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:
163,000 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

Sep 032018

Cruze LT 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles


In 2017 we had the turbo replaced. It ran alright after that, just ate a lot of gas. Then soon after that it started running sluggish. Replaced spark plugs. Ran a bit better after that. Then this incident happened. The oil return tube melted and caused a fire. Now I had to replace coil pack, spark plugs and turbo. This is bull! Chevrolet needs to recall the turbo PVC and oil feed tube needs to be bigger. Recall my 2011 Chevy Cruze.

- Jerame C., Peoria, US

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