Common Chevrolet Cruze Problems and The California Lemon Law

by Aryn Plax

Aug 18, 2021

If your Chevrolet Cruze has recurring problems that won’t go away, it may be considered a lemon.

Under the California Lemon Law, a lemon is a vehicle with recurring problems that will not go away, despite a reasonable number of repair attempts by authorized repair facilities. These problems must negatively impact the use, safety or value of your vehicle.

Many owners and lessees of Chevrolet Cruze vehicles report problems that do just that. Learn more about common problems that 2013–2019 Chevrolet Cruze owners and lessees report in their vehicles. If one of these problems repeatedly appear in your Chevrolet Cruze, you may need to talk to a lemon law attorney about your case.

Engine Problems

If your Check Engine Light illuminates on the dashboard of your Chevrolet Cruze, it may be time to investigate your vehicle for engine problems.

If you feel knocking or misfires, or if you hear rattling noises in the engine compartment, your engine may be faulty. Complaints submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that Chevrolet Cruze engines may be prone to surging, non-starting, random shut-offs while driving and eventual engine failure. Those who got their engines inspected have found problems such as cracked or corroded pistons, broken spark plugs and failed fuel injectors.

Transmission Problems

Transmission problems are a common sign of a “lemon,” or a defective vehicle under the California Lemon Law. If your Chevrolet Cruze is showing signs of a bad transmission, you may want to consider your legal options.

Examples of common transmission problems in Chevrolet Cruze models include surging, transmission slips, hesitation, and hard, rough or improper shifting. Some drivers have even reported to NHTSA that their vehicles go backward while in Drive, or that their transmission fails entirely.

A Check Engine Light on and other warning lights illuminate on the dashboard.

Brake Problems

Brake problems put drivers, passengers, and other users of the road in danger. If your Chevrolet Cruze’s brakes show repeated faults despite repair attempts being made, your vehicle may be considered defective.

Loud noises or squeaking sounds could point to potential faults in your brakes. Chevrolet Cruze owners and lessees reported to NHTSA that they’ve had difficulty using their brakes. Sometimes, braking becomes difficult after the drivers start their vehicles’ engines. In some cases, the Chevrolet Cruze’s brakes may stop working entirely.

Electrical Problems

Functional electrical systems are vital to the use of your Chevrolet Cruze. If any part of these systems goes haywire, it can make for frightening malfunctions in your vehicle.

The illumination of all of your dash cluster warning lights may be a sign that your electrical system is faulty. Chevrolet Cruze owners and lessees reported in complaints submitted to NHTSA that their vehicles experienced electrical problems such as unintentional starting, failure to start and failure in horns, park lights and/or alternators.

Some Chevrolet Cruze drivers even reported corroded batteries and a complete loss of electrical power. If your Chevrolet Cruze has repeated problems despite multiple visits to an authorized repair facility, it may be considered a lemon.

Safety System Problems

If your Airbag Warning Light illuminates on your dashboard, you may need to check on your safety systems.

Your seat belts and airbags are supposed to protect you in a car crash. Faults in these systems will compromise your safety. However, owners and lessees have reported system faults in complaints sent to NHTSA. Seat belts may not engage – specifically, they may fail to lock. As for the airbags, they may fail to deploy in a crash, putting vehicle occupants at an increased risk of injury.

If these problems repeatedly appear in your Chevrolet Cruze, it may be time to talk to a lemon law attorney about your situation.

Contact a California Lemon Law Attorney

If problems persist in your Chevrolet Cruze despite multiple repair attempts, your vehicle may be a lemon.

Owners and lessees of “lemons” or defective vehicles are entitled to cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback. Knight Law Group has helped thousands of lemon owners and lessees obtain these rewards under the California Lemon Law with a success rate in excess of 99%.

Don’t go through the lemon law process alone. Our experienced lemon law attorneys can provide legal representation at no up-front cost to you. If you want to learn more about the California Lemon Law or have specific questions about your case, fill out our contact form or call us for a free consultation at 877-222-2222.