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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:
125,000 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox accessories - exterior problems

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 182012


  • 125,000 miles


I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox that the heater does not work. The blower fan and all the switches are fine. When I turn the temp knob to hot air, only get cold come out. Does not matter what setting the mode door is in. Vehicle no longer blows hot air when heat is on therefore the defroster will not blow hot air as well. This is a safety hazard! if windows are fogged or iced during inclement weather you can not see and could cause an accident resulting in fatalities. I found over 500 complaints about the same problem on the internet. Problem seems to be with a plastic temperature door valve (temperature blend door) that is broken.the cost is over 1,000 and I am being told GM will not fix the problem. I have two small children and we are freezing in my car that I bought to be a "family" vehicle. This is just one more problem to the list of things I have already had fixed in this car since I bought it.

- Buckfield , ME, USA

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