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recalls
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By sabrina
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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first of all i loved the color and the car dynamics but the car had 3-4 recalls, a peace off the motor that hose runs to the radiator was broke and over heated 2 times. i was also told that the reason my fans keep running even in winter i needed a water inlay Almost $170, My back up sinners messed up with in the first year $200 to fix. the car had a small pop every time i would first take off in the car. After a long hour drive i would pull in to a gas station or my destination the car would just die. just before i traded it the car have of the time would not start on the first try. I paid a good penny for the car and i traded it in Oct. 2014 and couldn't even get $4500 for it I still owed #8500 for the car. This is such Crap It was a 2012 Chevy Cruze with fog lights


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Car needed a new clutch at 4 years and 40,000+
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jane Silver
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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I have driven standard shifts for over 40 years, several cars, etc. NEVER has the clutch had to be replaced. Ever!
Of course a new clutch is not under the warranty, so that is $2000 (yes $2000), and if not under warranty they won't provide you with a rental car. Thank goodness my dealer gave me a loaner. Also why is it taking 2 weeks to get a new clutch?
This is very scary to me and I have to warn other owners that this DID happen - and it should not have.
I have had good mileage - 30+ in town, 35+ highway.


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Uber driver gives thumbs up
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By James Keen
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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All though built for a 19 year old college girl, my 240 lb 5'10" frame rides well in it. I purchased the car in January of 2013. As of November 21, 2015 I have logged over 63,000 miles. This car is the 1.8 liter mated to the 6-speed manual tranny. I log every fuel up utilizing the gas tracker app available on iTunes. Average is 30.5 MPG and I am not the most conservative driver. Only mechanical issue I have encountered was a broken thermostat housing and thermostat. The issue was covered under warranty. Car rides well and handles very well. It is under powered but expected with only 138 horsepower. I recently began driving for Uber. I have received a ton of compliments on the car. The 6-speed manual tranny is a real conversation starter. This is the base model and does not have blue tooth or cruise control. The stereo is somewhat inadequate. It is difficult to hear stereo with the windows down and only having 6 pre-set stations really blows. The car is silver ice and the windows are tinted as dark as the law will allow. It looks brand new. Something very remarkable is that I still have the original tires. Firestone FR710. Over 63K miles and still a good ways away from the tread ware indicator. I would recommend this car to anyone.....Most notable downside is resale value


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Oh what high hopes I had for a GM vehicle
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By John S
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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So this is my first delve into buying a GM vehicle for about 15 years. But it probably will be the last one I will ever buy. My wife and I thought we were buying a good used 2011 Cruze LTZ. Only had 29,000 on it and looked great! Oh but how looks can fool you, turbo went out a month into ownership, how does a turbo fail with 29,000 miles? OK well then we think OK fluke right. No, then a few thousand miles later water pump leaking. OK, well maybe another fluke. No, water pump replaced 15,000 miles ago?? What? A water pump that lasts 15,000 miles? So these two engine parts should last well beyond what they have and obviously being on third water pump in 34,000 miles does not seem to indicate GM has done anything to actually fix this problem. Guess every third oil change I need to replace water pump? The car drives fine, but the 18" low profile tires are expensive to replace, why you would put 168 MPH rated tires on a econobox car I'll never figure out? Then you have the questionable turbo issues, oil sludge potential, I have seen these engines with less then 50,000 miles have total engine failure due to oil
lubrication issues. Now you have the reduced value of the car because these issues are getting worse. I would not recommend this car to anyone at this point from my 4 months of ownership. If you do have one, make sure to change the oil, use synthetic if you want the engine to last to 100,000 miles, watch coolant levels, burn better gas for improved MPG and don't expect GM to do anything about these issues. Update 3/2/2016 So no major issues since Turbo at 29,000 and 3 water pumps. Have learned GM has "special warranty" on water pumps so I guess they do not have a real fix. I guess first year (2011) a real bear for these Cruze's. I even contacted the turbo maker Garrett about fixes and they fail to respond on why waste gate pin seizes? Again, no apparent solution I guess? Personally, I think the oil change schedule through the oil sensor is far too long. Were talking at least 10,000 miles on synthetic blend on a small engine with a turbo. Seems like GM wants them to fail early? My advice change the oil every 5,000 at least and use full synthetic oil! I am going that route now that my powertrain warranty is expired.


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Things start going wrong at 35k miles
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By jayleesummers
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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I am a home health nurse and I bought my car because it was supposed to have great gas mileage and so far I am happy with it.
There is a weird noise coming from the drivers side front of the car that the service department has not been able to figure out.
It idles rough at times. The service department replaced a valve cover that they said was faulty, but the car still has problems with idling.
The transmission seems like it is slipping at times when I am trying to accelerate and lurches when downshifting
My car has been in the shop for 5 days now for the noise and the idle.
They also found a faulty water pump since it's been in there.
All in all, I still love my car, just wish they'd fix


Best Features

Bluetooth system!!!, stereo system, trunk space for the size of the car, the inside of the car looks totally sleek and has been really fun to drive other than the problems that I have had with it.


Worst Features

Cupholder--cups get stuck and it's in a weird spot, emergency brake right beside it Console--too small Fabric dash--not easy to clean at all Dust--when going down a gravel road, dust comes in thru the seatbelt holes Transmission--fix the shifting problems Mystery noise--drivers front has a noise that the service department can't figure out Rough idle--idles rough when stopped and has almost died several times Storage--needs more storage, possibly pockets on the back of the seat or storage under the seat Drivers seat--a little uncomfortable


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