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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,000 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 152008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Equinox that has experienced multiple electrical problems. First I had ignition problems, air conditioner problems, battery being drained without cause, window control and so forth. Each time I took it to the dealer for repairs and each time a repair was made. Only after the warranty was out did I discover by accident that the problems were caused by a faulty wiring harness. The main dash wiring harness located in the left floor panel on the driver's side has signs of melting, and shorts with the slightest movement. The shortage causes the air conditioner to stop blowing and will cause the engine to completely die out. I have had the car evaluated by two mechanics who both stated, without knowing someone else had looked at it, that the car is a fire hazard and should be repaired immediately. I also spoke with a local body shop that has repaired at least one Equinox that burned due to this same wiring harness. The repairs are currently being made at a cost of $4,000. I believe that this is a more wide spread problem than has been reported and hope that others with similar problems will speak out as General Motors is unwilling to investigate this. I encourage new car buyers to beware of this company, as I have been sorely disappointed with their product and service. The consumer also stated there was a roaring noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. She later found out there was a problem with differential after being told there was nothing in the rear to cause a noise. Updated 12/04/08.

- Savannah, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 312007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
My driver side window will not go up or down, it just failed completely. The dealership advised that the wires inside the door are completely broken. The system needed to fix it is back ordered so I have to wait to have it replaced. Four days later my brakes became the new problem. On my way to school, I was approaching a stop light and began applying the brakes but the car would not stop. It made a vibrating noise and thrust itself forward. It wasn't a grinding sound but clicks and vibration. Luckily there wasn't anyone in front of me or coming from the opposite direction. I thought it something I did and continued driving carefully. At the next stop I was unable to slow down to make a right hand turn. I passed the turn completely before the car slowed enough to turn. This scared me so I pulled over and called for help. After taking a test drive with a car repair person who informed me it wasn't my brake pads or rotors. He said it sounded like my anti-lock system failing and I should call the dealership. I called the dealership and they said to bring it in. GM roadside assistance towed it. That was Saturday and today is Monday, the dealership worker told me she drove it and she has been driving for 12 years and she didn't have a problem with the brakes but they will put it on the electric diagnostic machine to double check it. I am afraid to drive with my children. The fact that the car may not stop or the brakes may fail at any time is scary. I should hear from them by this evening.

- Southington, CT, USA

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