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).

9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
18,750 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. repair accelerator wiring (2 reports)
  3. replaced accelerator pedal (1 reports)
  4. reprogram ecu (1 reports)
2011 Chevrolet Cruze engine problems

engine problem

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 052012

Cruze RS 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,244 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

engine runs bad, 5th time

2012- in shop- had to put new ecm code.

2016 - Looking at Toyota's and Subarus

- James M., Denton, TX, US

problem #5

Oct 082014

Cruze LT 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,400 miles

My 2011 chevy cruze has a new defect as of 10/08/2014...yesterday when i came to a stop light and my car was still in gear the car started skipping as if it had a bad cylinder, today it was worse, don't know what to do since my warranty has ran out now i'm in a bad running car and i've only had it for 3 1/2 years, bought it brand new 03/2011 with only 8 miles on it paid cash...the worse car every to come from GM.

- Kathy B., Oakwood, GA, US

problem #4

Jul 112011

Cruze LT 4 cyl Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles

I bought this car to have somethign reliable that runs. It has not run right basically since I bought it. It feels like it's missing on a cylinder, and it happens no matter what gear or speed. I have taken it back 2 times to the dealership and they say nothing is wrong with it. It's not what I expected from a new car.

- cruzeownerar, Charleston, AR, US

problem #3

Mar 212011

Cruze LT 4 cyl Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,348 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Visiting Biloxi, MS; without warning the engine began running extremely rough, both service engine lights on, message of "reduced power". No joke there, the car would barely operate in traffic trying to go 40 miles to nearest dealership. The car bucked, ran extremely rough, would barely go up hills, had to be restarted several times. Totally embarrassed in heavy traffic. Preston Hood Chevrolet took to days to replace accelerator pedal.

- Bert H., Laurie, MO, US

problem #2

Mar 252011

Cruze LT 4 cyl Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,394 miles

Following repair for first accelerator problem, drove 25 miles and the problem reared it's ugly head again with an exact operation of dual ses lights, rough running engine and severely reduced power. Limped back to Biloxi, MS dealership where repaired earlier. Dealership said they didn't know much about the new Cruze and worked with GM to diagnose problem. After three days, computer module replaced. Car didn't run the same as when new.....imagine that! See next problem...

- Bert H., Laurie, MO, US

problem #1

Jun 142011

Cruze LT 4 cyl Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,795 miles

OK, WE HAVE HAD IT! THIS CRUZE IS A NICE CAR.....TOO DAMNED BAD THAT IT DOESN'T RUN LIKE IT SHOULD!! WE ARE MOST DISAPPOINTED BY THE FACTORY THAT PRODUCED THE DEFECTIVE ELECTRICAL ACCELERATOR & ELECTRONIC MODULE. WE ARE EVEN MORE DISAPPOINTED BY THE DEALERSHIPS AND GM SERVICE EXPERTS THAT THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE SYSTEMS INSTALLED. MY WIFE AND I HAVE NEVER OWNED A FOREIGN AUTO...WHAT EVER THAT BUYS. THIS MAY BE THE TREND CHANGER FOR US BECAUSE GM DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO FIX IT or CAN'T FIX IT OR SIMPLY WON'T FIX THIS CAR. WE CAN'T DEPEND ON THIS CAR OR GM IT SEEMS!! FOUR STRIKES ON THE SAME ISSUE MEANS LEMON LAW TIME AND THERE ARE A BUNCH OF LAWYERS WAITING FOR OUR OK TO PROCEED!

- Bert H., Laurie, MO, US

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