Here are Chevrolet Cruze transmission problems, by model year. The most common Cruze transmission problems cost $3,400 to fix & occur at 54,000 miles. Regarding the worst model year 2011 Chevrolet Cruze transmission problems, "What’s that smell – it’s a tad sweet with a tinge of chemical toxicity? If you own a 2011 Cruze it’s probably a coolant leak. It’s a widespread and notorious problem for the car and is the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed in the state of New York. And that’s not the only problem 2011 owners face…" Click on a year below.