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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Problems and Repair Histories

53 TrueDelta members own a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. 19 of these members (35.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 67 repairs to 2006 Chevrolet Equinoxes--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2006 Chevrolet Equinox problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2006 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 2006 Chevrolet Equinox repairs by problem area

27% of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 25% to the suspension, 21% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 4% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 67 repairs.

2006 Chevrolet Equinox repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 7% cost less than $100, 48% between $100 and $499, 7% between $500 and $999, 28% between $1000 and $2499, and 10% more than $2500.

Chart based on 29 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

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Chevrolet Equinox in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 73000    
77000 400 Radio and driver information center stopped working. 300.00 for used radio, installed myself, 100.00 to program to vehicle. front wipers stop working and washers dont work at all. rear wipers and washers not working at all. 

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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  
Chevrolet Equinox in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 40920    
45880 150 Clunking in back. Brought in twice before same problem. Bushings on sway bar had to be replaced drivers side window wouldn't work intermittantly 
55800 0 Ignition sticking 
55800  
Chevrolet Equinox in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 61380    
88660 830 New pads, shoes and front rotors. 
90520 32 Both headlights were replaced about 2 weeks apart. 
114700 1600 Replaced both front struts as well. 
141980 392 Replaced front driver's side bearing. 
 
Chevrolet Equinox in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 16000    
36000 0 Check engine light comes on when fuel tank is filled, and goes off when it reaches 3/4 full. I have not done any more diagnosis to see what the problem is, will report in the future. 
49000 0 Various intermittent engine electrical and fuel issues. CEL would come on then go back out. Also sometimes trouble starting. 

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Chevrolet Equinox in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 96100    
102760 0 Driver's side headlight failed and then one week later the passenger side failed. 
115320  
Chevrolet Equinox in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 53940    
55180 323 Second time for rotors repair Driver door roller guide bar - not covered by warranty. 
56420 2646 both front sturt towers were replaced due to leaks in both Right rear axle bearing replaced Left rear axle bearing replaced 
60720 453 Water at power car wash entered vehicle through drivers side seal and affected wiring harness connection on inner door post panel. Water affected all electronics. Connector was dried, cleaned and silicone sealed with shrink wrap and silicone. 
 
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 
Chevrolet Equinox in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 43000    
60000 852 When problem arose, called Onstar for diagnosis. Stated it was the Engine Cooling Fan System. Fan was still operating. Took it into local dealer. Fuse blew to fan motor and fan motor had high resistance. Dealer replaced both. 
104000  
Chevrolet Equinox in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009    
0 U joint went out and dropped the drive shaft while driving down the highway @ 55 miles an hour causing the drive shaft to split the rear end in two. Chevy say's the drive train isn't under warranty anymore! Repairs are going to cost $3,700. No money! 
52000 1300 Rearend ran dry on grease causing the gears to lock up and crack the housing, damaging the driveshaft and both rear axles.  
 

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