pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
48,300 miles
Total Complaints:
16 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pcv and valve cover replaced (6 reports)
  2. not sure (5 reports)
  3. fuel module bad (1 reports)
  4. replace catalytic converter (1 reports)
  5. replace crank seals, intake manifold (1 reports)
  6. replace mass air flow sensor (1 reports)
2014 Chevrolet Cruze engine problems

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 112019

Cruze LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,658 miles


This car has been a PAIN in the ASS, pretty car but check engine light come on, it ran hot, need oxygen sensor, catalyst system, need head gasket. All this happened from Oct. 11, 2019 and still having problems with the car today Nov. 19, 2019. I have not had my car to myself in weeks.

- Hattie P., Opelika, US

problem #15

Jul 052019

Cruze LT 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,402 miles

So my check engine light came on and engine making a whistling. They said it was a belt and was replaced. Now it they saying it's the pc valve and here I thought this car was going to be worry free. If I wanted a piece of sh*t I would have kept my Cavalier. I can't afford to make constant repairs. After reading reviews here seems like GM still hasn't gotten their sh*t right. Please note, I haven't even made a payment yet. ugh

- joe b, Duncansville, US

problem #14

Apr 012019

Cruze LT 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Well-maintained, 40,000 miles, my water pump failed. My oil pan gasket blew, my cam shaft seal blew, along with the PCV. Then a month later, the engine control module failed (not warrantied). I got it back from that repair today to have it stall twice in heavy traffic. Additionally, the module fowled the spark plugs, this requiring a tune up.

For those who do not know, Chevy bought a Daewoo from Korea and used generic glue to stick a Chevy emblem on this. This car is a lemon and GM should be ashamed, if not sued. This is a horrible car and from what I understand, a gift that keeps giving in the repair department.

Stick with a Subaru or Mazda; don't consider this one (unless you want to buy mine).

Update from May 12, 2019: At 44,000 miles, after the water pump, cam gasket, pcv gasket, oil pan gasket, O ring on dipstick blowing oil, blown rear speaker, and busted front strut, the engine control module went, just out of warranty, with an $800 bill. All this at 45,000 miles. GM tricked me by selling me a Korean car that couldn't even make it on their own here (Daiwoo or however the f its spelled). Get out of this POS while you can; its a gift that keeps giving. Oh, and they replaced motor gaskets with "poxy," glue, to save money. They blow every 40K. What you read in the forums is true and pretty much right on time for the failures.

- Jake H., Chicago, US

problem #13

Feb 082018

Cruze LT 1.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,097 miles


The dealer reset the check engine light and they weren't able to get it to come back on. Because of this, they said they couldn't replace the turbo, even though that's what they said they would need to do if the light came back on.

- Christian M., Spring, TX, US

problem #12

Nov 072018

Cruze LTZ 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,585 miles

Check engine light came on and car would run rough at idle and make a whistling sound. Quick internet search revealed the PCV disk built into cam cover and entire cover has to be replaced. Went to dealer and said it would be $105 to diagnose, tried to ask question and Ursula just repeated it would be $105.00 fee and did I want to make appointment. Told her I would make one on the internet. After getting home decided to look up part online.

I'm a handy guy and for $61.00 for genuine GM part, and about an hour of my time I could fix myself and save $44.00 plus not be inconvenienced by making appointment and not having my car for the day. While I was at it replaced the spark plugs, so my total after rebates was $77.00. Still less than their diagnostic fee. According to internet Cam cover and PCV disk need to be replaced between 40,000 and 85,000 miles. I was iffy on 5 year/100,000 mile warranty.

- GregKaren W., Kalamazoo, MI, US

problem #11

Oct 192018

Cruze LT 1.4L Turbo Engine

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I got this car last week of July 2018 from the dealership. After a week, the battery gave up. Then first week of September, I smelled of burnt rubber every time I drove it in the morning. Took it to the dealership then they told me there is a problem with the engine coolant and not covered with warranty. It cost me almost 800 bucks just to replace gaskets, seals and a simple pipe. I thought I'll enjoy this car without any glitch.

After 1 week, the engine light came on. I took it to two different shops and good thing they're honest and told me to bring it back to dealership because the problem is catalytic converter. They told me that I'm still covered with warranty since the mileage is at 75k. Btw, I got it at the mileage of 68k.

It seems every month, this car goes to the shop and I spend money more than.a monthly payment for a brand new car. I'm still waiting for the car because the.dealership is not yet done with replacing the cat and oxygen sensor. It's almost 4 days now.. and moreover, I'm bracing myself of what will be the next problem that will come out on December. I'm bracing myself and will keep you posted...I just hope I'm still covered with lemon law.. but no...

- Ga B., Peach Springs, AZ, US

problem #10

Jun 212018

Cruze LT 1.4L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,120 miles


Second time this has happened to 2014 Cruz with 1.4 liter turbo. First time cam cover replaced after error codes P0106- P015B- P0507- P1101 discovered through diagnostics. Repaired under 100,000 mile warranty. I'm at 97,000 miles so should be covered again. Looking through info this seems like it's not a major design issue and the car dealer basically shrugs it off and has it repaired in less then 1 hr.

Really like this car but this problem upsets me as this is pretty basic design flaw I believe. Also, the driver power seat motor will not bring seat forward, it will move the seat away from the steering wheel which means the motor working.

Update from Jul 2, 2018: Chevy dealership did the scan again and same error codes so same problem. They explained it to me that it's not MAF sensor but sensor under cam cover gets clogged and must be fully replaced along with cam cover. Covered under 100,000 mile main powertrain coverage

- Ron W.,

problem #9

Nov 012016

Cruze LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I am so sick of this POS Chevy 2014! I bought this piece of junk brand new and it started having major issues at about 55,000 miles on it. It's now in the shop AGAIN. This is the 7th time in just over a year. I've had 2 water pumps replaced, camshaft solenoid replaced, something to do with an oil leak fixed (can't remember what that one was), the supercharge has had issues...... I can't even remember everything I've had it in for. The 2nd water pump was replaced 2 weeks ago, then 3 days later the damn check engine light goes on AGAIN. So - I take it in AGAIN, now it's the camshaft, blah blah blah.... So they "fixed it" yesterday - well I drove to work this morning and guess what - the check engine light is on AGAIN.

Drove it straight to the dealership and they look at me like I'm crazy. I kept the damn car running so they could see it was on and that they can't tell me it wasn't. They looked at me like I have Munch Hausen by Proxy - only w/my car or something. Like I'm getting under the hood and pulling wires out just so I can take it to the "doctor" again.

I am so damn frustrated. I had traded a 2011 Chevy Cruze in on this one in 2014 and the 2011 had major issues too, however I was stupid in thinking that they must've fixed those issues - right? I mean, GM wouldn't keep making POS' after all the recalls and problems people complain about, right??? STUPID ME! I HATE GM AND WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER ONE AGAIN IN MY LIFE.

- Gina K., Mansfield, US

problem #8

Jul 072014

Cruze 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles

SO, I buy this diesel Cruze brand new...Lake Chevrolet....Upon delivery IN THE SHOWROOM, Lake damaged the car before delivery to me, and tried to repair this grey car with purple paint stick....This should have been my clue to run, but I didn't....Since taking delivery, this car, 4 years later, has been in the garage or has had a check engine light on, or has been towed, some 300 to 400 days.

I just picked the car up this past Friday, 5-11-18, and by Saturday noon, the check engine light was on again. After the first 6 or 7 times the check engine light came on, LAKE CHEVROLET charged me 258 dollars to clean electrical leads under the dash, as they said they couldn't duplicate the engine light failure, so they just decided to clean electric leads....Then LAKE CHEVROLET chose to NOT put anything on their computer in regard to repairs for this....WTF.

After the 258 I should have thrown out the window of the car when it runs, the car leaves my wife sit some 200 miles from home, and a 600 dollar tow bill later, I took it to a reputable GM shop SUTLIFF GM, who has worked tirelessly on this car....And where is GM through this whole thing....They have MILITANT REGIONAL REPS call me trying to satiate my feelings of them knowing what it was like to have my wife screaming at me for allowing her to sit for HOURS 200 miles away from our home....Wake up MILITANT REGIONAL REP....YOUR terrible product that you knew was going to be a problem after they hit the road, has crewed me and my family over for the last time....We are suing tomorrow.

These initial diesel Cruze cars had issues....GM knew of these issues, recalled some things, charged us for a million other issues, then just keep expecting us to keep paying for improvements they made on later models when they learned from us the consumer certain facets of this car were junk and unreliable.

- T M., Reedsville, US

problem #7

Jan 032018

Cruze LTZ

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Very frustrating to deal with considering it's under warranty, but Chevrolet is not really helpful to deal with. I'll be without a vehicle for at least a day & they immediately start making excuses about a loaner car. Therefore Uber is going to make a profit off me that day.

- Tonja C., Converse, US

problem #6

Dec 012017

Cruze LT 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


I just had an error code P0171. Apparently the valve cover or camshaft cover needed to be replaced. Thank God, this is covered by power train warranty. This error code and fix is a common problem arising from a flaw in the design (all GM cars that have 1.4 turbo engine, like Sonic, Trax, Encore will have this problem). From my research, it will happen again and probably next time, the car will be out of warranty.

Only an untrustworthy company like GM does this to its customers (across models). Once you bought the car, you're responsible for all the built-in troubles. It is amazing that they can get away with it. That's why I'm spreading the word here.

- John J., Baton Rouge, US

problem #5

Sep 142017

Cruze LT 1.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

engine has to codes p1101 and p0171. The car also had a lot of smoke coming from exhaust

- jferrin24, Warsaw, US

problem #4

Apr 022017

Cruze RS LT 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

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Check Engine light kept coming on and it drove me nuts. I checked the gas cap and then I checked the oil no issues. Then I changed the Air Filter just for the hell of it. Check Engine light was still on so at that point I did not want a giant bill from the sealer. I got an OBD Reader and it was saying it was the Mass Air Flow Sensor, which is big issue with a ton of Cruze owners. I reset the code and drove it and so far so good, That Mass Air Flow Sensor, I hope will someday be a recall but I think more people have to prove it.

- Shaun D., Derry, NH, US

problem #3

Jul 012016

Cruze 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,075 miles




- Kim P., Saint Louis, MO, US

problem #2

Feb 012015

Cruze LS 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,463 miles

As I continue the saga of the cursed Cruze, the check engine light would start to flash. Mainly the flashing would happen in the morning and the engine would bog down.Took the car to the dealership and reported no problems, until I showed them the video of the check engine flashing, then their tune changed.They told me that it was massive carbon build up on a 8 month old car with 11,000 miles........

- zt, Mankato, US

problem #1

Oct 012014


  • Manual transmission
  • 2,786 miles

Less than 3000 miles and check engine light comes on. Called OnStar for help. They said get it to the dealer as soon as possible. Fuel module bad as reported by OnStar

- David H., St Peters, MO, US

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