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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,559 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox body / paint problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 012015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the sun roof was leaking. As a result, there was moisture, mold, and water on the front driver and passenger sides. In addition, the left turn signal functioned intermittently and the radio and air conditioner failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Perry, GA, USA

problem #8

Jul 142014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While parked, the vehicle was not able to start and various warning lights illuminated. In addition, there was water leaking from an unknown location on the passenger side. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine control module, brakes, windshield, and electronic power steering needed to be replaced. The contact also received an unknown notice from the manufacturer to have the ignition switch replaced for free. The contact mentioned that the engine control module, brakes, and windshield were replaced, but there was still water leaks from the rain. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Warroad, MN, USA

problem #7

Jun 092014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Front driver door will not open from the inside.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 312005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 30 miles


Driving down street cut off by semi ran into flashing sign with nowhere else to go. Over half passenger front bumper was crushed radiator smashed, whole front passenger quarter smashed. Car was undriveable but air bags did not go off.

- Twining, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2005 Equinox is leaking water into the interior of the vehicle. I get a lot of water collected in the spare tire area and a lot of water in the rear floorboards. Since my driveway is on an incline it is difficult to tell where the leak is coming in at. I also have noticed the water drips out of the overhead lights when I brake. I have been to two different mechanics and they both have ruled out a sunroof drainage issue since the area is clear. I have seen quite a few complaints about the same problem I am having, and I am not sure what steps to take at this point since it is clearly a problem with the vehicle and not wear and tear. With numerous complaints why hasn't there been a recall since the issue is not an uncommon occurrence?

- Woodstock, GA, USA

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problem #4

Oct 012010


  • miles
Water getting in vehicle leaving back left and right side floor soaking wet with mildew smell, concerned about damage to floor and mold for infant passenger as well as self.

- Clay, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 012010


  • 0 miles


I have a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox that leaks water into the spare tire compartment whenever it rains or vehicle goes through car wash. I have seen several gallons and it sloshes around and saturates the carpet in the back floorboard. GM has a bulletin 2198426 whereas it acknowledges that the vehicle was not sealed properly at the factory and water will collect in the spare tire compartment but will not fix unless the customer(me) pays. I can smell the mold and mildew in my vehicle and feel this can only be bad for my health because we are talking about continuous mold regeneration. I have talked to local dealership and called GM about this problem and they want me to pay to fix. I have searched the internet and all years between 2005 and 2007 are listed and many many complaints.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #2

Mar 032010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that when it rained, the spare tire holder became filled with water and the passenger rear and driver left side floor became wet. The contact called the manufacturer and was advised to take the vehicle to the dealership. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The current mileage was approximately 82,000. Updated 8/18/10 the consumer stated the battery died and the vehicle slammed to a stop due to possible transmission problems. Updated 08/23/10

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 092009


  • miles
Hopefully I can find a solution to the problem with my wife's 2005 Equinox. I believe this is a know problem with water leaking around the luggage rack all equinoxes, the spare tire area fills up with water and runs over the floorboard when you hit the brakes I have contacted various people with no results. Except that it's my problem and will cost $800 to repair. This summer I noticed that the interior windows on my wife's car were fogging up the carpet in the back seat was wet. I thought my daughter left the windows down, then one day my daughter hit the brakes hard one day and 5 gallons of water rolled from the back seat to the firewall. When they got home I removed the trunk area covers and found 2 to 3 gallons of water in the spare tire well.removed the water and air dried the carpet. Now every time it rains the area fills up and I remove it, this has been a wet year. Reported the problem to the priority Chevy dealer on military highway and various emails to GM /Chevy customer service online, talked to wayne in the service department and billy boyle in the body shop at priority Chevy. They both told me they never heard of a problem with leaking into the spare tire area on 2005 Equinox. Wayne said they don┐T do water repairs and referred me to walt's waterworks in chesapeake for the repairs, when I called them they said they are booked 2 weeks out and that they had two equinoxes in the shop for the same issue, the main reason for going to priority Chevy, they performed a repair to the car last year after a collision my wife was in. They repaired the rear bumper area and didn┐T inform me of any water problems then. My wife took the car to billy on the 22 Dec 09 at 1600 to let him look at it the area, I reported this to Chevy customer service, I worked with carlos ( 1-800-222-1020, / 866-962-2868, service request # 71-787470750) there until he passed it up to his regional manager who called me on christmas eve to tell me that.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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