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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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,420 miles

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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 142006


  • 5,640 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. When starting the vehicle she heard a peculiar noise, and then the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. She took the vehicle to the dealer and had the alternator replaced at an expense of $475. The failure mileage was 5640. The current mileage was 60,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 142006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
I have had issues with this vehicle since a few months after the original purchase. The problems started with a load knocking noise that originated from the rear of the vehicle, after 5 attempts to fix at the dealership, they eventually ended up replacing the entire rear axel and all components. After this issue was resolved, the brakes began making a high pitched squealing noise that gets progressively worse each day. The brakes have been inspected and do not need replacement. Sounds like some parts may dislodge from the vehicle. There is also an issue with starting the vehicle. At random times, the vehicle will not turn over when cranked to start. The car is currently in the shop to try and resolve the brake noises and starting issue. The vehicle has been in the shop at least 10 times. Would like to have the vehicle purchased back by Chevy.

- Belgrade, MT, USA

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