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Old 30th August 2013, 08:53   #181
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What a coincidence. Even my Cruze is 6th brand new car

Can you share some details on Bilstein?

Whats the cost?
Where did you procure it?
Some pictures of same?
Why choose B6 over B4 ? I think B4 is also there if iam not wrong
How much time it takes to install it and who did it for you
Whats the actual feeling after you change it?

Please share details/pictures of your new Michelin tyres too. Iam in market for tyres in the next couple of months
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I am talking about the B6's. As I understand Narendra also has got the B6's. With B4's you won't find any significant improvement as they are OE replacement shocks. They are much cheaper too.
Let me add to what Santosh has already clarified.

1. Already answered by Santosh.
2. Procured it from Hot Tracks, Bangalore who sourced it from Petes.
3. Will shortly click and upload some pictures of the B6.
4. Already answered by Santosh.
5. The installation took about 3 - 4 hours. It was organized by Anil Chinkara (Owner of Hot Tracks). I forgot the name of the person, but he has a setup somewhere in Hoskote, Bangalore. I met that guy and what he told me is that leveling the car is the only time consuming activity, the rest are pretty simple tasks. He seemed pretty knowledgeable and had already done it for about 40+ cars in Bangalore.
6. Honestly, there are no words to describe the feeling after the change. Change is not the word, it's total transformation. Bilstein B6 is phenomenally brilliant (remember, these are the words coming from someone who owned a Fiesta 1.6 SXI). No wonder people owning exceptionally good-handling cars like Laura, Jetta, A4 and even 3-series are going for it. Trust me, you wouldn't be doing justice to the RD DC Tuning box with Bilstein B6. Ofcourse 70 grands looks a bit steep, but the culprit is our economic situation which will drive up the prices of most of essential stuff too (unless the Rupee sees a reversal of fortune). I'll bet if you go for it your White Annihilator thread will go up by another 25 pages with only discussion about Bilstein B6

You can see a number of snaps of my Michelin tyres in the previous page.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-t...pleted-12.html
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Old 30th August 2013, 22:22   #182
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At the outset let me state that the Cruze's auto tranny is designed to just convert the car into an effortless cruiser rather than an enthusiastic driving machine. I think its biggest accomplishment is in getting rid of the highly pronounced turbo-lag that the manual Cruze is (in)famous for.
Just curious when you drive on highway what is the top speed or be precise what normal speed you maintain? I have been monitoring my instant average while driving and have observed it it is within 60-80 Kms /hr the display shows range of 16-20.

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Just curious when you drive on highway what is the top speed or be precise what normal speed you maintain? I have been monitoring my instant average while driving and have observed it it is within 60-80 Kms /hr the display shows range of 16-20.
I'm free today and will give you a long answer .

Cruze AT is my first car that
  • ran on diesel fuel,
  • provided information on instantaneous speed and
  • is equipped with Cruise control
In the first 6 months, I spent quite a bit of time understanding the characteristics of a turbo-charged diesel engine, the RPM range at which gear-shifts are effected and the optimal RPM range from an economy point of view. In fact, the more I understood the more I got motivated to know more. Here are my findings.
  1. The auto-tranny slots into the 6th gear only after reaching 3 digit speeds (about 100 - 110 kmph).
  2. The mileage is best in the 60 - 70 kmph range in the fifth gear.
  3. If economy is prime consideration, cruise control mode is the best option. No matter how good a driver one is, it is impossible to drive more efficiently than the Cruise control.
  4. The economy is more or less same at about 90 kmph (in 5th gear) and about 130 kmph (in the 6th gear).
Obviously, these things do vary in E, P1 and P2 modes of the Dual Channel RD tuning box.

Now coming to your precise question, if it is a state-highway I generally stick to a top speed of 80 kmph in the P1 mode and if it is a good national-highway I stick to the 120 kmph limit in E mode. In both these situations, I notice the instantaneous fuel guage swinging wildly between 12 - 28 kmpl. The average economy turns out to be 14.5 - 15 kmpl.

More than the speed limit, RPM limit is what I keep an eye on. Due to the tall gear-ratios, I can afford to limit the RPM to 2500 and still cruise at 3 digit speeds.
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Here's a quick update on my highway star. I've just clocked 77,000 kms and the car feels as good as brand new. I would largely give credit to the Bilstein suspension and RD Dual Channel box for that. For the first time in my life there is no desire to upgrade even after 3 years. Unmistakably this car has been total paisa vasool for me.

Of late, the car has lost some more appetite for fuel and is giving terrific mileage. Every time I fill the tank the DTE shows a 4-digit number between 1050 to 1100 kms which translates to about 18 kmpl overall (city and highway). I guess even Chevy's claim on highway mileage is lower than this. Note that I almost always drive in the P1 mode and drive at speeds less than 80 kmph. On highways, I'm usually on the cruise control mode. I've seen a lot of folks on the forum dismissing cruise control as a useful feature in Indian road conditions, but I use it at every possible opportunity.
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wow! the FE that you are getting is truely not even claimed by the company. they have mentioned 15-16 on highway. Its good to read that even after 3 years you are still in favor of this car and are roaring to hit the 100,000 mark.

All the best.
PS: need to take your recommendation of cruise control seriously
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Here's a quick update on my highway star. I've just clocked 77,000 kms and the car feels as good as brand new. I would largely give credit to the Bilstein suspension and RD Dual Channel box for that. For the first time in my life there is no desire to upgrade even after 3 years. Unmistakably this car has been total paisa vasool for me.
Congrats on completing the 77,000kms ( Edited the title to reflect that as well )

Iam in same boat as you as I have completed 56,000kms and not even remotely bored with this beast and have no plans to upgrade for minimum next 2 years. It puts a grin on my face every single day even today

Could you please share the 60,000kms major service interval update with break up of work/component installed and price charged for same as iam approaching this mark soon and would like to be prepared for same


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Of late, the car has lost some more appetite for fuel and is giving terrific mileage. Every time I fill the tank the DTE shows a 4-digit number between 1050 to 1100 kms which translates to about 18 kmpl overall (city and highway). I guess even Chevy's claim on highway mileage is lower than this. Note that I almost always drive in the P1 mode and drive at speeds less than 80 kmph.
Thats a fantastic FE acheivement. I too always drive with car in P1 mode but, there is not even a single instance that I can recall where I have driven at 80kmph speed as for me its almost impossible to drive at such low speed in a Cruze...LOL!!

Hence, it shows in my FE figures too. In city, I consistently get 12kmpl and on highway drives never above 14.50kmpl and I have tried all three E, P1 and P2 and decided to use P2 as there is no difference whatsoever so why not have fun in P2 than E or P1

Keep updating your thread and enjoy your drives !!!
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Of late, the car has lost some more appetite for fuel and is giving terrific mileage. Every time I fill the tank the DTE shows a 4-digit number between 1050 to 1100 kms which translates to about 18 kmpl overall (city and highway).

man! that seems to be one heck of a mileage that you're able to get from the Cruze AT . max i've been able to get is 11 in the city and 14 on the highway, with a light footed drive. Average would be somewhere around 9-10 kms in the city. Is it because of the RD box? or is there something else that you follow that you are able to get such a fantastic FE? i mean the tyre pressure etc.
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i am planning to buy a pre owned 2010 vehicle ltz model driven for around 80000 kms. Is their anything i need to be careful about? How about the service cost and cost of spares
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