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Hello, I have a 2011 Cruze, bought it with 20 miles from the dealer a few weeks ago and now have about 200 miles on the car. It is a LS model with 6 speed manual transmission and bluetooth package.

I have been noticing that after my car has been driven and parked in the garage, I notice a bad burning smell coming from the car when walking back into the garage about 15 minutes after the car has been shut down. The smell lingers in the garage for hours.

Can this be a new car burning smell of all the new parts in the engine/transmission as it is getting broken in? I also thought maybe it could be the clutch since it is a manual transmission? I am confident that I am not 'slipping' the clutch when driving as I have had many manual transmissions in the past and never had any problems with burning smells. I always keep my foot on the floor and not resting on the clutch pedal. I also shift swiftly and ensure the clutch is fully released when traveling down the road.

I am puzzled and worried as a brand new car with 200 miles should not already be having problems with something burning up inside the engine compartment somewhere. :(
 

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TThanks everyone. Very helpful. The smell is like burning rubber or plastic so I'm hopeful this is just a break-in smell because its very noticeable in the garage. I've checked all around the engine for leaks or debris that may have fallen in the engine compartment during production. All seems to be in place.

On a seperate note, it rained yesterday and I noticed water dripping out of a black flapper device on the inside of the engine compartment firewall. Is this water draining from the bottom of the windshield? Seems strange for water to drip inside the engine compartment on top of the plate under the engine. Seems like water will collect in this area and rust that plate and area around it over time.
 

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Interesting comments. Thanks. I called the dealer and they say they get about 3 calls a week about this. But he is saying it is most likely a grocery plastic bag that is stuck on the exaust system somewhere and needs to be scraped off with a wire brush? I find it hard to beleive that Cruze owners are prone to getting grocery bags attached to their exaust systems when driving down the road, but who knows??
 

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Well, I think I may have found part of the problem with the burning smell coming from my new Cruze. I got underneath the car and noticed there is a giant bar code sticker affixed to the cataytic converter/exaust area. Makes me wonder if this came from the factory that way, or did the dealer install this after delivery prior to selling to me? I can't imagine that it would need to be replaced after only 20 miles (that is how many the car had on it when I purchased it). Or does all new cars come with this sticker attached and dealer is supposed to scrape it off prior to the sale (whoch could be another "good" reason why dealer love to charge that $299 or higher "prep fee"!
 
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