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Air Conditioner not working. Common issue?

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So my wife's 2012 Cruze has just over 71,000km on it now, so well over the bumper to bumper warranty of 60k, and now the AC stopped working. Mind you she hasn't had too use it since last October when she was still under 60,000km, so something broke during the winter months.

Is the AC breaking on these car's a common issue? Were kind of pissed that we had to spend an extra $3000 just to have a Cruze with AC only to have it fail 3 summers later. And has anyone had any luck getting the dealership or GM themselves to help with the repair? Cause it kinda sucks that it broke during the winter months somehow and now when we need the darn thing its not working.
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A common issue with the non-ECO A/C systems is rock damage.
Part of the reason I bought the RS package was the much smaller lower grill openings. Standard cruze I could fit my hand all the way to the radiator, RS package only my pinky finger can fit through the grill opening.

Sure the ECO with grill shutters will protect when the shutters are closed, but when open it can get damaged just as easily as most cruze models. I suspect when the AC is on the grill shutters are open all the time(similar to how the electric fan runs).
 

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The ECO has the A/C condenser shield.
So does every cruze model made since 2012. That shield only offers minimal protection and can actually damage the condenser over time since it rides against it. Wouldn't think plastic would wear through aluminum, but after seeing many aftermarket transmission coolers installed with a plastic tie through the radiator, I learned otherwise. There was also a user on here about 6 months ago whom had this exact ting happen(plastic shield wore a hole in condenser).

Only real way to protect the condenser is to stop rocks before they get past the grill with smaller openings. Sad part? The all new 2016+ cruze even the RS package has more grill openings that are very large in size. I would not buy one until this design flaw is addressed or a suitable aftermarket grill replacement is made.
 
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