I have taken my 2011 Cruze to a dealer several (at least 4) times because of transmission problems. They have not been able to find anything wrong with the transmission. But, they have updated the software which did help some, but I still do not feel the transmission shifts correctly. The car has 32,000 miles on it. All of the recalls have been performed.
Today when I went to pickup my daughter, I started the car and backed out of the driveway. When I put the car in drive, the Service Stabilitrack warning was displayed as was the Service Traction Control warning. The vehicle would drive in reverse just fine, but accelerated super slowly in drive. And, I was not able to put the transmission into manual mode.
When my wife got home with my daughter, I tried to drive the vehicle again and the only problem I noticed is the transmission seems to be surging (engaging and disengaging). This is especially noticeable at low speed when taking your foot off the accelerator and not pressing the brake pedal immediately. The service engine light is on now.
From what I have read, when those warnings are displayed, the vehicle goes into "limp home" mode. I live about 90 minutes from the dealer who performs all of the service on my vehicle. In your opinion, is it safe to drive the vehicle to the dealer, or should I arrange to have the vehicle taken to the dealer?
Is it just time to give up on the Cruze? My biggest concern is if I am having this many problems with the vehicle at 32,000 miles, how many more times will it be in the shop for an engine/powertrain problems before reaching the 100,000 mile mark?
Thank you for all your help.