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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,009 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles


I own a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox lt. I purchased it in March of 2005 and have been the first and only owner of this vehicle. Since April 2005 this vehicle has had trouble starting. I could turn the key to start the ignition and it would stutter and turn off all the way. Sometimes I could not get the vehicle started after several tries unless I pressed on the gas pedal while turning the ignition key. I had it looked at by the Chevrolet dealer but they did not find anything wrong with the car and at the time of turning on the vehicle at the car dealer to try to explain the problem the car turned on without any stuttering. These problems persisted even after having replaced the starter and battery. The dealer could not offer anymore explanations or suggestions. Additionally the key can be removed from the ignition while the car is on and while driving.the key cannot always be removed from the ignition smoothly. Sometimes it gets stuck halfway out and it takes some maneuvering of the key to remove it completely. Now the key will not turn at all in the ignition when trying to start the vehicle. I've tried straightening out the tires before trying to turn the key as well as turning the wheel while turning the key but the key does not turn...updated 06/09/14 updated 06/12/2014

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 142009


  • 48,000 miles
2005 Chevy Equinox ls. Can take key out of ignition while vehicle is traveling down the road. I'm afraid the key could fall out of the ignition and the steering wheel would lock up. Or, if in an accident, the key fall out while the motor is running and you won't be able to turn off the motor, which could result in fire. Had the key replaced once, about 1 year ago. It is happening again. I bought the car new, so I know there has been tampering or replacement with the ignition switch. GM's solution is go to dealer. Dealers solution is replace key. Obviously replacing key is not a long term solution nor one that fixes the problem. It is, however, and expensive one that could be is fatal if not fixed in time. It also appears to be extraordinary. I have driven for 42 years and owned many, many cars. I have never had to replace a key because I can pull it out of the ignition. Now, it appears I'll have to do it every year.

- Malone, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 012008


  • miles
Door locks do not unlock unless manually operated and steering box faulty causing loose steering.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 012005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles
When the consumer put the car into park, the doors automatically unlocked. Felt that this could cause a safety hazard within bad neighborhoods. The consumer was able to switch the feature to off.

- Thornwood, NY, USA

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