I'm bumping this thread because I also have this smell on my new 2011 Cruze Eco. It has been most acute when I run the air conditioning and come to a stop - then there is a surge of this smell entering the cabin. Using air recirculation avoids the problem, which confirms that the smell is not from the HVAC system. I also smell it from outside the car after parking.
As of 400 miles, the smell still exists. I have also tried idling in the summer heat to see if I can burn it off, but idling doesn't seem to continue generating the smell.
Any other ideas?
(And this most definitely is not the normal new car smell. I have purchased 8 other new cars in my life and none have had this strong burning smell.)
Most definitely not the brakes. I am very familiar with the smell of brakes overheating. This burning smell is distinctly plastic (of which there is none in brakes).In my opinion this is a combined effect of the brakes and specific tires on the vehicle.
I have the same problem. I notice it with the heater or AC on. 11,000 miles on car right now. I brought in because the engine was leaking coolant about a month ago. Was told burning smell would leave -- it has not. It is making me sick. I get indigestion and my stomach feels all messed up any time I am in the car. Sometimes I will get light headed or a headache. I didn't drive the vehicle the first few months I had it (injury) and our winter was unseasonably warm so no real need to ever run heater or A/C before the last couple months.
I'm bringing the car back in, but there seems to be something seriously wrong with it. Its getting to the point where I can't really drive the car. I mean I have to, but I really dread it at this point.