Originally Posted by fredzy
Yes, but the hypermiler little gas cars are dogs, no power OR torque.
Actually, the Cruze does pretty well. Being turbocharged, the midrange torque is pretty god, and boost is available as low as ~1,700 RPM. The Focus is pretty good too, it's 160hp, but that's at redline. The key is the VVT which gives it good midrange torque. Neither is in a diesel's league for torque, but both are very driveable. Not like lugging an old VTEC Honda at 1,500 RPM. Even the Civic is pretty good these days, variable runner intake manifold helps it out.
<---- Other car is a 2011 Civic EX.
I got hydrolocked like a boss, twice. And I had a dozen stumble start/stalls. So I got it bad. No HPFP, but yea. I was feeling a little mixed about the dealership but I'm solidly saying F 'em now.
Sadly, if I buy either a Subaru, BMW (two most likely candidates for next car) or obviously VW (new golf in wagon form with non-time-bomb TDI engine is tempting) I will be dealing with precisely the same dealership unless I feel like driving 2 hours anytime I need a dealer to see my car.
Ouch! It's exactly horror stories like yours that keep me from buying a Tdi or recommending one to my friends. I mean, really, who screws up a tire rotation? Wait, lots of crummy mechanics do...