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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:
63,694 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.

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #10

Oct 262009


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the heat in her vehicle does not work. During routine maintenance, a mechanic stated that the bland door in the heater duct needs to be replaced and would cost $1000. There are no related recalls or existing vehicle warranties. The failure mileage 54,000.

- Spring Grove, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 232009


  • 61,000 miles
Friday, October 23, 2009, our heat went out in our 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. It has approx 61,000 miles on it. This car has been taken care of and is in great shape otherwise. This should be a recall item as the car is fairly new and I have never had other vehicles with this problem. We own another Chevrolet product and have no issues with it, this seems to be an engineering failure. A car heater should last more than 3 years.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 162009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The heating system for the air conditioner was inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician concluded that the linkage fractured from the temperature actuator. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified, but no assistance was provided. The failure and current mileages were 112,000. Updated 12/7/09 the consumer was unable to defrost the windows. Also the drivers side window was stuck in the down position. Updated 12/08/09.

- Ridgefield, WA, USA

problem #7

Sep 202009


  • 70,000 miles


Blend door on 2006 Chevy Equinox broke and now I have no heat and can not see out my window due to my defrosters not being able to work.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 072009


  • 72,767 miles
I "tried" to turn on the heater to help defog my windshield during a rain storm, only to discover the heater was blowing cold air. Because of the cold air, my windshield fogged up even more! this created a viability issue, and nearly resulted in a traffic accident as I attempted to exit the I-17 today (10/12/2009) I was informed by the repair shop I took my vehicle to (2006 Chevrolet Equinox) that the HVAC air temperature blend door assembly failed. I have been informed by my repair shop and 2 Chevrolet dealerships that GM has redesigned this assembly to correct the issue, and have issued a service bulletin, however they have yet to issue a recall. My repair shop is currently replacing the air temperature blend door assembly. I was quoted that this is a 9.5 hour procedure because they have to disable the dash to gain access to the assembly. If my vehicle was not under warranty, this would be a roughly a $1,200 - $1,500 repair.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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problem #5

Sep 012009


  • 49,000 miles
Heater blowing only cold air. Unsafe for my 4 year old and 6 month baby to be in the cold weather without heat. Also unsafe because the front windshield cannot be effectively defrosted in cold weather and leads to poor visibility. Took to dealership and the temperature blend door actuator is broken. Replaced the temperature blend door. My warranty has expired so I paid $1070 out of my pocket to have this repaired.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #4

Sep 102009


  • miles


Heater will only blow cold air on my 2006 Equinox. This is a safety issue since I cannot defrost my windshield. I understand that this is a problem with many Chevy owner. Please Chevy be responsible for you products.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #3

Oct 062009


  • 70,000 miles
The air blend door on my 2006 Chevrolet Equinox is broken and will not blow warm air from the heater. I can not defrost my windows. This car is only 3 years old and I have found tons of people with the same problem.

- Hillsboro , IN, USA

problem #2

Aug 252009


  • 32,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The windows did not defrost since only cold air circulated throughout the vehicle which caused his visibility to be impaired. A mechanic concluded that the air temperature door was broken. The failure mileage was 32,600 and the current mileage was 32,700.

- Niagara, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 142009


  • miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The heat has worked fine up until March 14. The dealer took it and said it was the heat door actuator. The shaft had broken and they replaced it.

- Harrison, OH, USA

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