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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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox lights problems

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 082015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that when the headlights were activated, they did not fully illuminate. As a result, the contact's visibility was diminished. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic diagnosed that the head lights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer where it was confirmed that the head lights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 122013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving various speeds, the right turn signal mechanism would illuminate continuously when activated. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. In addition, the driver side power window failed to operate. The contact also mentioned that the driver side headlight bulb was replaced six times. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN and failure mileage were unavailable.

- Mertztown, PA, USA

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