15th Dec 2015, 05:06
I've had similar stalling issues with my 2010 JG CDX Diesel Cruze (manual). I bought it new and had about 60,000 km on the odometer when the problems started. I was heading home from the footy in July 2014 and couldn't start the car (no lights, no engine, just the click of the key through the accessories and starter). I eventually got it started after several attempts. The battery has been replaced and the car starts most of the time, but still has issues every now and then. After that I noticed that, the car seems to lose power and then take off resulting in a jerking feeling that resembles the 'bunny hop' (when you're in the wrong gear). This has happened at various speeds, terrains and over a variety of distances. In some instances the engine light and coil light flash on briefly, and most of the time it's the engine light first and the coil light immediately afterwards.
Sometimes both lights come on simultaneously. I've also noticed that the fuel gauge drops significantly after each event and then slowly returns to where it was. I put half a tank of fuel in the car on a Wednesday, which would usually last close to 10 days. By Friday in the same week, the fuel gauge indicated that I had used 20 litres to drive 80km. The car had several of these episodes within 2km (almost constantly hiccuping) and then the fuel gauge moved back to indicate that only 7 litres of fuel had been used. I've also had the car completely shut down (no power at all) twice in two days; both times at low speed and as I approached an intersection. I took it to Holden early in November and they had it for 3 weeks before they returned it claiming that there was no problem, but it returned the day after I picked up the car (20/11/15). I was told it could be a fuse issue, but as they didn't find the fault, they couldn't be sure. My dad took it back to Holden on the following Wednesday (25/11/15) and they eventually agreed to have another look at it on 02/12/15. Between collecting my car on 19/11/15 and taking it back to Holden on 02/12/15, the fault occurred 345 times (that I noticed) and shut down three times.
Today I've been told that the foreman has experienced the fault and thinks it is related to the fuses. Holden is willing to pay part of the cost for replacing the fuse housing, but they haven't responded to my repeated requests for a detailed report on what was tested, or for reimbursement of the hire car expenses because they didn't have a courtesy car. It has been a frustrating saga so far, and I suspect it isn't over yet.
19th Feb 2016, 10:43
I have a 2010 JG CDX diesel. Sometimes after I come to a complete stop, mainly on an incline, and take off again, there is a loud clunk, the steering wheel jerks to the right, and I can feel the clunk through the accelerator pedal. Any ideas what it is?
14th Mar 2016, 12:04
Add another 2002 Cruze to this list... Our little cherub was sent to our Holden dealer and their answer was: When the ignition coil got too hot, it would breakdown and cause the motor to stall... They also told us the 2 front tyres were completely bald and needed replacing... I told them to replace the coil but leave the tyres.
Of course, changing the coil made absolutely no difference at all and our local tyre dealer told us we still had at least 6 months wear left on the tyres. They replaced the CVs so the clunk has gone, but there's still a noise coming from the steering - and the motor still cuts out after 15 minutes of driving...
With Andrew's proposed suspension fix and a new crank angle sensor, we'll see if we can nurse her through old age... At 194,000km she's been a real trooper and I have to admit, we've had a win... Holden dealer service departments are the big losers here...
3rd Apr 2016, 05:16
Hi everyone, I am the second owner of a 2002 Holden Cruze, haven't had any other problems other than the CV joints. Recently it started losing power while driving and now the engine light continually flashes and the engine won't start. According to the user manual, it has something to do with the emission system. Has anyone else had the same problem and knows what's wrong with the car? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
24th May 2016, 11:50
Hey another Cruze and the same issue; it started after Holden service and I am starting to think that maybe some emission part may have been reconnected or something. Been through four mechanics and loads of repairs, but would love to get an answer on the morning tea breaks the car decides to take... HELP.
5th Jun 2016, 00:37
The Holden badge put me off. But I proceeded because it had a Suzuki motor, mechanically sound, but the body structure changes Holden made, made it a nightmare. It has done nothing but cost money, and still has the same problem. I hate it with a passion.
30th Sep 2016, 21:53
I have the same problem. From research it has something to do with the crank angle sensor. Did you have yours fixed and was the above the solution?
7th Oct 2016, 07:15
I have had the same problem with my 02 Cruze. Did replace the crank angle sensor, but still no luck. Engine light is still flashing, so would be interested if any of you guys found out what the actual problem is and what the fix is? Thanks in advance.
25th Nov 2016, 22:26
Hi. My Holden Cruze 03 model AWD is only driving in front wheel drive, any ideas why? The back is just free spins. Shouldn't all the wheels drive?
11th Dec 2016, 11:07
I have exactly the same problem. So far I have replaced the battery, the fuel pump, the plugs and the oxygen sensor. Having read the comment following this thread, I shall fit a new crank angle sensor. Love the car though.
25th Feb 2017, 22:30
Hi, we have the same shudder in the steering column when braking; mechanic said it isn't dangerous and is universal in the steering column and difficult to replace.
Has anyone had this done or have any info about it? Would really like to get rid of the noise.
10th Mar 2017, 00:10
Hi, just wondered what ended up being the problem with your Cruze jumping out of 5th gear - I have the same problem.
28th Mar 2017, 08:27
I just bought a 2004 Holden Barina and it has the same problem. After some research on Internet forums, I have discovered that the culprit is the EGR valve sensor.
Emission gas regulator (I think that's what it means).
They cost about $70 on eBay and you can find many "how to" videos on YouTube about how to replace the EGR yourself in about 5 minutes.
So many people have written in to the forums, telling their personal horror stories of being fleeced by unscrupulous Holden dealerships who charged them thousands of dollars to replace basically everything except the one thing that will actually fix the problem.
Good luck, and do your research before you take your car near a dealership.
9th Sep 2017, 02:41
I just wanted to share some info on problems I've had. I own a manual and auto 2002 Cruze.
Low idle when cold, high idle when warm, intermittent high idle = auto choke jamming.
Knocking in steering column = slop in the spline of the adjustable steering height mechanism. Solution is to fix the steering at one height, then pour Loctite bearing mount down the spline.
Rough idle = coil pack gone or on the way out. Solution, replace the coil pack and leave the plastic cover off the top of the engine, they get too hot.
Parts for your car? Try Suzuki dealers, my auto has front Suzuki struts in it now. Fuel pumps? Try Repco.
Hope this helps.