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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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,080 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 192005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,080 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact hears excessive noise coming from the rear of the vehicle when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately five times and they replaced the rear differential twice. Currently, the vehicle is still making the noise. There are no recalls on the vehicle. The fuel system was unknown. The current mileage was 18,300 and failure mileage was 17,080. Updated 4/21/08 updated 04/21/08

- Spokane, WA, USA

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