The Worst 2011-2015 Cruze Problems

Engine Power is Reduced

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Defects with Chevy's accelerator pedal sensor and electronic throttle control system are triggering a sudden and dangerous 'Engine Power is Reduced' warning message which can lead to the car suddenly losing power and having limited accelera…

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Delayed Acceleration Problems

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Many Chevrolet generations suffer from delayed acceleration due to a slow response in the drive-by-wire electronic throttle system. The throttle lag can be frustrating at best, but can also leave drivers in dangerous situations. Unfortunate…

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Cruze Coolant Leaks

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After years of Chevy Cruze owners complaining about antifreeze leaks along with an overwhelming smell in the cars, a class-action lawsuit was filed against General Motors in New York federal court.

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

Timeline of 1st Generation Cruze News

What Cruze Owners Say About This Generation

A/C Condenser Leaking

Very irritating, nauseating smell when using heat setting. First time I took it in the service tech said "oh, that's BAD, smells like antifreeze" and also noted the film on the windshield. Said it needed a new heater core. We couldn't get the part, had to pull it off an assembly line and it took about 2 weeks. They changed it and didn't help at all.

By the Numbers

  1. 5 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 940 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 80th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 80 eligible generations.