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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,853 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 1 of 3)

problem #49

May 202016


  • miles


When I 1st bought the car had to change the suspension, head gasket, antifreeze is disappearing can't see where it's going key comes out the ignition VIN#2cndl73fx56020123 purchased on 8/19/15.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #48

Jul 292015


  • miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While accellerating at approximately 20-55 mph, started making vibration/clanking noise while driving down the I estate around7/5/2015 mileage around 245,000. The failure recurred multiple times and at different speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. Mechanic determined that the center support bearing needed replaced. Part was purchased at autozone as a kit package two weeks later by vehicles owner within days after repair the driveshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and still is owners daily driver approximate mileage to date is 262,000

- Greenville, OH, USA

problem #47

Mar 152016


  • 150,349 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. Also, the gear shift selector could be moved out of the park position without the key being placed in the ignition. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V302000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,349.

- Casey, IA, USA

problem #46

Jun 082015


  • 201,765 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that there was water entering the map light. The contact also heard an abnormal noise in the rear of the vehicle, the suspension was unstable pertaining to the control arm, and the axle was leaking fluid without warning. The steering wheel also made a grinding noise when turned, the automatic transmision hesitated, the throttle was light, and it was difficult to reverse upon the change in weather. The vehicle was not repaired and the dealer was notified of the various failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failures and provided no remedy. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 201,765.

- Inkster, MI, USA

problem #45

Sep 182015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While at a stop light, the transmission malfunctioned and the vehicle would not drive. Approximately ten minutes later, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- West Park, FL, USA

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problem #44

Jul 012015


  • 106,000 miles
Pcn went out and some of the models are on recall and some are not. My car is not part of the recall and I dont know call is dead will cost $800 to fix. No one is able to tell me why.

- Ramsey, MN, USA

problem #43

May 022015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles


Take key out and engine does not shut off.

- Berkley, MA, USA

problem #42

Apr 012015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
I went to get my inspection sticker and received an safety/emissions recall sheet of paper indicating that I might have a problem with this defect number: 2529, engine family:5gmxv02.2025, emission problem: Some engine control modules or power train control modules have potentially damaged integrated circuits. This may cause the egr system to malfunction or cause the fuel pump to turn off or the turbo system to malfunction. This is exactly what a mechanic has told me about the egr system. If you could please let me know what I can do about this issue as soon as possible and if it is covered or if I can get it repaired at no cost to me. I have only owned this vehicle for 1 year since March 1, 2014. I'm the second owner.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #41

Apr 042015


  • 591 miles
A loud pop occurred during operation of the vehicle at approximately 40 mph and then a noticeable change in the suspension was felt. In testing the vehicles ability to travel to a repair center the brake peddle would drop to the floor as if it lost compression. This occurred after carefully observing the troublesome behavior of the turning capabilities and suspension of the tires. It seemed to make an awful grinding noise when making right turns but not left turns. Previously before these problems arose, the apparent issue of the electrical system and its functioning parts(power doors, windows etc.) were malfunctioning, including the radio. At the initial purchase of the car the only seemingly harmless thing to mind was the sticking of the ignition switch at times. To date, the car is not able to reverse from parking position, and has a new issue of locking up totally and not able to engage forward. The car is not able to be driven and when searching for cheaper insurance (byvin) we were immediately, under no uncertain terms alerted that the car was unfit to be insured. This was told and sent in written form to us from a reputable insurance Agency.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #40

Mar 062015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
In the past the transmission has quit when driving on the freeway, now the steering locks up when driving. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #39

Nov 122014


  • 166,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while park, the shift lever independently shifted into drive causing the vehicle to crash into the driver's side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 166,000.

- Reed City , MI, USA

problem #38

Oct 102012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 65 mph, the transmission shifted gears even when the vehicle was placed in park with the key out of the ignition. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #37

Oct 152012


  • 100,000 miles
Ignition switch won't turn unless you wiggle it sometimes for 10 minutes. Dealer says needs ignition cylinder replaced I have 5 keys none work. Will cost $300-$400 to replace. I have had many vehicles 15 _ 25 years old and have never had this issue. It seems Chevy will only be held accountable if someone dies. I am very dissatisfied with their accountability. I have read many of the same complaints but no help.

- Harvard, IL, USA

problem #36

Jul 012014


  • 100,000 miles
Getting a very loud humming/growling sound coming from front of vehicle. Starts when driving over 25 mph and gets louder the faster you drive. Thinking the front rear end is going out. Nothing but trouble with this vehicle. Will never buy one again and don't recommend to anyone. Sister also has an Equinox and she has put in over $3000 to get it just to run. Going to fix it fast and trade it in. Chevy should recall this piece of crap.

- Morgan, MN, USA

problem #35

Jul 072014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 54,269 miles
I had trouble inserting the key in to the ignition. After inserted I drove the car to the store. When I turned off the car the key would not come out of the ignition. After wiggling the key around it finally came out of the ignition and the steering column locked. When I tried to put the key back in the ignition the steering column would not unlock. After several attempts the column unlocked and the key was able to be inserted and the car started. This has occurred repeatedly since the above date.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #34

Apr 172014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The dealer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V302000 (power train). The contact has experienced a failure. Updated 9/18/14 the consumer stated the ignition lock cylinder failed. The vehicle would sputter to a stop need to be restarted. The vehicle eventually failed completely. Updated 02/12/2015

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #33

Jun 122014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The center drive shaft bearing has failed for the second time. Once at 50,000 mile and now at 100,000 miles. Costly to replace 800 dollars. This bearing could cause a severe accident an injury if not know why the vehicle is vibrating. Chevy says not their problem for parts to wear out.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #32

May 222014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the key was difficult to remove from the ignition intermittently. The key was stuck in the ignition on more than one occasion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and to be repaired. The dealer stated that the time frame had expired to receive the recall repair for NHTSA campaign id number: 04V302000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #31

May 052014


  • miles
The key fails sometimes to turn in the ignition cylinder, went to mechanic, ignition switch needs replacement.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #30

May 092014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 190,100 miles
I had to have my battery replaced today. My battery had to be replaced due to the ignition switch that is not completely turned off when I put the car in park. For a year or so I have been able to drive down the road and my cars key has been removable from the ignition switch. I have asked about the ignition switch before to my dealership over the years with no resolve. Since the recall of other GM models during the same year my car was made recently I have read over these issues and my Equinox is having the same issue. I do not have to put my car in park for the key to be taken out of the ignition switch. Now my battery is being compromised due to it not completely being able to shut off.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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