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CarComplaints.com Notes: What’s that smell – it’s a tad sweet with a tinge of chemical toxicity? If you own a 2011 Cruze it’s probably a coolant leak. It’s a widespread and notorious problem for the car and is the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed in the state of New York. And that’s not the only problem 2011 owners face…

Many say the 2011 model year suffers from a throttle lag that is probably due to a fauly electronic throttle control. The problem is signifigant enough that some owners say they are too scared to drive their cars. Those that do get behind the wheel often say their transmission isn’t shifting properly and problems start occuring as early as 15,000 miles.

All of this leads us to say you’re probably better off without this car’s headaches (they’re probably chemically-induced anyway).


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
53,305 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace throttle body (3 reports)
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 262014

Cruze LT 4.1L

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,078 miles


I purchased the car new in July 2011. Had problems with it ever since. In Nov 2011 took it to dealer and they had to change an injector in it because they said the oil was not change enough. So be careful about that Dexos oil and do not go by that oil change percentage indicator as it is not appropriate. I was at 12000 km and went to the dealer ship for an oil change and they told me not to do it because the indicator only read 32% remaining at the time. So I waiting as I was told and then service light came on, not power in vehicle, brought it back two weeks later to have an injector changed on warranty.

Since I bought this car it has been nothing but a headache. I travel 150 km each day return trip to work so I do add up on the km but that is no reason to have such problems. Engine light will always come on the minute there is another issue. For instant, the " service traction control" message and "service stability trak" message.


- , Chapleau, ON, Canada

problem #8

Sep 142014

Cruze LS 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

This issue has been on going since two months after I bought the car. They have replaced my throttle body and pedal, still a reoccurring issue that cannot be resolved. Car is unsafe to drive.

- , Marcellus, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 132015

Cruze LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

Also the Chevy Cruze 2011 loss of power and reduced engine power. Seems to only happen in the winter months two years in a row now. Says service traction control stabiltrac, engine power reduced, it cuts off. I was in the fast lane 75 mph, no snow, roads clear. All of sudden, engine cuts off to nothing, had to cross three lanes on the interstate to pull over. They want $100 to look at it, sounds like a manufacturer problem to me.

Please comment if anymore of you out there. I've read one on here that is exactly like my issue. It even happens when I have the stabiltracking system off.

- , Dry Ridge, KY, USA

problem #6

Feb 272015

Cruze ECO 1.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles


The throttle body was changed at 33,000 miles - but that was under warranty. Now it must be changed again at 77,000 miles, cost of $ 384. There were 7 recalls in 77,000 miles. Car is a definite disappointment.

- , Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 062015

Cruze LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Last week out of the blue I received a "service stabili trac" warning, a "service traction control" warning and a "reduce power" warning. It happened once, then everything seemed to go back to normal thinking maybe it was just the cold. Then it happened a second day. Just once each day. Then on the third day going from work to home about a 2 mile drive it happened 4 times. On a busy road no where to pull off. Even though it says reducing power you cant drive. It has no power to go forward. You have to pull over and shut off car and restart.

I tried to get information from dealers all they told me was bring it it we will look for $100 fee. I had an appointment to have it looked at but there was a delay for my daughters school which meant I couldn't go because they didn't offer a loaner car. Finally the next day I get to take it in, however from home to work it happened 6 times and from work to garage, about 5 miles, to have it looked at 9 times. He sprayed some grease and everything seemed to be fine for two days then again this morning on way to work 4 times. So I am back to the garage again, probably tomorrow, because again no rentals available.

I bought this car thinking it would be reliable and for whatever reason even tho this has something to do with the power and engine of the vehicle they claim its not covered under the powertrain warranty. I have had this car less than 2 years and it has been serviced regularly. As a single mother of a 6 year old I need dependability not something that is going to be a constant problem leaving me stranded and not able to get to work.

- , Johnson City, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 042013

Cruze LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,669 miles

I DO NOT like this car. All kinds of problems with it. Engine light is constantly on and NO power going up hill. It is the worst car I have ever bought in my life.

- , Crownpoint, NM, USA

problem #3

Dec 152013

Cruze LTZ 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


When I was driving to work one morning, my engine power reduced warning came on and the engine light, traction control light came on and I could go no faster than 2or3 mph. I called my husband, and he took me to work, than got the car back home. It ran fine for a month or so, then it happened again. Then several more times in the next month. Now it is happening almost daily, and the car completely shuts down. Sometimes now, it takes 10 times to get it restarted. I contacted GM and they didn't seem to want to do any thing about. There is no recall, my car is not under warranty. I have read on forums about several 2011 Cruzes with this problem. Always seems to happen afet warranty, around 50,000 miles. That is way to early for serious complications.

- , Brookville, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 142011

Cruze 2LT Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

My check engine light randomly came on as i was driving to work. I had to drop everything and immediately take it to the dealer. I thought it had something to do with the horrible shifting and accelerating problems i had been having. It ends up they ended up replacing my thermostat on a car that was only 2 months old. and told me that they were not able to duplicate the delay in acceleration and shifting, so they weren't able to fix it, but they did replace the thermostat.

- , Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 262013

Cruze LT 1.4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

On January 26,2013 My engine light came on and the car said my engine power had been reduced and I could not go faster than 5 mph. Took it to the dealership stated that I needed a new throttle body on the car and it was not cover under warranty since I was at 52,000 miles. I have only owned the car for 16 months at the time. I understand normal wear and tear on a car but to have a throttle body changed at 52,000 is insane. This car is giving me nothing but problems and GM wont give assistance because it is no longer under bumper to bumper warranty. This car had a lag the from the moment I bought car but nothing was done about it. Now after warranty when the issue has manifested I have to be the one to pay. I am looking into filing a lawsuit because this car is cheaply put together and GM is doing nothing to help.

Update from Feb 27, 2013: The Throttle Body was replaced and fixed on my car. The cost was $374 and not covered under warranty due to being over 36,000 miles. The part was on back order for over two weeks. GM did not supply me with a rental until the last 5 days of the part being on back order.

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

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