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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:
17,441 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #4

May 082010


  • 23,764 miles


While driving my dad's 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, it suddenly started vibrating rather badly at about 45-50 mph. I checked the vehicle out, and found that the carrier bearing had rusted apart, and basically was doing nothing. The vehicle only had 23,750 miles on it, but is out of warranty due to age. To repair the vehicle was almost $500. I have read dozens if not hundreds of complaints about this same problem from consumers that feel the same as I do. General Motors knows that there is a problem concerning this and they will do nothing to rectify the problem. They put a defective poorly made part on this vehicle and it needs to be covered under a recall. A failure of this bearing at 70 mph probably would have caused a drive shaft failure {separation}, which could lead to an accident. I sincerely hope that GM can be made accountable in this instance, because they are ripping the public off with their inferior craftsmanship.

- Alden, NY, USA

problem #3

May 052010


  • miles
I took my 2006 Chevy Equinox in to an authorized dealer to look my vehicle over up an down to fix anything that was potentially wrong with it before my warranty ran out at 80,000 miles to which they said nothing was wrong! 3,000 miles later my oil changing guys whom I trust and always use pointed out that my carrier bearing is completely obliterated and advised the vehicle is 100% unsafe to drive and should not be on the road. From what I have read this is potentially a fatal problem especially if the drive train falls out moving at high speeds. My mechanic told me he wouldn't let his dog ride in the vehicle. I am frustrated with the authorized dealer and frustrated that GM would allow these unsafe problems to occur on their vehicles(shame on you GM).

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 272010


  • 23,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox 23,000 miles. During very heavy rain I lost all acceleration and the car slowed down. I was on the highway so I was very lucky to not die because traffic was light and there was room for me to get right (slowly...) the rain got lighter and acceleration resumed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052009


  • 23,000 miles
The center carrier baring in my 2006 Chevy Equinox is completely rusted and falling apart. The part however is on backorder for 3-6 months wherever I call. I think since the piece is in such great demand it should be recalled.

- Alton, NH, USA

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