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Old 12-09-2009, 06:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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More details leaking out about the Cruze XFE:

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Details on the high-efficiency Cruze version are scarce, but Chevrolet says it will have some of the same provisions as the Cobalt XFE, and possibly some aerodynamic treatments. A six-speed stick shift will be required
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think GM did anything in the aero department to the Cobalt XFE.

It was all gearing, LRR tires & computer tweaking.

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:44 PM   #32 (permalink)
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...and weight-reduction--they left out the spare tire, you have to BUY that extra$$$!
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:53 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Spare tire is kind of an outdated concept. I haven't carried one of years.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:13 PM   #34 (permalink)
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...you must either (a) like hiking along the interstate or (b) trust people to pickup hitch-hikers, or (c) have a AAA membership.

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Old 12-09-2009, 08:26 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think GM did anything in the aero department to the Cobalt XFE.

It was all gearing, LRR tires & computer tweaking.
Yes, that is my understanding as well.

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Old 12-09-2009, 08:30 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Interesting. That turbo and stick-shift match very nicely with what I want in my next car. And $18k for a well-equipped fuel-sipper is an okay price for the car you're getting.
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More details leaking out about the Cruze XFE:

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... In 2009, more than 92 percent of American car buyers have chosen automatic transmissions over manuals ...

The Ford Fiesta, which hits dealerships in spring 2010, is a similar story. The 40-mpg rating comes from a $795 Super Fuel Economy Package, which adds some aerodynamic treatments among other provisions not yet announced. Although the Fiesta S sedan starts at $13,320, Super Fuel Economy is offered on the SE trim level, which starts at $14,320. SFE requires the optional six-speed automatic transmission, which adds $1,070. So in the Fiesta, 40 mpg highway comes — with no additional options — at a minimum price of $16,860, including the destination charge. The upside? It has the automatic transmission.
I don't mind that the "SFE" package requires paying more money. I have no problem with paying more for an option that is not in the "mindset" of a majority of car buyers. The car company is not able to absorb the cost as well on an SFE, so it should cost more.

However, I do mind that the Fiesta SFE "requires" an automatic. At least you should be able to purchase the aero-parts seperately.

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Old 12-09-2009, 08:42 PM   #38 (permalink)
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...they "sell" more automatics because the dealers (and Detroit) will only "stock" automatics!

...when I wanted a 2009 Pontiac G5 XFE the two local dealerships didn't have any and wouldn't be ordering any because they were "manuals"...only way I could "see" one was order it. They simply had NO interest in having ANY manual transmission cars on hand.

...and that was in January/February, BEFORE the end of Pontiac was announced.
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(c) have a AAA membership.
...which?
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http://www.fixaflat.com/Images/FAF_family2.jpg

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http://www.acknowledge.com/tractor/L...irePlugKit.jpg

I've never had to call AAA for a flat tire. I can take care of it long before the truck driver gets there.

Back on topic, is there any chance we're going to see a wagon version of the cruze? GM hinted they're going to bring the Regal wagon to the US.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:22 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Don't leave home without it
...well, "...you're a better man than I, Gunga Din!" because I got "burned" against do-it-yourself tire-inflation stuff with my AAR 'Cuda; it had a "collapsable" deflated tire and a "gas can." But after two or three attempts (Arizona heat "empties" gas cans!), I gave up and bought a "real" tire!

...back on subject: maybe something to replace the defunct Pontiac Vibe?

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