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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,207 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 windows / windshield problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 012010


  • miles


2005 Chevrolet Equinox passenger window will not come down and drivers window sometimes will not come down. Have to pull up or down with hand.. the ignition does not lock and the vehicle will run without the key in it.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 022007


  • 75,000 miles
Driver side window fails to correctly go up at times. Seams to be off track. Dealership recommended replacing several parts to correct the issue, at a high cost. Currently, problem is unresolved, as I am avoiding the expense. Also, key often gets stuck, jammed in the ignition, requires use of a flathead screwdriver to remove plastic ring around key, and excessive wiggling of key to remove it from the ignition. Dealership found no issue, suggested key was bent. Still occurs with a new key. Vehicle fails to start at times. When key is turned it produces a cranking sound. Similar to a starter going out or the sound of someone holding the key after the truck starts. Requires me to push on the accelerator to start truck. No issue found by dealership.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Apr 282008


  • miles
I have a leaking head gasket, I bought this Equinox 6 months ago and its $1,200 to fix it at the dealer ship. I just paid $306 to replace the motor in the driver's side window. Front end makes lots of noises.

- Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #6

Dec 282006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,900 miles


Tensioner, pulley& fan belts failures...driver side freezes will not go up, when up will not go down..

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #5

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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problem #4

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

problem #3

Mar 292006

Equinox 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,962 miles


: the contact stated there were numerous problems with the vehicle. First, the engine would intermittently not crank. The dealer replaced the battery however, this did not correct the problem. Second, while depressing the brake pedal the vehicle intermittently did not slow down. The brake pedal was pumped several times to get the brakes to activate correctly. Third, the transmission revved high and intermittently did not change gears correctly while driving. Fourth, the ABS lamp illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the ABS lamp was reset. Lastly, the front passenger window was rolled down and would not rise back up. The dealer replaced the window regulator and the window was repaired. The vehicle was repeatedly taken to the dealer and addressed the problems that could be duplicated and made appropriate repairs. Hard start/hesitation and almost stalling. Also, determined speed sensor was causing reduced power.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #2

Sep 102004


  • miles
Retained accessory power mode - otherwise known as the ability to put power windows up with a window of time after keys have been removed from the ignition but no doors opened - windows will not operate - but radio and inside light does stay on....owners manual says it should be able to do this......but none of the cars checked at the dealership work like this....I enjoyed this feature in my 2003 trailblazer.....and just wish this car did what the manual says - so far dealership says the manual is often generic and that this must not be a feature of the Equinox ---I hope they are wrong and some programming will correct this matter -

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
When driving at highway speed and the rear power windows were down the sound of a flat tire was produced. Dealer stated that was a normal feature of the vehicle.

- Gardner, MA, USA

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