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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:
123,500 miles

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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 accessories - exterior problems

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 282013


  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed. The contact also stated that the A/C and heater was not activating properly. In addition, the sun roof would allow water to leak through when it was fully closed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000. The VIN was not available.

- Saliberry, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 092013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The stated that while driving 30 mph, the sun roof failed to close completely causing rain to enter the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated the sun roof retractor was defective. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Port Jervif, NY, USA

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