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Hey guys, just bought a used 2011 Cruze Eco with 6spd manual this past weekend. Car has 130k miles on it. Wasn't worried about it since I read on here it has a timing chain. Test drove it and it drove great so we bought it. Wife needed a car with better fuel mileage and I wanted a car that was fun to drive. Car seemed perfect. On the drive home check engine light came on, wasnt worried about it as our other car has a light on for a gas cap. Thought I'll just get it checked out soon. Went to autoparts store yesterday and they checked the code, P0299. I need a new turbo apparently. What a great welcome to the life of Cruze ownership.

Anyways, I'm sure I'll be on here posting more when it comes time to swap the turbo assembly. Just saying hi!
 

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Hey guys, just bought a used 2011 Cruze Eco with 6spd manual this past weekend. Car has 130k miles on it. Wasn't worried about it since I read on here it has a timing chain. Test drove it and it drove great so we bought it. Wife needed a car with better fuel mileage and I wanted a car that was fun to drive. Car seemed perfect. On the drive home check engine light came on, wasnt worried about it as our other car has a light on for a gas cap. Thought I'll just get it checked out soon. Went to autoparts store yesterday and they checked the code, P0299. I need a new turbo apparently. What a great welcome to the life of Cruze ownership.

Anyways, I'm sure I'll be on here posting more when it comes time to swap the turbo assembly. Just saying hi!
Is it down on power? That code can mean other things, not just the turbo.
 

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Well, Not sure exactly how much power these cars are supposed to feel like they have honestly. I seems to drive fine. Has no power around 1500 but picks up above 2000, seems normal for a turbocharged car.
 

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Well, Not sure exactly how much power these cars are supposed to feel like they have honestly. I seems to drive fine. Has no power around 1500 but picks up above 2000, seems normal for a turbocharged car.
Yes - that's a normal powerband for a 1.4 manual. Clear the code and see if it comes back. Look for a busted intercooler, loose intercooler hoses, etc.

That said, the P0299 isn't uncommon for Cruzes. It's most often a worn wastegate pivot pin, which ultimately does require turbo replacement.
 

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Clear code by unplugging battery I assume?
Thanks for the responses guys. This forum is full of so much info on this car.
 

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One more thing, why is insurance so freaking expensive on this car? Its a 4 door 1.4L engine. I'm 39 years old with nothing on my record and pay $117 a month with my 30% off for bundling with our other car and RV.
 

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One more thing, why is insurance so freaking expensive on this car? Its a 4 door 1.4L engine. I'm 39 years old with nothing on my record and pay $117 a month with my 30% off for bundling with our other car and RV.
A lot depends on where you reside.
Although I'm older and accident free (so far) with all my cars/life/home through State Farm, my 2012 ECO was only $520.00 a YEAR....NE Illinois.
This with '0' comp deductable and $50.00 damage deductable.........How is the wifes record?

Rob
 

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Sounds like the previous owner cleared the code so it wouldnt show on a test drive.............you may have some recourse in your State - "as is" doesnt mean you can hide a problem.
exactly what I was thinking....iirc, my torqueApp tells me the days since the CEL was cleared. Chances are they cleared it and hoped it turn on down the road after it had sold.
 

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A lot depends on where you reside.
Although I'm older and accident free (so far) with all my cars/life/home through State Farm, my 2012 ECO was only $520.00 a YEAR....NE Illinois.
This with '0' comp deductable and $50.00 damage deductable.........How is the wifes record?

Rob
Wife is same age and also clean record. We are also with State Farm.
 

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Just went under the hood looking for a damaged vacuum line and found a small coolant leak. Coming from the top connector of the plastic T above the upper radiator hose. If that makes sense. Looks like a connection where two lines come together.
 

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Pictures are very helpful. Please post many of the issue you're looking at, and of the car, and engine bay in general. Maybe someone will spot something.
 
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Auto part Fuel line Engine Vehicle Car Auto part Engine Vehicle Car Fuel line First photo shows the coolant leak. I don't see any vacuum line issues. I reset the CEL yesterday and it came back on again today.
 

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That piece is called the "water outlet". Leaks are usually caused by the hose that connects into the top of it from the coolant jug (it is called the "inlet hose" on most GM parts things I think). Check out the rest of the plastic around it to make sure it isn't cracked as well, as that isn't uncommon either.
 
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