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Print this page Notes: The 2006 Equinox is plagued by a heating problem, as in the heater only blows cold air.

The reported cause of this problem is a small door, known as the air temperature blend door, which allows air to flow past the heater core. This door has a plastic connecting shaft to an electric motor and the shaft is prone to breaking after a few years. The problem has a typical repair cost of over $800.

The 2006 Equinox also has a number of reported problems ranging from the key getting stuck in the ignition, to failing speed sensors, and trouble starting the engine. All in all, this car sounds like one worth avoiding.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,000 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.

2006 Chevrolet Equinox AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 112010


  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 50 mph with the air conditioning unit on she could feel hot air blowing from the vents. Due to the loss of hot air the windshield began to fog and disrupt her visibility. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing nor was it repaired. The failure and current mileages were 18,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 122010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at an unknown speed the contact was operating the air conditioning unit; however, heat was blowing out of the vents. For a short time only cold air would flow from the vents instead of heat; the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the heater flap needed to be replaced. A screw was installed to temporarily remedy the failure. The failure and current mileages were 76,000.

- New Berlin, NY, USA

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