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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,801 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jul 022011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 74,126 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I received my vehicle back on 8.2.11 it had been in the repair shop since 5.14.11. The repair man replaced and reprogrammed the transmission modulator. He noted that it did "act up" for him, however it had not acted up since his last attempt at fixing it. It was raining when I picked up my car. In the first 10 miles I noticed the steering pulled to the left a couple of times. After I hit dry road this did not occur. After about 30-60 miles of driving the vehicle since getting it back, the speedometer started failing and the vehicle while going 55mph starts to feel like it is going to cease to operate and stutters. It is also noted that it feels like it is not going to automatically shift to the appropriate gear. The vehicle is going to Chevrolet dealership on Friday 8.5.11.

- Rumford, ME, USA

problem #29

May 152011

Equinox

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the keys would not turnover in the ignition to start the vehicle. The contact would attempt to start the vehicle by wiggling the keys in the ignition for approximately twenty minutes. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted who advised that there was a recall for the failure (NHTSA campaign id number: 04V302000, power train: Automatic transmission) but the contacts VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #28

Jun 182010

Equinox

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the key was able to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle was being driven. In addition, the contact was able to turn the key and remove it from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. The vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired for the failure. The contact called the manufacturer who advised her to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. In addition, the manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V302000 (power train:automatic transmission). The current mileage was approximately 100,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Winterville, GA, USA

problem #27

Sep 132010

Equinox

  • 74,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Since 2008, I have experienced the following problems with brakes grinding & squeaking even after getting them repaired (front and rear brakes / rotors replaced). A couple of days after rear brakes replaced the ABS & tc lights were on. I had to have sensors replaced. I have also experienced car not starting and sounding like it is flooding, after letting car sit for a few minutes it then starts. There is also a popping noise that comes from the back of car after starting the engine. When changing shift from park to drive car occasionally jerks & shoots forward. When pressing the gas, the car takes a few moments then jerks forward. Now I'm being told that the transmission is going bad & I have to pay $350 for a diagnostic test to determine if they can rebuild the transmission or have to replace it, which will cost between $1800 to $3000. There is a 2005 Chevy Equinox power train: Automatic transaxle recall but my car is not covered. Note: Vehicle has been serviced regularly according to the maintenance schedule timetable provided by the manufacturer.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #26

Jun 032010

Equinox

  • 72,861 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle would abnormally jump forward when attempting to accelerate. The dealer advised that the transmission had failed and repairs were made to the transmission. Three months later, the failure recurred and the vehicle would not accelerate over 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. In addition, the contact stated that the air bag was damaged during the first repair. The contact believed that the vehicle was extremely unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 72,861.

- Marshall, NC, USA

problem #25

Dec 202009

Equinox

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While approaching a stop light and depressing the brake pedal at speeds under 25 mph, the brake pedal fell into the floorboard and the vehicle continued to accelerate into an intersection. The brakes would not engage. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they found the transmission module was defective. Repairs were made under the contacts factory warranty. On a separate occasion, while utilizing the cruise control mechanism, he tapped on the brake pedal to shut off the cruise control and it would not deactivate. He continued to depress the brake pedal and moments later, the cruise disengaged. There were no repairs made to the cruise control mechanism. There were no recalls on his vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 50,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #24

Oct 052009

Equinox

  • 94,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2005 Equinox with 94000 miles that started to make a loud noise. Took it to the local repair shop they found the center carrier bearing needs to be replaced, however, there are none available! I can't drive the car because too dangerous now and can't get a part for weeks or months?

- Warren, VT, USA

problem #23

Aug 242009

Equinox

  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Equinox needs a new drive shaft carrier bearing. The Chevrolet dealership which is to perform the repair stated that this bearing is on national back order and could take between 3 weeks to 3 months for a replacement bearing. The dealership, the extended warranty company and GM will not authorize a loaner car. My understanding is that this bearing is used on many types of GM vehicles and there was a manufacturing defect which lead to the part shortage. My concern is that someone will not realize that damage to the drive shaft is occurring possibly creating a serious safety issue at higher speeds. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #22

Aug 252009

Equinox

  • 42,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Equinox: The car started shaking while my daughter was driving. See stop at a near by service station to have it looked at. It was determined to be the center support carrier bearing, which holds the driveshaft in place. We contacted several Chevy dealers for the part and were informed that this particular carrier bearing is out of stock, on back order and none were available in the country. They put us on a list to have on ordered. I was told not to expect it until September or October. This car is now immobilized. Apparently, there are several Chevy Equinox's with the same problem. This appears to be a serious safety concern, which needs to be recalled. I would like to see a recall put into effect immediately. Thank you for your help.

- Hunlock Creek, PA, USA

problem #21

Feb 262009

Equinox

  • 21,989 miles
I have a 2005 automatic transaxle Equinox with less than 23000 miles this vehicle shifts in gear extremely hard which at times propels you forward. It also hits high RPM before it shifts into gear. One time it hit almost 6000 rpms while driving up hill before it kicked into gear. This same vehicle has also failed to shift into gear when trying to put it into reverse from park. I received a GM bulletin from my local dealer and told this is a problem GM is aware of but will not cover to be fitted due to the government is not requiring it. Does someone has to be killed from this problem before something is done.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #20

May 252007

Equinox

  • 41,789 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Please note my 2005 Chevy Equinox has failed several times mechanically as I have contacted GM about this problem, I have been utterly ignored, only letter and no action to address the problem in which this vehicle has. I have written beth kucharski at GM-300 renaissance center detroit Michigan several times executive assistant, and have made over 100 inquiries and complaints to the Chevy resource center for over a perio of 2 years to no avail, they have ignored and have not once came up with a equitable solution to my problem.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #19

Dec 112007

Equinox

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that she was able to remove the key from the vehicle while it was in the on position. When the vehicle was in the local repair shop she mentioned the defect to the mechanic, and they informed she should check for recalls related to the problem. There is a recall for the power train: Automatic transmission (NHTSA campaign id #04V302000) however the dealer stated that her VIN # was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 68,000 and current mileage was 73,776.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #18

Feb 132008

Equinox

  • 31,000 miles
Problems with car began immediately (transmission, air conditioner, odometer, window motor, car shifting abruptly, and skidding on any wet service.) finally went into 20 ft skid, wheels locked, no response to steering. Car hit pole. Airbags did not deploy, seat belts did not lock. Car totaled.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #17

Feb 042008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,400 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact has been experiencing failures with his vehicle since it was purchased. The failures include the transmission and brakes. When attempting to drive in reverse, the vehicle would not shift into gear. The brakes failed and water enters the vehicle as well. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repair, but the failure could not be corrected. The contact wants to place the vehicle in arbitration. The manufacturer called the dealer, but are having difficulty speaking to someone. The engine size and powertrain were unknown. The failure mileage was 2,400 and current mileage was 3,300.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #16

Feb 132008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Numerous failures on this car. The A/C and transmission defective in the first 100 miles. The power window failed. Transm. Shifted on curves and would momentarily lose all control of car. Complained that had no wheel drive in wet or snow. Would jump sideways or skid.,now head-on into phone pole. Airbags did not deploy, seat belts did not lock. As a result, hit steering wheel and dashboard. Injuries.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #15

May 302007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,481 miles
I have had numerous problems with my 2005 AWD Chevy Equinox, including the head gaskets blowing, losing acceleration on the 270/highway, ongoing acceleration problems, and other problems which still continue. I have begged for Chevy to help get the car fully repaired and the customer service representatives just keep telling me to bring it into the dealer. I've tried two dealers and returned to the purchasing dealer who will only make repairs if they can pull a code - they report I am having problems with my spark plug wires - first they reattached it, and then replaced one but car still doesn't drive as it did before head gaskets blew. Please, please help me - I've had my car in the shop 8 times in 4 months and the dealer and Chevy will not provide me with an extended warranty - car warranty ends in 6 months or help repair properly. I am scared to drive this car and don't know what to do as they don't take my concerns seriously as the only way they diagnose is by pulling codes.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #14

Jul 142007

Equinox

  • miles
Vehicle(2005 Equinox) always downshifts from overdrive when going downhill. This causes vehicle to suddenly speed forward requiring brake to be applied.

- Bedford, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 142007

Equinox

  • miles
Vehicle(2005 Equinox) always downshifts from overdrive when going downhill. This causes vehicle to suddenly speed forward requiring brake to be applied.

- Bedford, VA, USA

problem #12

Jun 292007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the key will not turn in the ignition. He must go to the rear of the vehicle and give it a push in order for the key to work in the ignition. The failure occurs intermittently. When he took the vehicle to the dealer, it worked perfectly. Recall # 04V302000 (power train automatic transmission) does not apply to his VIN. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 36,000 and failure mileage was 25,000.

- Netcong , NJ, USA

problem #11

Apr 032007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Bought the car used with 20,000 and it was having problems a week later. Passenger window would not roll up, grinding and clicking at slow turns. They replaced rotors, clutch and suspension and the problem was solved. Then came the air condition not blowing cold air and the ignition sticking on start up. The final straw was the transmission slipping and dropping into lower gears, the car will be in the shop in the morning. Last Chevy I will ever buy back to Nissan.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

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