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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:
16,467 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 152009


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact started her vehicle and all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. She then tried to move the steering wheel and it was locked. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that they could not duplicate the failure. The contact started the vehicle a few months later and experienced the identical failure when she started the vehicle. The contact turned the vehicle off and back on and the steering failed to reset and function properly. The contact was driving 25 mph when she heard a clicking sound and after driving approximately 5 to 6 miles the power steering began to function. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 46000. The current mileage was 48000. Updated 05/10/10 the consumer stated the problem with the electric power steering has been fixed. The problem was determined to be a loose ground wire. Updated 05/12/10.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 032007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering failure.

- Mount Angel, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 142006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,400 miles
On Friday July 14, 2006 my wife came out of work at around 4:00 pm on a very hot day and attempted to start her Equinox & when it started, the power steering was not engaged. I left in the middle of a game of golf and went to her aid. When I got there and started the car, the steering worked fine. We left it a the dealer for the next week where they could not reproduce the problem even though they did recover an error code indicating something failed in the ignition. They replaced the ignition. This problem again occurred on Friday Sept. 18, 2006 at approximately 4:00 pm on another very hot day. I called to get it towed & when they arrived approximately 2 hrs later, the problem again was not apparent. I had it towed once more to the dealer and informed them that I felt it was related to a very hot interior. They had it the entire next week and again found no problems, however, they replaced all of the electronics in the steering column that had to do with the electric power steering. Sunday Sept 17, 2006 after having the car 2 days, it froze up twice again while sitting in my driveway. All problems occurred on hot days where the car was closed up. The dealer currently has the car again and is telling me that he sees no problem. I am wondering why I bought the vehicle & why my car company is appearing to be of little or no help.

- Macungie, PA, USA

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