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).


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,625 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze suspension problems

suspension problem

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 042015


  • 57,250 miles


Intermittent service traction control and stabilitrak while at a stop when attempting to drive after the service light came on the vehicle lacked power and high temp fan turn on. The only way to get the car out of the service lock was to turn the ignition off and turn it back on. I took the car to a dealer where they were unable to duplicate the issue. This issue has been covered under a recall on other Chevy vehicles such as the equinox.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 012013

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
There is knocking noise in the rear of the vehicle. A letter from Chevy states that they know there is a problem but they don't know how to fix it. #pic5726 the car has been in the shop 4 times for this starting at about 16,000 miles. I have only had the car for 1.5 months. Taking the car back to shop on 1/17/2013 for the heater and a grinding noise when pushing the gas pedal down.

- Maryville, , TN, USA

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