2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ: Leaky Trunk
November 21, 2010
Please note that this took place a couple of weeks back. Before the track tested, before the photoshoot, before anyone had sat it in even.
Every new car entering our fleet gets a thorough check-in. This consists of a visual inspection, fluid checks, noting the break-in period, torquing down the lug nuts (you'd be surprised how often these are loose) and checking tire pressures. This includes checking that the spare tire is present, inflated and that all of the tools are supplied.
Everything was checking in just fine on our 2011 Chevy Cruze -- although the tires had been set 6 psi high from the dealer -- until I got to the trunk.
Pulling back the trunk liner, I grabbed the satchel of tools to find that it was damp at the top and sopping wet on the bottom. Same went for the liner over the actual spare tire and the spare itself. When everything was out there was, +/- half an inch of water standing in the bottom of the trunk. The top layer was dry, but everything else had water in/on it.
( About 1 cup of water drained from this mat as I left it to dry.)
I grabbed the shop towels, some Lysol wipes and wrung out the tire cover and set it at an angle to dry. It took about half the roll to clean everything, and 5-6 bleach-filled wipes to clean the mold off of the liner (below) at which point I buttoned everything back together. Assuming some clumsy/careless lot hand had washed it with the trunk opened and tried to cover his tracks, I wasn't expecting anything when I took it to the nearest carwash.
One quick trip through a drive-through carwash, however, confirmed our worst fears; the trunk had water in it again. It probably took in +- one cup of water during the trip.
Less than a day into our ownership, the Cruze would have to go back to the dealer.
( Mold. )
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line