How do I manually start my 2017 Chevy Cruze, post-2013?


Asked by Jul 29, 2017 at 08:03 PM about the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Question type: General

2017 Cruze, have had for a few weeks, about 3000m.  

I don't want any info about keyless entry.  I tried alllllll of the options on that
(and I read the 2013 question about this, too).

Situation: Parked in an underground parking garage, came back from
shopping, and couldn't start the car with fob in or out of car.  Almost got it
started with cell phone app, by walking halfway to entrance so cell phone
could get reception (for the app) and still be bluetoothed to the car, but when I
walked toward the car it shut off (presumably from losing cell coverage).  We
finally got it started after contacting OnStar, but neither OnStar nor I know why
that made it work.  (My theory?  An OnStar call gets special priority and the car
uses more energy to *make sure* the connection goes through ... and this
connection allowed my fob to be recognized, apparently by some mysterious
*satellite* instead of my *car*, ugh!)

The similar question here from 2013 shows three different spots where a secret
keyhole can be uncovered and used.  Two of those spots had documentation
in their owner's manuals.  Ok awesome ... exhaustively reading all pertinent
sections in my manual and going over the entire (I think) dashboard and central
console of my car both visually and with my fingers, I can find no such thing
(and I'm leasing the vehicle, so I can't start prying off panels willy-nilly).

I will check for a keyed ignition before every car decision in the future!  Who
would have thought they would leave NO option, or make a vehicle dependent
on radio signal?!

Camping trips planned for August.  Hoping there is an easy answer for this.  


2 Answers


Also disturbed that the dealers didn't know about the keyed ignition for the Gen1 Cruzes (2013 question) ... doesn't give one a lot of faith in the design nor the maintenance, sigh ... If this is a problem (which I am finding on other sites as well), Chevy and the Dealers should all be (1) fixing it and (2) telling people before they drive off the lot. This could be dangerous :( ...

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Personally, I'd become the Chevy Dealer's worst nightmare! On a brand new vehicle there's no excuse for this kind of nonsense! Keep taking it back and using a free loaner car each time until it's fixed. If they can't fix it you can invoke your rights under The Lemon Law! I'm assuming you bought this vehicle brand new so you are covered by The Lemon Law. Don't settle for anything less than a properly working new vehicle! GM has been churning out poor quality vehicles for the past 20 years! They filed for bankruptcy for a reason. You deserve to have a nice vehicle for the money you paid! Don't let them off the hook!! HTH. -Jim

Your Answer

Chevrolet Cruze Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
    Matt Hill
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Malibu
68 Great Deals out of 1,822 listings starting at $2,495
Used Honda Civic
256 Great Deals out of 4,559 listings starting at $1,408
Used Ford Focus
49 Great Deals out of 2,390 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
59 Great Deals out of 1,262 listings starting at $1,215
Used Ford Fusion
98 Great Deals out of 1,650 listings starting at $1,495
Used Hyundai Elantra
161 Great Deals out of 3,880 listings starting at $2,280
Used Toyota Corolla
156 Great Deals out of 3,714 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chevrolet Impala
156 Great Deals out of 1,110 listings starting at $2,950
Used Toyota Camry
35 Great Deals out of 1,951 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Altima
74 Great Deals out of 1,229 listings starting at $1,900
Used Hyundai Sonata
36 Great Deals out of 1,360 listings starting at $1,688
Used Chevrolet Cruze Limited
36 Great Deals out of 711 listings starting at $9,295
Used Chevrolet Sonic
50 Great Deals out of 1,255 listings starting at $3,999
Used Chevrolet Equinox
76 Great Deals out of 6,070 listings starting at $1,500
Used Kia Optima
38 Great Deals out of 795 listings starting at $5,995

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Chevrolet Cruze For Sale
4,554 listings starting at $3,370
2017 Chevrolet Cruze For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 1,062 listings starting at $1,700
2016 Chevrolet Cruze For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 105 listings starting at $11,987
2015 Chevrolet Cruze For Sale
18 Great Deals out of 351 listings starting at $8,900
2014 Chevrolet Cruze For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 753 listings starting at $6,495

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.