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Engine And Engine Cooling Problems of Chevrolet Cruze - part 1



Chevrolet Cruze owners have reported 132 problems related to engine and engine cooling (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 1
Failure Date: 01/18/2016

My car from time to time shows an error saying reduced engine power. The whole car kicks down and unable to go over 10 mph. This has happened a few times and once on the highway. It didn't do it again for awhile but then again today it did it. I have read a few blogs that is a common problem with chevy cruz and I don't believe it's covered under warrany. This could be a deadly fault with this car. You get no notification that it's going to happen.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 2
Failure Date: 01/16/2016

I've owned my 2011 chevy Cruze for 4 years and I have had on-going issues with a very distinct smoke/coolant smell coming from the engine. It is more noticeable when the heat is on. In doing research, this is a well-known issue. I've taken my car to the dealership on three seperate occasions and they cannot fix the issue - it keeps coming back. I reached out to chevy to file a complaint but I am not getting help from them. The odor that is coming from the car is so bad that I have to roll down my windows in the winter. It is either no heat, or heat and windows down. I know chevy is aware of this issue - it is all over the internet - however, they are not doing their part to fix the issue. I am concerned for my health - whatever I am inhaling is not healthy. It gives me headaches and makes me feel ill. Please help.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 3
Failure Date: 12/21/2015

On December 21, 2015, while on my way to work in dearborn in rush hour traffic at 7:15 a. M. , traveling south on southfield freeway at 65 mph in the fast lane, an alarm sounded and my rate of speed was reduced to 10 mph, an exclamation symbol appeared on my display with the words "reduced engine power". I immediately turned on my hazzard lights. Cars travelling behind me had to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting me. The shoulder was not the adequate width to move the vehicle off the road to get out of the way of traffic. I pulled off as much as I could and switched the car off, this reset the problem so I did not have reduced engine power and I was able to travel and exit the expressway safely. The problem happened again on the road to my office complex parking lot. I have had the problem fixed at the gm dealership. I feel this type of issue should not happen and poses a very serious threat to the safety of the driver and passengers of the car affected by the malfunction and other motorist that are on the road. It is important to make sure this does not occur on other cars.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 4
Failure Date: 12/15/2015

While driving the car loses power and comes back. This happens at any speed or even taking off from a stop sign. There have been several occisions.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 5
Failure Date: 11/26/2015

We had 6 recalls we never new about turn out the car broke down call dealer and said we receive that day a recall car was not drivable call power train they sent a wreaker recall were fix now their charging 2,200 for a ecotec turbocharger that's crack in a gm web site wheres their is a recall but yet have not receive one this is a single mom of 4 kids we need car fix ASAP help please my brother has a wrecker service its in fort stockton TX not drivable bad load nose just started in motion this car 3yrs old very upset.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 6
Failure Date: 11/19/2015

Fuel system failure resulting in catastrophic engine fire. I purchased this vehicle brand new in April 2014. After complaining about engine power loss three months prior, I started smelling a fuel odor the week before thanksgiving, I immediately notified the Chevrolet dealer about the odor, the dealer did inform me that a TSB was on gm dealer world in regards to the fuel rails possibly coming loose causing a fuel odor / hesitation. After careful examination of the vehicle there was no visible fuel liquid present on the engine or ground below the vehicle. The vehicle sat parked in the driveway for majority of the day, upon starting the vehicle to transport to the dealer three minutes after the vehicle burst into flames in the engine compartment, using a garden hose while calling 911 the vehicle became fully involved in the engine bay spreading into the passenger compartment. Once water contacted the engine bay the fire further spread indicating the fire was chemically based. The local fire department extinguished the vehicle using a foam water mixture. The vehicle was declared a total loss by insurance, I contacted gm customer support only to be stonewalled by the agent. I had over 10000 dollars in payments invested in this vehicle. Gm should have stepped up to the plate not the insurance. Not a surprise after the ignition switch discretions and deaths. Google chevy Cruze engine fires this has happened several times before!!!!!!!!!!.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 7
Failure Date: 11/18/2015

Chevrolet Cruze recall my 2012 Chevrolet Cruze was recalled twice, once of overheating while driving, and once for brake failure when crawling, such a parking. The dealership tried to fix these problems, but the brakes still fail, and now the uses 1 quart every week. The brake failure recently reoccurred when my spouse was parking and she hit a wall and damages the car. The dealer has since told me they do not know why the car is consuming oil, so I have elevated the issue to gm I think that the ntsb has to further monitor this problem to ascertain why the recalled items are still failing.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 8
Failure Date: 10/17/2015

Twice I have walked back to my car & found that the engine has remained on. After parking, I press the engine on/off button, exit the car, lock all doors with the fob and walk away. This time, I parked in a very large, crowded public parking lot. I was at least 6 blocks away from the car for 2 hours. Thankfully, this has occurred when the car is outside, not in my garage. In recent light of people succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning due to this very situation occurring with cars in closed garages, I would expect a voluntary or forced recall to remedy this gm admitted design decision.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 9
Failure Date: 10/03/2015

Almost to into a huge accident driving on the high way at a speed of 35mph when my car slowed down with my foot still on the gas. It felt like my gears were shifting without me shifting them. I really don't know to much about cars but I know this wasn't supposed to happen while driving.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2015

2014 Chevrolet Cruze. Consumer writes in regards to transmission shift problems. The consumer stated it took a while, before the gears shifted properly. Also, at times, there was a smell of gas and coolant. The battery cables were corroded.


 
car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 11
Failure Date: 07/08/2015

My vehicle looses power, engine leaks, have a number of different problems with the key in the switch. . . . The vehicle started smoking and caught on fire than looses power all the time. I am afraid to drive this car because I travel with my family I have three children.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 12
Failure Date: 07/03/2015

Driving down a road on the Friday morning. When a deer popped up in front of me. I hit the deer on cruise control going 70 mph; but was hard braking to avoid the deer. The vehicle clipped the deer on the front left side of the car by the hood. The airbags did not deploy, meaning it wasn't even a big impact. So I pulled over to call authorities when the car began to smoke. Shortly after, estimated two minutes, the vehicle caught fire. The fire begin on the front left side of where the battery was located. It completely burned down the car. Not sure how hitting a deer, would not set off the air bags and also start a fire. Luckily I was able to make it out with no injuries.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 13
Failure Date: 06/16/2015

This incident with my Chevrolet Cruze has happened on more than one occasion in the same month. I will be driving, coming to a stop and the whole car will turn off on me. The air conditioning shuts off, radio, the whole car powers down. I put the car into park, turn off the car, wait a few minutes and turn the car back on. Praying that me and my two year old don't get into an accident throughout the incident.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 14
Failure Date: 05/29/2015

The contact owned a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. While at a stop light, the contact noticed smoke coming through the vent and into the cabin of the vehicle. Moments later, smoke and flames appeared under the hood of the vehicle. After exiting the vehicle, several explosions were heard coming from the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the flames. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 15
Failure Date: 02/25/2015

Reported oil pressure drop alert on my car, strong rubber burning smell and smoke coming from engine. Oil was spraying out on engine, reported the issue to chevy, however they state nothing can be done until mid April. Was sent home driving car in this condition and was not offered help nor was my car serviced or fixed during the appointment I made at the sunrise Chevrolet location.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 16
Failure Date: 02/18/2015

While accelerating from a stop, engine suddenly lost power, warning lights came on, "reduced engine power" message displayed. Brought car to a stop, accelerator pedal did nothing, engine would only idle. Shut engine off for 20 seconds, restarted, and pedal worked, car would accelerate. Returned home, scanned engine control module for codes, found p2135 for throttle position sensor. Took to dealer for repairs under warranty, they cleaned throttle body. Had car back for 2 days and problem occurred again. Found same code, returned car to dealer. Chevy dealer was reluctant to replace throttle body, didn't even mention the malfunction and wanted to instead replace a coolant sensor. I was able to convince them to replace throttle body, and the repair order states that they updated the ecm software level. I believe there is a TSB which should be a recall. Sudden loss of engine power is extremely dangerous when pulling into traffic, merging, etc.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 17
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

Never had any problems with this vehicle indicating that this would suddenly happen but it did. I would heat up my car in the morning and the reduced engine light would come on, I would turn the car off and then back on in a couple of minutes and it would drive fine. This happened a few times but then I was driving about 55 mph and then all of a sudden the engine and stabilitrac light comes on and says reduced engine power and the car slows down about 5 mph immediately. This occurred 3 times on my way home that is normally only a 10 minute drive, the very next morning it did it again when starting it up in the morning to take it to the dealership. This happens in the middle of traffic and thankfully did not cause an accident but it could if this would of happened on the expressway. There are several complaints on this issue with the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze on the complaint forums about the throttle body (dealership confirmed this issue). This is very dangerous!.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 18
Failure Date: 02/05/2015

While driving I lost engine power and had no foot throttle. The check light came on that stated reduced engine power and check stabilatrak. Shutting car off and restart did not fix. My car would not go over 4mph and I was nearly rear ended.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 19
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

While I was stopped at a traffic light all of a sudden I received the following warnings: stabilitrac light, service traction control light, the engine light came on and the reduce engine power warning. Even though the warning stated reduce engine power, I couldn't drive the car. I turned the car off twice, still no power when I applied my foot to the gas pedal. I called on-star and had my car towed to the dealership. The throttle body was replaced on my car, which was covered under warranty. I noticed from several complaint sites that the incident with sudden loss or reduced engine power is a common problem with the Cruze. I'm a little afraid to drive my car now for fear that the incident will happen again at a busy intersection. I hope the problem with my car is resolved with the replacement of the throttle body.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 20
Failure Date: 01/14/2015

As I was pulling out of my daughters school, my Cruze engine warning lights came on "reduced engine power" "check stablitrak" "service" warnings came on as well. My car lost all engine power and I was almost rear ended by a Dodge pickup, he was able to go up on the curb at the school and avoid an accident. Glad there was no one hurt on the curb. . Read more...

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 21
Failure Date: 01/12/2015

My daughter almost died driving it on Monday. She was on route 1 in college park, MD when the check engine/reduced power light came on and she could go no more than 2-3 mph. This is a very busy road, and she was almost in a potentially tragic accident. We had the car towed to sport Chevrolet in silver spring, MD (240-471-3190). Our service advisor (kenny: 240-560-5405) informed me this morning that the fix is a throttle body replacement which will cost $648. In going on the chevy forum website, this has happended multiple times to chevy Cruze and malibu models. It's only a matter of time until someone dies. The throttle body is only covered up to 35k so I had to pay out of pocket.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 22
Failure Date: 01/10/2015

Drove my car to work without incident however when I came out at 4pm the car would not start. The interior lights worked, radio and blue tooth worked when the key was inserted but car would not start. The vehicle was towed on Jan 11th to al serra dealership. After 36 hours the dealership called to say it was the battery. The service manager was unable to explain how the radio, blue tooth phone power and interior lights were working. After having the battery replaced it was clear my vehicle was not operating properly. When driving on the expressway the interior lights dimmed and the battery voltage meter fluctuated from 15. 3 to 12. 3. The vehicle was not performing as it had prior to the battery change. I returned to the dealership stating the car was not functioning properly since the battery change. The dealership stated I would need to sign for a diagnostic fee of ~150. 00 before they would look at the vehicle to inspect their work. I left with my vehicle and contacted gm customer complaint line to report the dealership was unwilling to stand behind their work unless I agreed to pay them ~150. 00. About 10 days later I received a letter from gm regarding a special notice about the battery cable. I again returned to the dealership to have the battery cable checked/replaced. Again al serra dealership stated I needed sign that I would pay a $100. 00 fee if they did not find anything wrong with the battery cable. I stated "you did not fix my properly the first time. I feel you refused to stand behind your work and now I have a letter from gm regarding the battery cable. Now you still want me to pay you to figure out what you did wrong the first time. I left with my vehicle - still not working properly. This needs to be a recall to stop gm dealerships from ripping off customers.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 23
Failure Date: 11/30/2014

Was traveling on the highway with cruise control set at 67mph when suddenly the car just lost power and the engine quit running. All of the dashboard instruments lost power ,gas gauge registered empty, etc. Although the radio did not go off. Luckily this happened with very light traffic and was able to pull off in the emergency lane and put the vehicle in park and restarted the vehicle with no trouble. Continued our trip and did not happen again. After thinking about this I did notice the vehicle a few weeks ago losing some accelerating speed/power intermittently while traveling. Not sure if that was an indicator or not. Did call onstar approximately 5 hours after incident to diagnose and see if any error codes came up and they stated they showed nothing. This is my daughters vehicle and I fear that if she is traveling in heavy traffic and this happens again that this could cause a sever accident.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 24
Failure Date: 11/19/2014

This is a very well known problem with chevy owners. I have done countless hours of research and seen hundreds of forums and articles related exactly to this specific issue. Now it has to be brought to the attention of the federal government to issue a recall. I own a 1. 4l turbo automatic 2lt chevy Cruze 2012. This problem has been happening since the first year I purchased the vehicle however is getting much worse. Reduced engine power. The engine light comes on, a "!" shows up on the screen and the cars speed is reduced to 4 or 5 mph with in a matter of seconds. This has happened to myself as well as hundreds of other people from what the internet says. This is very unsafe especially considering some people have families and drive with children such as myself on highway systems. I experienced this while trying to accelerate into an intersection and got an immediate engine speed reduction. This could have killed my daughter and I if the vehicles in the intersection were unable to stop in time. Please do what is necessary to get this vehicle part or issue recalled and or recognized immediately!.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 25
Failure Date: 11/18/2014

The vehicle would not shift out of park nor remove the key. The wheel was locked as well as the shift lever. The car would turn on however would not move. There was no lights in the vehicle.

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