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CarComplaints.com 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.

1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,975 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 #8

Aug 312013

Equinox

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The ignition gets stuck.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 022012

Equinox

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. When the contact attempted to stop the vehicle, it stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The contact also stated that the key would not release from the ignition. The contact would have to turn the key several times before it would release. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who repaired the ignition and replaced the keys, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #6

Mar 202014

Equinox

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the key could be removed from the ignition while operating the vehicle. The contact also stated that it was difficult to enter the key in the ignition and to be removed on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 112014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 125,800 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that after numerous attempts, the vehicle failed to start. The contact also stated that the key could be removed while it was on accessory mode. Additionally, the contact stated that the A/C and the heater blower relay was melted and burned. The failure occurred on three occasions. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,800. Updated 11/12/14

- Brenswick, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 282013

Equinox

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed. The contact also stated that the A/C and heater was not activating properly. In addition, the sun roof would allow water to leak through when it was fully closed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000. The VIN was not available.

- Saliberry, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 182013

Equinox

  • 122,000 miles
I had been having issues with the car starting properly and the key getting stuck in the ignition. The dealer couldn't find anything wrong. Then one evening, I drove to a store and turned my car off. Came back and it wouldn't start. Called roadside assistance and they though it was the battery, but it wasn't. had it towed to the dealer and was told it had a bad starter. I had to by a new starter.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 062012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
Bought vehicle used in 2012 ( June 26) and 1-2 months later had to replace ignition switch as key would not turn over. Still have issues with ignition switch not turning over intermittently so we leave key in ignition and lock with the remote controller.

- Victor, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 042008

Equinox

  • 38,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox which I purchased with 80 miles on it. After about 20 months I was unable to turn to the in the ignition. I had to force it and play with the steering wheel for about 10 minutes for it to turn. I took it to the dealership and they replaced the cylinder. About 2 months later is did it again. It is currently back at the dealership for the same issue. The key will just not turn at all, as if it was the wrong key for the car.

- Salinas, CA, USA

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