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The Cruze is a solid and substantial-feeling compact car. Its taut, steady and controlled ride makes it one of the smoothest of the small sedans. Inside, it's also one of the quietest small sedans we'd tested. While gasoline-powered models have lackluster fuel economy, an efficient turbodiesel engine is also available. Inside, the nicely-finished cabin offers roomy front seats.
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There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chevrolet Cruze owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"my sunroof had a crack in the housing where it drains and caused all the water to leak into the floor board of the rear passenger seat....I had not known this was happening since usually no one is in the back seat. I smelled mildew for months and finally went to grab a towel off the floor and realized it was soaking wet and took it to dealer to find the leak."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bought car at 39000 miles in Winter. By that summer, 3 months later, it developed a severe water leak and the issue turned out to be a defective water pump. The good news is that the dealer stood by the GM Genuine Pre-Owned Car Warranty and replaced the water pump with no hassle. To me it was an anomaly that a water pump went with so few miles on it (about 45000). But again, the dealer honored the warranty and replaced it at no cost."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)

"Water pump failed"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak in the water pump. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump was replaced in 2018 due to severe leaks and engine overheating. Then last year, it failed again had to be replaced (again, under warranty), but it was a major inconvenience and could have resulted in catastrophe if the engine had seized. Due to the overheating, the oil had to be changed also. This is two water pump replacements in just over a year."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Unsure Unsure)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Driver side door weather stripping is worn out from getting into and out of car. Bad design and does not hold up."

Chris A., NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"A/C and Heater fan squeaks and chirps. It is very annoying."

Chris A., NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"a vibration around 1800 rpm ,had it looked at twice couldn't solve problem"

Steven P., NS (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"It is leaking antifreeze into oil"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The anti freeze leaks started approximately two yeas ago. We have had to put the car ins shop three times for the problem since."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Coolant reservoir was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Water pump failed along with the thermostat. Had them replaced by a mechanic other than CHEVROLET since I assume they were not covered by warranty, since vehicle was beyond 36,000 miles and three years. After finding out otherwise GMC would not reimburse my cost."

Lonnie B., FL (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump had a leak. Had to replace water pump."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump started to leak. Leaked on to the belt. The thermostat is another high failure on this engine so had it proactively replaced at the same time."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump froze up"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Thr Chevrolet had three recalls on the emissions system all of which were repaired under warranty at no cost"

Guy U., CT (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Leak near evaporative emissions canister caused lean run condition and check engine light"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is a diesel Cruze. I love driving it, but I've had the engine light come on several times, usually in winter. Right now the engine light is on and a part has been ordered. I don't know what the bill will be, but last time it was over $300."

Joan L., IN (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"NOx sensor faulty - now subject to recall/ warranty extension. EGT sensor failed at 23000"

Paul S., CA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Also included electronic stability control disabling. I researched the problem online and found numerous similar problems by other consumers. Caused by loose wiring on battery ground cable. Dealer advised that was the problem and replaced cable. No recall; had to pay $130.00"

Michael S., ND (2015 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Heater controls worked but operations not shown on screen"

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"radio @ navigation would shut off at times then turn back on after @ fue seconds"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The GPS system was directing me to go places other than where I programmed it to go and kept changing the destination as I was driving. Problem was resolved by a reset at dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"CHEVROLET seems to have a perennial problem with premature brake wear in all the CHEVROLET products we have owned. This can add up over time. We took our first out-of-town trip with the car (2.5 hours away) after owning it for just a month, and purchasing it GM Certified Pre-Owned and the brakes began pulsating terribly going down a hill, warping the rotors. Still working on trying to get them taken care of within GM Certified PreOwned warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)
Rotors

"After only one month of owning the car, and first out-of-town trip, 2.5 hours away, we experienced severe pulsating of the brakes due to warping rotors while going down a hill. This should not have happened to a GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. We are still trying to get GM and the dealer to take responsibility for this premature brake/rotor wear."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)

"Car only had 39000 when we purchased it from a dealer. Within less than a month of driving (about 500 miles) the front brakes began pulsating signifying a warped brake rotor situation. It has worsened over time. From owning multiple small to medium size Chevrolet products, warped rotors seem to be a continuing problem with all the models I have owned. This model is no exception and it developed warped brake rotors within a very short time of owning it/purchasing it. I think Chevrolet must use inferior parts for brake rotors as this seems to be a regular problem with their cars."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a leaky battery cell, did not affect operation, but needed to have deposit cleaned every couple months. Battery was replaced last month."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"car would not start 3 times. Once it was towed in and they had it 3 days. Then it started and they do not know why."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Developed a vacuum leak in valve cover resulting in oil being sucked into cylinders and creating massive clouds of smoke and hesitation. This was covered by the warranty."

Lonnie B., FL (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I smelled something burning and told the dealership when I had the next oil change. It was an oil leak in 3 different locations. Thank God it was still under warranty or would have cost me over $1,000."

Anonymous, OK (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Developed an oil leak, took to dealer service. Replaced and tightened gaskets under warranty."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The marker lights on the front bumper cover fall out easily."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"The computer wasn't communicating with heating sensor"

Tiffany P., NS (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

";Slow leak but not fround cause! Kept showing in monitor unbalance pressure until it went out by itself"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Would only blow hot air - 3 different times, after being repaired. It would be a different part each time."

Anonymous, OK (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower/fan motor is very slow to heat the vehicle. Not quick enough to heat, very uneven heating ie, hot in the front of car while passengers await warmth."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"The heater is ery slow to heat, the dials and screen are confusing and distracting to the driver."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The car overheated and was found that the head was warped and allowing coolant to enter number 1 cylinder. The turbo charger had to be replaced about 2 months before. i think i may have caused the issue with the head."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"problem wth turbo 2 times making the engine to hesitate."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"right axle seal leak"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The sensors went out completely. Before I could get it in for repair all exterior sensors went out and had to have it towed in to dealer. Dealer said one side of blind spot warning system needed to be replaced. Dealer said rest of systems went out and car would not start because battery on keyless key fobs needed to be replaced. Within month the other side blind spot warning detector went out and dealer replaced that one."

Alan H., MI (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed while driving on highway. Required a completely new transmission. Despite only 35000km on vehicle CHEVROLET charged 85% of the full cost to replace the transmission and took 3 weeks to complete the work."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Jul 05 2016
If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. The recall began on October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V502000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8367
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE
Dec 23 2015
An insufficiently torqued bolt may prevent the seat belt from holding the required load in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured September 24, 2014, to May 29, 2015. In the affected vehicles, one of the driver-side seat belt assembly bolts may not be properly tightened.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2016 Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15777.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V876000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15
STEERING
Jul 10 2015
Separation of the tie rod from the steering gear could result in the loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured November 8, 2013, to March 12, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Volt vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the inner tie rod may not be tightened to specification allowing the tie rod to separate from the steering gear.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gear assembly, free of charge. The recall began on July 28, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15386.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V442000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10
PARKING BRAKE
Feb 27 2015
If the parking brake bracket separates, the parking brake may not hold the vehicle, increasing the risk of a vehicle roll away and a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured February 4, 2015, to February 9, 2015. The left-rear or right-rear parking brake cable brackets may not have been properly fastened during the assembly process. As a result, the fastening bolts may back out completely, causing the parking brake bracket to separate and the parking brake to not hold the vehicle in place. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left-rear and right-rear parking brake brackets bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in March 24, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15135.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V113000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1733
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