Nonprofit consumer organization Consumer Reports recently released a list of older vehicles identified as most likely to need a head gasket replacement. Among the list of vehicles was the 2011 Chevy Cruze.
According to Consumer Reports, the 2011 Chevy Cruze typically requires a head gasket replacement around 107,000 to 143,000 miles. The organization did not specify between the turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine or 1.8L four-cylinder engine.
The Consumer Reports list is based on an analysis of data collected in the organization’s Annual Auto Surveys, identifying which models were most prone to expensive repairs.
“Head gasket issues are among the problem areas that stood out, because they are legendary for the potential damage and cost,” Consumer Reports states with regard to its data analysis.
The list identifies those models produced in the past decade that had the most severe problems, as determined by frequency and cost. The 2011 Chevy Cruze was at the very top, identified as the model with the greatest problem rate for Consumer Reports members.
As Consumer Reports points out, a failed head gasket can lead to a litany of issues, including coolant or oil leaks. Repairs can cost thousands of dollars.
According to a Consumer Reports review, the 2011 Chevy Cruze showed poor reliability and owner satisfaction, scoring just 1 out of 5 in both categories. What’s more, the organization’s research showed a “Worse” rating for Engine Reliability (Major), Engine Reliability (Minor), Engine Cooling, Transmission (Major), Transmission (Minor), and Fuel System, while the Drive System was rated as offering average reliability.
In related news, Consumer Reports recently identified the 2006 Buick Lucerne as likely to need an engine rebuild at some point in its lifetime. The organization said that research revealed the Lucerne’s engine could experience major trouble between 116,000 and 143,000 miles.