As you know, I posted a survey on-line. I had 9 people respond to the survey. Here is an overview of the results:
Length of ownership: 3 over 7 months; 4 people 3 to 6 months, 2 people less than 2 months.
Reason for buying: 90% to tow 4 wheels down
Money spent of tow gear: 4 people spent $2,000 and up; 3 spent $1500 or less, 2 spent none
The first choice for resolution was to get a Remco system. As we know, that was not something that GM was willing to do. The 2nd choice for the majority of the owners was to get a towable replacement car. I think that is what ended up happening in most cases. A few people swapped for a manual Cruze, one person I spoke with got a Sonic and some money back. Some people got a Malibu, Buick or Equinox with various amounts of money being added by the owner based on the difference in MSRP.
It is interesting that I have not heard of anyone taking GM's first offer which was $1500 for a tow dolly. Silly GM, if people wanted a tow dolly, they would have gone that route in the first place. What GM did not understand is when there is a BIG difference between towing 4 wheels down and using a tow dolly. I think they do now.
As I posted above, we "traded" for an Equinox. I took the car on a two hour drive the other day. I will say that I love it. It drives great and the interior is beautiful with nice two-tone leather seats and lots of nice amenities. Of course it is costing us $100 more a month but I think the difference between the two cars is worth it. We are still in a position where we are earning income, but if we were on a fixed income it would certainly be a big problem.
You might be interested in seeing my little bog on the Chevy Cruze debacle on my new blog-magazine Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it