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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,180 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 lights problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 012015


  • 212,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the headlights illuminated independently and caused the battery to drain. In addition, the contact heard an abnormal noise while using the turn signals. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure millage was 212,000.

- York, PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 152015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
The front lights on the car comes on at night when car is parked in the driveway, not being used by persons. This car may not start in the morning because the battery maybe dead, due to lights coming on by it self. We had the defective switch replaced in the past week, and that's when the lights started to act up.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #9

Jun 032013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The key can be removed from the ignition while the car is running, the headlights only work on highbeam, the brake lights do not work except for the small one in the middle. The car will continue to try to start even after the key is removed. The car currently runs hot so the fan runs constantly and runs the battery down. I have parked the car and wont drive because of the safety issue.

- West Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #8

Nov 132013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 94,502 miles


Went to start my car and the key would not turn. I jiggled it for a long time and it finally turned but the headlights wont work now. I looked on line and saw a few other have this issue. I cannot drive at night now.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #7

May 092013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Condensation water in headlights sometimes very bad, ,,,,

- Belews Creek, NC, USA

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problem #6

Mar 052008


  • 54,182 miles
I started the engine, put it in drive, and my daytime running light indicator blinked several times and the daytime runnning lights are not on.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 052008


  • 50,000 miles


I bought my car brand new with 4 miles on it. I have been the only owner. Since I purchased my vehicle I have had to have the fuel pump replaced in 2007 ($1400). My car has been in the shop numerous times for costly repairs. My key comes out of the ignition while driving, and it is hard to start. I have to wiggle the key every other time I try to start my car. I've also had problems with my car starting. When I go to crank it up it sounds likes it tries to start then dies. This happens often. My car is not in the shop due to water leakage. There a large collection of water with my spare tire, and the floor in the back seat is soaked. I was told from the GM service department they see this often in my model vehicle but no recall for it at this time so it's out of my own pocket. Also I have taken my vehicle to the dealer several times for my steering wheel. It makes a loud sound every time the wheel is turned and they cannot seem to fix the problem. I have had to replace my headlights and brake lights very often.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 292009


  • miles
Continual headlight burning out. Within 30 days of having new bulb installed. Dealer replaced bulb each time at a cost of approx $150 eventually dealer reveals it is a connector causing shortage and will replace at a cost of approx $275.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #3

Apr 032009


  • miles
Turn signal light switch went out and causes the bright lights to stay on.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 102008


  • 56,300 miles
Condensation in headlamp assembly, bad seal around headlamp. Car is no longer under warranty dealer and manufacturer no longer required to fix. A car that is 3 years old should not have a seal go bad leading to a buildup of water inside the headlamp assembly. I felt it was a defective part and GM should fix it, they feel otherwise sitting normal wear and tear, I disagree, hence the complaint.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The back floorboard of my car has been noticably wet for a few months. My car is out of warranty so I began researching online to see what might be the problem. The seals around the doors were fine. I did find 3" of water laying in my spare tire compartment. There is no drain hole for the water to be removed. The water is coming in from the tail lights. The dealership I purchased the Equinox from simply laughed at the problem and said it would cost over $200 to replace just the tail light. The smell inside of the vehicle is horrible. It is obviously rusting the body and causing mold and mildew inside the vehicle.

- Scott Depot, WV, USA

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