Re: Finally Registered on Cruze Forum
Yeah, I have to post some pictures. The only way I can post pictures is through my cell phone and I don't have access due to the towers being destroyed by the storm.
The Cruze is a nice looking car, but not half as nice looking as the Malibu. I'm more impressed by the electronics of the car rather than the looks although it reminds me a little of a mini-Malibu. It's White with a Charcoal interior and I have something called the RS Package which includes a mini-spoiler, sculptured fenders and bumpers, fog lights, chrome dash accents, etc. It's the LT1, so it has 16" tires (not 17), but it does have alloy wheels.
As I'm getting used to driving the car, one thing I miss is the great brakes the Malibu had. The brakes on the Cruze are very mushy. First of all, you don't get rear wheel disc brakes with the LT1 (you get drum brakes). The LT2 is the first model with 4 wheel disc brakes. Can't believe they'd make different brakes for the different models. I didn't even know they offer drum brakes anymore.
Also, I miss the Electronic Brake Force Distribution on the Malibu. If you hit the brakes quickly, you got instant response. I have to leave more space between me and the next car with the Cruze - much more of a delay in getting that great braking response that the Malibu had. I don't believe EBD is offered on any Cruze Models. EBD is actually a very upscale feature - the first car I had with that feature was the Caddy CTS.
I also miss the speed sensitive wipers on the Malibu. Again, I don't think this is offered on the Cruze. I was driving in the rain yesterday and I had to make a lot of adjustments in the delay mode as I went faster and slower. I also liked that it went into constant wipe mode when you went over 50 MPH.
You don't realize how much you appreciate these features until you don't have them anymore. But the Cruze does have some nice features that my 2010 Malibu didn't have - but the 2013 does. I like that it shows battery volts, fuel used, and digital speedometer. I like the touch screen display, but I don't have an advanced phone, so I don't use a lot of the features that are offered.
Anyway, thanks so much everyone and I will try to post pics - I will see if I can borrow my friend's digital camera.
All the best to everyone,
Last edited by Richard; 12-06-2012 at 05:29 AM.