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).


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 292015

Cruze 4-cyl

  • miles


Ntsb: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Consumer stated the car goes from normal driving speed, and it will immediately drop to 2-5 mph with a message stating "low engine mode, serice stabilitrack" see 10839439

- Circleville, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 272015


  • 83,000 miles
Upon starting my vehicle both the stabilitrak and traction lights were on, turned the vehicle off and then back on. Lights remained on, first repair place said stabilitrak sensor, second said it was the wheel bearing. Because of the differences in opinion I took it to a Chevy dealer who then told me the wires had gone bad and needed to be replaced at the cost of $300. I continue to have electronic issues with this vehicle after replacing the BCM twice. Something needs to be done.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 082014


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. While driving approximately 73 mph, the vehicle decelerated and the traction control, power steering, and transmission hot warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 1,000.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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