Re: My Beautiful 2010 LT2 is gone
There were other issues as well. Getting gas was a problem due to the storm, so I wanted a more economical car. I had the 4 cylinder with the Malibu. I did reasonably well with my usual mix of highway and local driving. Averaged anywhere from 20-22 MPG. But with local driving only, I got anywhere from 11-14 MPG. There's still gas rationing going on here.
When I first saw the Cruze, I called it a Mini-Malibu. So I always liked the look of the Cruze, because it reminded me of the Malibu. I don't do really long trips anymore, so having a bigger car for the highway is not really an issue.
Finally, between the loss of my car, the detruction of my rental apartment, the loss of my new heating system and hot water heater, I'm into a lot of money here. If I'm lucky, insurance will cover about half of the expenses, so that leaves me holding the bag for quite a bit. I saved about $7K on the Cruze, so every little bit helps. With all the extras the Cruze comes with, I feel like I'm at the same level as the Malibu that I had and with the touch screen and My Link system, it even has more in certain respects. I'm lucky I got a car at all. They only had 2 Cruze LT1's in stock. My dealership told me that 300,000 cars were lost as a result of the storm. I didn't think it was that much, but I'll tell you that every car was destroyed in the area I live in. I couldn't even get a rental car, so I needed to get a new car ASAP.
Finally, with the way I feel now, I wanted a car more for transporation than anything else. I told the salesman this is the first time that I'm not excited about getting a new car, but once I saw how nice the Cruze is, I'm a little more excited than I thought I would be.
My family has really gone through a lot. We lived without electricity, heat, and hot water for over 2 weeks and we had snow during that time period.
Still feeling the psychological effects.
Any other input would be greatly appreciated.