I have a 2006 Equinox AWD. My husband and I are very disappointed in the vehicle, the dealership, and Chevrolet--in general. I drive about 55 miles (round trip) to work each day. The gas mileage is terrible on this vehicle. So much so, that we just purchased a smaller, more practical car for me to drive to work in order to save on gas money. (We traded in a '99 Ford Escort in very good condition to purchase the Equinox in 2006--now, we're kicking ourselves for doing so!)
At 12,000 miles (May 2006), I was having a shimmy in the steering when I would brake at over 40mph. We took it to the dealership to have the rotors cut. Almost one year later to the day, we were back at the dealership for the same problem with rotors. However, this time, the dealership said that it was Chevrolet's policy to only cover the rotors once under warranty and that we would have to pay to have them fixed. After a week and a half of arguing with Chevrolet's customer service people, they finally agreed to cover it "once more" under the warranty. But the dealership advised them that "we live in a hilly terrain" (near Pittsburgh, PA) which causes the rotors to go bad and it is a maintenence issue. I disagreed and claimed that the part is defective because at 33,000 miles, rotors should not be going bad already. Our dealership offered a 100,000 mile warranty, but was not standing behind it.
As far as roominess goes, I agree that this car is quite spacious. I have ridden in the backseat and it is comfortable and roomy in both the front and back seats.
Also, I do think it handles well in the snow. So, for our bad winter days, I will be driving the Equinox to work.
Overall, I would not purchase another GM vehicle after our bad experience with Chevrolet and their customer service. It's back to being a "Ford girl" for me!
Please note, I purchased a used 2005 Chevy Equinox in October 2006. This vehicle has been back at the dealer or dealers with brake problems, pulley & tensioner & belts. It had only 33,315 miles on this vehicle.
Is Chevy rolling back this the odometer? This should be investigated, as this vehicle has broken down on me 3 times, and just recently, my drivers side window will not go up.
I called Chevy and gave them my VIN#; they could not tell me as this vehicle was on recall, and they could not tell me whether it was fixed or no; the only thing they could do was to call me back at a scheduled time on Friday 08/03/07.
I have been lied to from several people from Chevy since this problem begin in mid October-2006. I want Chevy top give me a free rental, and fix the door and other problems, which I have given them since this purchase.
These problems started while my vehicle was still under factory warranty!!! This is the main reason US auto dealers are losing market share to the competitors, the foreign car community, as their product is just not dependable.
You may forward this to the GM-Chevy Headquarters in Michigan as a wakeup call, as I will never buy another GM product as long as I live, and many of my co-workers will not after hearing and experiencing part of my horror story with this 2005 Chevy Equinox!!!!!!
Ours has never given us problems. Always keep in mind that the few people that got the lemons are the majority of people motivated to go on the internet and write a review.
We have a 06 Equinox, with so many problems. Bought it brand new and the problems started 2 weeks after purchase.
The doors started locking automatically. Within in the past 6 months we have had it to the shop 17 times for one particular problem.
The whole front suspension, steering column, and brakes have been replaced. Had it home less than 24 hours and the noise started all over again and 100 times worse. It makes a horrible wrenching noise, sounding like the tires are about to fall off.
About a month ago, the anti-theft light came on and my car stalled in the middle of the road, thank god it was a quiet road. It took over 20 min. to get started. They replaced the battery, but cannot guarantee it will not happen again.
Our service department has been wonderful, but I get tired of taking it back every week for at least 2-3 days. GM has been no help. I fear for the safety of my family at this point, and am looking into legal options.
Forgot, I have had the same clunking noise coming from the rear end of the car. It only does it periodically, so there it no reason to take it to the shop. This is the least of our problems. Our serviceman told us these cars are made in an hour and a half; my husband thinks ours was made in half hour on a Friday on payday. We have a 10 year old Suzuki with absolutely no problems or any major work done it. We will never buy a Chevy again.
I have owned 2 2005 Equinox's. First one was totaled in a rear-end collision by a Trailblazer going 85MPH. On both of them, I have had the thumping noise in the rear. Front brake problems on both. My current one has had the rotors replaced 3 times and pads twice (had the vehicle for 2.5 years so far). Also, the running lights no longer work. It was 'fixed' by the dealer once before, but of course it is no longer under warranty. The rear bearings are shot (55,000 miles on it). Having starting troubles too. Also getting a loud, deep, 'growling' sound whenever I'm around 2k RPMs. I can't wait to get rid of this vehicle and buy a Ford.
It's absolutely amazing as well as refreshing to hear that I am not the only one experiencing these problems with this vehicle. I'm NOT crazy!
I just purchased my 05 Equinox 3 months ago and have put an absurd amount of money into it already. I'm so ready to get rid of it even more now after reading these reviews.
I too have the rattling noise in the rear of the vehicle and have assumed that it is the hard plastic in the back not being connected appropriately. Its starts rattling when I reach 40mph and stops around 50mph. I have not had it checked out b/c I didn't want to appear nit-picky. If anyone has experienced this problem and knows the reason, PLEASE let all of us know so we can attend to this annoying problem!
I have also had the starting problem. I took it to the dealership and they found that the throttle body and the fuel injectors were completely filthy and covered in gunk, residue, etc. So they said that what it needed was a thorough cleaning. That was $150. I did not have a starting problem problem for about 2 weeks and one day it decided to act up again. I called the dealership back and the representative suggested that I use fuel injector cleaner, the kind you put into your gas tank. I have not have a problem yet.
But in the midst of getting that taken care of, my check engine light came on a week after getting the fuel injectors cleaned. It's been on since because I do not have the money to have them diagnose the issue. I have gone to Auto Zone to get the check engine light read, and apparently my coolant temperature is always reading low. Has anyone experienced this problem? If so, please let me know how to fix it in a cost effective manner!
If I had the money I would get rid of this car and get the nissan murano I've been wanting, but I cannot afford the GOOD cars. Looks like I'm SOL!