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Hello from Southern WV, were the roads are beat up and brutal winters. My first brand new car in 10 years, will be looking in here from time to time for tips, bargain accessories etc, performance and any issues. Meet Chester Copperpot....
 

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Congrats on the new ride! I bought mine in May, same color, and I just love it. I too can't wait to see how she'll do in our Michigan winter.


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Welcome!

What have you guys done to prepare your Trax's for winter? The messy conditions will be here soon enough!
 

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I can't believe that my 2015 Trax has back up camera, touch screen radio, and onstar but no cruise control. Who the **** designed this and what were they smoking???
 

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I think other car models are having the cruise control come as an additional option or part of a package. It's weird since cruise control used to be the standard.
 

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I can understand that being the case with entry-level compacts but this case is different, here its a must, especially as Chevy needs more going on to boost this model and give it more wins.
 

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Cruise is easier to install these days, because of the electric accelerator pedal, there is not really any hardware to install.

I would add an aftermarket unit, because the GM switch is integrated into the Trax steering wheel, it would be way more expensive if you needed to buy a steering wheel.
 

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I purchased a new LS Chev Trax in August of 2015. Within 2 weeks I had the back door windows and the back window tinted. I also purchased a Ecometer model 9105 to help me monitor gas mileage. I don't know about all the other small SUVs, but mine is actuall a SUT (smart utility truck.) The vehicle is rated at 31 mpg in town and 41 mpg on the Hwy. These are Canadian numbers, because I live in BC, Canada. I have not taken the vehicle on a good road test yet, so all my effort has been watching the gas mileage in town.
Before I installed the ecometer it was getting what I figure was close to 31 mpg. After installing it I called a friend of mine who is an engineer and GM Canada. I was looking for tips to improve my in town gas mileage. He told me you have the right vehicle, for a maneuver that very few people use because it is tricky and can cause expensive damage to the transmission. Luckily, the Chev Trax has the right transmillion, for this type of maneuver and it will not damage it.
That maneuver is shifting from Drive to Neutral and letting the vehicle coast. When finshed coasting just shift back to Drive. It will not hurt the transmission, but shift only when the engine has returned to an idle. Well I tried it and monitored my gas mileasge. I could not believe the results, but the saving in dollars is sure real. My in town gas mileage has increaed to approximately 60 mpg. That is incredible. If your going to try it, I can only say at this time that the Chev Trax is built for this type of maneuver. Your own gas mileage will vary depending on how much you can let it coast.
Once I have driven the vehicle more I will make further comments about it.
 

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SUT,

Are you saying that ( during city driving) you shift the transmission from drive to neutral when you know you are approaching a red traffic signal or stop; or are you randomly shift to neutral when moving ? I understand perhaps going to neutral while when approaching or stopped for red light but I no longer want keep shifting ( auto trans vs standard trans ). Hey if it works for you great, I just don't see it but; 60 mpg is impressive for this little trick.
 

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I can see that some people would not want to start shifting. At first, it was sort of un-natural for me, but the more I do it the easier it becomes. The true reward comes, when I stop for gas and the pump kicks off long before it should.

I live in a smaller size city, where many roads have a slight incline or decline. Because of the gear set up in the transmission, the Trax wants to slow down even on slight declines. That is where, I shift to neutral and let it coast. On level roads, I also do it, but not during rush hour.

When approaching red lights, I leave it in drive, and it slows down pretty well, which means using the brakes less.

I use an ecometer model 9105 to see what kind of gas mileage I can get. For example, on a slight decline with my foot resting very easy on the gas pedal, the meter usually reads between 50 to 70 mpg. If I shift into neutral, the meter jumps to between 130 to180 mpg. It does that because the engine is at an idle, and the speed of the Trax is about 35 mph.

If individuals out there are serious about using this method, they really need one of these meters to monitor what kind of mileage they are getting.

This past weekend, I took the Trax on a 20-mile trip out of town. The terrain was quite hilly. On one very steep hill with the Trax in neutral, I was getting readings of over 400 mpg and my speed was in the 70 mph range.
 

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That's exactly what i do too. As you rack up a lot of miles it will help to change your transmission oil just so it gets into gears easier. Been in vehicles that take too long to get into the gear it needs which takes some playing with the gas pedal to speed up the process.
 
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