New to me Chevy Cruze?

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I used to be a mechanic so I looked it over pretty well. I’m a service advisor now so I’ll get it on a lift at work next week for sure. They’re are the biggest dealership in our area I’ve bought from them in the past (other stores) and had a great experience so this was totally crazy.
I paid 13,500 total for the car I had given them 4k to hold the Jetta. My intention was to put. 10k down total and finance the rest. With the Cruze I put 8k down and financed the rest kept the other money in my pocket just in case. On principle I should have walked but I realized it was a very decent car that made sense. I also work a ton and didn’t have the time to keep looking nor did I want to make the time. It all worked out I got a decent deal on a clean low mileage car but holy crap the process was a mess!
Karma like payback for all times you've probably screwed over service customers...
 
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Boy, you got SCREWED... Chevy Cruze is a POS. I wouldn't own one, even if given it for free. That car will be nothing but a money pit for you. Just do a quick internet search for Cruze problems...
It was a crappy way of doing business, and I would have walked away. But... looking at the glass half full, I think the dealer did @wheelman a favor, he has the Cruze with the 1.8, not the 1.4 turbo. As long as he takes care of it, odds are that his basic, non-nanny equipped Cruze will be far less of a headache than anything from VW, especially with the VW having all of the nanny stuff. I am frustrated for him having to deal with them likely selling the car out from under him, but I think he is much better off because of it. I hope it gives you years of reliable driving @wheelman 🙂
 
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It was a crappy way of doing business, and I would have walked away. But... looking at the glass half full, I think the dealer did @wheelman a favor, he has the Cruze with the 1.8, not the 1.4 turbo. As long as he takes care of it, odds are that his basic, non-nanny equipped Cruze will be far less of a headache than anything from VW, especially with the VW having all of the nanny stuff. I am frustrated for him having to deal with them likely selling the car out from under him, but I think he is much better off because of it. I hope it gives you years of reliable driving @wheelman 🙂

He had an issue with the Cruze and the dealer bought the car back.
 
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giant pos dealer for sure...red flags all over the place and he still fell for it.......he's lucky they took it back and refunded him....hopefully, a well-learned lesson...
 

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giant pos dealer for sure...red flags all over the place and he still fell for it.......he's lucky they took it back and refunded him....hopefully, a well-learned lesson...
I don't think fell for it is the right term. There wasn't much to fall for. We got thousands off the Cruze. The Cruze made sense in a lot of ways. Unfortunately the transmission hydraulics decided to act up a week after ownership. Given that issue and the way the whole deal went I wanted out of it and they wanted me to quit contacting the BBB and other places. The way they did everything was awful but I don't think I fell for anything. I knew good and well what was going on. I chose the Cruze over waiting days to get my money returned to me. That was the spot I was in. The lesson learned is I'll never give a dealer that kind of money in cash again. I was ok with the Cruze the day we took ownership. Didn't like how they got us to that point but I was ok with the out come. If I didn't like the car I wouldn't have done the deal. The car was clean and I got thousands off. It made sense to do at the time. If the slave cylinder wouldn't have acted up I would have kept it. But that happened and at that point I was done and had enough. They took it back without any issues .
 
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I don't think fell for it is the right term. There wasn't much to fall for. We got thousands off the Cruze. The Cruze made sense in a lot of ways. Unfortunately the transmission hydraulics decided to act up a week after ownership. Given that issue and the way the whole deal went I wanted out of it and they wanted me to quit contacting the BBB and other places. The way they did everything was awful but I don't think I fell for anything. I knew good and well what was going on. I chose the Cruze over waiting days to get my money returned to me. That was the spot I was in. The lesson learned is I'll never give a dealer that kind of money in cash again. I was ok with the Cruze the day we took ownership. Didn't like how they got us to that point but I was ok with the out come. If I didn't like the car I wouldn't have done the deal. The car was clean and I got thousands off. It made sense to do at the time. If the slave cylinder wouldn't have acted up I would have kept it. But that happened and at that point I was done and had enough. They took it back without any issues .
fair enough...but do you really think that was just a coincidence???
 

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fair enough...but do you really think that was just a coincidence???
Actually I do. It shifted perfect when we bought it. There isn't anything they could have done to hide a failing slave cylinder that I know of. I believe it was a city car and the guy did a lot of stop and go. He left a speeding ticket in the glove box and his address was down town Saint Louis. I don't think they knew about the issue or tried to hide it though. I could be wrong but I don't know how they would have hid it. 🤷
 
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