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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,951 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.

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 312015


  • 68,000 miles


Passenger side airbag sensor doesn't go on or goes on and then turns off while in car driving or stationary. Moving around on seat makes it switch back and forth. Looks like this is the same issue from the 2007 recall, but not extended to 2008. Haven't taken to dealership yet, but seems to be a common problem. Was sold to me last month from a used car dealer.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #6

Jan 102012


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. While the passenger seat was occupied, the air bag warning indicator illuminated, indicating that it was disabled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing and it was confirmed that the passenger side seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Stockton , CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 052012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 61,250 miles
I noticed that after a large thunderstorm that had a large amount of water pouring down, my car had a inch of water on the back floor in front of 2nd row. The seats were not wet and only the floor in back was wet and was seeping towards front. This meant that my windows were not open because my seats where not wet. I went to dealership and they would not do anything for me as they said it had to be my fault. Well a year later they finally agreed mold was growing and something was wrong. They stripped my car down to the metal and found water sitting all over in any nook and cranny that was in the frame. They believe anytime I went through a car wash or it rained on my car, I was getting water inside. Service advisement number 08-08-57-001A states that they may have not sealed up to 15 points on the Equinox between 2005-2009. The dealership did not even know about this advisement as I had to read through some blogs to find it and it was the real deal. I had over 4 inches of water sitting in my spare tire wheel well.

- Chanhassen, MN, USA

problem #4

Aug 292011


  • 48,388 miles


Service airbag light would come on for days and go off for days and continued doing this for a month till we took it to the dealership. Problem was right front seat module shorted out and was replaced. Module kit 14.865 (part fp 19207140) total cost of repair was $416.75. At this time, there are no recalls for this problem on this model per GM. I do have a file number with GM and they will notify me should there be a recall.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 292008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Several incidents with vehicle from 6/08-current - check engine lights and several repairs including transmission replacement and currently awaiting parts for a new problem. Car 24 months old, purchase new and has had several issues and has been towed 4 times for breakdowns. Have 2 small children under 5yrs and terrified to drive with issues. Have copies of all dealership paperwork, repairs. Repairs include, not limited to transmission replaced, heater/cooler system leak, lighting/dash replaced, tire pressure sensor replaced but currently broke, currently awaiting parts for timing chain replacement approx cost $5000 repair, leather cracking, windshield wiper rear not working, carpeting coming out in need of repair, front headlight leak and foggy in need of repair. This car is constantly in the shop, getting nowhere with General Motors. Have been stranded on side of highway with children when broke down. Dangerous now knowing what will happen next.

- Seven Hills, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 122008


  • miles
Passenger front seat in 2008 Equinox. When exiting the vehicle your right leg pinched between the seat itself and the side molding to the seat. Though this not a life threatening situation or a critical hazards, it is neither the less a constant reminder that there is a fault with the design of the seat. The dealership will simply look at the seat and shake their head and look at you as what they want the dealership to do about it. This why I am writing this complaint.

- Mcgregor, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 182008


  • 22 miles
My 2008 Chevy Equinox front passenger seat pinches you when you are exiting the car. It grabs your bottom / leg on the right side of seat. I have complained to the dealer and manufacture, they say that is the way the car is made and will not do anything about it. I have had people of all sizes try getting in and out, fat or skinny it hurts everyone. I have even asked another person with the same car if it does it to them, and they said yes and did not know what to do. My husband is the passenger most of the time and he is on blood thinners for his heart. He has to be very careful with the slightest injury to watch for internal bleeding. Currently we have to stick a piece of foam on there so when he gets out of car it wont pinch him. We constantly have to do this. I find it unacceptable for a new car I paid 25 K for to do this and the manufacture not willing to fix this defect. It has been like this since we brought the car home in Feb. We have complained multiple times with no resolve.

- Martinez, GA, USA

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