Transmission Update and More - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Transmission Update and More

December 20, 2010


In the last Cruze post, I noted that the transmission left much to be desired. You, our well-informed and helpful commenters, were quick to inform us that there's a technical service bulletin (TSB) to address the harsh and delayed shifts. It's a problem that'll have to wait until after the holidays, so until then, we'll just have to deal with it.

On to my weekend with the Cruze...

In the interest of full disclosure, I was in a pretty sour mood all weekend. A leaking roof (my home, not the Cruze), car shopping (for my girlfriend, not me) and the awful driving skills displayed in L.A. when it rains all conspired to keep a perma-frown on my face. The wonky transmission had me sighing loudly on a regular basis, but at least I knew what the problem was. Thanks, readers.

That said, if you can look past the current state of our transmission, the Cruze is a decent car. It's quiet enough, even with the windshield wipers running constantly. The wipers, however, are a little streaky, obscuring the forward view at night. The ride quality is acceptable, if not a little harsh over potholes. But hey, this isn't a luxury car.

I noticed one thing in the audio/navigation system that was curious. In navigation mode, I went to select a radio preset but got no reaction. Huh? I switched the display over to radio mode and then it worked. Strange, I thought. But then when I went to program a destination into the nav, I figured out why. Some of the options in the system make use of the preset buttons. For instance, in choosing a route to the destination, I could press 4,5 or 6 to make my selection.

It's not all that intuitive, but certainly not a problem for a Cruze owner who drives it every day. For an occasional driver like myself, I thought it could have been more easily operated with the menu dial that seems to control almost every other function. Looking back, it's a pretty trivial little annoyance, but like I said, every little thing seemed to bug me this weekend. I'm all better now, thanks.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Grinch

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