Chevrolet Equinox Review from Mexico

2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 160a

Summary:

Last choice for a car purchase

Faults:

Constant brake problems and constant replacement of brake parts. The dealers always say the same thing; this is normal. The ABS systems supposedly takes over, and there is virtually little or no braking.

The CV joints tak, tak, tak, and this has also been repaired twice.

On the slightest bump in the road, the engine feels like it is going to fall out of the car.

There is constant rear end noise that also has been "fixed" several times.

All service has been done at Chevrolet dealerships; a lot of expense and very bad results.

Having owned more than 35 cars in my life for business and personal use, I would say that this 2005 Equinox is in the lower 2% for reliability, though it is a comfy drive. I would not recommend this car to anyone.

General Comments:

Styling is nice.

Interior spaces are ample and comfortable.

Cup holder is stupidly placed over the emergency brake.

Worst brakes.

Handles well on long trips as long as there are no bumps along the way, at which point the engine feels like it is going to drop out of the car.

Rear end noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th December, 2010

7th Dec 2010, 09:52

Once your warranty expires, you might as well never take it to the dealer again. You can find better local mechanics that won't keep ripping you off for stuff, and they actually know how to fix things the right way. Dealers make most of their profits from service, so they do tend to try to do as much work as possible, to make the most money.

I am not saying you didn't need the work done though. My experience with Chevy has been pretty much the same. They are really expensive repair wise, and fall apart before 100K miles. I made the switch back to trouble free imports, and I never will buy another GM product.

Average review marks: 3.4 / 10, based on 1 review