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My Family Has Two 2017 Cruzes with Two Engine Failures...thoughts?

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I've had some Cruze issues that just don't seem right and I wanted to see if anyone else had similar issues.

My better half and I both leased brand new 2017 Cruze base models starting back in November. Both are set up as high mileage leases and both cars are driven quite a bit. On one, most of the mileage is city driving and on the other the mix is closer to 50/50 city and highway driving. Generally, different gas stations are used. Both cars have been maintained by quick lube places, but at different locations, different times, etc.

Right around 28k on each of the cars, a bad misfire developed. It got worse very quickly and in both cases, the dealer diagnosed the issue as piston failure. Different dealerships in different states worked with each car. In both cases, the dealer attempted to replace one piston and in both cases, there was further internal damage and the engines needed to be replaced. Car #1 had the work done and runs fine now. Car #2 is in the shop now and hopefully will be finished by the end of the week. Both are being covered under warranty, but both cars are used for work and without our cars, we cannot work. Between the two of us, this has cost about $3,500-$4,000 in lost income. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. We invested in new cars to be used as a tool. I don't expect engine failures after less than 30k. I am very nervous that we will be dancing this dance again at 60k,90k, etc. when the cars are out of warranty. We both really like our Cruzes, but this could be a big problem.

Has anyone else had piston issues on a Gen 2 Cruze?

I am also a writer and journalist, so I reached out to GM's public relations department to inquire about possible issues. They have not commented.

I also have not been able to find out for sure which cylinder had the piston failure. Both dealerships haven't been able to give me much information and the service writers seem very detached from the actual technicians.

Any thoughts or experience would be appreciated.
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Some gal just posted replacement at 8k miles. In one of them other piston threads.
I guess one way to tell if you got broken piston is take the oil cap off and watch the blowby smoke pouring out.

Pcv hose probably be more preferable though so you're not splashing oil out of the cover.
87 has always been the recommendation. With every vehicle I've ever owned. Clear back to leaded gasoline days.

67 Olds being my oldest car and 76 Kawasaki being my oldest bike.

America for the most part has always ran the cheapest stuff. Since the beginning of time. Around here it's 85. Most seem to be selling 87 now, though. Even the news would run a story once in a blue moon that the expensive stuff is just wasted money.

My cruze is the first car I"m actually running 91.

Our cruzes have a compression ratio of 9.5.

My uncle has a 10 Dodge truck. 10.5 compression. His wife's car is a 14 Chev Traverse. 11.5 compression. According to google. Roughly 45k miles on both vehicles. Nothing but the cheapest octane. 85. Owners manual says 87. But their motors aren't turbo either. Bigger then our 85 cubic inches.
I think all of us are keeping our fingers crossed.

I just barely turned over 5k on mine.
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