About Chevrolet Cruze
Previously used as a nameplate in Japan, Chevrolet Cruze has been produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division since 2008 as a compact car. Originally introduced to replace the Chevrolet Optra, Chevrolet Cobalt, Daewoo Lacetti, Holden Astra and Pontiac Vibe, Cruze did not appear in the North American market until 2010 for the 2011 model year. Not only being awarded with full five stars in independent crash safety test, Cruze also does well in motorsport and won a lot of honors. Now, it is in its second generation.
The first-generation Chevrolet Cruze for the North American market was produced from 2010 to 2016 and debuted in 2010 for the 2011 model year. Built based on the GM Delta II platform, Cruze was offered in three body styles: sedan, hatchback and station wagon and four trim levels: LS, LT, LTZ and Eco. During this generation, it was powered by 1.8 L I4, 1.4 L turbocharged I4 and 2.0 L turbodiesel I4 rated at 151 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, these engines sent power through 6-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. The current generation Cruze arrived for the 2016 model year in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels as well as a RS Sport Package. Now, Cruze gets power from 1.4 L turbocharged I4 rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, and power was sent through 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Cruze Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Available with plenty of technology features such as MyLink infotainment system, advanced active safety systems, roomy interior and comfortable ride, Chevrolet Cruze is a very good choice for a family car. But because its driving dynamics are still not up to par with some vehicles, thus, you had better pay more attention to these common problems on Cruze:
First, as expected, engine problems place top among all other problems on Chevrolet Cruze. It is normal that some old-aged vehicles suffer from this issue, but considering Cruze is such as young model, you need to be more careful. The first step is to learn about these common symptoms of this issue and get them solved as early as possible. In general, engine failure often comes with cooling system failure, which in return aggravate engine condition. At the beginning, the engine only makes some strange noises, then it encounters performance issues so it would run roughly, misfire, stall or even have problems in starting. Once the coolant begins to leak and engine temperature could not drop, the engine will lose power while acceleration and suffer from poor fuel economy in the end. Therefore, please always focus on the condition of Cruze coolant temperature sensor, intake valve, body control module, catalytic converter, oil filter, exhaust valve, fuel filter, thermostat, oxygen sensor, exhaust manifold gasket and radiator hose.
Second, for Chevrolet Cruze drivers, transmission failure is also a headache. Strangely, most Cruze drivers have little understanding about this but only being told. In fact, apart from unsmooth, uncomfortable and unsteady driving trip could be resulted from this issue, you still need to attach importance to its destructive power to safety. Apart from difficulty shifting gears, indicator not matching the gear, and vehicle staring in another gear or not going into gear are also serious symptoms, please inspect the Cruze flywheel, clutch disc, valve body, clutch slave cylinder and shift cable in time.
In order to get a long-lived Chevrolet Cruze, performing routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts in it is very needed. For example, some electrical parts are exposed to repeated usages, but they have close relations with the overall quality of the Cruze. Thus, please maintaining the window regulator, headlight switch, seat motor, window motor, MAP sensor and power window switch regularly. Parts like seat belt, pressure plate, windshield wiper, wiper blade, wiper arm, emblem, cabin air filter and antenna base should also be on the routine maintenance list.
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