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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,371 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.

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Dec 282005

Equinox 4WD 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles


The failure is that my 2005 Chevy Equinox. The on-demand all wheel drive doesn't engage. It makes a grinding noise. This has happened since I've had the vehicle. I bought it new in May 2005. I moved to Montana that year and when the vehicle slips the all-wheel drive is supposed to automatically engage. It doesn't and it makes a funny noise. I've taken my vehicle in many times while it was still under warranty and no dealership could recreate the slipping due to the lack of snow or ice or water on the road. The dealerships hooked my vehicle up to a computer and no codes would ever come back as being a problem. My vehicle still makes this noise when the all-wheel drive tries to engage. I never knew there was a way to report this issue if a service department can't recreate the issue. I found this website on headline news w/ robin mead. Great reporting!!

- Columbus, MT, USA

problem #7

Nov 182009


  • 58,000 miles
Carrier bearings.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 242005


  • miles
I have went through 3 wheel bearings, 2 carrier bearings which took 3 weeks to get from dealer so car was laid up., 2 stabilizer bars, all wiring was corroded and had to be replaced, battery goes dead if door is open for 15 minutes. Sun roof has rattled from day one. Paint is chipping off lift gate and inside back door from day one. Warranty would not cover. My 2005 Equinox is a big piece of junk!!!

- Bergland, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 142008


  • 49,642 miles


1. normal driving 2. loud whine was heard, took into dealer and they diagnosed the problem as a bad support bearing 3. support bearing is on a national back order and problem has not been corrected.

- Mount Healthy, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 082009


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the driveshaft bearings failed and the vehicle cannot be driven. The dealer stated that the parts for the repair were on a national back order and they did not know when they would arrive. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Herminie, PA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 012008


  • 135,000 miles
At approx 130K miles the driveshaft failed. Cost to repair $800.

- New Hudson, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008


  • 60,000 miles
2005 Equinox with normal driving, mostly highway. Began to hear the typical sounds of a failing bearing prior to 60,000 miles. Vibration in steering, hum present when driving, uneven wear on front tires. Replaced rfhub under warranty at approx. 69,000 miles. Within 10,000 miles that rfhub began to fail, by the time I could get it to the dealership I had surpassed my warranty and the 12 months/12,000 warranty on the installed part via the dealership. Was told that it wasn't out of the ordinary for the part to fail so quickly, which is news to me! how can a bearing fail that quickly and not be defective. Was forced to pay over $500 to replace it. Have complained numerous times about a rattle when going over bumpy roads and received the "we couldn't replicate it" response since initial complaint prior to 60,000 miles. Have heard that the tierods are to blame, have mentioned it, but still deal with this rattle that goes unaccounted. Also have bad electrical that "can't be replicated" at the dealership. Radio and panel in dash flash at random times as if a wire were loose or shorting, loud booming thuds come from the speakers at the same time. Speaker blew in door, but after warranty. Regardless of numerous complaints I would have to pay out of pocket because they couldn't replicate these things when taken in to get looked at. Fuel gage sticks, but either have to pay $120 to possibly correct it with a fuel system cleaner, or pay $700 to replace fuel filter. Such great options. My family has worked for General Motors for years, it's a shame.

- Owosso, MI, USA

problem #1

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

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