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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,824 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #33

Dec 302015

Equinox

  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the fuel pump and timing chain failed. The contact stated that the oil pressure sensors failed prior to the other failures. The contact also stated that the vehicle consumed an abnormal amount of oil. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that the pistons and rings were replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #32

Nov 272015

Equinox

  • 99,000 miles
My motor blew due to a oil leak and seized in the middle of traffic I owned the car for 37 days and I owe 18K on it.

- Inkerman, PA, USA

problem #31

Dec 042015

Equinox

  • 72,459 miles
Problem began at the beginning of the month when my vehicle stalled on the highway during rush hour traffic..luckily I was not hit or killed. The issue is with the engine and high oil consumption. I took it to the dealer and they ran the test and I now have to take the car back 2 more times to prove the PCV has to be replaced. Meanwhile I have to keep 2 quarts of oil in the car and check every 1000 miles to ensure oil lever is proper so car won't stop. I'm a single parent with a 2 year old and this "condition" with the vehicles is dangerous. Shame on GM for not placing a recall out and just doing the repair across the board. I am literally afraid to drive this car but stuck with it cause it is my only car and who can afford a new one. I have had 2 oil changes or top offs this month alone and a week ago I had to add a quart so the car wouldn't stall. This is ridiculous! Chevy is about to lose a customer in me. Signed - scared single mom in houston,

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #30

Oct 012015

Equinox

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Purchased with 38,000 miles. At 43,000 the check engine light came on. I went directly to dealership. Less than 5 miles away. They took it in, came out and said I was 4quarts low on oil."?????" was told normal was 1 qt every 1000 miles. No way would I believe that. Have been doing. Excessive oil use test.waiting fo GM now. They did do a recall on 2010 Equinox with same problem changed rings on it we will see

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #29

Aug 032015

Equinox

  • 100,000 miles
The car started to sound like an old jalopy, after having the car checked out it was determined that the timing was off and it was burning massive amounts of oil without the engine oil light coming on. The injectors are clogged and the engine is all clogged up, so it's messing with the timing belt. It's been 2 month since I took it into the shop and it's looking like the engine needs rebuilt or replaced, a complete piece of junk 3 years old never any warning from the car about low oil or the manufacture it's a travesty.

- Rf, CA, USA

problem #28

Sep 012015

Equinox

  • 39,000 miles
Oil consumption 4000 miles bone dry. When stop at a light, backing up the car stalls out. I had it in the shop twice. Now doing an oil consumption test. I only have 45000 miles on my 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. Started having problems around 39,000 miles also am reading this problem is affecting a lot of Equinoxs. Someone is going to get killed in an accident!!!!!!!!!

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #27

Dec 202014

Equinox

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car has been using excessive amount of oil from about 60,000 miles. Now it is using about 2 quarts every 1,100-1,3000 miles.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #26

Sep 032015

Equinox 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While the vehicle was idling, there was an abnormal noise coming from the engine. The vehicle accelerated, but the abnormal noise continued. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the timing chain belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000. MA 10/25/15 the consumer stated the vehicle consumed more oil than it should between oil changes. Updated 05/09/16.

- Perry, IA, USA

problem #25

Jul 232015

Equinox

  • 47,800 miles
Car stalled, restarted but stalled again, restarted and staid running by keeping foot on gas pedal and brake pedal. This kept happening for two days then went away. Problem came back on 08/14/2015. Will check with dealer.

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #24

Aug 062015

Equinox

  • 43,968 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the air conditioner failed to function and the center console became inoperable. All the warning lights on the instrument cluster illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 43,968.

- Lancaster , CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 012014

Equinox

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the engine timing chain failed, causing the vehicle to jerk and the engine to emit a loud noise when starting. The lights on the instrumental panel illuminated. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the timing chain needed to be replaced. The timing chain was replaced several times; however, the failure was not corrected. The dealer advised the engine needed to replace. The engine was replaced; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Round Lake , IL, USA

problem #22

Feb 072014

Equinox

  • 88,913 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the engine seized. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The mechanic replaced the fuel pump and fuel control module, and cleared the failure code; however, the failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 88,913.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 152015

Equinox

  • miles
Vehicle first started cutting off when placed in drive and reverse. It is now cutting off even when vehicle is being driven when pulling off from a stopped position. This has been happening now for a week. Check engine light came on and gave a P0010 code. Cam sensor was replaced and issue is still continuing to happen.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #20

Jul 152015

Equinox

  • miles
Vehicle first started cutting off when placed in drive and reverse. It is now cutting off even when vehicle is being driven when pulling off from a stopped position. This has been happening now for a week. Check engine light came on and gave a P0010 code. Cam sensor was replaced and issue is still continuing to happen.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #19

Jul 072015

Equinox

  • 50,800 miles
I was driving about 20 miles per hour when all the gauges on the dash board went crazy. The eco fuel economy light was flashing on and off, the stabili trak lights appeared on the dashboard without me even touching the button, the speedometer and engine coolant temperature gauge were going up and down eradically. The check engine indicator then appeared on the dash board. I stopped at a red light, when I went to step on the accelerator, I had no power. The accelerator was pushed to the floor and I was going about 5 miles and hour. All the above was still happening on the dashboard. The ac was now blowing warm air. It smelled like something was burning. This happened three times. In the end the speedometer wasn't working. I reached somewhere safe and parked the car. I went to shift the car into drive and there was a hard loud clunking noise. This only happened when the car was shifted into drive. My husband took the car to auto zone where they printed out the codes appearing for the check engine indicator. ( P069E, P0700, U0073, U0100) the battery in the car has also been replaced with a new one twice. It has been towed to the dealership twice due to not starting the next day after it has been driven the day before and working normal. We took the car to the Chevrolet dealership. They understood what had happened. That evening they called us back saying, " we can't duplicate the problem, so everything is fine." We lost our mind and told them to keep the car at the dealership until they could duplicate the problem becuase the car isn't three years old and shouldn't have these problems. Further, the car isn't safe!! we read blogs where this is common with the Equinox and indicated that to the dealership. The car is still at the dealership.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #18

Jun 172015

Equinox

  • 96,000 miles
Was backing out of parking space and car cut off two days in row and sometimes when driving car feels like it jerking then like it's losing power

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #17

Jun 072015

Equinox

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Montoursville, PA, USA

problem #16

Mar 212015

Equinox

  • miles
Hi, my 2012 Equinox stalled on me while I was in reverse. I was backing out a drive way and it started to jerk. After jerking it did eventually go in gear. Once I put it in drive I drove no less then a mile and the car cut off. I turn it back on and put it back in drive and it stalled out again. That was the first incident it happen a second time on 5/2/15. While driving my car was jerking when at a stop light and then it stalled out on me again. Am not sure why this is happening considering I do have regular maintenance done on my car. If this is a known issue please let me. Thanks

- Red Lion, PA, USA

problem #15

Apr 112015

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving down I-96 in Michigan at mile 62, I felt an explosion under my feet. There was a large cloud of black smoke followed by flames underneath and out the back of the vehicle. I pulled to the side of the road, ran to safety while watching the vehicle burn underneath. The air draft from passing traffic extinguished the fire. Qualified technicians at our local Chevrolet dealer have told us there is a golf-ball size hole and a softball size hole in the engine in addition to numerous issues resulting from the fire (melted fuel and brake lines, charred and bubbled paint and melted plastic parts, etc.) although this is covered by GM warranty and their investigation "totaled" the car, customer service has not offered assistance that will cover replacement of this vehicle.

- Williamston, MI, USA

problem #14

Feb 272015

Equinox

  • 73,000 miles
The Equinox is burning oil way to fast. I am not the only owner with this problem. I was quoted $1100 to repair the piston/gasket issue and the garage said that I'm not the only Equinox owner to have this problem. They should do a recall on this issue. My oil is changed religiously every 5000 miles.

- Millerton, PA, USA

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