What are some Chevy Cruze turbo problems?

I wanted to sell my old Chevy Cruze. I got it second-hand and don’t use it. I had an interested buyer come out to look at it. After looking it over and taking a test drive, he told me that he couldn’t buy it because it has some issue with the turbo. What is the turbo problem that Chevy Cruzes have and can I repair it?

Patrick Price · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s true that the
Chevy Cruze
is notorious for having one common issue with the turbo. The issue is caused by a malfunctioning actuator pin on the turbo wastegate. Unfortunately, it cannot be repaired without replacing the entire turbo.
The Cruze was an affordable and cost-efficient vehicle that
manufactured from 2010 until 2019. They were equipped with turbos to increase their relatively low power.
If the actuator pin is bad, however, the turbo will have the opposite effect; the engine will gradually lose power at an increasing rate.
If your Chevy does have this common problem, you’ll have probably noticed these other symptoms:
  • Check engine light
  • Low/decreasing power
  • Smell of burning oil
Because the actuator pin and the wastegate are built into the turbo, you’ll need to replace the entire turbo which should be about $1,000 to $1,500 for parts and labor.
If your Cruze is still under warranty, it should cover the cost of replacement.
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