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).


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
64,000 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

Dec 122016

Cruze LS 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,000 miles


Of course this happens just past the warranty period. The car has been maintained by Chevy dealerships since Day 1 when I purchased the car. It's always had its oil changed on time and was a pretty reliable car up until now. There were a few small issue earlier in its life but it was all taken car of under warranty/recall. How an engine gets a hole in the piston randomly at 64k miles I have no idea but this really makes me question keeping my Silverado.

- Gregory K., Macedon, NY, US

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