
18) Allow additional OBD-II engine parameters to be displayed on "optional" display in center console (where NAV-GPS mounts); part of Eco-Package.
19) Install *fluid-level* sensors in: (a) engine oil pan, (b) radiator system, and (c) windshield reservoir...display on DIC.
20) Put ferro-electric shock absorbers on Z-link for better cornering and handling.

...some of these are incorporated in model year 2012 Cruzes; others might be seen on model year 2013 Cruzes.

...these are just a few of my thoughts, I'm sure there are plenty more from others.
I knew you would have a solid answer. Thanks CUDA. Why don't you like OnStar?

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Why don't you like OnStar?
...let me paraphrase: "...would you trust your FBI-agent brother-in-law with access to your diary & computer without supervision?"

...right now, you, as the owner of the car, have absolutely NO control over what or when OnStar™ monitors and/or records, nor what portions (all?) they're passing along to "other" nosey government agencies and "other" entities such as insurance companies and lawyers. I've worked for USGovt and GM and they're not always working for *your* best interests, if you know what I mean. The best way to "control" data is to NOT give it out in the first place. Sorry, but BIG BROTHER is always watching (and listening) and doing so for it's own interests, not yours!

...read up on CARB and OBD-III and how GM uses OnStar™ as the "tool" for government/police "control" via OBD-III. Don't just read postings; look at the numerous EPA/NHSTA documents as well.
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...let me paraphrase: "...would you trust your FBI-agent brother-in-law with access to your diary & computer without supervision?"

...right now, you, as the owner of the car, have absolutely NO control over what or when OnStar™ monitors and/or records, nor what portions (all?) they're passing along to "other" nosey government agencies and "other" entities such as insurance companies and lawyers. I've worked for USGovt and GM and they're not always working for *your* best interests, if you know what I mean. The best way to "control" data is to NOT give it out in the first place. Sorry, but BIG BROTHER is always watching (and listening) and doing so for it's own interests, not yours!

...read up on CARB and OBD-III and how GM uses OnStar™ as the "tool" for government/police "control" via OBD-III. Don't just read postings; look at the numerous EPA/NHSTA documents as well.
Wow I guess I never thought of it like that, thanks CUDA
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I wish my 11 lt2 would have inst gas mileage. Also payed extra for better Radio. It's ok at best because my 04 neons radio was louder and sounded better. When will people at GM get a clue?? I will change 6 speakers and add an amp or 2. Btw i always washed my floor matts in the washing machine and dried them on high heat with my dodges. In winter very quick and easy. I went camping with the kids in my cruze and had to clean it up. To my amazement they fell apart in the washer. They said spray them off and hang dry....?? Really?? They did a 1 time free replacement which was nice.....but better matts woulda been a smart move. I will get a second set so i dont have to wait 2 days for them to dry. Other than that i love the car and i can use remote link on it. My wifes 11 malibu they didnt include the remote start option on my link. on star said 11 malibu and hhr aren't included on the remote start with my link. Knowing that and the bad gas mileage she gets i would have gotten her a Dodge....lol.
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I wish my 11 lt2 would have inst gas mileage. Also payed extra for better Radio. It's ok at best because my 04 neons radio was louder and sounded better. When will people at GM get a clue?? I will change 6 speakers and add an amp or 2. Btw i always washed my floor matts in the washing machine and dried them on high heat with my dodges. In winter very quick and easy. I went camping with the kids in my cruze and had to clean it up. To my amazement they fell apart in the washer. They said spray them off and hang dry....?? Really?? They did a 1 time free replacement which was nice.....but better matts woulda been a smart move. I will get a second set so i dont have to wait 2 days for them to dry. Other than that i love the car and i can use remote link on it. My wifes 11 malibu they didnt include the remote start option on my link. on star said 11 malibu and hhr aren't included on the remote start with my link. Knowing that and the bad gas mileage she gets i would have gotten her a Dodge....lol.
First of all welcome. Secondly, maybe I can make a better suggestion for the floor mats.

1. Vacuum them clean
2. Spray with Blue Coral Upholstery Foam(Wal-Mart sells it)
3. Spray with a hose enough to saturate the fibers
4. Gently scrub with a stiff bristle scrub brush
5. Let soak, hose off clean
6. Use wet/dry vac to extract all the water
7. Place back in the vehicle and put the heat on full blast on FLOOR for 10 minutes.
8. Clean mats
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BIRDMAN -- some "en-light-ened" reading about GM and OnStar™, something akin to a "second opinion" on the subject:

http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=1270

...and, here's the actual GM OnStar™ document:

http://www.onstar.com/tunnel-web/web...t-2011-USE.pdf
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BIRDMAN -- some "en-light-ened" reading about GM and OnStar™, something akin to a "second opinion" on the subject:

http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=1270
Wowww, you were right. That does sound very bogus. Good find CUDA
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I really don't care what they collect honestly. Explain why I should be worried that they store my GPS location? I doubt I will be robbing a bank and using my vehicle as the get away car anytime soon.
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