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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,217 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Dec 092016


  • miles


With 1350 miles on this oil change I just added 2.5 quarts of oil to bring it up to full level

- Crete, IL, USA

problem #48

Apr 142016


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle shook uncontrollably and the engine indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was driven to a mechanic and repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #47

Jul 042016


  • 60,000 miles
I have tried contacting GM multiple times to no avail. I have contacted you all previously to no avail. This is my last hope. I'm going to keep complaining until something is done. My vehicle has an excessive oil consumption issue. It started around 60K miles and has just rolled over the 80K mile mark this week. In the beginning, my vehicle began making this knocking sound so I took it to a local shop to have it checked out. It was completely dry of oil. It was no yet due an oil change and I had had the vehicle for just over a year prior to this. I am now putting a quart of oil in my vehicle per week. I've been told that GM are called years 2010 and 2011 and "some" 2012's unfortunately mine was not one of the "some." - this is a GM manufacturing issue that needs to be addressed. How is it even remotely possible to issue a recall for some and not all. I've been told that if I pay $2000 to have the issue fixed, someday if there is a recall, I'll be reimbursed. As the mother of a child with multiple medical bills, shelling out $2000 for their crappy manufacting is unacceptable for me and it's totally unacceptable. My next step is better business bureau. Please give me some insight. I'm at the end of my rope. I have to keep oil in my vehicle at all times, and I'm terrified that my engine will blow while I'm out with my son in it.

- Columbia, KY, USA

problem #46

May 012015


  • 95,000 miles


Excessive oil quart every 500 miles and low oil lamp does not come on even if three quarts low. Poor engine design has been noted but no recall. I wonder how many of these engines have die as a result of no oil" what are we to do" this has been an ongoing issue for several years and has been documented by others.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #45

Oct 082016


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving, the engine warning indicator illuminated. The engine oil was changed; however, the engine warning indicator remained illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who diagnosed that the timing chain failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the repair was no longer covered under warranty. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #44

Oct 072016


  • 39,507 miles
My children and their friend were driving back to school for a forgotten item. They stopped for a red light and the car stalled out. My son (18), told car behind to go around (luckily, they did not get rear ended). He put car in park, turned car off, and restarted it, and was able to get to destination. Fast forward approx a week later, the car is hesitating, and engine light comes on. My son took it for an oil change to see if that was the problem. The attendant said that when checking the dip stick before starting, the dip stick was bone dry! that's weird...we have had no oil leaks on our driveway, to be alerted that there is a problem. Why would the car be burning up oil that there would be none in the resevoir? so now, I guess we will need to monitor it, but I see other people have documented similar issues. My son (18) uses this car a lot. It seems like this is an abnormal issue with the vehicle. I don't understand why GM hasn't looked into this already. I hope it does not take something bad to happen before it is looked into. It is scary enough to be at a red light and have your car stop working. Please, someone take notice. Consumers pay a lot of money to drive their vehicles. Don't turn a blind eye to a potential problem. What is more cost effective, looking into the problem and fixing it or lawsuits after the fact. Be proactive....please.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #43

Jul 292016


  • miles


This car uses excessive oil. I drive several miles a day. I have mentioned this to the local dealer and they gave me a list of items to "fix" which cost several thousand dollars. I have to monitor my own oil because the oil light does not come on when it is real low. It does come on when it is time for the oil to be changed. I have owned several Chevrolet vehicles but this one has caused me the most problems. I have called and there does not appear to be a recall or legitimate explanation as to why the car uses so much oil. I do not have a leak on the ground.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #42

Oct 042016


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While reversing into a parking space, the vehicle shook and stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- King George, VA, USA

problem #41

Sep 262016


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the camshaft positioning sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #40

May 042016


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and was able to be restarted. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Everglades City, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 012016


  • miles


Around 60,000 miles, I noticed there was an excessive oil consumption issue with my vehicle. I tracked it for a while, only to find its using a quart of oil every 800-1000 miles. I took it to a local Chevrolet garage and they informed me that this is a common issue with the Equinox. That it is the pistons and rings in the engine that need to be replaced and cost is about $2000. They also informed me that GM recalled 2010-2011 and some 2012, unfortunately mine isn't one of the "some." I've called GM twice about the issue. The second time, the customer service rep asked me what I was expecting from them because if there's no recall, there's nothing they can do about it. If there's a recall for some, there should be a recall for all. As I'm sure I'm not the only person in this predicament.

- Columbia, KY, USA

problem #38

Jun 272016


  • 36,420 miles
Out of nowhere, I get an alert stating 'reduced engine power' and 'service stabilitrak' off. I cannot go over 30 mph and the engine has trouble holding power. Several weeks prior to this message, I would feel a light engine sputter, bt the engine would then kick back into gear. This happens on the interstate and on city streets. Apparently this is incredibly common on a lot of Chevrolet vehicles as evidence on the equinoxforum blog.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #37

Jun 222016


  • miles
Excessive oil consumption. Causing engine failure. Wife going to work and her vehicle stopped running. Got it to the local dealership and found out it had no oil in it. Was told those engines use oil and GM is aware of problem and not fixing the problem. Being the vehicle is still under there 100000 mile warranty I thought it should be fixed now questions asked but said it was covered in would think that would be a safety issue giving vehicle could break down on a busy highway and run the risk of someone getting hurt

- Michigan Center, MI, USA

problem #36

Jun 162016


  • 67,347 miles
My Equinox has stalled several times while at low speeds. Today it happened while turning into a park spot, it stalled once at a red light. The engine completely shuts down and I have to put the car in park and restart it. The dealership can't get me in till next week. Sometimes a check engine light comes on and sometimes it doesn't, it also using a lot of oil!!! GM needs to step up and fix this issue it is a huge safety concern. We shouldn't have to pay for this because it isn't normal wear and tear. There are thousands of complaints for this same issue out there.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #35

Feb 152016


  • 121,000 miles
July 10, 2015: I took my 2012 Chevy Equinox lt (2.4 L 4 cyl) to a Chevy dealership in ky. The vehicle was at 100,505 miles and I wanted it checked before driving on vacation due to the high mileage, a rough idle and because it had recently shut off while backing out of a parking lot. A GM goodwrench multi-point vehicle inspection was performed. I was told the car showed no sign of any issues but I would need to purchase new tires before winter. By Dec 2015 the rough idle had gotten much worse, the vehicle was loud (almost sounding like a diesel), would jerk and felt like it may shut off any time I had to stop or drive slower speeds. Additionally, the car would "slip" as it was shifting gears so I took it back to the dealership on Dec 8, 2015. The car was at 115,720 miles. The transmission, #2 cylinder, spark plug and coil were replaced and a throttle body cleaning service was performed. Since then, the car has idled high revving to 4,000+RPM at times before it will shift into higher gears (particularly when driving 70+mph on the interstate). Downshifting to lower gears doesn't always go smooth either. The rough idle has returned and progressively gotten worse. The car almost shut off while backing out of a parking lot on Feb 13, 2016. Yesterday (Feb 15, 2016), the car shut off while I was driving! there were no lights illuminated prior to it shutting off. I coasted to the side of the road, re-started the car and finished the final (~3) miles to work. I had the car towed from work back to the dealership. The dealership said there was no oil on the dipstick (the oil life sensor showed ~25% life left on oil) and I was told the car was 2 qts low on oil. The car remains at the dealership as of today, Feb 16, 2016. There are a lot of similar complaints about this on this vehicle needs to be recalled before someone gets hurt or dies!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #34

Jan 192016


  • 73,000 miles
Purchased vehicle used with 64000 miles Aug 24th, 2015. After about 2 weeks the car stalled while backing out of a parking spot. Re-started it and it stalled again. Happened again in late Sept, once in Oct and again in Nov. Dealer replaced faulty intake solenoid 11-13-15. Leaving for work on Jan 19th and noticed oil leak (no low oil light). Drove straight to dealership. 1/4 mile out my engine light comes on saying reduced engine power, drops me to 30 mph. Get to dealership and it's a blown rear seal. Replaced loose timing and balance shaft chain, water pump, coolant flush ( I paid for) ABS light came on, so sensor was found to be "open" also found chunk of magnet missing from wheel bearing. Car in shop for 9 days. Picked up on 1-28-16. Stalled again 4 X on 2-4-16. Returned to dealership to have camshaft actuator replaced. Stalled again 2-7-16 and 2-8-16. Returned to dealership on 2-8-16. No word from them yet. The car has left me in the middle of an intersection turning left twice!! I could be killed by driving this vehicle. I have researched online and have found 1000's of people dealing with this same issue. Several have had the vehicle stall while traveling 70 mph on the freeway!! the issues exists on 2010, 2011 and 2012 models. GM needs to take responsibility for the issue that no one seems to know how to fix. Does someone have to die before GM will deal with this issue?? these vehicles are also known for burning excessive amounts of oil. When I took it in for an oil change, they noted it was a quart low. Still no low oil light ever came on. One article I read said the issue is caused by a coating that was sprayed inside the camshaft during production is now leaking into the fuel/oil causing metal fragments and dirt to be in the oil.

- Kingston, MI, USA

problem #33

Dec 302015


  • 32,000 miles
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • miles
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

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