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Why I Love My All-New 2016 Chevy Cruze

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Guess what?! I traded in my 2014 Chevy Cruze LT, in Summit White, last weekend and traded it in for a 2016 Chevy Cruze LT, in Kinetic Blue — all-new, Baby!

I’ve already got more than 600 miles on it in less than a week! But it was July 4th weekend, so it’s to be expected. Right?

I got out of my lease a year early, but I decided it was worth it — for the all-new Cruze redesign, including better gas mileage, more space and Apple Car Play. The all new Cruze LT and Premier models also come with two years free Onstar Guidance Plan, two years free XM Radio and 24 gigs or 24 months of WiFi data. This lovely package is called the 2016 Cruze 24/7 Promise and — again — is only available on the All-New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze LT and Premier models. (See 24/7 flyer at end of post or download).

Not only is the technology cool in my All-New 2016 Cruze, but the ride is really great. I was a little hesitant about saying goodbye to my previous Cruze, because I felt it was a strong and solid little car. I enjoyed the quality and wasn’t sure how the all-new 1.4 L Turbo engine, with automatic stop/start technology in the new Cruze would compare to the previous version of the 1.4 L Turbo. But now, I can say that I’m thrilled.

My new Cruze feels light and nimble. It handles beautifully and it’s slightly longer wheel base makes for an even smoother ride. It’s also very quiet. And…there’s a ton more space for passenger comfort.

To quote the Edmunds review about the 2016 Cruze:

…the 2016 Cruze comes with a standard turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which Chevy has revised from the previous model year to make 15 more horsepower and 29 more pound-feet of torque. This engine has less work to do, too, as Chevrolet says the 2016 Cruze has shed about 250 pounds. Pleasingly, the redesigned Cruze is also a bit roomier, particularly for rear seat passengers. Four adults can now fit with comfort to spare.

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20% Off 2016 Chevy Spark, Sonic, Impala

Sylvia Dana
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Update: June 17, 2016

Only three Sparks left in stock at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Chevrolet is taking 20 percent off all 2016 Chevy Spark, Sonic and Impala (excluding Limited Edition) models, through the end of June.

Plus, you can stack this offer with the $3500 Cash for Junker Sale at Berger Chevrolet, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the dealership where I’m proud to sell cars. You can also stack the 20% discount with GM Card Earnings.

Get a brand new car for around $10K!

Check out the break down:

A 2016 Chevy Spark, 1LT, automatic starts at $16,660.

$16,660 – MSRP

minus $3,332 – 20% discount

$13,328 – Selling Price

minus $3,500 – Your Trade Value on your ’86 or newer jalopy

$9,828 -Selling Price After Trade

plus $996 – Tax on the MSRP

plus $234 – Dealer Doc Fee

plus $23 – Title Transfer Fee

$10,918 – Out-the-door Price

Think of it! You get a brand new car, under full warranty and lots of new Chevy perks, including 6-months Onstar trial, 3-month wifi trial, two-years free scheduled maintenance, built-in Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Chevy Mylink blue tooth streaming, 5 years free roadside assistance, 5 years Onstar Basic. So much value for your money!

Don’t wait. Contact me today for details!

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How to Manage Your GM Vehicles’ Service Needs in One Place

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

I finally logged in to the Chevrolet Owner Center at My.Chevrolet.com and it was glorious. It’s a comprehensive way to manage all the service, warranty and extra offers that come with your GM vehicle. And, you can manage all the GM vehicles in your household in one place!

If you took delivery of a new GM vehicle recently, check out How to Setup Your New Chevy with the Chevrolet Owner Center.

The best way to log in to the Owner Center is to use your Onstar.com account user name — usually your email address — and Onstar.com password. Or, you can create a new account, but it’s very convenient to have these accounts linked.

Side Note: Even if you don’t have an active Onstar account and your free trial has expired….it’s handy to have an Onstar account created if your vehicle is equipped with the Onstar system.

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From the Chevrolet Owner Center, you will be able to access service records, read your owner’s manual, see how-to videos about your vehicle, be alerted to recall notices and even link to your SiriusXM, GM Rewards cards and Onstar accounts.

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Using your Onstar account login, all the vehicles in your household associated with your Onstar account will populate in your Chevy Owner Center garage! In my garage, I can access my Chevy Cruze and my son’s Cruze as well. (His is the green one.) You can also add any other GM vehicles in your household to your garage.

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By clicking on your vehicle’s profile, you get an overview of your total mileage and recall information. You can also request a service appointment online with your preferred dealer!

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From your Chevy Owner Center maintenance icon, you can also see your scheduled maintenance, i.e. when the next oil change and tire rotation is recommended.

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From your Chevrolet Owner Center, you can also view your vehicle’s warranty information. Notice my 2-Year Scheduled Maintenance Warranty is expired. Bummer!

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From you Chevrolet Owner Center account page, you can update your personal information, as well as view your linked Onstar, GM Rewards cards and SiriusXM Satellite accounts.

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Login to your Chevrolet Owner Center today or contact me for details.

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Chevy 2-Year Complete Care: Friends Don’t Let Friends Pay for Oil Changes

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Don’t you hate it when your friends don’t listen to you? I do! Especially, when the information you share is helpful to them.

I visited my best friend Stacey in Traverse City recently. Heading to a yoga class Sunday morning, we rode in her 2015 Chevy Cruze LS she leased from me last summer.

I noticed the “Change Oil Soon” alert on her DIC (Driver Information Center) screen, driving into town. I’m like… “Stacey, I’ve never seen this alert come up before. I wonder how much oil you actually have left.” I reached over from the passenger seat to scroll through her DIC menu. She had 18K+ miles on the car. And the remaining oil life? ZERO! She literally had 0 percent remaining oil life!

I said, “Stacey, you can’t be driving this car without any oil!” She retorted that she’s been busy, plus oil changes are expensive; it cost $50 the previous two times she took the Cruze to her mechanic, she told me. “What?!” I gasped! “Stacey, you have a brand new leased Chevrolet. Your only mechanic is a GM dealer and your oil changes are free! The Chevy dealer will shuttle you to work and back so they can do the oil change while you’re at work. I told you this so many times!”

How could this happen? My best friend — a busy single mom — who I really wanted to make sure she took advantage of her new car free perks — had payed for her last two oil changes. Despite the fact that I told her several times about the free scheduled maintenance — in person, at delivery, over the phone, via text and email and even in snail mail. Still, she had somehow missed the part where she gets free oil changes.

It makes me wonder…If my own friends aren’t listening to me about their free scheduled maintenance, how are my other customers are handling their vehicle’s service needs?

So please, let me remind youChevrolet 2-Year Scheduled Maintenance coverage is included with the purchase or lease of new 2014 and newer Chevrolet models.

Chevrolet 2-Year Scheduled Maintenance includes only the following:

  • 2-year/24,000-mile Scheduled Maintenance (whichever comes first; up to a total of two service events for ’16 models, or 4 service events for ’14 and ’15 models):
  • ACDelco dexos1®Oil and ACDelco Oil Filter Change (excludes Spark EV)
  • 4-wheel Tire Rotation (excludes dual rear wheel vehicles, all Corvette models and select Camaro models – ZL1 model and 1LE package cars – due to their unidirectional tires; see Owner’s Manual for details)
  • 27-Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI)

It’s also worth noting that a new Chevrolet comes with the free 5 Years Roadside Assistance Program

Chevrolet is proud to offer the response, security and convenience of the 24-Hour Roadside Assistance Program. Roadside Assistance is provided with all purchased or leased GM vehicles that are within the Powertrain Limited Warranty (5 years/100K miles on ’14 and ’15 models or 5 yeasr/60K miles on ’16 models).

  • Emergency Towing (from a public road or highway to nearest Chevrolet dealer)
  • Lockout Service (keys locked inside vehicle)
  • Flat Tire Changes (service to change a flat tire with the spare tire (if equipped))
  • Fuel Delivery (enough fuel for vehicle to get to the nearest service station)
  • Jump-Starts (service to jumpstart a dead battery

Contact a Chevrolet Roadside Assistance Program advisor at 1-800-243-8872 OR push the blue Onstar Button and say “Roadside.” (Even if your Onstar trial is over or your Onstar account is inactive, you can still call Roadside this way.)

Learn more about Chevrolet’s Comprehensive Coverage, or Warranty Coverage or contact me for details.

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Three Chevys Featured at 2016 Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids

I attended the 2016 Michigan Auto Show Spectacular in Grand Rapids on Jan. 27, 2016. I was a guest interviewed by Miranda from Wood TV in West Michigan. I represented Berger Chevrolet and the Chevy brand, talking about the Motor Trend Car of the Year — the 2016 Camaro — and the Motor Trend Truck of the Year — the 2016 Colorado. I also introduced the All-New Malibu. My part starts at the 5:00 minute mark. Enjoy!

Need Directions? BringGo It: How to Use the BringGo Navigation App in Chevy Trax, Sonic, Spark Mylink Systems

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Last Update: June 2016

Please note: If you have a 2016 Sonic or Spark, you have Apple Car Play and Android Auto, which allows you to project your iPhone maps or your Google maps onto Chevy Mylink infotainment screen. You do not have Apple Car Play or Android Auto if you have a 2016 Trax, or 2013-2015 Sonic or Spark.

Did you know premium navigation capability is available in your 2013-2016 Chevrolet Trax, Sonic or Spark?

Yep! As long as you have a 2013 or newer version of the Chevy Mylink Infotainment System in one of the aforementioned Chevy vehicles, you can utilize BringGo — a high-end, full-feature, smart-phone-to-car navigation system.

Via bluetooth and USB connection, the BringGo navigation screen is mirrored to your infotainment unit in your Chevy. What’s different about BringGo is that app’s map data lives completely on your compatible smartphone, so you’re not using your phone plan’s data, like you would if you were using Google Maps.

The app is available for IOS and Android. It’s only 99 cents for a 30 day trial. After that, it’s a $50 one-time charge. Or, $60 if you want full access to available updates.

To learn more about technology in your Chevrolet, visit Chevy.com Mylink Page

How to Launch Bringo with Chevy Mylink

How to Use BringGo’s Navigation Features with Chevy Mylink

How to Use BringGo’s Navigation Favorites and Maps with Chevy Mylink

How to use BringGo’s Current Location Feature with Chevy Mylink

Contact Sylvia to learn more about your Chevy’s in-vehicle technology.

2015 Volt Lease Options Spark Interest

You’ve heard all the rage about the Chevrolet Volt. Now might be the time to pull the trigger on a 2015 Chevy Volt. Read the Edmunds review about the 2015 Chevrolet Volt.

October is the last month for supported lease offers on 2015 models. Right now, GM Financial is offering a $254, 39-month lease, 10K miles a year, with zero down on a Volt priced around $35K. This offer is with the GM Lease Loyalty discount. With the competitive lease private offer, the same terms would cost $228 a month.

For purchase, buyers can choose from 0 percent APR, plus $1,500 bonus cash or $2,500 bonus cash.

At Berger Chevy, we have about five 2015 Volt models left on the lot. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be limited to specific markets friendly to plug-in cars. The 2017 Volt will be the next real opportunity to get into a Chevy.

Contact Sylvia at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for details.

 

How to Dinghy or Flat Tow Your 2015 Chevrolet

It’s RV season! I’m getting calls from car-buyers who want to know if they can tow their new car behind a recreational vehicle. Specifically they want to Dinghy Tow, i.e. tow with all four wheels on the ground.

I’m no expert on the subject, but I looked in all the 2015 owner’s manuals and found that the following guide is accurate. If you’re willing to drive a stick, you’ve got your pick. But if you prefer an automatic transmission, you’re a bit more limited.

If you want to Dinghy Tow your Chevrolet, it looks like the Chevrolet Equinox is most suited to towing in this manner. However, the Sonic is a bit of a rockstar when it comes to Dinghy towing and Malibu can be dinghy towed as well.

Contact Sylvia for more details!

Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Colorado 4WD

4,140

None

No

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Cruze   

3,093

65mph/None

Yes

No

Remove fuse 22, 23, 24 and 25 from instrument panel fuse block.

Equinox

3,777

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Equinox AWD

3,922

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Malibu

3,393

None

N/A

Yes

Shift transmission to Neutral. Put ignition in ACC/Accessory position. Remove fuse 8, 22 and 24.

Silverado 1500 4WD

4,749

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected. 

Silverado 2500 HD 4WD

6,044

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Silverado 3500 HD 4WD

6,281

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Sonic (except RS)

2,690

65mph/ None

Yes

Yes*

Run vehicle at the beginning of each day and at each RV fuel stop for about 5 minutes. Remove the DLIS fuse.

Spark

2,269

None

Yes

No

 

Suburban 1500 4WD

5,896

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Tahoe 4WD

5,683

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Traverse FWD/AWD

4,713

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Remove 15-amp ECM fuse, the 15-amp OnStar fuse and 50-amp BATT1 fuse. Run vehicle at the beginning of each day an at each RV fuel stop for about 5 minutes.

*”2015 Guide to Dinghy Towing” MotorHome April 2015

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner’s manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer’s responsibility to confirm that  the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.

Why Cruze Diesel is the New Black

I’ve sold three 2014 Cruze Diesel models over the last year. And I’m a fan.

We currently have 11 2014 Cruze Diesel models (and two 2015 models) in our inventory at Berger Chevrolet and I decided people should know more about this diesel sedan option for their next vehicle purchase. Before I go on, please note there is $3500 factory rebate on 2014 model year Cruze’s this month. That’s on top of any other incentives buyers qualify for, like the GM Employee Discount or even the Credit Union Discount.

So, back the the 2014 Cruze Diesel, specifically… Each of my Cruze Diesel owners are engineers in the auto industry. One is an actual GM employee. Two are women.

The 2.0 L turbo charged clean diesel 2014 Cruze gets 48 mpg. You can travel 717 miles on one tank, which is about halfway from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale. Topping the Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel, the Cruze Diesel has 151 horsepower and 264 pound-foot of torque. About 400 lbs. heavier than the gas-engine Cruze, the Diesel model has some serious power and is a blast to drive. It’s German-built diesel engine includes overboost function, providing additional torque for extra passing power.

With an MSRP of around $27K, the 2014 Cruze Diesel comes standard with leather upholstery, rear vision camera, remote start, 17′ alloy wheels, 6-speed automatic transmission, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and heating for both front buckets. Chevy MyLink, a seven-inch touchscreen display system and Bluetooth connectivity are also standard. Includes a diesel fuel app to show drivers where they can fill up.

At the 2LT Cruze trim levell, all 2014 Cruze models come with “driver convenience package” including an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear-view camera and heated side mirrors. The Cruze Diesel’s design features an aerodynamic package, including front grill air shutters and a spoiler. There’s also an enhanced safety package option that adds blind spot monitoring, rear parking assistance and cross-traffic alerts — none of which are offered on the Jetta. The Cruze Diesel earned a 5-star safety rating, helped by 10 standard airbags.

Other goodies with a 2014 or newer Chevy include six-month Onstar and three-month XM radio trials, Onstar Remote Link Key Fob Service (which allows you to start your car from your phone and is free for 5 years even without an Onstar subscription), 5 years Chevy Roadside Assistance and two years free scheduled maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations, 27-point inspection, oil filter and diesel exhaust fluid refill.

 Contact Sylvia for more details!

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