2005 Chevrolet Equinox Reviews - Page 6 of 9

2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles

Faults:

The paint on the radio knobs faded. However it was replaced when I took it in to the dealership for a service.

The engine at times make a noise at start up almost as if the starter is sticking. The service department were unable to find the cause and it is intermittent. May happen once a month. It sounds bad, but the car always starts and runs perfectly.

The other thing was the front brake pads have been changed twice. They seem to have worn rather quickly. I upgraded this last time to 100.00 pads, which seem to be holding up better so far.

The issue now is the rear brakes, which have plenty of pad but are annoying with their squeal. I have cleaned and adjusted and tried other things, but they continue. I will probably have to upgrade the shoes and do some other maintenance on them.

The equinox runs on Mobil 1 full synthetic, and it has been a reliable vehicle. The issues have been minor. Chevy still kicks ASS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2009

2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT AWD 3.4L V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.4L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carToyota RAV4

Summary:

Great family SUV with good fuel economy

Faults:

The 6-disc radio unit failed at 50,000 miles. Cost was $150.00 plus $40.00 reprogramming for the PCM (radio interfaces with PCM and is locked to vehicle).

Paint on the frequently used radio controls wears down over time, but not a big deal.

Other than that, just regular repairs such as new tires, wipers, etc and nothing major.

General Comments:

We get great gas mileage in this vehicle at 25 MPG highway. Combined mileage is usually about 21 MPG, which would make our city driving around 17 MPG, which sounds right.

The 5-speed automatic behaves very well and the 3.4L V6 has plenty of power for acceleration and passing. Its 210 lb/ft of torque gets it up to speed nicely. It feels much more responsive than our old Toyota RAV4, probably because of the good torque.

The ride is comfortable and the Equinox even hauls 8-foot 2x4's when needed, which is nice. One of the most reliable vehicles we've owned so far.

I've read a few reviews about people having trouble with these vehicles. The main culprit is really the PCM, which is faulty and can cause weird problems ranging from fuel delivery issues (non-starting and bad gas mileage) to anything else. 2005 had a small batch of bad PCM's that simply need to be replaced and most problems are fixed. NHTSA estimates that only about 2% of all GM sold in 2005 had the PCM problem, which means 98% of people who bought a GM car never had problems. The other 2% flock to the internet to complain and a percentage of that complain about the Equinox. I wouldn't be too worried about it. Just have the dealer hook up their Tech II scanner and check the PCM before you buy it if you're worried.

I do all of our mechanic work on the vehicle and it is very easy to work on. The 3.4L V6 is a proven engine unlike our old Toyota 4-cyl that had engine sludge problems. The automatic is a 5-speed unit from Japan that is a proven unit as well. The drivetrain is the first thing I look at when buying a car, and the Equinox drivetrain is a definite 10/10 for reliability and ease/cost of maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2009

2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

I believe my comments just did the talking

Faults:

Daytime running lights burned out 2 weeks ago.

Front driver-side strut completely out.

Front wheels/steering vibrates when you step on the brakes over 50MPH.

Silver paint on interior trims starting to fade/peel off.. this includes buttons on CD player also.

Cruise control (resume/set) stopped working 2 weeks ago.

Car seats are almost impossible to keep clean.

Overheated for first week, but now OK after changing coolant.

General Comments:

I use MOBIL 1 (synthetic engine oil) and the engine runs superb.

Excellent acceleration. Though the suspension needs more dampening to reduce noise.

Cheap interior.

Lots of interior space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2009

20th Apr 2009, 10:26

I'm sorry about your experiences, BUT you did buy a first-year model. Regardless of manufacturer, I would advise avoiding first years because of the tendency for glitches that will be worked out in years later. I have a 2007 Equinox that has had absolutely NO problems.

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 28 reviews