1st Generation (2005—2009) Equinox Problems

This generations ranks 81st out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the hvac (23%), engine (21%), and the interior (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Heat Blows Out Cold Air 121 complaints at an average of 79,397 miles in the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox.
  2. Head Gaskets Blew 30 complaints at an average of 73,546 miles in the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.
  3. Head Gaskets Leaking 15 complaints at an average of 75,250 miles in the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.

What Equinox Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 20 0 678 8.68
2008 132 0 640 32.16
2007 110 4 553 25.02
2006 497 0 457 56.82
2005 244 1 429 54.65

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