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."


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,700 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 172014


  • 68,700 miles


GM has a defective drivers side windshield wiper system that failed/stopped working while I was driving on the highway in the pouring rain. This situation can and will kill somebody. Thankfully I was able to pull over and had tools to remove the drivers side windshield wiper and plastic wiper motor cover to re-attach the windshield wiper linkage. Otherwise I would have had to call roadside asst. Below the plastic windshield wiper cover, there is the windshield wiper motor and linkage. There is a 6 inch arm that comes off the wiper motor with an upside down bowl. The half bowl attaches to a 3 inch arm with a half a ball at the end of it that faces upwards. The half ball then is attached below the bolt/nut that holds your windshield wiper on the car. GM says it is not covered under warranty. So does Chevy dealership. Cup and ball attachment system in the wiper motor linkage with no clip to stop it from popping off. GM question reference #[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Medford, NY, USA

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