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Chevrolet Traverse

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  • utexas06utexas06 Posts: 43
    Hey Duayned,
    Good luck deciding between the Travey vs. the CX-9. I have an '08 CX-7 GT as my personal vehicle and I love the zoom-zoom that comes with it. If I were you I would go with the CX-9. The interior and exterior styling are both refined and luxurious. It definitely turns heads but so does the Traverse since it is unexpected from Chevy. The Traverse is definitely performance and style minded and is more fun to drive. While I think the Traverse is more value and function minded. The reviews on Edmunds for the Traverse are rated higher than the CX-9 however.
    As far as giving the edge to an American product, be mindful of the possibility of bankruptcy at GM. I'm not an economic or auto industry expert but I'm sure this would affect the value of GM vehicles in the future. It's a shame if GM enters bankruptcy because the Traverse is a prime example of a well built vehicle and turn around from the previous inferior products rolling out of GM.
    I'm interested to know what you decide on!
  • wavehowaveho Posts: 31
    Thanks, Duayned! LOL, yeah we're definitely doing our part to help save GM! I'm not concerned at all about the threat of bankruptcy. GM is not going to stop making cars and trucks and the federal gov't is guaranteeing warranties on new vehicles. In fact, I'm looking forward to GM reorganizing. Only main issue is that almost certainly many dealerships will close and some models will disappear--that may affect some areas and force some folks to drive farther for warranty service (though I can't imagine that!--seems like a GM dealership is on every corner!). As for parts, heck I still find it very easy to get parts for my 1998 BMW 540i-6! I liked the CX9 a good deal--but for some reason I always get a bit clostraphobic in Asian-made cars, and I've been in and owned a quite a few. Maybe my imagination. I also felt like I was sitting higher and the driver's seat seemed more comfy and adjustable--I'm 6'4", so leg room and ceiling height are major issues. I was very happy with my old 'Burb--135k or so on the clock, and still never burned oil. In that time, cat. converters were replaced under warranty and rear axle was replaced (not under warranty, sadly), but that's it. I'm hoping for the same quality with the Traverse! We'll have it for some time I suspect....
  • duaynedduayned Posts: 30
    Thanks, UTex --
    You hit on the key points between those two trucks, alright. Really, I can't go too far wrong with choosing either one.
    CX-9 Sport (the GT is too rich for me - lol) is going for more than a $1,000 less than Traverse (which I probably mentioned already in my last post. lol)
    If they were the exact same price, I'd take the Traverse. It gets better gas mileage, and I like the added bonus of the OnStar, XM radio standard and the extra room in back.
    I drove it again today and it handled much better than I had recalled. But the thing is tall and wide.
    I'm not really worried about GM and it's affect on the resale value, etc., as I always keep my vehicles for about 10 years and over 100,000 miles.
  • duaynedduayned Posts: 30
    I hear ya Wave. As I just told UTexas, I also am not too worried about what may happen with GM. The reorganization is way overdue. Like you, I plan to keep my next vehicle for a long time, whichever one it may be.
    Interesting you mention feeling claustrophobic in the CX-9 -- I'm only 5'6" but it even felt tight to me, with the honkin' high console right up against my leg.
    (on the other hand, my wife's Toyota Camry seems very roomy).
    And it's not your imagination about sitting taller in the Traverse -- it is taller, no doubt about that.
    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed on the long-term quality of the Chevy, too.
  • wavehowaveho Posts: 31
    Duayned: One more thing to consider regarding the Traverse: All models come with auto remote side mirror folding--just one touch on the button on the driver's door, and both side mirrors fold in or out. This for me was an exceedingly nice touch, because even though my Traverse fits in my garage without folding the mirrors, it's too close for comfort (for my wife especially!), so it's so easy just to fold them in before entering. This way, it doesn't feel quite as ungainly wide. And again, if you haven't yet experienced the cooled seats...do so!
  • duaynedduayned Posts: 30
    Waveho --
    Nice thought, but unfortunately, not all the Travs have that remote mirror-folding feature -- just your LTZ, maybe the 2LT, both too rich for my blood.
    Same with the cooled seats. Only get that with leather package on 2LT and LTZ.

    Oh, I'm sure I'd love both of those features, a lot! But I'm not even going to try them out, 'cause I can barely afford the 1LT, dude! :cry:
  • sjasja Posts: 11
    I just took delivery of a new Traverse, Dark Cherry Metalic, with the back up camera. Nice ride! Very comfortable and roomy. Lots of bells and whistles with the On Star, XM and on board information system.

    Anyone in the Pittsburgh, PA area, I would urge you to go to Colussy Chevy in Bridgeville. Tell Kyra I sent you.
  • alman08alman08 Posts: 282
    so is it my imagination or the Traverse actually costs MUCH less than the "professional grade", Pensekes' new collection, and Tiger Wood's unwanted car?
  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 837
    I have not checked the 2009 pricing, but a year ago when I researched and ended up buying an Outlook, the prices were real close when equipted with the same options. The Outlook started lower but the base model had fewer features that the base Acadia and the base Enclave had even more 'standard' features that were options on the other 2. I ended up with the Outlook since I was able to get the options I wanted on the XR without taking some unwanted options on the Acadia and Enclave, so the XR was better for me.

    I looked at the 2009 Outlook after they came out and the one I bought in '08 was about $2K less than the '09, main difference was the backup camera came in the package for '09 but not '08. So, I'm glad I did not wait.
  • prophetxprophetx Posts: 5
    My first post ever, but wanted to share my exciting news. Tonight I finalized the purchase of my LT2 AWD. It is Desert Brown w/ Dk Titanium carpet and Lt Cashmere leather interior. It also has the dual skyscrape sunroof, trailer tow and a block heater. After 6 weeks of negotiating with dealers (Saturn & GMC), and searching inventories, I found exactly what I wanted. They offered it to me at $7600 under MSRP, plus $3000 GM card points and 0% financing. With the addition of my trade which they gave me $500 more than I expected, (compared to other dealer offers), I was able to get my net loan down to $30,300 or $505/month. This is the most expensive car I've ever purchased, nearly $10,000 higher MSRP than my last vehicle, but it's only costing me $35/month more. I couldn't be happier. I hope the vehicle is as rewarding as the final sale. Good luck and happy hunting.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,979
    Congrats!

    Please report on your deal in the Chevrolet Traverse Prices Paid and Buying Experience discussion too.

    And if you could set up your CarSpace page, some pics posted in a photo ablum there would be nice to see. /hint :shades:
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,979
    Are any of you new owners getting a spare tire? Or is a tire sealant and inflator kit standard? Or does it depend on the trim? Compact spacesaver spare?

    It looks like the towing package can be had with a full size spare?
  • thedon22thedon22 Posts: 1
    I test drove a 1LT Traverse last night with the bench 2nd seat and my wife hated the plastic housing along the floor. I realize that this will mostly be covered by the carpeted floor mats, however I was wondering if any owners had problems with stuff falling into the tracks of the 2nd row seats? Also we can't decide b/w the captains chairs and the bench. We had an 04 Tahoe with captains chairs and it made it much easier to get to the 3rd row. Plus you could lay long stuff down b/w the seats instead of putting a seat down or putting it in the back. Thanks!
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 376
    "Are any of you new owners getting a spare tire? Or is a tire sealant and inflator kit standard? Or does it depend on the trim? Compact spacesaver spare?"

    The kit is standard on the LS- all other trim levels come with a spare as standard, but is optional on the LS.

    "It looks like the towing package can be had with a full size spare?"

    Without looking, Id guess that to be so. Im a fairly new owner of a 1 LT pkg with backup camera, FWD and didnt need to research that since it wasnt consideration when we purchased.
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 376
    "test drove a 1LT Traverse last night with the bench 2nd seat and my wife hated the plastic housing along the floor. I realize that this will mostly be covered by the carpeted floor mats, however I was wondering if any owners had problems with stuff falling into the tracks of the 2nd row seats?"

    LOL- its not a problem if you know its going to happen. :) Normally, my wife and I have a no food rule in the car, but we recently took a longer trip so we had to give my 3 and 5 year olds some dry snacks. Sure there were cheerios and pretzels in there, but a more powerful vac like the ones youd fine at a do it yourself vac and wash outfit worked great in cleaning out the tracks as the gaps are wide enough.

    "Also we can't decide b/w the captains chairs and the bench. We had an 04 Tahoe with captains chairs and it made it much easier to get to the 3rd row. Plus you could lay long stuff down b/w the seats instead of putting a seat down or putting it in the back. Thanks! "

    My wife and I deliberated about that as well. If you dont need the extra people capacity Id og with th e captains chairs. However you need full, gap free space for cargo when the seats are folded down, then Id go with the bench.

    FWIW- Id recommend one. Very quiet vehicles, they ride great and are quite powerful(for what they are, anyways).

    GL!!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,979
    Thanks. Enjoy the new ride!
  • mej1965mej1965 Posts: 6
    I purchased my Traverse in April. Just noticed the paint is starting to peel off the hood and there is discoloration on the sides. It is little light blue spots. Anyone else having paint problems? and I'm not sure what to ask them to do. I don't feel like the dealership repaintin it would be as good as a standard factory paint job. Just looking for advice
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 376
    "I don't feel like the dealership repaintin it would be as good as a standard factory paint job. Just looking for advice "

    If its the factory paint job IS defective, then how could you conclude a repaint from the dealer ( or elsewhere as not all dealers are equipped to do paint and body) wouldnt be as good?

    Anyways, dont let that get in the way of having it repaired/repainted. Any place that knows what they are doing will be able to what is necessary.

    Take it to the dealer and show them the problem.

    If theyre not equipped to paint, theyll sublet the job.

    Good luck.
  • wavehowaveho Posts: 31
    No paint problems here! I would use the bumper to bumper warranty and get it fixed by the dealer if you have an issue. Getting ready to haul the family, with a 5- and 7-year-old, from Virginia to Florida, for the first major trip in the Traverse! Got lots of DVDs and even bought a cheap PlayStation for them to play while we drive.

    1,000-mile follow up note: I had an issue with the DVD-based navigation locking up all the time. Brought it to the dealer who ordered updated software and reprogrammed it. No problems still about a month later after the fix! They said this was a common problem with this model nav and had a reprogram just for this purpose.

    Did first oil change at the dealer, which cost less than even Jiffy Lube. At the same time they took care of a double-recall: one for parking brake adjustment and one for gear-shift indicator light according to notices I received. Although I had problems with neither, they did their free adjustments. No issues with either, either before or since, so I guess they fixed something!

    Still have continued full satisfaction for this car. AWD is great on wet roads--looking forward to winter use. Sound system is the best I've ever had in any car before (premium Bose). Still digging the a/c seats! Will come in handy in Florida I'll bet. I'm getting used to the manual shifter mode for driving in hilly areas; a nice touch. Gas mileage isn't great--a bit lower than advertised on highway, but we always drive with a packed car, so that is not unexpected really.

    So far so good!
  • I recently traded my 07 Yukon SLT2 with many Denali options for an 09 Traverse LTZ AWD. I just wanted to let all you potential foreign SUV, CUV,crossover utility vehicle buyers (I tried out most of them from both sides of the oceans) in on a secret. The Traverse hits the mark in every way that I could have ever wanted. Quietness, handling, comfort, gas mileage and towing ability are all superb in my opinion. I recently hauled my 4500 lb boat on a 50 mile round trip to a lake and back and I honestly feel that the Traverse seemed to haul it just as easy as the Yukon and best of all, with a 6 mile per gal. improvement. Prior to my GMC Yukon and now the Chevy Traverse, I was a diehard Toyota owner(4 camrys,2 tundras, a 4Runner and aToyota truck. I still own a Toyota Avalon which has treated me very well. But when it comes to a vehicle to haul the toys(boats,snowmobiles etc), GM wins hands down banrupt or not. I am very impressed so far.

    Again, I tried most of the mid sized SUVs and CUVs and the Traverse won me for all the above reasons. It also helped that I had 3 1/2 years of trouble free ownership of the Yukon. The only reason I was looking to buy was to improve fuel economy. So far I am averaging 17.5 with the Traverse, even with hauling the boat,sea doo and utility trailor around. I was averaging 13.8 with the Yukon.

    Anyway, I just wanted to add my 2 cents to this very quiet forum for those of you considering this size vehicle. Thumbs up so far :)
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