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).


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
2,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2011 Chevrolet Cruze engine problems

engine problem

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 012011

Cruze LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


When I first took car to dealership they were unable to replicate the problem, i.e. they said noise did not happen. This is very strange because it happens every time the car idles. Today the car is at the dealership; before I left there, both my service rep and the service mgr listened to the noise. The service mgr says it is the auto-cool something or other (yes, I'm a girl) thinking it needs to cool because while idling, the a/c isn't working and should be. That sounds somewhat lame to me. They did keep the car overnight -to night - to make sure it isn't another problem. I am somewhat leery. However, I have no reason to distrust these folks, they have been around a long time, but I wonder why in 2011 the manufacturer decided to add this to the computerized system in this car and cause a noise that sounds ominous.

Update from Feb 22, 2012: The noise is more annoying than ever and I am really dissatisfied. I wish every Cruze owner would complain to GM.

- masonjojar, Summerfield, FL, US

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