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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,548 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox fuel system problems

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #14

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 #13

Aug 302015


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the contact ran over a piece of rubber tire tread that was in the road. The contact continued to drive; however, when the contact was stopped at a red light, there was an odor of fuel in the vehicle. The contact then parked the vehicle and discovered fuel leaking from the vehicle. The fire department was called and it was discovered that the fuel tank fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #12

Feb 072014


  • 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 #11

Jun 222015


  • 47,900 miles


This vehicle exhibits the exact same issues noted in bulletin #12313B, which affects the 2010 and 2011 2.4L Equinox. Over the last several months the engine became increasingly louder. A large amount of fuel was discovered in the crankcase. The dealer replaced the timing chain assembly and the high pressure fuel pump as outlined in bulletin #12313B, but the 2012 model year is not included under the special coverage of 10 years, 120K miles, as outlined in the bulletin. This special coverage should be extended to later model Chevrolet Equinox 2.4L engines. The coverage is a necessity due to the wear that has occurred from fuel being in the oil.

- Scottsburg, IN, USA

problem #10

Mar 012013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 18,060 miles
Vehicle lights for service stabilitrac, engine and alternator will be lit on dash. Car hesitates upon acceleration. Car was checked by dealer but they unable to correct the problem.

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

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problem #9

Feb 192015

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 37,600 miles
The car stalled repeatedly when attempting to pull forward into traffic. The car could be restarted but continued to stall when the accelerator was pushed. The car had to be towed to the dealership for repairs.

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #8

Aug 212014


  • 75,000 miles


Car stalled while driving down highway and had to pull off to the side. It started last week dying when I was backing up. It also would jerk when at a stop light when I pressed the gas pedal. But today driving down the road I notice my air conditioner quit and then realized my car was no longer going when pressing the gas pedal. After impeding traffic I finally was able to coax car off to the side of the road.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #7

Nov 082012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 8,700 miles
Ses, air bag stabilitrak and ABS lights illuminated. Auto reduced power down to idle. When turned off and re-started, power returned to normal. This has happened four times since purchased new. The high pressure fuel pump has been replaced three times and the fuel sensor has been replaced once, requiring the gas tank to be removed in order to replace sensor. Also, airbag system inoperable twice since new, with sensors being replaced twice. Vehicle currently has 27,000 miles, still has bumper to bumper and powertrain warranty and is being processed through an attorney firm applying the lemon law. GM has made two low offers. Negotiations are still pending. Owner has lost all interest and trust in vehicle.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 192014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The 2012 Chevy Equinox stall constantly below 30 mph. It stalls at least 2 to 3 times trying to back out of garage to move it 10 feet. The idle starts off smooth but within 10 seconds the Equinox starts idling rough and jerking, then it stalls. When stopped at stop light the Equinox jerks back and forth, when I give it gas to go, the Equinox jerks forward and usually dies on me. It burns a large amount of gas and oil, I have to refill the oil up at least once a week.I have changed the oil myself and found the oil is saturated with metal filings. The check engine light comes on and off repeatedly. I have already replaced the battery twice because of a dead cell. I have replaced the front right tire due to a blow-out at 24,000 miles and dealership refused to replace it, saying I hit something and it could not have blown out. The entire navigation system in out and the lights flicker in the cup holders. The tire pressure sensors when out for at least 5 days and it started working again with no repair of the system. This is not a safe vehicle to drive considering, I don't know when it is going to stall driving down the highway. A recall is mandatory for full replacement!!!!

- Ingleside, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 202014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Syperss, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 022012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 6,500 miles


When the car is excelling from a stopped position, around the time the car is reaching 10 mph, braking for a complete stop than having to accelerate before coming to a complete stop; such as when a stopping for a red light and the light turns green, or slowing down from exiting the interstate the vehicle will shift hard, making a 'clunk' type sound. Also, while driving under normal conditions the steering wheel will make sudden small jerking motion. Both problems have occurred multiple times, in various driving conditions. The cruise has been on and off when the steering issue has occurred; the traction control has been on and off when the steering issue has occurred. I drive in 'eco' mode regularly. And I am not including sudden stops in this complaint.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 272013


  • 14,000 miles
The fuel line on the 2012 Equinox (is a flex fuel, don't know if that makes any difference) is plastic and not protected from road hazards. The line runs close to the frame on the driver's side from the rear to front of the car. About where the driver side passenger door is, the fuel line has blue plastic connectors fastening the plastic fuel line. This section of fuel line and the blue connector tabs sit lower than the vehicle frame. (there is also another section in from the rear tire that sits a little higher, but still unprotected). Road hazards such as ice chunks, hard snow, dirt/gravel roads with ruts or high center, dirt clots, rocks, dead animals or anything that is about 7- 8 inches or higher ( or gets knocked up there) will break these plastic connectors or fuel line and gas will pour out of the vehicle. My fuel line broke by hitting a small mound of snow that had frozen overnight, by backing out of my driveway. After quickly noticing the fuel leak I rushed to a local auto shop (less than 4 miles) and lost about a full tank of gas before getting there. None of the local dealers had this part, was without a vehicle for 3 days.

- Macon, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 282012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact was driving 40 mph when road debris struck the fuel lines, cutting the lines into two. The contact stated that the fuel lines were exposed and could be compromised easily. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who advised the contact that the fuel lines needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 5,579. Updated 09/11/12 updated 09/14/2012

- North Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 292012


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart vehicle. The vehicle was towed to dealer where a faulty fuel pump was located. The vehicle was repaired however the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to dealer again and the failure was related to bad wiring and a fractured terminal on the fuel line. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and a claim was filed. The current mileage was 5,400. The failure mileage was 3,000.

- Clay, NY, USA

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