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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,421 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 electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 012016


  • 176,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle shut off completely when the vehicle was locked or unlocked with the ignition switch. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to restart and that a security warning indicator flashed after the vehicle shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 176,000.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 232011


  • miles
Sometimes it is hard turning the ignition switch to the on position - once there, the key comes out of the ignition switch while driving.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 062009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The ignition on my vehicle literally eats my key. I have had to replace my key several times because eventually key won't start vehicle. Also after wear of new key, the key comes out of ignition while vehicle is running.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

May 232014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The ignition switch in this vehicle is defective. The key may be removed from the ignition at any time, even if the car is running. The ignition switch may lock at any time so that the car may not be started. The ignition switch damages the car key causing the cylinder to be filled with metal shavings. This is an ongoing, well known problem. GM's answer is to clean and lubricate the ignition cylinder. This does not remedy the problem.

- Raytown, MO, USA

problem #3

May 062014


  • miles
Key does not stay in the ignition while the SUV is in drive or being driven and also while it is in park, this is a major safety issue, in which I've complained to GM. Upon contacting GM customer service to determine if my vehicle was apart of the recall for faulty ignition switches, I was informed that I would have to cover the cost to have repaired since the vehicle is out of warranty.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 072013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that she attempted to start the vehicle, but it failed to do so. Additionally, she was able to remove the key from the ignition while driving without the vehicle powering off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 72,000.

- Keyport, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 092006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,950 miles
Lemon/auto failures, too many items to lst 2005 Chevy Equinox lt.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

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