Print this page 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).


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,532 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 032014


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. While operating the vehicle, the tire pressure monitoring system would erroneously indicate that the tires were not fully inflated. After inspecting the tires, the contact did not discover a failure. The contact also indicated that the driver side mirror failed to adjust, which impaired the contact's visibility. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #1

May 032011


  • 64 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the transmission failed to shift and there was an illumination of the engine warning indicator. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis, where the technician replaced the faulty transmission. In addition, the driver's side rear view mirror would emit a loud whistling noise whenever the vehicle was in motion. The dealer was in the process of replacing the mirror. There was also a large hole in the air conditioner compressor, which required replacement. The contact also stated that the exterior body paint was peeling near the front passenger side headlight. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 64.

- Hitchins, KY, USA

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