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Chevy had a hidden gem, and they killed it. I might have the last one off the assembly line.
I am absolutely delighted with this car. Considering the price, weight, size, and HP, they got everything right. I waited 5 months for it to get from S Korea, and every minute was worth the wait.
It feels way more spacious than it would appear from the outside, can leave patches when taking off, tackles hills, is reasonably quiet, reasonably smooth ride, very quiet and smooth power plant, and the shifter is just fine (if a tiny bit vague), and handles magnificently. The exhaust even has a satisfying note between gears. This car punches WAY above its weight. (What might appear as imperfections in he finish in this pic are reflections of the trees and clouds above, reflected in the mirror-like finish.) Would I be as enthusiastic about a CVT? Definitely not. Big shout out to Kim Estey at Middlebury Chevrolet (Vermont) for her straightforward sales approach!
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Congrats. We like our MT...I actually think it makes the car better, especially with just 98hp.

I searched and searched for factory alloys, ended up buying a set of aftermarket, kept the tires. I sold the four hubcaps and three of the wheels on ebay, recovered about half of the cost for the new wheels. Then got an additional tire and now have a full-size spare for when we tow ours - it goes behind a 32' winnebago.

We also have a Colorado 4x4 we've had since 2015, also setup for towing. It's so heavy though, it sways the RV back and forth making hiway driving a chore. I talked wife into getting a tow-car, so we got ours right before 'carmageddon' - a big discount and zero interest for 5 years - painless. Then sold the other big car, a Dodge Challenger gas hog, and now Sparky saves the day with its gas mileage.

Ours is the LS with roll up windows, manual door locks, and no cruise control. The only thing I wished it had was an inside tailgate release - you have to use the key. Auto locks would be nice, but it's so tiny I let wife in and she's my auto-locks. ;)

I think it was a mistake to discontinue the model. We're at 8500 miles over two years and not a single issue. The AC is ice cold, the infotainment electronics are excellent, and the car is super easy to park and drive.

 

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Chevy had a hidden gem, and they killed it. I might have the last one off the assembly line. I am absolutely delighted with this car. Considering the price, weight, size, and HP, they got everything right. I waited 5 months for it to get from S Korea, and every minute was worth the wait. It feels way more spacious than it would appear from the outside, can leave patches when taking off, tackles hills, is reasonably quiet, reasonably smooth ride, very quiet and smooth power plant, and the shifter is just fine (if a tiny bit vague), and handles magnificently. The exhaust even has a satisfying note between gears. This car punches WAY above its weight. (What might appear as imperfections in he finish in this pic are reflections of the trees and clouds above, reflected in the mirror-like finish.) Would I be as enthusiastic about a CVT? Definitely not. Big shout out to Kim Estey at Middlebury Chevrolet (Vermont) for her straightforward sales approach! View attachment 970
 

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Congrats. We like our MT...I actually think it makes the car better, especially with just 98hp.

I searched and searched for factory alloys, ended up buying a set of aftermarket, kept the tires. I sold the four hubcaps and three of the wheels on ebay, recovered about half of the cost for the new wheels. Then got an additional tire and now have a full-size spare for when we tow ours - it goes behind a 32' winnebago.

We also have a Colorado 4x4 we've had since 2015, also setup for towing. It's so heavy though, it sways the RV back and forth making hiway driving a chore. I talked wife into getting a tow-car, so we got ours right before 'carmageddon' - a big discount and zero interest for 5 years - painless. Then sold the other big car, a Dodge Challenger gas hog, and now Sparky saves the day with its gas mileage.

Ours is the LS with roll up windows, manual door locks, and no cruise control. The only thing I wished it had was an inside tailgate release - you have to use the key. Auto locks would be nice, but it's so tiny I let wife in and she's my auto-locks. ;)

I think it was a mistake to discontinue the model. We're at 8500 miles over two years and not a single issue. The AC is ice cold, the infotainment electronics are excellent, and the car is super easy to park and drive.

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The windows, mirrors, and door locks on my LS are all powered... by me! And they're the kind of thing that I know I can fix myself if they crap out.

One of the great things about the manual transmission is that I can choose to drive conservatively and just sip gas, or let it rev out between shifts and pretend that I'm an a rallye race.
As for handling, it whips around corners and to my sense of it, without much body roll. Is go-cart fun!
I bought an extra set of steel wheels that have good winter tires mounted, as I like to swap them myself. Good snows are a must in Vermont.
I suspect that GM killed it because every car they sell for $15,000 is a car they don't sell at $25,000
May I suggest spritzing the headlight lenses with the Maguires stuff? Scotty Kilmer has tested it and swears by it.
I. Love. This. Car.
 
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