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:
13,930 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 102014

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles


I have a 2012 Chevy cruz with a tire that keeps losing pressure. The Chevy garage told me that it has several micro holes and recommended replacement at $250/tire and that I needed to buy 2 (because you can't just replace one). I asked the technician how this can happen and he said it's nothing I did and that Michelin tires are known to have flaws such as this but no recall on my tires yet. Dot: B9mt 003X 0912 (P225 45R18) 91W (Michelin Pilot hx mxm4) (134388M). Very frustrated as this is a new car.

- Esko, MN, USA

problem #5

Apr 042014

Cruze 4-cyl Diesel

  • 22,253 miles
My 2012 Chevy Cruze suddenly developed vibration in the front end as well as pulling to the right. Pulled over to inspect it and found a large bulge in the sidewall on the front passenger side tire. I drove it to discount tire where they said it was not safe to drive and it needed to be replaced. They wont get into any warranty/defect issues they referred me to the Chevy dealer for that. I did have them put the old tire in the trunk. When I got home I pulled it out to look at it and on the inside of the tire right where the bulge is the tire is cracked on the inside. Ugh! I called Continental and they said I need to take the car to Chevy and have them inspect them and they will contact Continental to see if they are considered defective.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 032013

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 25,230 miles
I bought a 2012 Chevy Cruze eco that has 4 Goodyear assurance fuel max tires on July 12, 2013. I was driving back home from my parents house approximatley 30 miles away. I got about 4 miles out of town and my low tire pressure light came on. I checked the tire pressure screen on the dash and I was slowly losing tire pressure. I made it back home with 6 psi of air in my tire. (it is supposed to have 35 psi.) I got home and looked at the tire and it has about a 3/4" crack on the outside wall of the tire. I put air back in it and it deflated again pretty quick.

- Bowling Green, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 122012


  • 7,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze equipped with Firestone tires, size: P215/60R16, line: FR710. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed bubbles on the sidewall of all four tires. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the contact needed to replace both front tires. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The tires were not replaced. The approximate failure and current mileage of the vehicle and the tire was 7,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lorain , OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 012012

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
I took my vehicle in complaining of a strange noise, almost like a "pop" when braking. When the dealership looked at it they told me it was the struts. They stated they were waiting on a recall from Chevrolet and that I should just continue to keep calling and checking on it. I called them each month since. Each time they assured me it would not affect my vehicle at all and that it would be fine. Obviously, a strut is a part of the car, it must be needed to function or it would not be on there. I have no idea how this is affecting my vehicle including my tire wear, brakes, and overall structure of the vehicle. There has still been no recall issued and the problem still exists.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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problem #1

Mar 022012


  • 5,000 miles
When entering a curve vehicle shakes after about a hour of driving dealer could not duplicate so I took it to a friend of mine who is a race car mechanic for 30 years and he showed me the issue the tires they put on the Chevy Cruze the 215-60-16 Firestone FR710 is a S speed rated tire this should be a T or a H speed rated the Cruze will exceed the 112mph the tires are rated for and this could cause them to bust I actually had one pop off the rim and deflate this low grade of tire is not made for curvy roads which is what is causing the bumping people are experiencing during cornering.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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