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."


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,300 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 032014


  • 25,300 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. The contact stated while driving approximate 65 mph, the tire pressure warning light illuminated and the lights on the instrumental panel became inoperable. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to locate the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure.the VIN was unable. The approximate failure mileage was 25,300.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 132012

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 5,300 miles
Tire monitor system gives warning that it needs service, have been to dealership twice in the past two days for same problem and now must go again because warning light is back on to service tire monitor system.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

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