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Chevrolet Equinox repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 870 repairs.
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Chevrolet Equinox engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (22%)

< $100 (58%)

Chart based on 201 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

301-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

19000 mi Oil leak detected on garage floor. Took to dealer who found the front crank shaft seal defective & replaced. 

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

17360 mi Squeak from rear end. Turned out to be emergency brake cable rubbing. Fixed by dealer. 

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

301-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

50000 mi

US $100
Purge Valve stuck open.rnSet CEL. rnPart replaced in under 1 hr.rnCEL cleared. All ok. 

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

301-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

5200 mi Check engine light. It was a airflow sensor 
36000 mi Spark knock when running 87 octane. Dealer preformed top cylinder cleaning which helped but did not eliminate problem. Dealer recommended running premium gasoline for a few tanks to help clean further. This seems to have helped so far. 
9000 mi A timing sensor or had to be replaced. 

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

19000 mi Check Engine light was on. Replaced "water in fuel sensor" ? Warranty work 
63000.0 mi Engine code P0010, replaced defective, high resistance, Intake Cam Actuator Solenoid. 
22320 mi

C $150
check engine light po449 and p0455 evap valve and system leak. Broken wire in the harness located at the gas tank and evap canister 
124000 mi

US $4600
Engine block failed allowing oil to drain without warning 
24840 mi Intake manifold gasket was replaced under warranty 

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

9700 mi Oil was contaminated with fuel. High pressure fuel pump was replaced. The dealer also changed the oil and filter. 
20000 mi There was a small pin hole in the exhaust pipe just before the pipe entered the muffler. The muffler is welded to the pipe so everything was replaced up to a point under the front seat. 
32000 mi There had always been fuel, about 5%, in the engine oil, dealer said GM had no fix for this. 
36580 mi

C $260
Engine light on indicating variable valve timing solenoid needs replacing. Done. 

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

34000 mi 34,000 MILES ENGINE SEIZED STILL AT DEALERSHIP WAITING TO GET ENGINE REPAIRED OR REPLACED 
27980 mi Error code reported issue with fuel pump. Both were replaced under warranty 
43000 mi

US $120
Dash display indicated several failures after trip from normal maintenance. Found loose cable and did engine carbon cleaning. 

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

13700 mi Idle was slowing down in ECO mode causing it to die, run rough and erratic. Dealer replaced Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid Valve. 
66000 mi Cam position solenoid was internally shorted. 
44000 mi Solenoid replaced 
42000 mi Replaced 1 piston & piston rings, as well as associated gaskets. 
33400 mi Engine would cut off completely after driving with no problem. Engine was rebuilt at Chevy's cost under power train warranty. Per online research this vehicle shows a high number of this type of trouble after reaching my current mileage. 
59000 mi

US $745
Fuel injector service 
84000 mi engine has started to consume excessive amount of oil between changes. was 2 qts low when I brought in for regular oil change. Aproximitly 3400 miles since last oil chenge. Doing an oil consumption test. 
84000.0 mi Excessive oil consumption, Dealer replaced pistons and piston rings, bearings, timing chain, and chain guides. All associated gaskets and fluids. Replaced exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, 2 oxygen sensors.  
57000 mi Camshaft position sensor solenoid failure 
52500 mi Needed new pistons 
58300 mi

US $125
Engine would start. But die when put into drive. Replaced intake solenoid valve. 
67000 mi

US $50
Vvt solenoid valve replaced 
63158 mi Replaced the intake and exhaust cam actuators 

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

34000 mi Full ECU was replaced 
17000 mi Car will accelerate sometimes when I take my foot off of the gas pedal. Dealer adjusted the sensor, but it still does it. I see other people with this problem, but dealership says there is no problem. 
64000 mi Rplaced a valve that I unfortunately can't remember the name of. Caused the engine to stall once. Fixed under warranty. 
51000 mi Electric fan was not working 
29000 mi Check engine light. Dealer replaced gas cap. 
33700 mi Leak in evaporative emissions system. Replaced solenoid. Reset check engine light. 
40500 mi

US $42
Intermittent check engine light. Replaced Fuel pump, fuel control module, and fuel pressure sensor based on check engine codes 
83000 mi This car was beginning to use oil to the tune of 1 quart per 2,000 miles. 
52800 mi Oil consumption - Dealer replaced pistons and rings. 
23100 mi Ticking noise in engine at idle. Replaced balance shaft chain and tensioner. 

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox

Engine not specified

45000 mi need full engine replacement.... 
26000 mi Bad fuel pump, caused gas to get into oil. Replaced fuel pump, changed oil. Sounded like motor was starving for oil when starting after sitting over night. Update: lack confidence in engine after many issues. GM gave me great deal on 2013 V6. 

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

80000 mi

US $592
Check engine light on/sometimes flashing, runs rough at startup. Solenoid control valve replaced, plus engine flush, and fuel system cleaning. 

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

52700 mi the car was using 1-- 2 ltr oil between oil change. was informed by dealer. GM says this is normal. if this is normal what happens at 150K 
9500 mi Noisy engine at start-up (sounds like diesel) for 3-5 seconds, worse on cold starts. Noisy idle, engine revving (like gear slipping). Camshaft position actuator solenoid valves replaced, new calibration update done. Failed. Now also stumbling, hesitation. 
16000 mi Engine got louder and louder. GM never admitted there was anything wrong with it, but a lemon law attorney got them to pay a cash settlement. Replaced it with a Honda. 
91000 mi

US $500
Rough idle and stall. Dealer said it was carbon buildup and performed cleanse at my cost. After vehicle returned, problem continued. Dealer then replaced oxygen sensor under existing power train warranty. Problem abated. 
48200 mi car would not go over 20 mph 
4000 mi Loud engine rattling noise at startup began at around 4000 miles. This is a documented issue, there is a TSB to change the intake and exhaust cam actuators which do not park correctly 
96800 mi

US $139
It would not idle, quit running. Had to replace the Intake Sol 
50500 mi

US $30
fuel system losing pressurization. 
38000 mi fuel system losing pressure. crack in eco system computer controller. Replaced computer module mounted under the car near the muffler. Done under GM factory warranty. 
3000 mi High pressure fuel pump rattle. Dealer installed insulator. 
7000 mi recall fix, second attempt to fix 3 to 5 second rattle upon engine startup. actuators replaced, noise gone. 
47000 mi

US $80
Replace serpentine belt. Replaced belt was showing signs of wear and occasionally made a squealing sound at startup. 
0.0 mi Under warranty 
0.0 mi Still under warranty 
9000 mi

US $40
Engine clattering upon startup, poor fuel economy, engine stalling. Perform recall, changed cam solenoids, cam phasers, re-programmed ecu, and changed oil. Engine still clatters on startup, third attempt for this repair, not successful. 
47500 mi

US $195
Dealer also replaced balance chain (under a special coverage 12313) and timing chain (at cost for parts only). The vehicle was starting to develop a pronounced engine rattle, and replacing the balance and timing chain seemed to resolve the issue. 
56000 mi noisy engine, rattle 
65000 mi Oil consumption 
86200 mi After the FUEL P was replaced. the next day the Elight came on. It was the O2 senor. Told that it was not covered under warranty. Caled GM Tlk to a rep. I explaed to thm th situation and aked if the O2 senor was covred since FP cuse prb Yes 
11000 mi rattling noise on engine start up - they replaced camshaft actuators as per TSB P10562A 
13000 mi Engine clatters for a few seconds after start-up 
28500 mi Engine noise on 2.4L engine - replaced balance chain also fuel pump lunger shaft seal replaced - also part of the GM notification, the oil monitor system needed to be recalabrated. 
33500 mi Engine clatter several seconds on startup. GM has extended warranty for this issue. The major items replaced was the timing chain that was badly stretched out and revised cam shaft actuators. Previously they replaced the actuators and tensioner. 
11000 mi Upon starting, the engine would idle very rough for up to 20 seconds. This problem was intermittant, but noticeable. Got a recall notice from Chevrolet to bring it in and have it reprogrammed. Problem solved. 
28000 mi Car had developed rough idle. Dealer reflashed the PCM. High pressure fuel pump was noisy, dealer installed insulator. 
48000 mi Ses light is on. Replace cam actuator. 
56000 mi Engine was running rough and ses light was on. Dealer replaced high pressure injection fuel pump. SES light was on. Found that the cat converter had failed due to excessive fuel from fuel pump replaced on last visit. 
63000 mi

US $300
Ses light on and car bucking. Replaced throttle body 
2000 mi When the engine is started, it sometimes rattles (like shaking a can with marbles in it) for a few seconds. It sounds like their is no or low oil pressure. Others on the net have reported the same problem. 
5000 mi Noise at start up, and later, stalling, was caused by the camshaft position sensor. I had to towed to the dealer at 3pm, and it was ready the next morning at 10am. 

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

44640 mi Check engine light, "service stabilitrak" warning, reduced engine power. Dealer replaced throttle body assembly. 
49600 mi Check Engine light, rough idling, stall, continued cycling after ignition turned off ('dieseling'). Dealer replaced High Pressure Fuel Pump. 
85000 mi camshaft actuator 
101700 mi 101,000 miles beginning to use approx 1 qt of oil every 2000 miles 
65000 mi Loud engine rattling sound at start-up, becoming longer and more frequent. replace high pressure fuel pump & replace engine balance chain for code P0172 under powertrain warranty 
72000 mi

US $220
Check Engine Light -O2 sensor bad 
77600 mi Replace Camshaft position actuator and sprocket. 
85000 mi excessive oil consumption. Replaced pistons & Rings per bulletin #13-06-003G crack in exhaust manifold 
86200 mi

US $513
Catalytic converter bad. Replaced. Owner believes excessive excessive oil consumption and (carbon removal) induction service purchased from dealer damaged the converter 
65000 mi Catalytic conveter 
66700 mi Engine would not take fuel. Throttle body replaced under warranty. 
76800 mi Cracked manifold. Replaced under warranty. 
90900 mi

US $90
Code tripped for Catalyst Low Efficiency 
98000 mi

US $480
Catalytic converter had clogged enough to trip MIL code. Both oxygen sensors were changed at the same time. 
105000 mi

US $60
Converter replaced 99,000 miles with Walker direct-fit replacement. Flange to manifold separated 104,000 miles and converter was replaced again, under warranty, no charge except for labor. 
114000 mi

US $500
Exhaust manifold was cracked and replaced. 2nd such repair. First time was under warranty. 
96700 mi Catalytic Converter pipe was cracked. Converter replaced under Walker warranty. 
118000 mi Engine rebuild under warranty - new pistons, rings. Also, cam actuators were noted to be worn, were replaced at owner expense during rebuild. No additional labor charges. 
60000 mi Cam actuator replaced 
72300 mi Rough idle and presence of fuel in oil. Fuel pump, balance chain and tensioner replaced under warranty per bulletin #12313. 
79000 mi Check engine light code p0420 -- cracked exhaust manifold 
80700 mi CEL code p0420 returned shortly after exhaust manifold repair. Catalytic converter replaced. 
53000 mi Timing chain broken 
57000 mi Replaced timing chain, fuel pump, something with water pump. After this trip, the transmission started to miss and jerk. Could almost not get vehicle out of steep driveway. 
67000 mi Recall for piston rings 
90600 mi Engine using oil, replaced Pistons & rings. 
79000 mi

US $800
timing belt issues due to stretching of the chain 
33600 mi A sensor failed causing check engine light... referred to as a "crank sensor". 
14700 mi Loud ticking noise from engine, poor gas mileage, 
130000 mi

US $3500
timing and balance shaft chains failed high pressure fuel pump 
38000 mi Replace faulty timing chain. A known problem by Chevrolet. Chevrolet recalled to make a change in oil change frequency to mitigate this problem. 
86700 mi

US $2000
Replaced defective catalytic converter; replaced O2 sensors, replaced leaking exhaust manifold. GENERAL MOTORS COVERED THE COST AND INSTALLTION OF THE REPLACED CATALYTIC CONVERTER. 
3000 mi Engine light came on; emissions issue. Was covered under recall for "poor drivability". Replaced cam valves and reprogrammed ECM. 
17000 mi Check engine light came on to indicated a P0690 (engine controls ignition relay feedback circuit high volts). Techs reprogrammed engine control module and has been fine. 
60800 mi Actuator for emissions 
84000.0 mi

US $300
Ignition coil 
27000 mi My engine rattled very intermittenly at startup. Maybe 10 times in last year. The dealer replaced the water pump and balance shaft chain,the tensioner,two valves,actuator and did an oil change with filter. 
36000 mi Intermittent rattling sound at startup, different than previous startup noise. Also occasional belt squeal at startup. No issues when driving. Actuators replaced again, drive belt replaced and oil change. 
50700 mi

US $100
Start up engine rattle came back. Dealer did new repair for problem. They did a piston rods,rings and bearing replacement. They also replaced the balance shaft chain with the new updated part. Have driven 2500 miles, issue hasn't returned. Squealing drive belt. Dealer replaced drive belt and tensioner. High Pressure Fuel Pump and Timing chain also replaced to correct engine rattle problem per Bulletin 13-06-01-003A. 
75000 mi

US $100
I received check engine, check stabiltrac and reduced engine power messages. After shutting off and not used for about one half hour, car drove fine. Dealer evaluated and found code#P2135. Replaced defective throttle body and gasket. 
82000 mi Check Engine light indicated code P0013. Found defective and replaced Camshaft Position Actuator. Solenoid. Repaired covered under Powertrain Warranty. 

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

130000.0 mi

US $600
replaced radiator 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Engine not specified

8000 mi gas mileage was not what is listed, I only can get 26 to 27mpg on the highway. Not the 32mpg as listed. And the engine is not quiet. 
42000 mi One completely destroyed fuel injector leaking everywhere, replaced that one and cleaned the remaining ones. 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

68000 mi

US $700
Need new brakes. Needed engine sensor 
85000 mi Undiagnosed CEL on when traded. 
60000 mi

US $800
Engine running too cool and thermostat defective and not working. Needed to be replaced and catalytic converter needed to be cleaned out because of heavy carbon build up. 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

1000 mi Replaced BCM, ECM, and a key fob. 
56300 mi Hesitating and running rough, strong fuel smell in oil. Had tech alert for bad fuel pump and gasket done. 
70680 mi Changed fuel pump. 
89900 mi Emissions system 
97000 mi

C $2500
Pcv valve failed causing pressure build up in the crank case causing the rear main seal to fail. Left over oil from a previous repair was trapped in the exhaust flex pipe causing a burning smell 
99200 mi Car stalled while driving and required multiple attempts to restart. Took.to.dealer but after 2 days they said they were too busy to look at it so we took it home. 
60300 mi

US $294
Air flow sensor 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

56000 mi Had car in for 60,000 mile service. Shortly after, it started sounding like an 18 wheeler when pressing on the gas. Timing chain replaced; rattle still there - now being blamed on belt tensioner.  
56000 mi Previous repair unsuccessful. Dealership started throwing parts at it; drive belt replaced, fuel pump replaced, finally entire engine was replaced. Traded vehicle in while it was in shop; no longer my problem. 
41200 mi zebra striping in the engine. No oil in the engine. Engine was replaced. No charge, under warranty. 
24060 mi Dipstick indicated oil was down by 1.5 litres. Dealer added necessary oil and will monitor dipstick every 2000 km to determine if there is an oil consumption problem with the engine. Update: lost half a litre in 5000 km, well within GM specs. 
102000 mi Rough idle, surging while in drive after longer drives. Felt like engine was about to die. Dealer blamed crushed oil filter, but had been rough since new. 
36000 mi Motor replaced due to bad cylinders 
41540 mi Recall, Timing Chain and Tensioner,Fuel Pump and related parts. CEL was on sporadically before, not on since, unclear if related. 
44020 mi

C $128
Check engine light came on. Took it in and they said it was a knock sensor. They said it was operating properly so they reset it and said to return if it comes on again. It has since. 
44740 mi CEL was on . Dealer scanned DTCS and found 3 codes. P0013, P0324, P0326.. Exhaust Cam position Solenoid High Resistance. 13.20 ohms spec is 8-12 ohms. Removed and replaced Exhaust Cam Position Actuator Solenoid. Fault caused other codes. 
95500 mi GM recall to reprogram the computer 
37000 mi burning oil 
35700 mi Issues with oil consumption (1qt every 800 miles). At first they tried a new valve cover, which didnt work.  
40500 mi They then replaced the engine to fix oil consumption, which has been great. 
32000 mi knock sensor replaced, still knocks 
54000 mi car dieseling when i turn key off. Replaced high pressure fuel pump 
63000 mi Timing chain noisy. Fixed under warranty. Error knock sensor light came on. 
65000 mi

US $100
Some gasket or part would cause the car to shut down when at a stop light or idling. 
69000 mi

US $110
Heater not blowing hot air 
3000.0 mi Had problems with transmission smoothness while decelerating (20-30MPH range). Chevrolet released a new transmission calibration at the end of September 2009 to correct this. Took vehicle to the dealer to have it flashed under warranty. Had problems with transmission smoothness while decelerating (20-30MPH range). Chevrolet released a new transmission calibration at the end of September 2009 to correct this. Took vehicle to the dealer to have it flashed under warranty. 
72000 mi

US $200
Check engine light came on, diagnosed problem with cam solenoid. Not covered under power train warranty. Also has intermittent loud knocks when starting. They could not find code but there is still something wrong. Was told early build 2.4 
73000 mi Still making bad noises when starting. Very loud rattle. Selling car as we are sure the motor will fail soon. 
33600 mi Only 2-1/2 quarts of oil left in pan after oil change, dealer says its normal. Too bad it takes 5 quarts. 
111000 mi

US $60
Replaced spark plugs, multiple codes still showing and check engine light on, small knocking noise still present but usually only when turning. Seems like its a belt.  
117000 mi

US $2900
Timing chain failure, Balancer chain failure. new pistons, rings. and top end rebuild do to the timing chain breaking. Fuel pump failure. 
24300 mi The motor was not the issue. Once it had been replaced, the intermittent problem still existed, so they dumped and reloaded software into the control module (during the same dealer visit) and it has been functioning as intended ever since. 
29000 mi High Pressure Fuel Pump leaking fuel into crankcase; TSB exists so HPFP replaced under warranty & oil changed. 
49000 mi Rough idle and oil consumption (1 qt/1000 miles). 
8000 mi Engine temp indicator did not work and dealer replaced thermostat, everything is fine after repair. 
62000 mi

US $500
Replaced exhaust manifold 
68900 mi Drive chain was worn, had to be replaced. Shop replaced it free of charge, said that Chevy was covering it, even though out of warranty. 
89000.0 mi

US $1100
Exhaust resonator had to be replaced. Dealer gave me the option of replacing the whole muffler ($1200) or just the resonator ($600) 
47000 mi A chain that drives the water pump failed. Replaced chains, water pump, thermostat. Car was very noisy prior to the chain breaking. 
86200 mi as failed to start twice for a few hours. Codes: P0014 Exhaust (B), Camshaft Position, Timing over-advanced (Bank 1), P0324 Knock control system malfunction, U0109 Lost communication with fuel pump control module. Ordered crank position and cam sensors. 
86000 mi

US $465
CEL on - Crank, no start. Codes P16F3 and U0109 from On-Star. Replaced Fuel Pump Control Module $145. + labor = $465. Dealer must use a dealer computer to flash the new control module to the car ECU. 
89600 mi Replaced leaking high pressure fuel pump.  Replaced engine timing chains, and chain guides. 
93000 mi

US $550
Car was out of oil within the interval. None showing on dipstick. GM initially offered to pay 25 percent. Dealer went to bat for me. My cost for a new engine ended up being $550. 
13000 mi Faulty radiator thermostat 
44000 mi Rattle in engine. Timing chains replaced. ECM would not talk to car after multiple attempts to reprogram. ECM from 2010 model was the only one that worked. Replaced with a "2010" ECM. 2011-2013 wouldn't work. Engine burning oil faster than normal with no warning lights or other indicators. Engine replacement is likely. Currently going through GM-required 1,000 mile oil test before final judgement is given. 
49000 mi Timing chain issue causing excessive oil use. 
29140 mi An exhaust valve failed.. The dealer replaced under warranty 
34100 mi The plastic guide that keeps tension on the timing chain broke, so the vehicle was slipping out of time. 
43700 mi Taken in for oil change, complained about excessive noise from engine. Was found to be timing chain, required replacement. 
44000 mi Cam position sensor light kept coming on, probably related to previous timing chain change. 
55000 mi Uses excessive oil use. Had oil change and recall notice. was told a cap was loose. time before it was excessive oil use. told me it was fuel injection pump. I use 3-4 quarts of oil between oil changes. 
73000 mi oil consumption test. found out car using 1 qt. oil every 2000 mi. consumption with in guide lines of manufacture. 
78000 mi

US $25
oxygen sensor 
88000 mi 2.4L engine burning oil engine rebuilt new ipistons rings 
51000 mi Timing chain making noise 
52200 mi Recall on this years timing chain 
24200 mi De-carbonize engine Had to replace head and related valve train parts 
18460 mi TSB for pinging. The ECM was reprogrammed for the pinging. That was a success.  
44000 mi fuel pump started to pump gas into the oil, the dealer replaced the fuel pump.This car has the 2.4 litre four cylinder engine. The fuel pump that was replaced earlier this month also failed. 
62700 mi Fuel tank sensor for emission control and low gas indicator replaced. 
91100 mi Oil consumption test concluded and solution was to replace engine with 2013 engine 3000 miles on engine no loss of oil! 
130000 mi

US $1300
Car was stalling after start up. Smelled gas. Leaking seal on the high pressure fuel pump resulted in gas in the oil and a rich fuel mixture. Replaced fuel pump and a small, very expensive, one time use fuel line. 
153000 mi

US $490
Exhaust manifold was cracked 
60140 mi Gas tank cannot fill up . I was told that there was a service bulletin and repair, but these parts are not available n Canasa, nothing to be done here. Amazingly, the problem is now not as noticable since I got it back 
71920 mi

C $500
Fuel line blocked, tank did not fill, stopped with 10 ltrsto go. Mechanic blew out the line. Did not help 2 major oil leaks found by mechanic 
7000 mi Replaced ignition switch. Problem caused service stabilitrak light to come on and cylinder misfire - car difficult to drive before problem 
11000 mi They had to clean out the key ignition because it would stick and not turn over at times to start the car. 
33000 mi High pressure fuel pump on engine and timing crank shaft replacement and repair. 
16120 mi High pressure direct injection fuel pump failure. Fuel pump was replaced with updated unit. 
69000 mi Extremely loud engine noise/stalling oil smells of gas. Replaced all pistons and rings. Also coolant,pipe, 3 gaskets 
2000.0 mi Reprogrammed transmission control module to improve shift quality. 
26700 mi Timing chain replaced due to chain stretch. Covered in a TSB. 
21800 mi Timing chain+tensioner replaced for 2nd time due to excessive stretch. Dealer screwed up repair 1st time but never admitted it (engine made knocking noises after 1st repair which got worse over time). 2nd repair appears properly done. 
31000 mi Had to replace crankshaft front oil seal due to oil leak. 
41500 mi Excessive oil consumption. A TSB recommended new pistons, new timing chain & guides plus new high-pressure fuel pump so all of those components were replaced. 
67000 mi

US $452
Throwing Stabilitrack and Loss of Engine Power codes; burning excessive amounts of oil, with no apparent leak; running poorly, poor gas mileage. 
72000 mi Vehicle still burning oil and rough idle, even after replacement of throttle body assembly at 452.00. Odd behavior in ECO mode and with Traction Control enabled. 
55000 mi Check engine light appeared. Dealer replaced timing belt and water pump under warranty 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

18000 mi Rough Idle due to inadequate fuel supply. Fuel Pump replaced. 
19000 mi Dash light came on, with rattling sound under the car. After one trip to the dealer it is still not fixed. 
22000 mi Rattle fixed. Heat shield. Light never came back on. 
124000.0 mi

US $892
Valve cover gasket replaced, both vvt solenoids replaced 
53000 mi Engine failure. 
68000 mi Engine burned all of the oil in less than 4000 miles, causing engine wear/damage. Dealer replaced pistons, rings, cam shaft, timing chain, tensioners, HP fuel pump, and more. 
82000 mi

US $1814
PCV valve froze causing positive pressure in the crankcase. This led to the Rear Main Seal failing, causing all engine oil to leak out very quickly. Dealer replaced seals and tested. 
93000 mi Water pump and balance shaft chain Runs very rough at startup, no codes yet. Didn't used to do that 
100000 mi Has been smelling like exhaust for a while and they could never find the problem. While doing another repair, they found the exhaust manifold was cracked. Replaced exhaust manifold and it is finally fixed. 
130000 mi Got a check engine light; Computer scan said it was failed intake and exhaust solenoid actuator. Replaced both and codes cleared. Unfortunately the electrical connector broke on removal so I had to order replacement pigtail Replacement Engine is using more and more oil (was replaced at 40K). 1qt per 1000 miles. I will have to live with it. Engine likely needs to be replaced due to cylinder wall scoring (known issue on these LAF engines) 
45000 mi Check engine light came on while dealer testing radio replacement. Diagnosed as fuel pump problem. 
64000 mi Vehicle stalled while turning into driveway. Took to dealer, was told the engine had no oil and metal shavings in crankcase, but no sign of leak. Engine replaced under warranty. 
99800 mi

US $500
Exhaust manifold cracked and needed to be replaced. 
135000 mi

US $2300
Resonator box rusted out and rest of exhaust replaced. 
111500 mi

US $5000
Driving to work, engine started making loud knocking sound. Pulled to side and shut off, but wouldn't restart. Rear oil seal blown, engine had to be replaced. 
31100 mi The timing chain and water pump were replaced. There was a letter sent around July 2013 stating that this could be an issue for my Equinox and to be on the look out for it. I brought it in at the earliest symptom, before any check engine light appeared. 
34000 mi Engine running rough, if never stalling. Probably excessive oil consumption. They top the oil off and want me to drive 1k miles before they check again. CEL comes on as I leave the dealership. They scan and shut it off. Engine light comes on a few days later. I scan it with my code reader, P0014, exhaust camshaft position sensor. Bring the car back. Now the end of the month, need inspection. Drop the car off, they replace the sensor. The next morning, the light comes on again, same issue. Now I am stuck, have to get the "R" inspection sticker until fixed. 
34000 mi Check engine at 1k miles. Running rough again and excessive oil used. They determine they can get away with replacing piston and rings. You can't replace the cylinder sleeve or service the block in this engine so you know this fix isn't going to last. 
34000 mi Less than 300 miles, CEL comes on. In 7 miles to dealer, everything goes to hell. Very rough, stalling, barely limp to dealer. They tear down engine, a balance shaft bearing had been destroyed and most likely pieces all inside the engine. Replaced engine. 

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

29760 mi Ticking sound coming from engine compartment. Installed sound insulator on fuel pump pipe connection. 
30660 mi Fixed ticking sound by replacing the timing chain tensioner. 

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

20000.0 mi Blinker sound quit working. Shifting funny. They didn't do anything for the shifting yet. Service Engine light came on. Was the fuel pressure regulator or something similar. 
65500 mi Timing motor replaced 

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

126000 mi

US $450
New spark plugs and wires were put in. 
80000 mi

US $15
Cooling fans remained on after turning car off abnormal hi temperature gauge readings. Bad Thermostat cord connection at fan. 
55800 mi

US $91
Replaced EGR Valve 
78000 mi

US $85
EGR Valve and Traction Control Errors P0404 P0405. Replaced the EGR valve. 
103300 mi Vehicle warning Engine hot came on - towed to dealer where it was determined the thermostat needed to be replaced. 
159900 mi

US $250
Replaced serpentine belt 

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

75000 mi Evaporative emissions vent was stuck closed, as a result I could not pump gas. Mechanic replaced and problem was solved. Spark plug wires needed replacing 
131000 mi

US $70
First Entry; replaced spark plugs at 110,000 miles for the first time. Still have to do the wires 
57700 mi Service Stabilitrak warning light. OnStar assistance found codes C0561, P0404, P1779. EGR Valve would not open beyond 60%. Replaced faulty EGR Valve. 
62500 mi

US $400
Misfire, when vehicle under a light load 
78000 mi

US $150
ECM Valve replaced 
93000 mi

US $150
Failure of the wire set, need removal and replacement 
93000 mi

US $359
Vehicle would misfire under load. All of the spark plugs and plug wires were changed. 
71920 mi

C $302
This is the second fuel pump they have installed since January 2011; Now my fuel comsumption is increased; last fall they replace the cateletic convertor; I think I bought a lemon. 
74000 mi

US $1600
Major head gasket blown. New head gasket installed. 
42915 mi Ticking noise from engine. Replaced both cylinder heads and all exhaust valves. Problem described in TSB:08-06-01-022 Service performed under warranty. 
51460 mi Owner noticed increased coolant level in surge tank which remained high after engine cooled. Mechanic performed some tests and decided thermostat was sticking (there was no overheat indication at any time on temperature gauge.) Replaced under warranty. Replaced under warranty. 
60420 mi

C $237
New EGR valve/gasket. Symptom showed as "Stabiltrack Disabled" and "Service Stabiltrack" with a pending or actual DTC code P0404(EGR circuit range/performance) Mechanic explained EGR fault causes the Stabiltrack problem also. 
70000 mi

US $1800
Head Gasket replacement - overheating issues 

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

110000 mi Fuel Filter failed 
207000.0 mi

US $200
Replaced ECM module Replaced Radiator fan motor (Primary) 
144000 mi EGR valve replaced 
62000 mi The timing chain needed to be replaced. 
62000 mi Engine making noises again. I traded the car in because I didnt trust it any longer. 

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

112000.0 mi

US $225
Body Control Module Replaced 
81000 mi Leaking fuel pump assembly. Heavy gas smell around vehicle. Fixed under warranty. 
106000 mi GM had a recall on defective fuel pumps on the 07 Equinox. Mine was leaking. I had it checked by the dealer and GM approved the repair. They forgot to change the fuel level sensor and I had just put 12 gallons of gas in it. So they had to drop the tank ag 
86000 mi

US $32
Key gets stuck in switch. Lubricated it, but did not work. Still occasionally gets stuck. 

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

32000 mi Check engine light - PCV connection issue. 
91300 mi

US $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. 
36000 mi 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 mi Various intermittent engine electrical and fuel issues. CEL would come on then go back out. Also sometimes trouble starting. 
55800 mi Ignition sticking 
76000 mi

US $280
Check engine light. Lean code 171. Loose hose. Plus the clean throttle bony, improve starting. 
135000 mi

US $200
Pcv valve hose 
102000 mi

US $200
Some tube that controls the airflow. It rattles loose and makes your check engine light come on. A known issue and there is a repair bulletin out for it. 
104000 mi

US $1200
Some intake hose allowing too much air into the engine and causing the check engine light to stay on.It was a known issue as it was in the Bulletin. Dealer part and then it had to be recalibrated at the dealer to get the ck eng lite off 
149000 mi Catalytic Coverter 
92000 mi Clean throttle body to fix erratic idle, surging, replace battery 

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

78740 mi Key sticking reported in 1st year. GM Canada has record. Reported again and told not a 2006 recall item but it is 2005 problem. This car built in 2005. 
85540 mi Ignition key was sticking. Replaced on a recall. 
94600 mi New ignition also sticking. GM will not correct it. Say they will only pay to replace it once. 
60000 mi

US $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. 
40000 mi 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 mi

US $3800
Check engine light was FINALLY solved with a reflash (TSB) routine 40K maintenance done at this time. 
44000 mi

US $2100
water pump failed, car had to be towed to dealer 
84000 mi

US $74
Check engine light on intermittently. Found CO171 set due to damaged PCV hose. Replaced PCV hose. Coolant Reservoir Low. Pressurized cooling system and found leaking lower intake gaskets. Replaced lower intake gaskets to correct. 
98000 mi

US $100
New noise upon exiting from previous repair. Took back to shop on next work day. Unrelated according to them. Oxygen sensor failed. It was replaced with no labor charge. 
116000 mi

US $339
Mechanic checking as to why check engine light was on and found an air intake hose was partially loose. 
148800 mi

US $498
Repair person noted wear on alternator drive belt (serpentine belt) and advised replacing 
158000 mi

US $1000
Car overheated requiring thermostat replacement, radiator fan replacement, and fee for pressure testing radiator ands diagnosis of issue 
169000 mi

US $750
Plastic piece on radistortion hosee to radiator broken causing fluid leakage and overheating Large radiator cooling fan not running, for the 4th time in 15 months. Part not under warranty, but labor was. 
169800 mi

US $100
ERG valve was clogged - check engine light on - could not pass inspection. Mechanic removed, cleaned valve and replaced. 
171000.0 mi ERG valve clogged again. Son repaired in same way as November 2016 but check engine light will not reset. It's old. We are giving up. 
173600 mi Fuel pump 

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

74400 mi Catalytic converters needed to be replaced, but under warranty 
220000.0 mi

US $100
Car was missing even after changing plugs. fixed by replacing the coil pack 
82000 mi

US $3
car stalled in parking lot. Would not start after stall. towed to home. Investigation revealed blown fuse for electric fuel pump. replaced fuse. fully functional. 
120000 mi

US $30
lower cooling hose on radiator ruptured 
199000 mi

US $10
Popped code P0405 EGR electrical.. bad connector to the valve Popped a code of P0455. Large evap leak. 
12685 mi Transmission tsb...flash new program. Coolant fluid declined by dealer. (not happy about this..it stunk) 

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

52421 mi

C $300
replaced rear diff, replaced steering colum and intermidit shafts both lower control arm bushings starter motor.dearlship says to after market warranty company{secure drive} 10,700 to repair. 
3200.0 mi Had coolant hoses replaced due to "fishy" smell and black flecks in coolant. Read about the TSB online regarding corrosion of the hoses. No problems with coolant system to date. 
124000 mi

US $90
EGR tube eroded. EGR valve and tube had changed so had to replace both. Connection to valve changed so that needed to be re-wired. 
117000 mi

US $942
Leaking lower intake manifold gasket Blown head gasket 
117300 mi

US $1026
Replace a leaky water pump 
119000 mi

US $90
Replaced two idler pulleys, fan belt and tensioner. Fixed a noise when accelerating under load. 
119000 mi

US $450
Replace worn out engine mounts. Fixed exhaust or engine noise when accelerating and under load. 
94860 mi

C $150
Clamp on cooling system failed. Lost my coolant into the parking lot. Required a replacement clamp and flush and fill. 
99200 mi

C $2000
Coolant blew as a result of rad failure. Also discovered head gasket blown. Both required replacement. 
75640 mi

C $300
ignition cylinder had to be replaced. 
114700 mi

C $500
Replaced EGR tube and valve assembly. The tube had developed a leak but because GM altered the original design, the complete kit was replaced. Hint-PURCHASED THE KIT FOR 75% LESS THAN GM PRICING. Google is your friend. 
34154.0 mi J6982 - HOSES, EVAPORATIVE EMISSION CONTROL - REPAIR OR REPLACE  
36000 mi Engine is occasionally hard to start - will turn over for a few seconds before firing. Typically happens when switching between keys. Dealer was unable to replicate the problem. 
78000 mi

US $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). 
52000 mi

US $700
Head gasket leaking coolant. 
74000 mi

US $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". 
139000 mi

US $350
Water pump was going out, was over heating in sit and go traffic.  Also had the gas cap replaced, it kept turning and didnt lock, check engine light came on because of that. 
167100 mi

US $1000
Coolant was leaking into the engine, replaced ALL gaskets (intake, exhaust, head) 

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

11000 mi Blown head gasket. Intake manifold replaced. 

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