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Holden Cruze 2009

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It got off to a cracking start, surging into the sales chart top 10 with 25,000 examples shifted in its first 12 months.

Now the nameplate has disappeared along with local manufacturing. How does the Cruze stack up on the used market?

Not covered in glory, sadly. According to many Cruze owners you’re really taking a punt on these sedans, then the hatches and wagons that followed.

Holden Cruze: Sedans were first to arrive.

Holden Cruze: Sedans were first to arrive.Source:News Limited

Get a good one and it’s fine to live with. You need to get lucky — plenty of owners have horror stories.

Any Cruze built before March 2011 came from South Korea and anecdotally the build quality of these didn’t match the South Australian-built Series II Cruzes.

Even then, the Aussie-assembled Cruzes used many imported parts. Their engines and gearboxes came from Europe or Korea, — and it’s the oily bits that have caused most issues.

Automatic transmission failures on Cruzes are woefully commonplace, costing thousands to replace, or more than older cars are worth.

Oil leaks, oil cooler cracks and blown head gaskets are often reported. A lengthy recall list on Cruzes suggest components used weren’t up to scratch.

Cruze hatch 2011: Sharp styling.

Cruze hatch 2011: Sharp styling.Source:Supplied

Early Cruzes can be had for about $4000 these days, and who knows, you may find a good one that was well screwed together and been well maintained. With so many bad owner experiences though, these Korean imports are hard to recommend.

At the 2009 launch you could have your Cruze as a petrol or diesel, manual or auto, and in CD or CDX grade. The diesels suffered serious turbo lag, while the petrol engine struggled for power.

On the positive side they were sharply styled, handled well, proved fuel efficient and had decent passenger space for the small car class. The safety rating was five stars.

CDX versions came with 17-inch alloys, cruise control, heated leather seats, rear parking sensors and audio controls on the leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The locally built Series II Cruze went on sale in late March 2011 with fresh styling and a new 1.4-litre turbo option.

Two new grades — sportier SRi and SRi-V — landed with impressive sports suspension, rear spoiler and, in the latter, satnav, smart key, 10GB hard drive audio and seven-inch colour screen.

The 2012 Cruzes arrived in November 2011 with a hatchback version joining the sedan. Range-wide all now featured Bluetooth connectivity. The body style line-up was complete by December 2012 with a Cruze Sportwagon CD and CDX, with 500L of boot space or 1500L with seats folded.

Cruze CDX Sportwagon.

Cruze CDX Sportwagon.Source:News Limited

The sportiest Cruze launched in March 2013 with a lusty 132kW 1.6-litre turbo for SRi and SRi-V models.

At the entry level, the Equipe (replacing CD) now came with an improved suspension tune, alloys, fog lights, park assist, seven-inch screen and MyLink phone connectivity, while the rest also gained push button start and reverse camera.

In May 2014 the Cruze Z-Series replaced CDX and SRi-V models, adding fancy dark alloys and other style flashes.

Finally, a January 2015 facelift brought a new front with daytime running lights. The final model rolled off the line in October 2016.


With 13 separate recalls for 2009-16 Cruzes, make sure you check (productsafety.gov.au) that any Cruze you consider has up-to-date fixes.

With the most common and expensive problem being the automatic gearbox, check there are no dashboard warning lights and when testing one ensure all gears can be engaged easily and that the engine isn’t “flaring” when you put your foot down. If there’s a lot of noise and no speed increase, walk away.

Cruze from 2009: Good passenger space for the class.

Cruze from 2009: Good passenger space for the class.Source:News Corp Australia

Look for fluid leaks under the transmission and engine, which could also spell disaster, as can oil in the radiator coolant.

Cruze owners report many oil coolers have cracked, so check the radiator for brown spots in the coolant or a mayonnaise-type residue. An expensive blown head gasket is likely here.

Among the raft of different problems are electrical issues with the ECU and windows, aircon failure, brake rotors prematurely wearing or even failing, coil pack failure (the engine will run rough and a warning light will come on) and turbo failure.

Unless you’re a mechanical ace, get a trustworthy expert to check any Cruze before buying, such is the litany of potential dramas.


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