2011 Chevrolet Cruze engine problems: timing chain gasket failure

Timing Chain Gasket Failure

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Chevrolet dealer.

CarComplaints.com Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague

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).


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
18,900 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace gasket (1 reports)
2011 Chevrolet Cruze engine problems

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 092012

Cruze 1.4L Turbo

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,861 miles


The timing chain gasket failed causing an oil leak. The part took one week to get. Once the part was received they found that a special tool was needed to do the work. The special part took one week to get. The repairs were made and then they found that coolant and oil had leaked into the turbo charger which caused a great smoke-out in the dealership shop. GM techs were called in and they were able to correct the leak. All in all a long drawn out deal.

- steve4836, Millington, MI, US

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