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Chevrolet Cruze Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,867
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  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    went out this morning to take a test drive in a 2011 chevy cruze LS non-turbo model and this was my results.car could not get out of it's own way with sloppy engine,brakeing,and tranny performance..had to floor the gas pedal to get the car to move and the transmission constantly shifts in the lower gears.this is a cobalt with a chevy cruze name on it...
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,911
    I test drove the same car yesterday and had the opposite reaction - loved it, including the NVH aspects (noise vibration handling)!
    The 1.8L engine was fine for what I'm looking for, very efficient.
    Also I found the Cruze LS automatic transmission predictably/comfortably slushy and behaving exactly as an automatic should -(functioning as designed - revving exactly the same as you observed, steven39! )
    After the test-drive of the automatic, I bought the manual-shift Cruze LS.
    Great winter/ski/bad-weather car, replaces my jetta TDI. I paid (will-pay) MSRP minus $1k retention cashback, $3400 GM card rebate, $9500 bluebook value trade-in. The manual-shift car is on its way from whatever dealer had it, presumably via bonded driver. :shades:
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  • benrey23benrey23 Posts: 42
    I had been out of car sales for 12 years. GOt back in a a Chevy dealer back in January. First let me say the Cruze is a very nice car. GM finally is paying attention to this market. What makes me sick is new car buyers (not talking about used car buyers) believe they should never pay MSRP. Even when there is rebates buyers want a sale price close to invoice where the rebates are taken off. I dont know what people think we make but let me shed some light. When I sell a new car lets say a Chevy Cruze I am almost always gonna make $100 flat commission. Now let me say it is not always the customers fault. There is always amother dealer usually the bigger ones who have no problem selling their new car for invoice forcing everyone to do the same if they want someones business. On a Chevy Cruze we are talking about 400 on average unless it is a loaded LTZ then it might be 900 mark up. I make 25% of front gross. 900 gross is 225 bucks. I hardly think that is an unfair amount. The Chevy Cruze has no rebates because it is selling great. Over 20,000 units the last 4 months and is number one in its class. Why should we discount the damn thing. If there were rebates why should we start the sale price close to invoice. What is so wrong with selling a New Car for sticker. We are not talking about $1000 of profit and commissions here folks. Now dont get me wrong. If we are talking about year end cars then I understand giving extra beyond the rebates. But come on people, trying to drive down the sale price on the #1 selling car in its class the Cruze is crazy. Nothing wrong with paying sticker on a popular, very well designed, great MPG, fun to drive car.
  • benrey23benrey23 Posts: 42
    I dont know what you think the mark up is on a base Cruze, but let me tell you it is not 1200. More like 700. There are no rebates (#1 selling car in its class) so why would any dealer even discount the car.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    just recently purchased a 2012 hyundai elantra gls for $18,000.00 after compareing it to a 2011 chevy cruze LS.msrp for the cruze LS was $18,700.00
    elantra blew it away with it's standard features such as cruise control,power side mirrors,more power,warranty.4-wheel disk brakes,..all these things were missing on the cruze and were standard on the elantra.the cruze is a cavalier and cannot compete with the elantra at this price point....
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,235
    So you never buy TVs or appliances when they're on sale? Seriously, consumers want bargains, especially in a down economy. As a salesperson you need to face that reality and work with it. The quality of the product doesn't change that.

    Many here would probably advise you to simply be glad you have a product that's selling.
  • benrey23benrey23 Posts: 42
    We dont need prices to come down. We states so people can afford them. Driving prices down sound good, but all it does is drive the suppliers profits down and the next thing u know is the ship X or somewhere. As for the Cruze. It is a great vehicle with excellent styling, handling, quietness, steering, and fun to drive. Gets great MPG, has a great warranty of 5/10000. Yes Hynudai has longer so what. 400 discount is good for a Cruze. Why do u people insist on driving the sellinmg price down on a hot car that is out selling the cometition. I wont make much whether I sell for MSRP or reduce the price by 400. It is a matter of value and principle. I truly believe in the value of the Cruze and as a salesman will not take a deal to my boss if someone demands to pay less than MSRP. If we need to do it to help get to a payment then that is fine, but not just because. I cant keep more than 3 Cruzes on the lot at a time and you want 400 discount out of maybe 700 mark-up. Crazy
  • benrey23benrey23 Posts: 42
    Yes I buy TV's when they are on sale for a reduced % or amount. I sell many cars that way with incentives like consumer cash, low rates, dealer cash ect. No problem discounting a car that the manufacturer has inflated the dealer inventories or if a model is not selling well. That is different and I agree you should not buy it for MSRP. My issue is with cars like the Equinox and Cruze. I cant keep more than 10 in stock on either of them at a time and I like to have 30 between the two of them. I bet 98% of the subscribers on Edmunds would not sell an item that was in great demand for a discounted price. However as I said before it is the responsibility of the dealers to keep the value at sticker on a high demand car. The big dealers that I call Wal-Mart dealers are the one who sell so many they can afford to lose money on 20-30 of their deals on the front end.

    Its not just the product that sells, its the salesman. And I am glad to be able to have the ability to assist customers in todays market.
  • the market determines what the car sells for, and in the case of the cruze it sounds like there isn't much room from msrp given the demand for the car. however, if it is priced too high people will start going to other brands, as the person who just bought the new hyndai and mazda 3 above can attest to. we went to look at some cars tonight including the cruze, but the one we liked had a 26k msrp which we are not getting to. it looks like a nice car, but for that money (actually a bit cheaper), i'd rather get a loaded ford focus. the cruze is going to be out of our price range for this purchase--which doesn't mean it's not a nice little car, it just seems that the value might not be there for us.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    Am very interested to see how this will look as compared to the Cruze. Figuring the interior will be a bit more upscale since it's higher up on the GM brand chain. If it looks anything like the Regal, it should be a winner. Since the wife and her folks loved the Buick line way back when, we'll definitely give it a close look when it's time.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • benrey23benrey23 Posts: 42
    I agree. We just got a couple 2011 Regal's in with about 14,000 miles on them pre owned. Very nice car. Buicks will have more leather material inside, and maybe some wood trim ect. Thee will be a couple options exclusive to the brand not offered on the Cruze. If that is what you want then the extra money is worth it. You should check out the 2012 Cruze LTZ. It has keyless touch remote, and keyless start. Comes standard with a cool 7" touch screen with applications that link to a smart phone I phone for stitcher and pandora radio, as well as huge storage for songs in memory. Pretty sporty and cool. If you want luxury wait for the Buick version...
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Sandman,

    One other difference between the Cruze and the Verano is the engine. The Cruze comes with either the 1.8L or the 1.4L Turbo engine, while the Verano will be fitted with the 2.4L engine that is found in the Malibu and Regal.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    edited August 2011
    Currently, her Mazda has the 2.3 engine and I know she likes the power...just not sure if she'll like driving a 2.0, or for that matter, a 1.8 equipped car as her daily driver. I also like the looks better than the Cruze and I know she'll agree. But her recent change in the time table definitely makes things much easier for us. Maybe she heard me when I mentioned the supply problem with some of the cars on her short list. Was told that there is a motor mount or two that might be bad and it'll need new sneakers within 5k to 8k miles. So, a lot of decisions to be made. But waiting the year and putting the extra $ away is really the smart thing to do and maybe by doing that, she'll be able to finally get an entry level luxury sedan that she's always wanted. My one kid let it slip that mom had taken her on a BMW test drive awhile ago...personally, I'd prefer a C class sedan! :)

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • Sandman, could you please post the current residual and money factor numbers for a lease of a 2012 Chevy Cruze, 1LT, for 12,000 miles a year(less if they have that) for terms of 36 and 48 months. Also are there lease incentives through either Ally or Chevy. Thank you
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,654
    You might want to ask Car_Man, as I know nothing about leases...I think you got me confused with someone else! I am,

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,235
    So, both my wife & I qualify for GM supplier pricing discounts due to our employers. The Cruze is on my wife's short list. On an LTZ with an MSRP of almost $25K (RS & Pioneer packages) the supplier discount nets a little over $700 off. Given the current market - strong Cruze sales, strong compact sales in general, little difference between invoice & MSRP, and no rebates or other significant incentives beyond a reasonable interest rate - what are people's opinions? Is it reasonable to think a much better deal can be had?

    TMV is $24,388 and supplier discount is just a hair less.

    We're not concerned with getting every last dollar out of a deal but by the same token don't want to pay more than necessary. If $600-900 off a Cruze is about all I can expect then I'll do the supplier discount and be done with it.

    We'll be test driving other vehicles over the next few days but so far the Cruze is certainly a possibility.
  • We received $700 off MSRP and I want to say it was about $100 less than supplier pricing through the dealers "internet" department. If you are in an area with many dealers as I am (Dallas), you can email/fax in you offer and ask them who can meet or beat that price and go from there. Fortunatly, there are plenty of Cruze's available. Good luck - we have enjoyed every minute of ours!
  • Lets see the Cruze is nbr 1 in sales the last 4 months. 5 Star Safety rating. Great customer reviews. Hard to keep in stock. Yet you are worried you could get a better deal. First GM only allows dealers to sell below supplier price when newer model years are out. Anyone who got a price below supplier and were not a supplier we either lying, it was a 2011 when 2012 came out, or the dealer is risking getting fined if GM audits them. What good is the supplier price if given to anyone. Why any dealer would sell less than supplier PP price is crazy for the Cruze. It sells to well. When a dealer sells a legit supplier they get a small allowance from GM to compensate some of what they lose. On a Cruze we are talking about 100-150. So the PP or supplier price is good. I would worry more about the finance department than the sale price. Often I find my managers give on price and place it in the back end.
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    How do you get Pandora radio in a Cruise ,through Onstar?I pay $36..00 for it on my computer.(no commercials.
    Thanks
    Puffin
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,235
    Well, an easy way to get Pandora would be to stream it through a smartphone via USB or Bluetooth. That works with most smartphones & most modern cars.
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    thanks, but you are using data aren't you and listening to Pandora is using alot of minutes right?I have bluetooth but a tracfone. :(
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,235
    Yes, Pandora would be using data, which, depending on your cell provider & plan, may translate to minutes/added cost.

    From what I see at http://www.onstar.com/web/portal/home I don't see OnStar offering Pandora or any other entertainment services at the moment.

    I would also suggest, if you already own the music you want to play, copy the MP3 files to a USB drive. Those are cheap & high capacity nowadays.
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    Domo, how is Cruze out selling Focus and what
    Cruze has dual pipes?I can't find it on the LTZ. The Cruise has a torsion beam(right)?I should think a person would want a multi link, such as the Focus has.
    Did you happen to see the ten cars America won't see such as the new Astra?
    I put together a Focus SEL with the 302A package, moonroof,Candy Apple Red and the winter PKG, six speed auto tranny and the price was 24,550 alot of money w/o sync. The Focus HB must be over priced.Add 2k more for HB.No way is a Focus worth that.
  • Check carefully the TCO before purchase.

    Japanese cars typically cost much more to maintain, Alternator, Water Pump, Brakes etc than GM vehicles, even Fords TCO is higher than GM. I've wrenched cars for over four decades, and yes Japanese cars Do break, though a "little" less than American or Korean cars.

    Hyundai compared to GM's , what a hoot, you'll need that extra warranty, OH, gee, the "Bumper to Bumper" warranty doesn't cover, rusted out gas tanks and brakes.

    Honda Timing Belt warning;
    These engines are a "Zero Interference" engine, when the timing belt breaks, R&R the engine @ $3500 min. You MUST change the timing belt exactly when Honda says, or before.

    Check here with Gates for "Interference Engine Application"
    http://www.gates.com/part_locator/index.cfm?location_id=3598

    The Cruze 1.8l is a "Interference Engine" don't know about the Eco engine.

    Hope this helps
    DrVette
  • People could care less what suspension a car has. The Volkswagen Jetta has been in the top 10 or so sellers and the rear suspension took a giant leap backwards compared to the previous model.

    People test drive, look and the interior and the trunk and then make a buying decision. I have yet to see one person crawl under a car and look at the suspension, or even turn to that page in a brochure.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,867
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  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    went with a friend of mine today to look at a 2012 chevy cruze 1lt with auto tranny.msrp was $20,450.00...he offered 18,500.00 and the dealer accepted plus TTT.is this a good price??
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