What are the known problems for a 2012 Holden Cruze?
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Asked by Joshua
I'm looking at a 2012 Holden Cruze. It had its transmission completely replaced last year by Holden. Also some more minor work: replaced and earth cable and the oil coolant system was completely replaced after a seal broke and oil mixed with the coolant. Wondering what the likely hood is of having further issues mainly with the transmission and if there are any other common problems with this model.
Answered by CarsGuide2 Sep 2020
Thanks for getting in touch. As we've outlined in earlier questions about the Cruze, the automatic in cars built between 2011 and 2013 has been an issue, and so the subject of recalls, repairs and/or full transmission replacement. If it starts to shudder, take its time shifting up under acceleration or not go into gear at all, then there's a problem.
If a Holden dealer carried out the repairs, then they should honour the warranty under Australian Consumer Law for a minimum of five years or 150,000km unless the car is then neglected and/or abused, given that the transmission and coolant system (known problem areas in Cruzes) are major components and thus come with a reasonable expectation of reliability and durability since they're new.
Unfortunately the Cruze has a reputation for unreliability beyond these issues as well, including ECU (engine control unit) and PCM (power control module) failures (often due to water ingress), positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve failure that makes the car perform sluggishly, and rough engine running due to faulty ignition coils.
As most of these problems have already been dealt with in the car you're considering, we reckon you might at least have a few years of reliability given the warranty work performed under Holden.
We hope this helps. Good luck.
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