Dilemma: Inspira 2.0 or Cruze 1.8

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Guys,

Need some opinion. Recently I've test drive 2 cars. Both from the same manufacturing year, 2010. Proton Inspira 2.0 and Chevy Cruze 1.8.

Proton Inspira 2.0 premium 2010 - RM33K OTR
Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 LT Sport 2010 - RM23K OTR


Look wise, Inspira looks a bit sporty. Cruze is more elegant. I dont really mind the looks for both, looks good to me.

Interior, Inspira looks like a common car of that year of make. Cruze looks like a modern car. I mean in terms of the layout of the dashboard.

Revving at idle, Inspira throttle response is more responsive compare to Cruze. However, when in gear, initial acceleration, Cruze is much more better.

Gear shifting both are smooth in auto mode. In manual mode, Cruze lacks a bit of kick compare to Inspira (or maybe it was my imagination).

Steering response, in changing lanes and going between traffic, Inspira can be consider sharp. Cruze, hard to say, i made a u turn test while chit chatting with the salesman, i didnt realize that i already made out of the u turn. So not sure to say if the steering response for Cruze is sharper or it is simply very comfortable until i didn't realize.

Comfort in cabin. Cut short, Cruze wins. Seats are more ergonomic for the driver, no noise coming from outside. Inspira is just the opposite.

Boot space, Cruze wins.

Now is the part that i dont know.

Spare part price for both models.
Fuel consumption for both models.
Resell value for both models.


If only i can get this missing information, maybe it will really help me to decide.

Thanks.
 

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It always depends on your major criteria. Is it Resale value? If yes, to me Proton should be easier to sell and have better value. If not, then see which you prefer driving. I rather drive something I love driving......lol
 

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Cruze got lots of problems with the cooling system. They used too much plastics and also the hoses seem undersized. I have driven the Cruze and yes the drivers seat is very well designed and the arm rest on the door is at the perfect height. I did not like the steering feel at 80kmh, it felt vague and too easy to turn.Body roll is quite well controlled, and NVH suppression is VERY good. Keep in mind that the climate control is built in to the head unit so If you wanna go aftermarket you wont know the temp or fan speed of the AC.
 

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Cruze got lots of problems with the cooling system. They used too much plastics and also the hoses seem undersized. I have driven the Cruze and yes the drivers seat is very well designed and the arm rest on the door is at the perfect height. I did not like the steering feel at 80kmh, it felt vague and too easy to turn.Body roll is quite well controlled, and NVH suppression is VERY good. Keep in mind that the climate control is built in to the head unit so If you wanna go aftermarket you wont know the temp or fan speed of the AC.
Oh my, I know most have built in HU but together with air con......:smokin:
 

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Guys,

Need some opinion. Recently I've test drive 2 cars. Both from the same manufacturing year, 2010. Proton Inspira 2.0 and Chevy Cruze 1.8.

Proton Inspira 2.0 premium 2010 - RM33K OTR
Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 LT Sport 2010 - RM23K OTR


Look wise, Inspira looks a bit sporty. Cruze is more elegant. I dont really mind the looks for both, looks good to me.

Interior, Inspira looks like a common car of that year of make. Cruze looks like a modern car. I mean in terms of the layout of the dashboard.

Revving at idle, Inspira throttle response is more responsive compare to Cruze. However, when in gear, initial acceleration, Cruze is much more better.

Gear shifting both are smooth in auto mode. In manual mode, Cruze lacks a bit of kick compare to Inspira (or maybe it was my imagination).

Steering response, in changing lanes and going between traffic, Inspira can be consider sharp. Cruze, hard to say, i made a u turn test while chit chatting with the salesman, i didnt realize that i already made out of the u turn. So not sure to say if the steering response for Cruze is sharper or it is simply very comfortable until i didn't realize.

Comfort in cabin. Cut short, Cruze wins. Seats are more ergonomic for the driver, no noise coming from outside. Inspira is just the opposite.

Boot space, Cruze wins.

Now is the part that i dont know.

Spare part price for both models.
Fuel consumption for both models.
Resell value for both models.


If only i can get this missing information, maybe it will really help me to decide.

Thanks.
Why not open up your options wider instead of limiting to 2 cars only. If you are not afraid of heavy maintenance costs, with MYR 40,000 you can get a 2005-2008 European car.

Coming from an owner of "ACTUAL" Mitsubishi Lancer, the spare parts are not cheaper than the BMW E46 coupe that i am currently owning. And Lancer/Inspira engine and gearbox is inferior in performance compared to normal 4-6AT. This is a trade off for fuel efficiency and comfort.
 

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Now is the part that i dont know.

Spare part price for both models.
Fuel consumption for both models.
Resell value for both models.
Disclaimer : I dislike both cars. And I'm going to assume you're looking at Inspira 2.0 cvt which I seriously dislike. The 1.8 manual is equally horribly underpowered.

- Spare parts for Inspira/Lancer is pretty decent. Parts for any Chevy car in M'sia is going to be expensive and in worst case you need to wait for the order to arrive.

- Fuel consumption for both are ok for 2.0L cars. Expect 8-10km/L at best for City driving and 12-13km/L for highway.

- Resale value for both cars are bad. But the Chevy is worse.
 
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Unless like me bought Sonata III, now having it for 16 years already no more value.......lol
Disclaimer : I dislike both cars. And I'm going to assume you're looking at Inspira 2.0 cvt which I seriously dislike. The 1.8 manual is equally horribly underpowered.

- Spare parts for Inspira/Lancer is pretty decent. Parts for any Chevy car in M'sia is going to be expensive and in worst case you need to wait for the order to arrive.

- Fuel consumption for both are ok for 2.0L cars. Expect 8-10km/L at best for City driving and 12-13km/L for highway.

- Resale value for both cars are bad. But the Chevy is worse.
Unless like me bought Sonata III, now after 16 years no more value........lol
 

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Disclaimer : I dislike both cars. And I'm going to assume you're looking at Inspira 2.0 cvt which I seriously dislike. The 1.8 manual is equally horribly underpowered.

- Spare parts for Inspira/Lancer is pretty decent. Parts for any Chevy car in M'sia is going to be expensive and in worst case you need to wait for the order to arrive.

- Fuel consumption for both are ok for 2.0L cars. Expect 8-10km/L at best for City driving and 12-13km/L for highway.

- Resale value for both cars are bad. But the Chevy is worse.
The Lancer/Inspira has a small cult in Malaysia, information sharing in problems, maintenance and spare parts will be quite easy. Where as Chevy, its too little for people to form a group, the chassis and parts is shared with German maker Opel, so majority of new parts, you will need to ship from Europe. Frankly speaking, of my 14 years of motoring, i barely see Opel on the road.
 

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Between the two, con9lan7firm the Proton Inspira. My family have one.
1. 2012 car, no problem until today, just change engine oil, change spark plug, change air filter, change brake fluid, change brake pads... normal wear and tear problems.

2. Air con sibeh cold

3. Car sibeh noisy, no refinement at all.

4. Did I say the car is noisy? Yes the tyre roar resonates into the cabin due to stupid design where the wheel well acts like an amplifier.

I will not touch the Chevy at all. Maintenance is going to be hell with the scarcity of parts. I have one Suzuki Vitara at home and boy the parts also hard to find (relative to Perodua & Proton). Modifying a car is fun, maintaining a car is a PITA.

Personally if you want C-segment car, I'd look at a newer Preve, like a 2016 or 2017 car for the same budget. Still under warranty. And the cabin is definitely quieter than the Inspira, except the CVT being a bit noisy.
 
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my only complaint bout the inspira is the crap nvh. tire noise is one thing, the wind noise is another one, adding seals to the edges of the doors and slapping on those sound dampening pads to the wheel wells seems to help.

power wise oklah can pakai.

** one other complaint, the seats.... maybe its just me but i get back aches on long journeys.
 

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my only complaint bout the inspira is the crap nvh. tire noise is one thing, the wind noise is another one, adding seals to the edges of the doors and slapping on those sound dampening pads to the wheel wells seems to help.

power wise oklah can pakai.

** one other complaint, the seats.... maybe its just me but i get back aches on long journeys.
Get Recaro from the Evo X
 

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Between the two, con9lan7firm the Proton Inspira. My family have one.
1. 2012 car, no problem until today, just change engine oil, change spark plug, change air filter, change brake fluid, change brake pads... normal wear and tear problems.

2. Air con sibeh cold

3. Car sibeh noisy, no refinement at all.

4. Did I say the car is noisy? Yes the tyre roar resonates into the cabin due to stupid design where the wheel well acts like an amplifier.

I will not touch the Chevy at all. Maintenance is going to be hell with the scarcity of parts. I have one Suzuki Vitara at home and boy the parts also hard to find (relative to Perodua & Proton). Modifying a car is fun, maintaining a car is a PITA.

Personally if you want C-segment car, I'd look at a newer Preve, like a 2016 or 2017 car for the same budget. Still under warranty. And the cabin is definitely quieter than the Inspira, except the CVT being a bit noisy.
Your cantonese game is strong ! Con9Lan7Firm.

7 years car, yet no issue on motor mounts ? My 11 years old Lancer GT changed a lot of stuffs already
 

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Your cantonese game is strong ! Con9Lan7Firm.

7 years car, yet no issue on motor mounts ? My 11 years old Lancer GT changed a lot of stuffs already
driven by uncle, who drives like an uncle. And mostly highway mileage.
 

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Thanks guys.
Ive dump the thought of chevy.
But now got dilemma coz got people racun me with airtrek turbo. Hahahahha...
Actually my loan for inspira 2.0 has been approved. But, turns out to be not as what thw salesman claim. He said can go 8 years. But i got 6 years. Its not me, but the car's age. So can only get 6 years. As of that, the monthly will be more than what i budget.

So, got the idea of getting airtrek turbo. I can get smaller loan amount (not auto loan) + cash. The monthly will be a lot lower, but scared as some other people say the fc is high. But then again, got some people say the fc will be on par with inspira.


If its only for me... I just go for wira 1.6 auto. Hehehe... But its gonna be my wife's daily car (only go fetch kids from school) and balik kampung car, so need to find something nice for me and her.
 

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Thanks guys.
Ive dump the thought of chevy.
But now got dilemma coz got people racun me with airtrek turbo. Hahahahha...
Actually my loan for inspira 2.0 has been approved. But, turns out to be not as what thw salesman claim. He said can go 8 years. But i got 6 years. Its not me, but the car's age. So can only get 6 years. As of that, the monthly will be more than what i budget.

So, got the idea of getting airtrek turbo. I can get smaller loan amount (not auto loan) + cash. The monthly will be a lot lower, but scared as some other people say the fc is high. But then again, got some people say the fc will be on par with inspira.


If its only for me... I just go for wira 1.6 auto. Hehehe... But its gonna be my wife's daily car (only go fetch kids from school) and balik kampung car, so need to find something nice for me and her.
airtrek is nice, but take note its very different from the 2 you were considering.

biggest con here is the fc... its so hefty that its a guzzler for something with 'only that much power'
but if ur considering that, take a look at the subi forester as well
 

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airtrek is nice, but take note its very different from the 2 you were considering.

biggest con here is the fc... its so hefty that its a guzzler for something with 'only that much power'
but if ur considering that, take a look at the subi forester as well
FC is the least concern, he needs to worry more towards repairing some of those parts that needs to be paid in cash (unless special relationship with the workshop). If dude is living on budget every month, forego performance cars.
 

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Recently there was an advert for a highly modded airtrek, even the seller admits its not suitable as a daily...Just a reminder if you thinking about those "monster" type cars.
 

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Recently there was an advert for a highly modded airtrek, even the seller admits its not suitable as a daily...Just a reminder if you thinking about those "monster" type cars.
the 30k one yea?
 

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l be a lot lower, but scared as some other people say the fc is high. But then again, got some people say the fc will be on par with inspira.

If its only for me... I just go for wira 1.6 auto. Hehehe... But its gonna be my wife's daily car (only go fetch kids from school) and balik kampung car, so need to find something nice for me and her.
Dude.. if it's for the missus to drive around don't buy the Airtrek turbo. FC for the manual variant is about 7-8km/L on a good day and if your wife is only just doing the school run - your FC is gonna be reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally bad. On a Myvi doing short school runs it's about 7-8km/L already, on a turbo charged 2.0 1.2 ton MPV it's gonna be worse. And I'm assuming you're gonna buy the auto version for the wife to drive which has even worse FC compared to the manual. Maybe 5-6km/L at best for school runs and oh - if I'm not mistaken you can only run RON97 right? Really GG bro.. GG..

If it's for highway runs like balik kampung - then the Airtrek is a nice car to go in assuming you find a stock one. If it has an exhaust my god the droning exhaust and all will kill you.

Forget the inspira and airtrek la. Buy a Vios or Altis since it's for the wife. Less headache, easy to drive, relatively ok maintenance costs and price is about the same depending on model and year.
 

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Need to share car for daily, sure headache. Good for wife, not for husband, good for husband , not for wife.......lol
 

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Need to share car for daily, sure headache. Good for wife, not for husband, good for husband , not for wife.......lol
not always the case. You see this @TitanRev fella.. his wife lagi performance kaki than he is except he's the one modding the cars. She's the one telling him that her car needs more power. LOL
 

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Dude.. if it's for the missus to drive around don't buy the Airtrek turbo. FC for the manual variant is about 7-8km/L on a good day and if your wife is only just doing the school run - your FC is gonna be reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally bad. On a Myvi doing short school runs it's about 7-8km/L already, on a turbo charged 2.0 1.2 ton MPV it's gonna be worse. And I'm assuming you're gonna buy the auto version for the wife to drive which has even worse FC compared to the manual. Maybe 5-6km/L at best for school runs and oh - if I'm not mistaken you can only run RON97 right? Really GG bro.. GG..

If it's for highway runs like balik kampung - then the Airtrek is a nice car to go in assuming you find a stock one. If it has an exhaust my god the droning exhaust and all will kill you.

Forget the inspira and airtrek la. Buy a Vios or Altis since it's for the wife. Less headache, easy to drive, relatively ok maintenance costs and price is about the same depending on model and year.

Thanks for the thoughts. Well, for now, yes it's going to be the car for her daily use and for us to balik kampung. Maybe later will get a kancil for her daily use... But that's just later la.
I dont really drive every day, coz i i prefer to use my scooter. And if i were to drive to work also i will use my mazda. Much fun to drive except if stuck in jam.

I've heard people saying that it can run on ron95. But members here ( from what i read in other thread), need to run on 97. Not sure which is more accurate
 

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Thanks for the thoughts. Well, for now, yes it's going to be the car for her daily use and for us to balik kampung. Maybe later will get a kancil for her daily use... But that's just later la.
I dont really drive every day, coz i i prefer to use my scooter. And if i were to drive to work also i will use my mazda. Much fun to drive except if stuck in jam.

I've heard people saying that it can run on ron95. But members here ( from what i read in other thread), need to run on 97. Not sure which is more accurate
whichever it is, its still a guzzler. generally stock on stock boost, it can run 95. many run higher boost and whatnot , then get stuck with 97

just saying~ forrester, legacy ... caldina < after trying em out, those are better cars. If you dont plan of turning the airtrek into an evo, the caldina being a better daily imo

**cant remember if you mentioned a budget
 

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Need to share car for daily, sure headache. Good for wife, not for husband, good for husband , not for wife.......lol
Even though we are not married, i have a Volvo S60 for the missus, both of us enjoy the car alot. Fast enough for me and comfy enough for her.
 

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Thanks for the thoughts. Well, for now, yes it's going to be the car for her daily use and for us to balik kampung. Maybe later will get a kancil for her daily use... But that's just later la.
I dont really drive every day, coz i i prefer to use my scooter. And if i were to drive to work also i will use my mazda. Much fun to drive except if stuck in jam.

I've heard people saying that it can run on ron95. But members here ( from what i read in other thread), need to run on 97. Not sure which is more accurate
I'd avoid the airtrek if I were you. It's going to be fun until the fuel bills hit you. Even with RON95, 6-8km/L is not fun at all. But if you're a 4G63T kaki and don't mind the weight of the car, it's spacious, it's very comfortable and it rides like a tank. Don't expect quick handling traits in a stock Airtrek though because it's not a light car. Visibility is pretty impressive for its size so yeah - a lady drive might appreciate it.

Don't buy kancils anymore la. These days the all sorts of cars get hammered on the road so badly I would hate to imagine what will happen to an ancient kancil. At the very least look at the Axia or Picanto if you're gonna go small.
 

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Guys,
Thanks for all the input. In the end i choose airtrek after all.

So far, used it for balik kampung. Can say that I'm satisfied with its power and fc. Not as bad as i expected.

A week use in town driving, for rm30 manage to get me around 160km.

Balik kampung journey yesterday took almost half tank for 240km. Not hiway driving btw... Using the kuala selangor old trunk road until perak, then continue a bit on WCE.

It is a bit hi on fc compared to newer car. But i give it in for the power and comfort. My previous perdana with RVR turbo auto was worse.

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I'd avoid the airtrek if I were you. It's going to be fun until the fuel bills hit you. Even with RON95, 6-8km/L is not fun at all. But if you're a 4G63T kaki and don't mind the weight of the car, it's spacious, it's very comfortable and it rides like a tank. Don't expect quick handling traits in a stock Airtrek though because it's not a light car. Visibility is pretty impressive for its size so yeah - a lady drive might appreciate it.

Don't buy kancils anymore la. These days the all sorts of cars get hammered on the road so badly I would hate to imagine what will happen to an ancient kancil. At the very least look at the Axia or Picanto if you're gonna go small.
Guess your advise didn't work on him ! He went to the dark side, he's gone.