The 5 Most Common Equinox Problems

We've pulled together a list of the problems Equinox owners.

  1. 2.4L Ecotec Oil Consumption

    A series of unfortunate design decisions allow oil to end up in the combustion chamber of the 2.4L Ecotec engine. And a less-than-impressive oil monitoring system doesn't do anything to warn owners about dangerously low oil levels until it'…

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  2. Delayed Acceleration Problems

    Many Chevrolet generations suffer from delayed acceleration due to a slow response in the drive-by-wire electronic throttle system. The throttle lag can be frustrating at best, but can also leave drivers in dangerous situations. Unfortunate…

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  3. Passlock Security

    One of Chevrolet’s solutions for stopping thieves from driving away with a car is, coincidently, doing the same thing to the actual owner.

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  4. Takata Recalls

    A large number of Chevy vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).

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  5. Heater Blows Cold Air

    The most frequently complained about component of the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox is an unreliable climate control unit that doesn't warm the car or defrost the windows.

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What Equinox Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

Equinox Generations

The Equinox has 3 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 2nd generation (2010–2017).

  1. 3rd Generation Equinox

    Years
    2018–2020
    Reliability
    46th out of 80
    PainRank
    9.11
    Complaints
    52
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  2. 2nd Generation Equinox

    Years
    2010–2017
    Reliability
    78th out of 80
    PainRank
    40.41
    Complaints
    1254
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  3. 1st Generation Equinox

    Years
    2005–2009
    Reliability
    74th out of 80
    PainRank
    36.18
    Complaints
    1019
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Equinox Key Numbers

  1. 2,325 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 2,531 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 20 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Equinox News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

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    GM may have used the wrong bolts to secure the seat belts in certain 2020 and 2021 Chevy models.

    Could the new bolts work? Maybe. But when it comes time to rely on the seat belts, it's better knowing the right parts were used to tether them to the frame.…

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    A lawsuit says the 2.4L Ecotec engine in the 2010-2017 Equinox burns too much oil, knocks incessantly, has defective spark plugs, and is pre-disposed to timing chain issues that can lead to complete engine failure

    . But wait, there’s more…

    All of these problems are allegedly masked by an inadequate warning system that gives owners a false sense of security as their engine rips itself apart from the inside.

    Should I go on?…

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    Excess gas –– we’ve all had it, no-one likes it, and the same holds true for your braking system.

    GM says it needs to bleed the brake systems of 230,000 cars because the vehicles have rear brake caliper pistons that have hydrogen gas trapped inside that could be released into the brake systems. ZF, the manufacturer of the brake pistons, didn't properly temper and chrome-coat the pistons, causing hydrogen gas to remain trapped in the bodies of the pistons.

    This problem may cause your brake pedal to feel “spongy” but it’s unclear if it affects stopping distances.

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    A lawsuit says defective piston rings have been causing overheating and oil consumption issues in Equinox and Terrain vehicles since 2010.

    The allegedly faulty engines cause too much oil to enter the combustion chambers, something General Motors has allegedly known about since before 2010. The plaintiffs claim defective piston rings, including both “compression” and “oil” rings, can't handle the high compression ratios of the engines.

    The EcoTec’s 2.4-liter piston rings can’t maintain a good seal within the crankcase. That means more oil and more engines hitting the scrapheap.

    Guess it isn’t very eco-friendly after all.

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    It's no secret that the Equinox's 2.4-liter EcoTech engine has problems with excessive oil consumption.

    Now there's a lawsuit that wants Chevy to do something about it.

    In the end, the plaintiffs claim the EcoTec 2.4-liter piston rings can't maintain a sufficient seal within the crankcase. The engines also contribute to the oil consumption due to spray jets that spray oil onto the piston skirts and cylinder walls.

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    GM is recalling 850 vehicles with improperly welded fuel pumps.

    The automaker says the joint that connects the fuel pump’s outer housing to the pump’s flange may not have been properly welded by the supplier. Over time, the weld could crack and cause a separation of the high-pressure fuel pump from the flange, allowing the pump to oscillate inside the engine compartment.

    The oscillating pump can bump into a nearby fuel line and calamity ensues.

    The recalled vehicles include the 2018 Chevy Colorado, Equinox, and Malibu, as well as the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, and GMC Acadia, Canyon, and Terrain.

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    The Bosch fuel pump that Chevrolet used in a small number of 2018 models is moving and creating a potential fuel-leak nightmare.

    GM says the joint that connects the fuel pump’s outer housing to the pump’s flange may not have been properly welded by the supplier.

    That weld could crack and cause a separation of the high-pressure fuel pump from the flange, allowing the pump to oscillate inside the engine compartment.

    The moving pumps can damage a high-pressure fuel line which is going to create an even higher-pressure situation when you start spraying flammable gas onto hot car parts.

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    The glass in the front door windows of the 2018 Equinox might not have been properly tempered due to a blown furnace fuse.

    To meet federal regulations, Chevy must issue a recall but they're not quite sure which vehicles are affected.

    GM opened an investigation into which Equinox SUVs had the bad windows and believes 13 panes of glass are faulty, but the only way to replace the 13 is to replace both front door windows in 379 SUVs.

    The other 366 owners are in for a wasted day.

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    A small percentage of front windows in the 2018 Equinox’s doors are not properly tempered.

    GM just doesn’t know which ones and needs to recall all 400 of the SUVs to check.

    GM opened an investigation into which Equinox SUVs had the bad windows and believes 13 panes of glass are faulty, but the only way to replace the 13 is to replace both front door windows in 379 SUVs.

    Thankfully it’s only 400 vehicles, but that’s a wasted day for 379 of you.

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    GM is recalling nearly 3,000 SUVs, including the 2018 Equinox, because the front intermediate driveshaft can seperate while the vehicle is in motion.

    In July 2017, an assembly plant discovered a separated front right intermediate driveshaft assembly during manufacturing of a 2018 Terrain SUV. It was confirmed the driveshaft had passed the supplier’s ultrasonic scans that looks for cracks, but then three additional fractured shafts were found at the assembly plant.

    Maybe they need supersonic scans next time.

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    GM ordered a windshield wiper recall that was limited to Canada's "corrosion provinces" back in June.

    Well, turns out we use plenty of road salt here in the US of A as well, so the recall is expanding.

    "The first trouble reports came from Canada in December 2015 when SUV owners were complaining about failing windshield wipers during the winter. Dealers said the reported failures involved the windshield wiper’s ball joints coming loose from corrosion and separating while the wipers were activated."

    No recall date has been set and GM isn't exactly sure what they're going to do yet. All they know is the 2013 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain need to be repaired.

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    Equinox owners, put down those quarts of oil. General Motors' Technical Service Bulletin (TSB 15285C) could be the answer you've been looking for regarding excessive oil consumption.

    Chevy and GMC dealers were told in previous technical service bulletins to install updated engine control module calibration and perform an oil consumption test. This time dealers are told to diagnose the problem and replace the pistons.

    GM says repairs will be made for free (based on warranty coverage) and that the warranty will be extended to 7.5 years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first.