The worst car I’ve ever owned
November 5, 2018
I am the second owner and have owned my 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco since 2015. I bought it with 41k miles on the odometer from Carmax.
If not for the extended warranty I added through Carmax, this vehicle would have cost me significantly more than my loan amount in various repairs alone!
The turbocharger failed twice, the coolant reservoir leaked once and left a massive puddle in my garage, the valve cover leaked once, the vehicle went into anti theft mode twice which meant having it towed to the dealership and getting the key fobs replaced, and there have been multiple other issues, such as the bypass valve leaking and the air conditioner failing. At this point, I know all the service advisors at my local Chevy dealership on a first name basis due to the frequency of my visits.
The vehicle has a unique appearance and looks great for an economy car, but it is not necessarily a flashy design that will turn heads.
The Cruze with the 2.0 turbo inline-4 is quicker than the non-turbo version, but the difference is not significant. You will not amaze any passengers with the Cruze’s lackluster power, and odds are you will question yourself any time you attempt to merge on a highway and realize you’re struggling just to pass the vehicles in the slow lane.
Interior space is also lacking. Though the Cruze is a 5-seater, it can not comfortably seat 5 average sized adults. The rear seats are far too cramped, especially when it comes to legroom.
The interior design is also very plain. Hard plastic aligns nearly every corner of the vehicle, and the seats do not provide the greatest comfort for long trips.
I own the 6-speed manual transmission Cruze. Even after changing the transmission fluid with high quality Amsoil fluid, the gear still tends to grind in 2nd gear.