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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,143 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Chevrolet Equinox AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 212011


  • miles


2005 Chevy blows hot air when it's been exposed in the heat for long periods of time. When car is moving without stoppage the ac returns to normal. When there are long stops, the air gets hot again. Have taken it to many repair shops, they have charged the freon, no problems with the compressor. They seem to think it might be a sensor.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 132008


  • 31,000 miles
Problems with car began immediately (transmission, air conditioner, odometer, window motor, car shifting abruptly, and skidding on any wet service.) finally went into 20 ft skid, wheels locked, no response to steering. Car hit pole. Airbags did not deploy, seat belts did not lock. Car totaled.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 132008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Numerous failures on this car. The A/C and transmission defective in the first 100 miles. The power window failed. Transm. Shifted on curves and would momentarily lose all control of car. Complained that had no wheel drive in wet or snow. Would jump sideways or skid.,now head-on into phone pole. Airbags did not deploy, seat belts did not lock. As a result, hit steering wheel and dashboard. Injuries.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 032007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles


Bought the car used with 20,000 and it was having problems a week later. Passenger window would not roll up, grinding and clicking at slow turns. They replaced rotors, clutch and suspension and the problem was solved. Then came the air condition not blowing cold air and the ignition sticking on start up. The final straw was the transmission slipping and dropping into lower gears, the car will be in the shop in the morning. Last Chevy I will ever buy back to Nissan.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 122006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,859 miles
Cd player broke, water soaking floor boards twice causing mold & mildew. Complete loss of radiator fluid, loss of engine power while driving twice. Unusual wear of tires. Rubbing in steering column when turning, knocking sound when turning slowly to the right, A/C not cooling efficiently.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

May 012005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and was placed in drive, however it did not move. The vehicle was towed to a dealership who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. Also, the vehicle shook while driving over 60 mph and when the brakes were applied. The dealership replaced the tires twice, rotated, and balanced the tires in an effort to correct the problem. The dealership also replaced the rims, wheels, and hubs, however the problem persisted. In addition, the air conditioner unit fell off the bracket which caused the engine to shut down. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. Updated10/04/06.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

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