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Drivers report nauseating stench in Chevy Cruze | www.wsbtv.com

Found this article on Google news! It talks about the Cruze's antifreeze issue! If I recall correctly this is the same guy who came on the forum and told us about the his health issues and medical bills because of the antifreeze issue in his Cruze. He did say he was going to get a lawyer and go to the news about it, so I guess it finally happened. Truth be told, good for him and I hope he gets taken care of.

Although this is negative press for the Cruze and Chevy/GM as a whole, one can only hope that Chevy will do the right thing and get their ass in motion to fix this antifreeze problem in all the cruzes ASAP and get off their denial horse! Granted, Chevy is now taking steps to identify and fix the antifreeze/grease problem, (with a lot of progress due to forum members and a few good service teams), but this problem was discovered back in the 2011 Cruzes and has basically been ignored or denied by Chevy this whole time, so now karma might finally be getting ready to hatch into a big ole BITCHH!


 

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Brian, if you have nothing relevant to post, don't. It's annoying. I'm tired of getting a notification saying there's a new post only to see some off the wall pointless post from you. It happens all too much.

On topic: I'm glad to see this. I am approaching 20k on my Cruze and don't have the smell issue, but I'm happy to see it for all the people that do.

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No issues of this thankfully since i will probably say "oops my car fell off a cliff". But this better awaken GM into improving taking care of their customers. From $18,000-$26,000 maybe not be a lot but, we busted our butts to be able to afford this car, so they better get it right.

I am all so tired of hearing about this smell issue, or any issue with GM and them kind of saying "Its normal operation" or "It will go away" NO! Fix it.
 

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Brian, if you have nothing relevant to post, don't. It's annoying. I'm tired of getting a notification saying there's a new post only to see some off the wall pointless post from you. It happens all too much.

On topic: I'm glad to see this. I am approaching 20k on my Cruze and don't have the smell issue, but I'm happy to see it for all the people that do.

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^ agreed on all fronts
But mostly I'm sick of trying to interpret what the **** he's saying
 

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I nominate Starks8 as CruzeTalk Media Specialist!

Seriously Chris, excellent job on finding all of these news articles that you do! It is a shame that word is getting out about this. Reps to Andrei too for excellent CT representation!
 

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I only skimmed, i didn't keep reading. Thank you Mr.POP for popping in to that news article, ;-). GM really should pay for those medical bills, it was completely their fault.
 

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Good...good...

I've had leaky heater cores on cars before, but nothing that ever smelled as bad as the vapors themselves coming from the tank. Luckily, for now, I have no smell, though I think I catch a whiff every now and then when it's warm. But then I go smelling under the hood and don't smell anything. Grr.
 

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This is great news for us, bad news for Chevy.
I was hoping my car didn't have the glycol based grease issue (Coolant odor) but it does, and since it still gets cold at night up here in MA (I work nights), I have to use the heater, and it is making me wake up in the morning stuffy nose and cotton mouth. When I took it to the dealer, they couldn't reproduce the odor. The PI bulletin is wrong, it states high heat on full blast, but it is actually worse with it on the lowest setting.


Brian, if you have nothing relevant to post, don't. It's annoying. I'm tired of getting a notification saying there's a new post only to see some off the wall pointless post from you. It happens all too much.

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I've only been here a month, and already have him on ignore. It's the best solution.
 

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Is this problem that happens over time or is it noticeable driving a new car off the lot? I now have about 2,000 miles and I am just wondering if this is something that could happen to me down the road.
 

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Is this problem that happens over time or is it noticeable driving a new car off the lot? I now have about 2,000 miles and I am just wondering if this is something that could happen to me down the road.
Yep. Especially once temps get real cold.
 

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I have to say that after a year and a half and 40K miles on my LS, I have no idea how this coolant/grease problem can be so apparently common. Maybe it has to do with the 1.4L engine somehow, and the 1.8L set up is different, but it just seems like I keep hearing about this problem everywhere online, but never in person.
 

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I have to say that after a year and a half and 40K miles on my LS, I have no idea how this coolant/grease problem can be so apparently common. Maybe it has to do with the 1.4L engine somehow, and the 1.8L set up is different, but it just seems like I keep hearing about this problem everywhere online, but never in person.
Just curious...what temperature does the 1.8 run at going down the road? 215-225 like the 1.4, or is it lower? I have heard about very few 1.8 owners with this complaint as well.
 

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I have to say that after a year and a half and 40K miles on my LS, I have no idea how this coolant/grease problem can be so apparently common. Maybe it has to do with the 1.4L engine somehow, and the 1.8L set up is different, but it just seems like I keep hearing about this problem everywhere online, but never in person.
Apparently that is the case. I was at the dealer one time and two customers both complained about the radiator smell. Even my own technician before i told him what i needed asked me if mined smelled. More common than what i thought, and this was about 5-6 months ago.
 

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Just curious...what temperature does the 1.8 run at going down the road? 215-225 like the 1.4, or is it lower? I have heard about very few 1.8 owners with this complaint as well.
I usually run ~190-205 short distance/city. But after driving for 10 minutes of freeway I sit around that mark. I think the highest I've gotten is 220.
 

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Just as a matter of interest my diesel has never been over 192F (89C) even when the outside temp was 117F and the climate control was on.
 

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Just as a matter of interest my diesel has never been over 192F (89C) even when the outside temp was 117F and the climate control was on.
Irrelevant; the emissions requirements and systems for your country are completely different. The Cruzes here are capable of running at 190 full out up a hill if they need to by opening the thermostat fully. But the electronic thermostat keeps temperatures high for emissions purposes and varies temperatures based on engine load.
 

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I usually run ~190-205 short distance/city. But after driving for 10 minutes of freeway I sit around that mark. I think the highest I've gotten is 220.
Short trips MAY explain why your car doesn't do it...this only seems to happen once the temps get on up there and the heater is being run on lower settings (full heat). Or your car may just not have the issue at all!
 

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Short trips MAY explain why your car doesn't do it...this only seems to happen once the temps get on up there and the heater is being run on lower settings (full heat). Or your car may just not have the issue at all!
I would love to test that here but yeah you know. I cant afford third degree burns.
 

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The Cruzes here are capable of running at 190 full out up a hill if they need to by opening the thermostat fully. But the electronic thermostat keeps temperatures high for emissions purposes and varies temperatures based on engine load.
I have seen on a few hot days in flat roads I'm at 225degrees but once I hit a 400+ foot hill my temps actually start dropping(I am guessing the ECU opened the thermostat fully). within 500ft of cresting the hill I went from 180degrees back up to 225(in under 40 seconds).

I was only monitoring the temps since I had just got the car and wanted to make sure like my previous cars the engine didn't get to hot on this one huge grade. Strange to see a car actually get cooler going up hill!
 

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I would love to test that here but yeah you know. I cant afford third degree burns.
You could try sniffing around under the hood once the car is shut off after a long, hot drive. I can sometimes smell something around the coolant tank (especially when it was filled to the "max" line), which means it's venting and may be the cause of some of these problems.

Also,
 
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