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Chevrolet Equinox Problems and Repair Histories

556 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Chevrolet Equinox. 206 of these members (37.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 472 repairs to Chevrolet Equinoxes--an average of 0.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Chevrolet Equinox problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Chevrolet Equinox problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Chevrolet Equinox problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Chevrolet Equinox repairs by problem area

34% of the Chevrolet Equinox repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 9% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 472 repairs.

Chevrolet Equinox repair cost distribution

Of the Chevrolet Equinox repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 58% between $100 and $499, 13% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 106 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Equinox in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 30000    
32000 0 Check engine light - PCV connection issue. Driver side door seal had excessive wear - Parts ordered. Daytime running lights inoperative - Canadian TSB - optional in USA - Replaced corroded resistor. 
92700 60 Diagnosis codes on OBDII showed Miss #4 cylinder and Knock sensor. Car due emmisions testing so replaced all 4 spark plugs and Knock Sensor. Resolved issue. 
116000 690 Replaced Left front Hub Assembly due to rough bearings and ABS failure Replaced Left front CV Shaft due to crunching sound while turning Replaced Both front struts and upper mount assemblies due to severe wear of left front strut and leakage on right front strut. 
117700 82 Left front CV Shaft failed at outer joint - this part was replaced 6 days prior with a remanufactured shaft acquired from a name brand auto store 
122000 186 Heat Blend air door and actuator failure - No heat issue when trying to adjust temperature. Troubleshot and found actuator out of normal position and door drive broken. Dealer wanted $1500+ to repair issue. DIY repair took 24 Hours. Original Battery failed, replaced with new. 6+ years on original. 
131000  

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Chevrolet Equinox in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 26000    
40000 0 Still the check engine light comes on every time the fuel tank goes from full to 1/2 full. The engine light comes on, and takes one full tank of fuel to clear. Shop still cannot come up with a reason, and the codes are not helpful. 
40000 3800 Steering shaft cracked and became disconnected from the steering rack causing driver to lose control of vehicle. Check engine light was FINALLY solved with a reflash (TSB) routine 40K maintenance done at this time. Front rotors and pads replaced. 
44000 2100 water pump failed, car had to be towed to dealer 
46000 2918 This is the second time this calendar year that there was a steering rack failure on this car. In addition, they needed to do suspension work: claiming that the bushings on the front suspension were worn out. At 46K. I think they are full of crap 
49000 2956 The vehicle started having the same issue it has had over and over with the steering. It goes "light" and the driver's inputs to the steering wheel are not translated properly to the road. Turn right, car goes straight. Duplicated by dealer!!! Took the car home, but it didn't feel right still. There were wires hanging out of the steering wheel. ECU was updated with new software, and wires reconnected at no charge. This car is dangerous! 
49000 0 The vehicle was driven 9 miles from the dealer and the steering system failed again, 4th time in as many weeks. This time I was accelerating to freeway speeds and the steering froze. I was unable to steer, and it became a very dangerous situation.  The vehicle exhibited the issues, but even after replacing ALL of the steering components the car was not able to be safely driven. My company has removed the car from service and I am under the impression that it was "removed from service" by GM 

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Engine not specified

Chevrolet Equinox in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 21000    
21000 160 If I let my 2005 Equinox sit without driving it for over 3 days, something in the engine drains all the power out of a brand new battery although the battery is brand new. This has happened 8 times in two years yet no one can tell me what is draining it. 
 

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Chevrolet Equinox in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 34000    
36000 0 Tailgate gas struts failed........ 
 
Chevrolet Equinox in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 39000    
52000 700 Head gasket leaking coolant. 
74000 25 Car feels like it "misses" very briefly. Much like the old days of carburetors when they "iced up" during cool, damp weather. It could also be the gear selector "hunting". 
79000 120 Worn brake pads and rotors. 
110300 780 Compressor replaced. 
 
Chevrolet Equinox in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 K5267 - LINES, TRANSMISSION OIL COOLER - BOTH - REPAIR OR REPLACE  
0 E7200 - IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER REPLACEMENT  
0 J6982 - HOSES, EVAPORATIVE EMISSION CONTROL - REPAIR OR REPLACE  R0943 - RADIO FRONT SIDE DOOR SPEAKER REPLACEMENT - LEFT SIDE  
34000 0 E2140 - LINK OR BUSHINGS, FRONT STABILIZER SHAFT AT CONTROL ARM R0760 - RADIO, REMOVE AND REPLACE - Replaced Radio due to finish coming off of buttons. 
40000 0 Replaced Radio due to finish coming off of buttons. 
58000 30 Replaced Lift Supports for Rear Hatch 
78000 50 EGR Valve malfunctioning, causing "chugging" at idle. Installed AC Delco 214-2020 EGR Kit to update Delphi EGR Valve to Siemens EGR Valve per TSB #06-06-04-008B. Did not reprogram PCM (no SES light or codes). 
82000 30 ABS engaging at 7MPH every time when slowing to a stop. Diagnosed as RR Wheel Speed Sensor Replaced RR WSS and cleaned rust from sensor mounting surface. 
83000 210 Strut and Shock Replacement and Alignment. 
86000 200 Driveshaft Center Support Bearing separated from rubber isolator. Replaced Bearing and U-Joints. Replace Front Rotors and Brake Pads 

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chevrolet in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 10000    
10000 0 Replaced radio headunit again because the paint on the buttons peeled again. Dealership covered 100% of the cost because GM refused to put a second radio in it. 
11000 0 Blown head gasket. Intake manifold replaced. Excessive wind noise. 

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