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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,570 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 #5

May 012009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


Right after purchasing this vehicle I noticed after running the air conditioner that a moldy musty smell came from the car. My husband changed the cabin air filter, that only helped for just a few weeks. I had my service department check it out. They told me the condenser need a foam spray to kill the bacteria at my cost. I purchased the extended warranty on this vehicle but that would not cover the cost of the fix. I am very disappointed with this vehicle. I am also concerned that we are breathing all this contaminated air.

- Brandenburg, KY, USA

problem #4

Mar 212012


  • 31,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that vehicle would stall sporadically with the illumination of the check engine light. The manufacturer was contacted and instructed the contact to have the vehicle inspected by an authorized dealer. The dealer was not contacted. A local mechanic diagnosed that there was an ECM failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 31,200 and the current mileage was 31,580.

- Crautman, NC, 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

Feb 042009


  • 50,650 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact was driving 70 mph when the reduced engine power warning light illuminated momentarily. The vehicle did not experience any failures yet the contact was concerned that the vehicle could potentially experience some type of failure while driving. The contact stated that the failure occurred five times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer each time the reduce power light illuminated. The dealer replaced the evaporative emission canister, A/C unit traction control module, ECM, egr valve, spark plug wires and the fuel tank pressure sensor. None of the repairs corrected the failure. The failure mileage was 50,650.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 092008


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 25 mph in rainy conditions, the rear of the vehicle moved sideways uncontrollably. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the failure was a normal characteristic. In addition, the engine warning indicator consistently illuminates on the instrument panel. The gas caps were replaced three times, but the failure typically resurfaces shortly after the repair. Thirdly, the radio:cd:tape:deck fails sporadically and prevents a music cd from being ejected. Lastly, the air conditioner does not blow out of the side vents, which prevents air from disseminating properly. As of March 31, 2009, the technicians are re-inspecting the vehicle to determine the cause of the failures. The failure and current mileages were 26,000. Updated 04/21/09. Updated 04/21/09.

- Bullard, TX, USA

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