Print this page Notes: In many ways, the 2012 Cruze continues the legacy of its predecessor. It's a legacy of sluggish transmissions and coolant leaks, but it's still a legacy.

To be fair, the number of complaints about the cooling system are way down versus the 2011 model which led to a class-action lawsuit.

On the flip-side, there's more concerns about brake problems.

However, there were far more Cruze vehicles sold for the 2012 model year so we'll give it our "Beware of this Clunker" badge rather than the "Avoid Like the Plague."


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,300 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #1

May 242018


  • 42,300 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. While driving at unknown speeds, the brake pedal was applied, but failed to respond. As a result, the vehicle continued to move forward. The emergency brake also failed to stop the vehicle. The contact had to pump the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the motor switch and power brake vacuum system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact called a local dealer (roger dean Chevrolet, 101 sw pine island rd, cape coral, fl 33991, (239) 574-3326) and was informed that the vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 13V360000 (service brakes, hydraulic) in 2014 at 9,000 miles. The manufacturer was notified and did not assist. The failure mileage was 42,300.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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