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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.


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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 accessories - interior problems

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

May 132011


  • miles


Sunshine kids radian xtsl installed rear facing in 2006 Chevy Equinox. Solid install with superlatch system, barely 1/4 inch of movement at the belt path, however upon wiggling the shoulder area of the seat with minimal pressure, the superlatch loosened dramatically and the seat was no longer secure. (related vehicle information: Model year=2006, make=Equinox, model=Chevy).

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 232011


  • miles
I installed a sunshine kids radian xtsl in my 2006 Chevy Equinox rear-facing center using the latch system/rear facing tether. A week or so after installing, as my daughter got in the car, I noticed that the latch strap had loosened significantly and that the seat was no longer in tightly. I took my daughter out of the car and re-installed the seat it tightly. I found that I was then able to easily shake the seat as the latch strap loosened. It seemed like the angle that the latch connector hit the car seat prevented the connector from staying in the locked position. I was easily able to tap the connector and see the latch belt loosen. After being unable to get a tight install with the seat belt in any seat position, I switched out the xtsl for my britax blvd. Cs and emailed sunshine kids juvenile products about the issue. They replied promptly and courteously and sent me a new super latch connector. It arrived quickly and I haven't had any problems since. (related vehicle information: Model year=2006, make=Chevrolet, model=Equinox).

- Cohoes, NY, USA

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