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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,833 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Aug 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2005 Equinox shimmies when applying brakes at about 40-50 mph rotors were resurfaced 1 time and brakes were replaced when vehicle had 30,000 miles took to dealership and they said there was dust build up they took apart and cleaned vehicle now has 40000 miles and the same problem is back again since there are so many complaints I think dealership should fix at no cost to owner of vehicle.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 132006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure, the vehicle shimmied. The dealership replaced the rotors in March 2005. Then in April 2006, the rotors were resurfaced, and the rotors were replaced again six months later.

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 082006

Equinox 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


My wife and I bought this 2005 Equinox in March of 2005. It had 9K miles on it. A few times after that it did not sound like it was going to start. When it did the whole vehicle shook, it was like starting a manual in gear. At around 12K miles the front end started shaking when the were brakes applied. Took it in to be serviced in February 2006 and asked them to check brakes. They said there was no problem. They did not feel anything. Contacted Chevrolet and the customer service told me to take the vehicle back to the dealership and have them check the brakes again. When we did they told us the rotors were warped. This should not be happening already. Still has half the life on the brakes. Today we took it in to have the shocks and struts replaced. This was due to a loud noise we kept hearing. Hopefully that fixed that problem. As far as the brakes and rotors, the dealership told us not to worry about having new rotors put on until the brakes were worn. It is really dangerous on the interstate when someone slows down in front of you when you're doing 50 to 65 mph and it don't feel like your going to stop. We were told this wasn't covered under warranty. Something should be done about this. I am done with Chevrolet.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #2

Nov 302005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Map light leaks, filled with water rotors replaced at 12,000 miles electrical failure in hot weather popping and rattling noise front end stereo speaker intermittent buzzing noise when radio not on time display doesn't always light up not notified of product emission recall by manufacturer.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

May 212005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Caller said in wet weather the brakes made a rattling noise and then failed. In dry weather when slowing down and hitting the brake the front end shook. Dealer and manufacturer had not been contacted yet. Caller will have the vehicle towed to dealer today.

- Lewisburg, TN, USA

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