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."


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,075 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze windows / windshield problems

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 012011

Cruze 4-cyl

  • 150 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze ltz. The contact stated the rear view mirror was automatic dimming light and it doesn't function as it should. When someone is driving behind him with their headlights on it caused a glare in the mirror which obscured his vision. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised him that they would replace the mirror with one that had tint in it. After having the rear view mirror replaced, the failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 150. Updated 03/05/12 updated 03/07/12

- French Lick , IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 232011


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 to 80 mph, he would hear wind entering the vehicle from the drivers side window. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure may be a manufacturers defect and was present on all the new vehicles. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 2,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Troy, MI, USA

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