7th Dec 2013, 14:07

My wife bought a brand spanker Cruze SRiV yesterday. Drove it home and parked it up. Done 84km. Nice and shiny, leather seats, sat nav, push button start etc.

Half an hour later the car tries to start itself. It continually cranked over and I couldn't stop it. Smoke was pouring out from under the bonnet. I should have left it, but I ran to the shed for a shifter and had to disconnect the battery to stop it cranking over. The dealer said he had never heard of that problem before, drive it in so he can look at it. P**s off I said, you come and get it cos it is not safe. Could have burnt our house down.

10th Dec 2013, 06:42

Hi, how much for a new gearbox in a 2004 Cruze?

3rd Jan 2014, 14:24

Hi mate,

Just read your bit on the Holden Cruze gear box problems. I have one that has just had the same problem. Would you say these are internal problems, as that's all my warranty will cover?

23rd Apr 2014, 01:26

Hi Gary, I was wondering if you could PLEASE help me?

I have a Holden Cruze 2002 Auto. Recently I was told by my mechanic that the knocking noise coming from rear left was a drive shaft problem. So 6 months ago I had it replaced with a new one, and the noise kept coming back. Have taken it back 4 times and the mechanic has replaced it each time with new ones from different retailers, and still to this day it is still making the same noise. Had a talk to my mechanic today about it, and he said the only thing I can do is to buy brand new ones from Holden - but they are very expensive!

What concerns me is that he said if I'm not bothered by the noise, then not to worry about it as it won't cause any damage to the car or drive shaft if I leave it as it is... Is this true, or is he just saying it to get rid of fixing this problem?

To be truthful I can put up with the noise, but my concern is will it do damage to my car or the drive shaft itself?

Thank you very much for your time, and your advice will be very appreciated. Ta.

16th Aug 2014, 12:55

I agree with you all about the Cruze having issues.

I'm a mechanic. Cars won't last forever.

Car parts have a serviceable period... especially bulbs!

QUICK NOTE - if your left brake light bulb blows, then it's a sure bet that the right side is gonna blown soon too. The left side brake light lights up whenever the right side lights up. The bulbs come from the same manufacturer, who state the serviceable period of the bulb.

The bulbs should have been replaced before their serviceable period expired... pretty simple hey!

27th Sep 2014, 06:46

Hello, my Holden Cruze makes a loud knocking noise when I go from second and third gear and accelerate. Then it seems to settle down when in top gear. Any ideas?

3rd Oct 2014, 10:19

I've had my YG Cruze for 3 years. Holden screwed up a perfectly good Suzuki Ignis and washed their hands of any engineering screw ups.

I just had mine serviced. The mechanic tells me you can't even get any Holden parts for them anymore! Holden certainly screwed over anyone who got stuck with this piece of engineering f**k up.

Rather than buy the Holden genuine CV, if you can get one, there are some mechanics that rebuild the cheap ones to some sort of bearable standard. A1 Auto... opposite Harbour Town Biggera Waters! 350 bucks. There's still a small knock at times, and a vibration when there's no one in the front passenger seat... but it's bearable.

Holden. What a joke. Just f****d everyone over and don't want to know about it. I even called about the recall. They said my car wasn't on the list. S**t Holden. For a 350 dollar set of king springs to drop it back to its designed height, you could have solved everyone's problems.

A good motor, good auto, s**t drive train.

6th Oct 2014, 10:51

I noticed there is one seller on eBay by the name of PEC AUSTRALIA who is selling GSP drive shafts to suit the Cruze YG, and states that it is a revised version - NO KNOCKING - I am wondering if anyone has tried this product and can confirm whether it is truly no knocking?

7th Nov 2014, 04:44

Hi, just wondering if the person that commented on the driveshaft from E-bay; PEC AUSTRALIA had any luck with this DS that doesn't cause knocking, as I have had 4 different DS put in by my mechanic, and it still makes the noise. Ta.

21st Nov 2014, 12:16

After replacing my DS twice, and every time the knocking came back after about 3 months, I have lost faith in DS on eBay. I have been driving with the knocking for the last 2 years. I am waiting for comments from someone who had used it before I try as it is quite pricy at $180 + postage per DS.

6th Jan 2015, 06:31

Hi Sam, we have a similar sound, which I think is coming from the steering column, especially when braking it shudders - like the universal joint is loose - it has only done 75k.

What did yours end up being?

25th Jan 2015, 10:12

Hi, I have a 05 Holden Cruze auto.

On left hand turns, the CV joint rattles.

Carried out a check with the front wheels up in the air on stands, producing the noise on the left side. The sound is definitely coming from the joint, but not the problem.

Can you help please?

9th Jun 2015, 05:38

I also bought a Holden Cruze and had lots of problems. A year after I bought my Cruze, it would stop, the engine would cutoff, and it would start after few minutes. It is dangerous because the car behind can hit you. I took the car to the Holden dealer, they exchanged parts from another car (e.g. compressor) and charged me a thousand dollars labour charge. They came out to tell me that there was nothing wrong with the car. After that the car stopped a hundred times and I kept on driving because these crooks want your money.

Now my car is sitting in my garage with a bigger problem - the gearbox is gone. Another dealer charged me $140 to tell me that it needs a new gearbox. It's crazy, but the big question is whether I will buy another HOLDEN.

20th Jul 2015, 23:10

Hey, I have a 2003 Cruze I just bought and there is a loud noise in the gearbox; it's a manual. Can someone tell me what's up with it?

21st Jul 2015, 01:26

Hi all, anyone know if the rear tailshaft is the same length on the manual as the auto? Also, where can I buy the top strut bushes?


28th Aug 2015, 12:06

Search the web for "Wakeline Automotive", they are Holden Cruze gearbox specialists.

17th Sep 2015, 00:46

Daughter's 2002 Cruze has had most of the above problems; mainly transmission.

Gearbox... transferbox... driveshafts (many); if only we had read the post on 2nd October 2012 from Andrew... we would have saved ourselves $$$$$ and 2 years of frustration... As he said, the thing is NEVER going to work properly due to the front end geometry (thanks to Holden).

Lower the front end and everything is back where Suzuki designed it! To where it was supposed to be... The gearbox, well that's another story!

The Dad... from Gold Coast!