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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,079 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 132016


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle made a vibration motion. The failure recurred multiple times and at different speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic determined that the driveshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 132009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle independently steered to the extreme right. The failure caused the contact to drive through a ditch, across traffic, and through another ditch. The contact had no control of the vehicle, but did not crash the vehicle. The failure occurred twice in one day. The contact also stated that the key became stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the ignition and middle drive shaft carrier bearing were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 10/09/14 updated 05/18/2015

- Custer, SD, USA

problem #6

Aug 012011


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving 25 mph, the driveshaft caused the vehicle to stall. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic who stated the drive-shaft needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer to order a new driveshaft and was advised the part would be available in two to three months. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive and would not be repaired until the part was available. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- East Palestine, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 312010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,635 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While the contact was driving approximately 55 mph, she heard loud whining grinding noises outside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on the occasions for the same failure and the wheel bearings were replaced each time. The failure continued. Recently, the dealer replaced the drive shaft bearing and the driver side front upper strut mount along with the lower strut insulator, sway bar link and coil spring were replaced. The contact also stated that there was a malfunction within the air bag and engine warning light indicators. The failure mileage as 44,635. Updated 01/19/11 the consumer also stated the vehicle failed emission due to a faulty gas cap. Updated 02/22/11

- Yale, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 252010


  • 84,000 miles
The center bearing on my driveshaft broke. I bought the car used but in good condition. I did not hit anything with my vehicle to cause the bearing to break. I simply made a turn and that is when I noticed the noise and that it was driving horribly. As I traveled a few more feet down the road it just got worse. I took it into a Chevy dealer and I am currently awaiting on repair.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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problem #3

Dec 102009


  • 95,000 miles
2005 Chevy Equinox drive shaft bearing wore down, vehicle never shook. There was a dragging noise I took it to the mechanic, he drove it, it ran smooth, he looked underneath and was able to move it 6 inches in all directions. Now have to replace the whole drive shaft.

- Bloomingdale, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 212009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Equinox. He stated that the front wheel bearings were replaced. He heard a peculiar noise in the vehicle after the wheel bearings were replaced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician concluded that the struts needed to be replaced. The part was on back order and no repairs were made. The failure mileage was 57,000. The current mileage was 67,000. Updated 11/12/09 the wheel bearing and driveshaft were replaced as well. Updated 11/16/09

- Phoenix, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 022009


  • 65,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Equinox began shaking when driving greater than 50 mph. The repair shop found it was the drive shaft. The carrier bearing was detached and needed replaced. I am still waiting for this part to arrive so that my car can be repaired. How this is not a recall is beyond me. I researched and found greater than 15-20 complaints on line stating the same thing for their 2005 Equinox. Please help me. I am getting no where with Chevy and they don't want to cover the part either.

- Rootstown, OH, USA

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