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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,857 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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2009 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 172015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 68,490 miles


While I was driving the light on my dash told me to check air bags. It would nutmeg off. I took it to rydell Chevrolet and they told me that the "switch" was not working and my air bags were inoperable. They also told me that the repair was not covered and would cost me over $900. In was furious and spoke to Chevrolet customer service. They told me that they would talk to the dealer. They gave me $70 off. I will never purchase another GM product again. I still think that they should have fixed it at no charge because of the mileage on the SUV.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 202015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
On Thursday 3/19/2015 as was driving to work I noticed that on the dashboard that the stabilitraking off, service traction controlled and service stabilitraking and engine power is reduced. On my way home there was no message on the dash, but the next day 3/20/2015 on my way to work that same message came on and it stayed on, so I took it to a garage and they tried to diagnose what was wrong and they could not fin out what it was and they told me to take it to the dealer.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #6

Oct 142014


  • 72,545 miles
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, I was leaving work headed to my physical therapy appointment. It was a rainy day. While in route, a message appeared on the dashboard: Stabilitraking off. I proceeded to turn right and get into the left turning lane heading to my appointment. Once, I got into the turning lane the dashboard message was flashing: Stabilitraking off, service traction control, service stabilitraking and engine power is reduced. The vehicle shuts down. I attempted start the vehicle and it moved a few inches then shutdown. About a few minutes later, I attempted a second time to turn it on. Once again, it moved about a few more inches and shutdown. When I attempted a third time, the vehicle would not turn over. I called onstar for assistance, they contacted 911 because I was a dangerous intersection. They also contacted Chevrolet roadside assistance for towing. The police arrived and pushed my vehicle off to the side of the road to safety until the towing company arrived. The vehicle still would not start. About 25 to 30 minutes later my husband arrived and started the vehicle with not problem, but the same messages appeared. On Thursday, October 15, 2014, dealer contacted me and stated that my vehicle was ready for pickup and could not duplicate the problem nor read the GM codes. They cleared all codes and recommended that I take it to a Chevrolet dealer for a diagnostic.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252014


  • 71,627 miles


On September 25, 2014, I was headed home from work traveling 45 miles per hour when the message stabilitraking off appeared on the dashboard. It was a clear and sunny day. As I continued to drive, my vehicle began to loose power and proceeded to slow down as I was in route. I immediately pulled to the side of the road and dashboard message was flashing stabilitraking off, service traction control, service stabilitraking, engine power is reduced then the engine shutdown and would not turnover. It would not make a sound. I called onstar service for towing. They did a diagnostic check at my request and the following codes were given: P0502, P0513, P0606 and P0700. After 45 minutes of waiting beside the road, I attempted to start the vehicle again and it cranked. However, still flashing the same messages above; it would not pick speed. The engine light never went off. I was only able to travel about 25 miles per hour and made it home safely. I had to have a towing company tow it from my yard to the dealer. I picked it up two days later from the dealer. They were unable to duplicate the problems, could find nothing wrong, cleared all codes and I picked up my vehicles and went home with no answers.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 052013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Stability traction control light came on with other warning lights (can't remember specifically what they said) as I was driving 40 mph. Car slowed down to about 20 and would not go any further. Fortunately I was able to get it to the dealership and it was repaired. Since then, I've had nothing but troubles. The warning light for the same will come on periodically but only as I start the car.. maybe 1X every 3 months without any other problems. The electrical in the car is crap. My automatic driver side window will not function at all. The rear wiper no longer works. Sound on the driver side no longer works. Electric door lock no longer works on driver side I have to manually lock that door. I've had my car broken into because it appeared unlocked. Fortunately the alarm system still worked. Every once in a while there is a strong smell of burning electric. The smell is obvious on the inside of the vehicle as well as under the hood. I'm worried the car will catch on fire and my door locks will not function and someone will be killed.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 052014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 48,195 miles
Upon making a left turn from highway into parking lot, approximate speed 15-20mph, the stabilitrak illuminated, then the message power has been reduced, which was what was happening and the check engine light illuminated. Got vehicle parked and shut engine off. Let vehicle rest for 30 minutes. Started vehicle, after normal dashboard sequence, check engine light remained on, stabilitrak light came on briefly. Was able to drive vehicle with some reduced handling, engine light remained on. After vehicle sat for 2 days, went back out to take to dealer, however, check engine light went off, no stabilitrak message lit up. Vehicle has performed well for past 2 weeks, with some minor hesitations.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Car hesitated, slowed down, lost power. Warning lights included stabilitrak off, traction control off, and reduced engine power. Repair was to clean throttle body. Jan of 2014, (83,000 miles) same problem occurred, and throttle body cleaned at dealer after diagnostics. March 1, 2014 (85000 miles) while on interstate 80 same warnings came on but I lost all engine power although the car was in gear and the car rpms would go up with pressing the gas petal, and semi almost hit me from behind. Car was brought to shoulder, stopped turned off and reset with restarting the engine.. I left the interstate and made a left turn, the car sputtered and hesitated, and oncoming traffic almost hit me. Reduced engine power warning then came on along with stabiltrak and traction control off messages. On the way to the dealer it occurred several times. And I had to restart the car after turning it off. The dealer stated that the throttle body had to be replaced. They had a 1 month wait time for the part? when I brought the car in January, the cars ahead and behind me had the same problem. A lady at the service counter also had the same problem. It is not a coincidence that 4 of us at the same time had that problem.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 132012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 76,001 miles
While driving in the highway, vehicle warnings suddenly turned on indication that stabili-trac and traction control went off and needed to be serviced. At this time engine lost power and vehicle was sluggish when accelerator pedal was pressed.

- Hammond, LA, USA

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