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Average Mileage:
27,466 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #18

Jun 202014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


In late June I started to notice a musty smell every time I entered my car. However after searching for the source I could find nothing as the smell continued to lingure and become worse. Then when cleaning out the vehicle for vacation I discovered a buildup of water in the spare tire compartment, the padding between the body and tire was completely saturated with water. I have no idea how this occurred but quickly turned to the internet to search for a recall, only to find numerous complaints about the same problem with no answer as to how to stop the issue.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 172012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Water seeped in under sun roof, down front driver side roof pillar and then into car behind dashboard then dripped down into computer control device (where obdii unit hooks up) where it shorted out entire electrical system. I was going down a hill into town where speed is 45 mph and my sister in law was in car and we were heading to airport however engine just shut down. Brakes and steering became really much more difficult to control. We coasted to a stop and after 15 mins car started up but with significantly diminished power so I drove into a service station where car stayed for next 2-days. I discovered what shut car down when I started squirting water onto roof at a car wash and water started dripping down onto carpet flooring but first it seeped into computer control unit. I waited out drying of unit and then drove home and applied a lot caulk to sunroof where glass meet metal/rubber. Car exterior roof now looks terrible as caulk dried sort of a brown crud color (car is white) but no more (knock on wood) engine stalling when it rains or I go through a car wash. Makes me very nervous when on road and in rain.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #16

Dec 312012


  • 98,000 miles
I was driving to the store when the glove box popped open and the contents came out. The striker bracket that holds the glove box shut broke off at the point where its attached to bolts.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #15

Oct 012008


  • miles


I am experiencing serious water leaks in my 2005 Chevrolet Equinox AWD lt. Whenever it rains, water accumulates in the spare tire well and overflows onto the floor under the rear seats. It also creates a disturbing short out of the speaker system. The carpet smells and I am very concerned about mold, as well as fire from the electrical shorting out. Another issue is that it causes the windows to fog up, especially when I run the heater to try to dry it out.

- Newcastle, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 012011


  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Equinox lt. Consumer states before they purchased the vehicle it had water in the front floor board. The dealer said it was fixed and it was not fixed. Consumer continues to experience water build up the consumer stated every time it rained, there would be 1 to 2 inches of water in the floor board. The consumer stated the dealer replaced the windshield, but the problem continued.

- Perkins, GA, USA

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problem #13

Aug 012006

Equinox 4WD 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2005 Chevy Equinox water leak in rear of vehicle. Accumulates in wheel well and interior carpet is staining and producing an odor. Dealership was unable to locate problem or resolve the issue. Still exist. Seems like a factory defect that they are not taking responsibility for, or recognizing. Presented itself around the 50,000 mile range.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #12

Jan 052008


  • 50,000 miles


I bought my car brand new with 4 miles on it. I have been the only owner. Since I purchased my vehicle I have had to have the fuel pump replaced in 2007 ($1400). My car has been in the shop numerous times for costly repairs. My key comes out of the ignition while driving, and it is hard to start. I have to wiggle the key every other time I try to start my car. I've also had problems with my car starting. When I go to crank it up it sounds likes it tries to start then dies. This happens often. My car is not in the shop due to water leakage. There a large collection of water with my spare tire, and the floor in the back seat is soaked. I was told from the GM service department they see this often in my model vehicle but no recall for it at this time so it's out of my own pocket. Also I have taken my vehicle to the dealer several times for my steering wheel. It makes a loud sound every time the wheel is turned and they cannot seem to fix the problem. I have had to replace my headlights and brake lights very often.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #11

May 122007


  • 30,000 miles
Severe water leak in 2005 Chevrolet Equinox AWD lt. When operating the vehicle in rain conditions, water accumulates in the spare tire well and overflows onto the floor of the vehicle, even up to the front. It also shorts out the speaker system which crackles and blares out a loud noise even when the radio is turned off. The carpeting becomes soaked when this happens and then the vehicle has a foul odor. A phone call to the dealer resulted in an answer that they have no idea what the problem could be. I fear this water is damaging the electrical parts in the speaker system and may result in a fire. This has been going on for at least two years.

- Riverton, WV, USA

problem #10

May 012008


  • 23,500 miles
The hydraulic pumps that hold the back hatch open(up) on my Equinox just quit working with out any warning. The hatch is so heavy I can't use it there is no safe way of holding up the hatch to put anything into the back of the car. I'm looking into buying a new set, one for both sides of the vehicle.if I find them I will keep the old ones.,until I hear otherwise.. if I attempt to open the hatch, its slams down very hard because the hatch itself is so heavy. If a child happen to be near the hatch when it goes down they could be hurt very badly as could an adult. I no long can open the hatch as its too heavy to lift. The info on the pumps is stabilus usa gastonia nc 28052 5480869 4992rq0830N 007105 B20

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 012007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,115 miles
I was traveling on a major highway (rte 495 S). I suddenly heard a loud noise and felt a jolt. I thought that I had gotten a flat tire, so I proceeded to pull into the break down lane. The car was idling fine but made a horrible scraping noise when moving. My mechanic informed me the bolts supporting my engine block had snapped and the only thing holding the engine was my axle hence the awful scraping noise. My car is less than 3 years old and has approximately 30K miles - I would think a part as important as the bolts supporting my engine block should last longer. I have all parts that were replaced.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 202007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


The back floorboard of my car has been noticably wet for a few months. My car is out of warranty so I began researching online to see what might be the problem. The seals around the doors were fine. I did find 3" of water laying in my spare tire compartment. There is no drain hole for the water to be removed. The water is coming in from the tail lights. The dealership I purchased the Equinox from simply laughed at the problem and said it would cost over $200 to replace just the tail light. The smell inside of the vehicle is horrible. It is obviously rusting the body and causing mold and mildew inside the vehicle.

- Scott Depot, WV, USA

problem #7

Nov 042006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am experiencing an extremely strong mildew smell inside my Equinox. It is so strong people comment outside the car. The smell also penetrates clothing so that others notice the smell. People will not ride in my car. I have had it to the dealer twice. Both times the odor improves slightly (they depdorize the HVAC) but still others comment. I am concerned about driving my 3 year old B/C of the smell. We have found no visible wetness or mold. The rubber around two windows was loose but the dealer did not find water inside the door. The smell does not seem to be coming from the vents but mores so just from the car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 122006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,859 miles
Cd player broke, water soaking floor boards twice causing mold & mildew. Complete loss of radiator fluid, loss of engine power while driving twice. Unusual wear of tires. Rubbing in steering column when turning, knocking sound when turning slowly to the right, A/C not cooling efficiently.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 182006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds with the rear windows down, the air thumps and pounds through the vehicle. This causes discomfort to the contact's ears. The dealership and manufacturer determined this is how the vehicle was manufactured. Updated 5/2/2006 -

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 042004

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Equinox transmission constantly fails to hold vehicle in place when stopped or parked. The vehicle rolled forward when placed in reverse and must be stopped from rolling forward by stepping on the brake or steeping on the gas pedal. The consumer smelled burning rubber in or around the front console, there was extreme heat from the engine, on the front hood and in the engine compartment, heat on the front windshield dashboard and the rear tail gate area. The consumer was told the heat he was feeling was from natural sources. The front side window and door supports interfered with the consumers vision. The doors constantly creak and make loud noises when opened. The back head rests impair the rear window visibility.

- Adrian, GA, USA

problem #3

May 042005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 411 miles
Contact stated that the cup holder is blocking the emergency brake.

- Thornwood, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 112004

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
Contact states: Bought a brand new vehicle in August 2004. The anti-freeze was changed. The anti-freeze was brown and the smell was severe and nauseous. The car has been the shop 9 times with so many different reasons. The antifreeze line wasn't bled right and the antifreeze was leaking in the ground. There was a leak in the dome light and sunroof, the suspension and engine would tick, the horn did not work, there were front end problem, the shifter would stick, there ignition problem, noise when turning the vehicle, gas mileage problem and there was a toxic smell from the anti-freeze, the vehicle over heated, the brakes made noises, the consumer had driven through a car wash, the dome light had filled with water, the lower dash was dripping water and the vehicle would not accelerate vehicle would not accelerate and the engine light had illuminated, the vehicle pulled to the right when driving and when braking, there was poor gas mileage during city driving, there was a loud noises when making turns on the front struts, the front brake rotors were out of round, the shifter would stick, the ignition cylinder was binding, there was popping when the vehicle was started from cold, and the brake pedal would go to the floor.

- North Merrick, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 152004

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,600 miles
The consumer stated the console and hood produced extreme heat. The consumer was concerned that the vehicle will catch fire. The cause has not been determined. Please provide additional information.

- Adrian, GA, USA

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