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."


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,845 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze fuel system problems

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 212014

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 38,248 miles


Took vehicle in for oil change, had to do "heavy engine repair" per technician, replaced water pump and seal as it was found leaking. Refilled with coolant.

- Dryden, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 022012

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
During acceleration I smell gas, oil burning, exhaust fuels in my car. I have taken it to the dealer who keeps stating it running like it should. Now I believe my warranty is over and my new car functions like its 20 years old. I can't get them to believe me and I don't believe they even bother test driving it. I mentioned the smell when I brought my car in for them to replace my turbo charger that malfunctioned. Ever after.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 092013

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 44,286 miles
After stopping at a stop sign, I attempted to proceed thru the intersection when the car starting missing and then stopped and would not start. Car was towed to progressive Chevrolet and they replaced the fuel pump control module. This is what they thought was the problem and it was not. I will open separate complaints for each incident with the car.

- Beach City , OH, USA

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