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:
14,088 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze brakes problems

brakes problem

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 172014

Cruze 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,126 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The contact stated that while reversing, the brake pedal traveled abnormally to the floorboard. Additionally, the contact stated that the brakes failed to respond when the engine was cold. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V360000 (service brakes, hydraulic), however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 28,126. Updated 8/11/14

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 312011

Cruze 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. While driving approximately 3 mph the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal. The pedal dropped below the accelerator pedal and extremely close to the floor board. The vehicle also jerked forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they were unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The failure recurred intermittently on four different occasions. The contact taped a block of wood on top of the brake pedal to raise the brake pedal 1 1/2 inches to prevent it from falling below the accelerator pedal. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50. Updated 06/09/11 the consumer stated there was very little room between the accelerator and brake pedals. So when the consumer applied the brake, his foot also hit the accelerator pedal, which caused the vehicle to lunge forward. Updated evoq. 06/15/11 updated 07/11/11

- Cuba, MO, USA

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