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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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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
93,333 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (13 reports)
  2. contact cleaner on plugs (1 reports)
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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles


I had pulsing braeks and an ABS light would come on after driving. Found 6 plugs (4 front, 2 back) to spray with contact cleaner and no help. Finally the last plug fixed the problem. Next time I will add grease to this plug. It has 4 wires on the plug, it is under the car in the center between the rear tires. This really did the trick!!

- , Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 212015

Equinox LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,500 miles

The ABS and TC lights on my dash come on and my brakes are difficult to push down. I almost rear-ended another car last month. I have had my car in the shop weekly for almost three months. I have had my brakes replaced, both front wheel bearings replaced multiple times, and the sensors replaced. Nothing seems to solve the problem. It is getting to be a real problem, especially as winter approaches. I see that there are several people who are experiencing this same issue. At what point does Chevy step up and issue a recall? This is a dangerous problem since it reduces the stopping ability of the vehicle. I need my car to be safe to drive. If anyone has any advice on how to fix this issue, I would love to know. My mechanic would love to know as well. I know he is getting sick of putting labor into it without any results.

- , Defiance, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 012013

Equinox LS 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

I've spent quite a bit of money on different problems on this vehicle. The ABS light problem stopped for a while and has now started up again. I'm disabled and live on a very fixed income. I don't have any money for major car repairs. I really wish GM would replace the defective part. Anything related to the brakes is a safety issue. Hopefully, something will be done about it before someone gets killed.

- , Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #11

May 012014

Equinox LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


Went to Balise dealership in Warwick, RI. They replaced the hub and sensor. That worked for almost a year. Then the problem occurred again. ABS and traction light along with ABS activated at slow speeds. I took it to my local mechanic. He supposedly fixed it, then a few days later, it started again.

- , Providence, RI, USA

problem #10

Jun 032015

Equinox LT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,500 miles

Just purchased this car in May and its only June and already having problems with the ABS sensor coming on and Traction light also coming on. I have not yet had time to get it into the service guys to see what it is going to cost me and I still owe another 500 down to the dealer for the car.. So upset... a person should not have to go through this. When purchasing a used car they say they go through it, but do they really? I am not sure how I will pay for everything that is breaking down on this car and still pay the car payment and the down payment of $500 I still owe... makes me regret ever buying this vehicle.

Update from Jun 18, 2015: Just got a estimate from Quality tune up and they told me it was going to cost $634 for he a/c and the abs sensor to be repaired and that is including the $174 they charged me for the diagnostic... how can it be $634 the part is like $45. - $70.00 unbeleivable... and freon is what $30.00 and yet they want to charge me over 600.00 i think i need to become a mechanic..

- , Stockton, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Equinox LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I had new tires placed on my car. Not even 15 minutes into driving, My ABS Light Popped on and My Traction Control Light stated it was OFF; I didn't have that issue before the replacement of the tires. Then I almost HIT the person in front of me because the Driver's side brake shook sooooo badly I had to Literally PUSH the Brakes all the way down and quickly pulled up the ER brake (That's what SAVED MY KEISTER).

So I took my car to the dealership where I purchased the car and they said it was a Sensor that's bad and it needs to be replaced. Now Mind you, I Never had any issues with the brakes, other than them scrubbing and they are brakes I purchased from Brakes and More (NOT CHEAP) Anyhoo, that's another COMPLAINT..

Back to the story; I went online to price the sensor and LOW and BEHOLD, I am not the ONLY person having this issue which dates back at least 3 years. So I called Chevy to see if there was a Recall on the Sensor; Which It should be simply because IT can potentially become a DEADLY situation for Equinox Drives. Anyhoo, I was told It was not on the recall list so I asked them to Put it on the Recall list now or Pay Later.

But I'm just a lowly consumer who is trying to save a company that's ALREADY neck deep in recalls, more public outcry and Penalties just by simply adding the ABS Sensor to its recall list.

This is what happens when you cut corners to gain a profit.

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 042014

Equinox LT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,128 miles


Comes on with every bump hit on the street. Sometimes the abs light comes on when i start my truck for the first time of the day.

- , Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 152013

Equinox V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

I have a 2006 Equinox with the same braking problem in other stories I've read on this website. Both front hubs, both front sensors, rotors and pads have been replaced and still abs/traction control light coming on and brakes are hard to push down on, feeling like it won't stop. Any ideas? Also had all four tires air pressure!!!!!!!!!

- , Everett, WA, USA

problem #6

Feb 132013

Equinox LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


- , Savannah, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,026 miles

I took my vehicle to the All Star dealership 9 times for the ABS/TRAC light coming on and the abs brakes intermittently activating while stopping and/or driving. Each time I went was a temporary fix. The last time, I did not have a problem for at least a month, then same old problem again and with more frequency. They assured me my vehicle was safe to drive, although, they cannot fix my vehicle. I have given up.

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #4

Nov 212011

Equinox ES 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,502 miles


Since I don't remember when the problem exactly started, I went with the time I took the vehicle to the shop to get it checked. We took the vehicle thinking that a piston was bad, because that was the way it felt, like not getting the right pressure from the piston once the brakes were activated/pressed. Once we got the call back from mechanic, he stated that we needed new rotors due to both being warped. I thought that that will take the problem away but once we got the truck back, immediately within days the problem came back. We took the vehicle back to the shop and they stated it was a tire the one causing the noise and rattle once the brakes were pressed. (This is the 1st time I heard about a tire causing this commotion or noise and if that was the case why they charge for something else). At the shop, they replaced the front brake pads as well as the disc brake rotors, they applied lug nut torque 100, inflation 35/35, cleaned and adjusted rear brakes. After all of this was done, I still get engine lights on the dash board. I took the truck to get it tested at Autozone for free and got this code on their machine;

OEM number to Cross: P0171 Definition: Fuel trim bank one condition Explanation: The power train control module uses the oxygen sensor to calculate the Air/Fuel ratio of the engine. The computer has recognized a rich or lean condition on one bank only. Probable cause: a1. If bank one and two set together suspect fuel pressure or MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor a2. Oxygen sensor defective. a3. Ignition misfire-repair. a4. Fuel injector problem.

At this moment I have not used my truck for the past 2 and a half months for fear of having an accident if brakes fail to do their job or lock up while braking. It is stressful enuff to come up with money to repair this kind of issues if computers/mechanics nor dealers make up their mind about what the codes are or mean. I got charged for something and the engine light code says otherwise. I also notice the the button for the all wheel drive does not work anymore and that is being in that stage since the problem started. I would love and appreciate if someone has a solution to this, or if they know if Chevy has a recall for this type of issue (rotors overheating and warping). Thank You.

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Equinox V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

I took my car to Midas for the brakes because they were making a noise and it seems to make a noise when brake they said my brakes needed to be conditioned only so I paid for that a week later ABS lights go on and the same problem occurs! take it back they say it must be the censor replaced that still same thing happens brakes back nosie and they seem like they dont want to stop! Once again back to Midas after 3 months still same plroble they keep car for 3 day day we call to check on car and they say they need to order part from dealer! should be ready by thursday or friday. Call Friday morning and they say cant fix it need to take it to the dealer! At this point I am beyond faustrated. They wont refund me my money until 14 day he said! I call the BBB and also left a message at the corp office of Midas. I get a call to from the dist manager from Midas to take car to GMC dealer in my town. Still a week later no car what is up with these brake on the lemon Equinox ?

- , Manteca, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012010

Equinox LS 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Corrosion on the ABS sensor can cause the vehicle to think it has lost control of one or more of the front wheels. This will cause it to not apply braking pressure to the front tires(75% of braking done up front) which will probably cause warping of the rotors, pads, and possibly an accident. Have fun with that, and THANKS CHEVY!

- , Cary, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 112009

Equinox LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

I had brakes worked on and the car stopped fine. After the repair the mechanic insisted there was a recall on the ABS system. When I called the dealer I was told there was no recall. After 5 weeks of taking the car back to the shop, calling the district manager of the shop, and calling the dealer, I decided the heck with it. My blood pressure would not go down so I decided it was too much stress. There are too many other things to deal with. It really ticks me off to have a vehicle with lights on in the dash like it's Christmas or something. Not only that, but I can't get it to pass inspection.

- , Houston, TX/USA, USA

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