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).


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,920 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 202016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze equipped with Goodyear assurance tires, size P215/55R17. The contact stated that the front passenger side tire was separating from the rim and leaking air. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the tire needed to be replaced. The tire was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN and vehicle failure mileage were unknown. The approximate tire failure mileage was 43,000.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 252014


  • 50,000 miles
I was pulling out of the drive through window at mcdonalds and my purse hit the clutch. My car changed gears with just at a slight touch. It has done this before several times since I have owned it. Also my back tires never stay inflated. Every three days I am usually putting air in the tires.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 162013


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze equipped with master craft MC440 tires, size: P215/60R16. The contact felt a bulge in the wall of the tire while driving 55 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The tire was replaced and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate vehicle failure mileage was 30,000 and the tire failure mileage was 4,000. The dot number and VIN was not available.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 152011


  • 3,500 miles
Left front tire slowly losing air. While 2011 Chevy Cruze was at matick Chevrolet for steering shaft recall (@ approx. 9000 miles) I requested that the service department inspect the left front tire for an air leak. I suggested it could be the internal air pressure sensor was slowly leaking. I work in the auto supply chain and I have heard of the pressure sensors leaking air. Dealership informed me that checked for air leaks in a water tank and could not find anything. The tire continues to lose approximately 5 psi over a 3 or 4 week period. Dealership did not offer to replace the sensor and told me some tires "just" leak air.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 132011

Cruze 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,100 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The contact stated that the front driver side tire blew and detached from the rim while driving 70 mph. The vehicle did not come equipped with a jack or a spare tire. The contact stated that there was a compressor in the trunk, but it did not work for a blown tire. The failure mileage was 11,100. Updated 10/18/11 updated 11/14/11

- Mccloud, OK, USA

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