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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,271 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #9

Jan 102012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


Excessive engine noise, pinging, misfires-transmission shift hesitations upon acceleration-backfires/tiny explosions coming from exhaust-suspension noise.erroneous mpgs-defective air conditioning/intermittent/stale smelling air/not cold.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 282010


  • 3,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle made a sudden movement and pulled when shifted. The contact parked the vehicle and continued driving, and the failure was resolved. The contact stated that the failure was not present if the air conditioner was activated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer installed a data recorder, but no failures could be determined. The failure recurred and the tachometer shifted between high and low rpms sporadically. The contact as well experienced no mobility when trying to change gears from park to reverse. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but provided no assistance. The current mileage was 22,503. The failure mileage was 3,200.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #7

Dec 012010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Have owned my car now for 6 months and nothing but issues. It sees the dealer more then I can enjoy it. If one more update is done and I am told the problem is fix and really it isn't then my frustration will continue. From the oil leak, transmission decline rough, engine noise, key gets stuck in ignition, fuel gage and starting issues I wish I could get rid of this car and never buy Chevy again. If I had not sold my other car I would put this up for sale and walk away. There has to be something to fix these issues as this was not a cheap car. It only has 52 thous miles and I will go back to Mazda where my SUV went to 285 thous with normal maintenance not major issues or my Tahoe that I sold at 189 thous and no problems. I wish I had purchased another Mazda at this point. How do we get this problems resolved once and for all? this is crazy!I am not sure if a lawyer is the answer but I would hope that its not. I am sick of getting renals, being late to work to drop it off and shuttle. I bought this to have a car to drive not to take to the dealer over and over. The engine seal was already replaced and the problems are worse or not better at all. Seems to be known problems with 2010 so why is it that they are not getting fixed on our cars. I am happy to get my 27 thousand back and get a car that is not a clunker junk. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grimes, IA, USA

problem #6

Jul 142010

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles


***attention*** new info on hard shifitng.... like others with a 2010 nox I have serious shifting problems mostly between 3rd and 4th gear. It hesitates and jerks hard into gear. This happens about 3 to 4 times a week which means the dealer can never diagnose the issue. We even put a fault recorder on it set for transmission errors with no success. What happened yesterday is very relevant. The dealership called and said a new new service bulletin was just issued for the problem but had no fixes only to say that it was within normal range. According to the dealer it appears that the shiftng points vary according to driving habits and this changes with time as the computer "learns" your driven habits and adjusts. The dealer recommend that I come in every few weeks and they would reset the codes and this would help the issue but no fix since the computer would again adjust shift points. Another option was to trade up to a 6 cyl model ( plus $10K) which does not exhibit the problem. This is also a safety issue if this occured while going into a wet corner and experience a hard shift causing tires to loose traction. The take away point from this comment is that GM finally recognizes a serious situation, unfortunately that have no fix other that buy a new 6 cyl model. Closing comment: The 2010 model has close to a 100 service bulletins while the 2011 has only about 10. Obviously the 2010 was an experiment (beta test) and we helped them fix problems by driving and commenting on issues. The 2011 was the result of most of the fixes.

- Huntsville , AL, USA

problem #5

May 242010


  • 8,309 miles
This is my third complaint, last confirmation number is: 10398449. It is the same vehicle with the same complaints for the past 5 times. My car could not accelerate. The tach read up to 4-5 and the speedometer at 0mph. My dash was blinking and my service engine light went on. I have exhausted my time in a rental vehicle and I am currently without a vehicle. Please advise me. This car was purchased 08/31/10, first issue occurring at 1900 miles.

- Springfield, PA, USA

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problem #4

Apr 292011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
I had already processed a vehicle complaint a few months ago. This is the fifth time my vehicle has been in the shop with Chevrolet. Two of the five times (so far) they were only able to make two repairs, and were certain they have solved the problem. The most recent occurrence was April 29th. I had just picked my car up from thomas Chevrolet after being serviced for the same incident the past 4 times, with their assurance my vehicle was safe to drive. My boyfriend and I were driving on I-95 South towards baltimore, when my car gave out. The rpms went up and down, tach was accelerating up to 8-9 and my speedometer read 0mph. At the time we were going 65mph, and then next thing we know the car automatically decelerated 35mph. My boyfriend had no control over the acceleration of the vehicle. We were in a 5-lane highway and had to safely get over 4 lanes. We were almost killed/severely injured multiple times by cars/trucks, while trying to get over the lanes. This is the fifth time this has occurred and third time I had almost lost my life. I am in severe need of assistance. Chevrolet has told me multiple times "nothing is wrong with my car, and assured my safety". this car is defected and I am unsure as to how to prove Chevrolet it is unsafe. The thought of continuing to drive this vehicle is horrifying. What is it going to take to show them" my life" please advise me.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 302010

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 1,955 miles


I purchased a brand new Equinox from Chevrolet in 08/31/2010. Since 10/30/2010, I've had ongoing issues with this vehicle. Two incidents of which, I almost had near-death car accidents. This is the third time I am in a rental car, totaling to about a month so far in rentals. First incident in October, I had to drive with my hazards on to even get to the dealership. My speedometer and tech would accelerate, however, it felt like I was in neutral. It was serviced for about 2-3 weeks and they said they fixed the problem. Then 2 weeks ago, I had just got off a 3-lane 65 mph highway, when my vehicle stalled on me. I remember looking down at the dash while I was driving, the speedometer said I was going 100 mph but I wasn't moving. I was nearly rear-ended being on a highway. Luckily, I was able to get over a lane and pull over. The car wouldn't allow me to move or reverse. I was in a rental for about a week while they examined my car. Chevrolet/GM said they were unable to find anything wrong with my car and forced me to return the rental and drive my car. I have written documentation stated they were unable to find anything wrong with my vehicle. Now the third incident, I was driving in philadelphia on a way to a wedding. My car stalled multiple times, causing me to pull over on broad street about 4 times, just to turn my car off and on to attempt to move it. It was a hazard to myself and on the road, I almost got hit multiple times. Chevrolet said they found the problem with my car, but how am I suppose to trust them when they never trusted me when I said something was wrong. This car is brand-new and this is the third occurrence of the same issue. I feel completely unsafe driving this vehicle and my confidence has plummeted. Please advise me of what to do.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 272010


  • 410 miles
Traction control light came on while I was driving on 10/27/10 26 days after I purchased this new vehicle. Then the service traction control message came on followed by the check engine light. While trying to get out of traffic and park, as I shifted from reverse to drive, the vehicle kept rolling backwards. The gear shift illumination was no longer hi-lighting what gear I was in. I had the vehicle towed to the dealership's service dept and they claim that they not only cannot duplicate the problem but that they cannot find any problem at all and expect me to pick up this vehicle and make payments for the next six years on it. When this incident occurred, my first monthly payment wasn't even due yet. My 14 year old son was in the vehicle with me and we could have been in an accident. GM and the dealership (bryner cheverolet) refuse to give me a replacement vehicle or return my down-payment. They actually, expect me to put my life at risk to prove to them that this incident really occurred. Under the lemon law, I am required to give them 3 chances to fix the problem. How can I do this if they cannot find the problem to fix. Also am I supposed to put myself and others in danger to prove that there is a problem?

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 242010


  • 26,000 miles
2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Had an issue with the transmission "slipping" or bumping between shifts. I brought it to dealer twice. Said it was programming issues - supposedly fixed it - but still doing it. Then last week with only 26,000 miles - I had a stability track light come on and it idled very roughly. I left it at dealer to be fixed - over a week ago! they said it is a timing balance chain"?" I will not buy another GM!

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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