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Chevrolet Cruze Prices Paid and Buying Experiences



  • drvettedrvette Posts: 99
    edited December 2011
    The Atlanta area, is the ABSOLUTE worst area in the SE USA to buy a GM..

    They attempt to get yoiu to accept a $500~ "discount" because of the limited availability of the Cruze. BULL SH**

    The Cruze is in Full production, check out these dealer inventories,


    Your Search Returned the Following,
    1313 New 2012 Chevrolet Cruze models within 150 miles of your ZIP, 3016* found 1580 within 200 miles of my Zip here in NW Ga

    Real Low inventory there Guys,, uh-huh, Yeah, Right.

    I wanted a Cruze bad, but the run-around, back-room snickers, insulting offers and in general insults to my intelligence has me wadding my money back up into a CD and back to the bank.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    Not sure what it's like in the atlanta area as far as the cruze inventory goes but down here in south fla they have plenty.i was at maroone chevrolet in pemb pines flordia a few days ago looking at malibus and cruze's and must have counted atleast 30 cruze's on the lot in different colors and shortage down here.
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,147
    a more important metric to see the supply vs demand for a car is not the raw inventory number but the avg # of days each vehicle stays on the lot. for example, there may be 1313 cars within 100 miles that match what you want, but they could all be in-process of being sold to 1313 people each of whom has put down a deposit.

    whatever. what's to argue about? get the best bargain you can, of course.
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  • Lots of inventory in NORCAL from what I could see.
    Picked this gem up the other day.
    MSRP: 20905
    PRICE: 19798

    Came with convenience package of remote start and power driver seat.
    So far so good with the car. Roomy, comfortable and quiet.

    Used a $2000 topped up rebate for having a GM card plus $500 for owning another GM vehicle. Not a bad deal at all.
  • How do you get the GM card rebate? Is it just the 5% cash back on the card for buying a GM vehicle? Or is it $2000 on top of the 5% on the card?
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  • I've only been a GM card holder for a few months. A couple of weeks ago I got a post card in the mail saying they topped me up to 2K until 2/29/12. I read some people got 3K. Don't know if it is from status or regional for the variance. All I know is an extra 2K off a cruze is a pretty good deal in itself. Throw in USAA on top of the deal you make with the salesman and it makes for a pretty good savings.
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  • MSRP 20200 (Base 1LT Automatic)
    -700 Negotiated reduction
    -750 USAA discount
    -3000 Topped off GM Earnings (allowance limits waived until 2/29!)
    -1800 (24 month Ally lease incentive)
    =$13950 Final Price for lease

    1% lease factor and 60% Residual value left me with a $93/month payment after paying $1020 for lease fee, tax, title, tags...:-)
  • Very Nice! To bad my top off was 2K vice 3K. But no matter I took it and love my car. Take care.
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  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    I'm a GM Card-holder with about $1800 in earnings and I haven't heard anything about a top-off. I even checked my account online and there's no mention of it...wonder what's going on? (I live in upstate NY). :confuse:
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,147
    it may help you get a future 'topoff' if you fill out your entire profile under the gmcard web site to indicate the vehicles which interest you .
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  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    just returned from compairing these 2 cars.2012 chevy cruze LS with auto and conectivity package has msrp of $18,865.00 while the 2013 hyundai elantra i looked at after the cruze has msrp of $19,385.00...for only 500 more msrp iam getting with the elantra,better warranty,more space,more power,standard cruise control,4 wheel disks,ect..all these things were missing in the's a no brainer...
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,147
    great points, great post, but wrong forum, steven39.
    apparently you are looking for the "didn't-buy-a-cruze/dont-buy-a-cruze" forum. Best wishes finding that one or maybe starting it as a new forum somewhere.

    Enjoy your non-Cruze! (If it's possible to enjoy a car with an automatic transmission...)
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162
    edited May 2012
    Well, it may be a no brainer or not....

    The Cruze has been selling below MSRP so comparing solely on MSRP may not be the most accurate comparison... Currently the Cruze has a $1000 rebate, the Elantra has a 400/500 rebate if you are in the Military/Recent College Grad... Cheverolet also has its "GM Card reward" dollars which Hyundai does not offer...

    For the sake of argument, let's ignore the GM bucks and the military/college grad rebates because not everyone is going to qualify for those...

    Using Edmunds true price calculator, the Cruze would cost ~$17,400 ($18,400 less $1000 rebate), the Elantra would cost ~$19,000 for a 2012 model. The cost difference is now $1,600.... I have seen the Cruze advertised more aggressively than this, but we can let the Internet Managers fight over the final price difference here...

    As far as fuel economy, I agree that the EPA rating is higher for the Elantra, but if you look at Fuelly . com it looks like both cars rate around 30 mpg in real world driving.

    As far as power, once again, on paper the Hyundai outperforms the Cruze, but l did a quick search on 0-60 times and they both appear to be in the mid 9 second range, so let's consider the extra power as insignificant at this time... Test driving both cars will answer that argument at any rate...

    So, for an extra $1600 dollars you get rear disc brakes, cruise control, and a longer warranty.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the Elantra. It is a good looking/performing car. But the Cruze is competitive performance wise, good looking, and has great value, plus it supports Americans a bit more than Hyundai by providing jobs and keeping the profits in the USA. Everyone is complaining about our trade deficit and the out-sourcing of our manufacturing to less expensive labor markets, well it is up to us to change that or we should all just quit griping...

    I considered both and bought the Cruze ECO. One thing that doesn't get mentioned much is how athletic the handling is on the Cruze... It is a fun car to drive. I posted my purchase price back on Post #68.

    At any rate, both cars are good cars. But for me it was a no brainer, I bought the Cruze and have not regretted it at all.
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  • mabecanemabecane Posts: 46
    edited August 2012
    All cars with internal combustion engines have timing belts or chains, and like the name implies they keep all the engine components in sync, pistons ,valves etc. Once the belt skips a few links or space the timing is off or the belt breaks it will definitely make a mess of your engine. Mostly the valve rods will bend and push against the piston heads. Your motor will stop in a flash and strand you quick. Usually timing belts on small 4 cyl cars last around 100k to 180k then need to be replaced. So no need to worry about the timing belt on the Cruze. The Cruze is not a Yugo. :)
  • mabecanemabecane Posts: 46
    edited December 2012
    I saw the add on the dealer's website for
    MSRP: $20,120 with a sale price of $18,120

    So it looked like GM was giving a $2000 rebate on the 2012 Eco.
    But I later saw that on the purchase order the MSRP was $19,120 so GM rebate was a $1000 rebate only.
    Now I got rid of the VIN etching -$180.

    Registration + $180

    Tried to chew the Document fee from $ 500 to $100 ( they would not budge on this one)

    Anyway They would not let me out the door for less than a round $20,000 (including State taxes)
    I said Forgetaboutit! then hang up.( I did this all this transaction over the phone btw)

    They called me back late evening and told me I could get it for $19,500 out the door.
    This was actually $250 less than I was willing to pay so I agreed.

    I also had $700 GM card rewards dollars.
    so I got it out the door for $18,700 (taxes and fees included)

    PS: The VIN etching was already on the car ,so it came for free.
  • I'm retired and needed a car to get around San Francisco. My last 3 cars were dependable Honda's and solid high end Acura's. I loved my stick shift Acura. I had prepared myself for sub-compact tin can transit options. My limit was $17,000. But Alas, I realized that I had been renting at least monthly with Hertz for the last 25 years. Not one time did I have a problem, Hertz caters to affluent renters and expense account businessmen. I could only expect a well cared for car. So I decided to buy a used Cruze LTZ 2012 with 28,000 mile on it. It rides like a new car. has leather interior, a decent stereo, and all the other over the top accoutrements fully unexpected in this car class. I believe I got an awesome deal as I paid 14,900, I should have paid nearly $20K. I miss the sunroof and upgraded stereo but I'm researching at least an AMP upgrade for the anemic stereo. Used inventory of Cruze's seem to be limited to retired stock from auto rental companies, try the Hertz three day trial as I did, take it to your mechanic and I'm sure you will come away with a steal.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    We're so glad to hear that you're enjoying your Cruze, roncruze! Many more happy miles to you in the new year!

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    It is a matter of value and principle.

    Well if this is truly the case, then how did car companies make billions of dollars for DECADES before they discovered they can now charge administration fees and get away with it??

    Fact the world of computers now, there is actually less investment for administration duties/costs than there was in an example.

    I think we as consumers should stand together and simply QUIT buying any new vehicle until the stealers LOSE this prickly $ gouge. To work though it takes a unified and committed effort on our part.

    I'd say you guys (the dealers, that is) are in great shape now cuz it is like a government imposing a tax that the consumer reluctantly gets used to even if it chokes all the way never give it back.

    Destination fees are another. If they were consistent and made sense, then a slight case possibly could be made for them to be added later rather than factoring them in to MSRP at the dealer from which you purchase, but often there are glaring to us is read as yet just another gouge.

    But the admin fees....THOSE ONES GOTTA GO DINOSAUR..
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    edited January 2013
    previously someone had mentioned/theorized that one could swap an LTZ/whatever steering wheel onto an LS to provide CRUISE-CONTROL with no other mods required. anyone tried this or got any more info on it?

    Did you ever find the answer to this? Seems optimistic to me but ya never many other circs the wiring harnesses are already there (as in A/C) but just as in A/C the components aren't.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    edited January 2013
    And since you posted this, we also now know how overly optimistic the Elantra's FE was..

    I don't know the torque off hand on the Elantra, but if the LS has the turbo, then even if technically the Elantra had a few pounds more, it still wouldn't compare to the Cruze because with the turbo, the torque is there in very low revs which is far more useable in the real world.

    I'd like to read about an update on your car now that you have had it awhile?
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162

    I have had my car for over a year now and I am still loving it. No regrets at all about purchasing it. I am averaging 33-34 MPG (on a very hilly commute), but my best tank so far was 46 mpg (on a return trip from Lake Tahoe), that entire Tahoe trip (driving up, around, and back) was 40 mpg.

    The car is very solid, quiet, and handles very smartly for what it is. It looks nice (to me at least) and has had no issues thus far (I have almost 20K miles on it now). The bluetooth voice recognition works very well (way better than my Mazdaspeed 3) and I love my XM satellite radio.

    Gripes... only a few

    the 1.4l has a tough time on grades. I generally have to shift down to 4th to have some spare "passing" power in case I need to get around a slower car.

    The rear seat belts are very difficult for my kids to engage. The female ends are tucked into the seat cushion and there is no fabric strap/cord that allows you to draw them out for easier coupling of the belts.

    The car is comfortable for 4, not so much for 5 people.

    That is it.... I am very happy with my car. Heck even my step-daughter (who is 13) has already asked if she can have it when I am done with it...LOL... not the car I would have expected her to draw a fancy towards, but I thought it was sweet that she asked.

    Yeah, Hyundai has a bit of esplainin to do....I had often noticed that the car rags always got fuel economy way below the city EPA city ratings. The car magazines generally get around the city MPG when testing their cars, but I had noted that Hyundai was consistently below that. I had thought about firing off a letter to the editor noting that point, now I don't need to....
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Hey, thanks for this interesting update! Glad to hear you are enjoying your Cruze. Sounds like you are getting impressive real world mileage too.

    Your comment surprised me about the little turbo on the hills, but then the Cruze is not a lightweight. Still that engine has over 140 ft lb of torque at nice low useable revs so while might not be in a V6's league, or even NA 2.4 inline 4's but is still pretty capable. I think it is a terrific engine/tran combo and personally would not choose the 1.8 NA (non turbo).

    Seems others too have mostly had good luck with their Cruzes. Sure does make one wonder how so many brands under the same GM badge can be so different. Just comparing a Cruze thread to their 2010 Equinox problems thread is just such an example..absolutely night and day experiences..
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162
    I will have to pop over and read the Equinox thread... The 1.4L has great mid range question there... I have to remind myself at times that this little engine is trying to motivate a 3000lb car plus all of its passengers...LOL...

    With the real tall 6th gear, you simply have to drop a gear or two when you hit a long steep grade. There have been times I have had the cruise control set at 60 and the car had dropped into the lower 50 mph before I figured out that the car needed a little downshift assistance... :sick: The car's RPMs are only around 1800 at 60 mph, so a downshift or two puts it right into the sweet spot for acceleration...
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