I have had my 05 Equinox for 7 years with no problems. Blame the dealerships for poor workmanship. All companies have issues. A good service department keeps problems down.
I have driven Chevy since 1988. 7 trucks, 2 SUVs and 4 cars. A 2002 Trailblazer Ext was the only bad one.
Thank you for all the information. I own a 2005 Equinox, which I love. I do have small issues, but nothing I can't handle... yet.
I do have some questions that you might be able to help me with. Sometimes when I start my car, it makes a "clicking noise", almost like the battery is dead, but worse. When this occurs, I have to push on the gas to get it to start. Does this have to do with the vapors you talked about? I previously owned a 2006 G6, which did the same thing, but it did it more frequently. So I panicked when my Equinox did it. My Equinox doesn't do it very often, but still does it. I was told it was just the way things are. If it is, I'm good with that, but if it's a problem, I want it fixed.
My seats do stain very easily. I clean them with upholstery cleaner. I have two teenage boys, and everybody knows boys are d.i.r.t.y. And a black lab. I didn't think about seat covers, but that's a good idea.
Recently my cigar lighter has stopped working. I have three, and all three have blown a fuse at the same time. Weird, but I replaced the fuse and all is good again. I had a vacuum that I use that hooks up to the lighter; not sure if that was the cause, but replaced and we will see.
Thanks so much again.