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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,185 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #88

Mar 152015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles


The front lights on the car comes on at night when car is parked in the driveway, not being used by persons. This car may not start in the morning because the battery maybe dead, due to lights coming on by it self. We had the defective switch replaced in the past week, and that's when the lights started to act up.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #87

Feb 172015


  • 150,000 miles
On 2/17/15, I, along with 3 of my children, were driving along the roadway at approx. 7am. As I went around a minor bend in the road, the vehicle pulled hard to the left slamming the driver's side into the snowbank around the guardrail. It continued moving forward as I attempted to apply the brake and lightly move the wheel to get us back into our lane. The vehicle pulled to the right and as I tried to straighten it up, I was sent into a spin until the rear of the vehicle slammed into the snow on our side of the road, bringing us to a stop. No air bags deployed & as I tried to pull away, I realized the vehicle was not on. It had shut itself down. I had my brother look at it & test drive, he found nothing, so I assumed it was a 1 time event and proceeded to use the vehicle. On 2/22/15, my nephew and my daughter used the vehicle to go to town. He got less than 3 miles from home, heading down the mountain, when he realized there was little to no steering. He looked down & saw that once again, the vehicle had shut itself off. He too ended up crashing. Luckily he was able to get it to the opposite side of the rd, into the snowbank just before a semi went speeding by. Again, no airbags deployed. It concerns me with the massive recall that I found online, that this vehicle is not on the list, but many ppl seem to be having the same issue. Luckily no one was injured in our incidents. But these vehicles are not safe & should not be on the roads in this condition. We were very fortunate that both incidents were during a clear spot in traffic. Now the vehicle site in my drive because I do not trust that whatever they do will fix it & I cannot in good conscience pass this death trap on to anyone else. I contacted GM hoping for a bit of help & perhaps an investigation into the safety of the vehicles, but they refused.

- Morris, PA, USA

problem #86

Nov 062013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart and resumed normal operation. In addition, the key would release from the ignition switch whenever the vehicle was in motion. On several occasions, the ignition key failed to release from the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Marshalltown, IA, USA

problem #85

Dec 022013


  • 46,000 miles


Received vehicle upon my mothers passing. Had 45K on it, garaged and only in town driving. In just over year I have had to replace rear rocker joint, ac unit, front right speaker, front brakes and starter. Now, there is a water noise under hood and truck is starting to rock when at stop light. It is also trying to run hot but no lights, leaks or issue can be found. The back spoiler was loose http before then and leaks in the back. Lift gate hard to open and molding around front windshield is coming loose. I have 65K on this truck. There is no way this truck should have this many problems. I feel unsafe in this lightly used auto.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #84

Feb 202012


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The contact mentioned that the key released from the ignition cylinder while the vehicle was in motion. Also, the contact mentioned that a strong odor of fuel emitted from the ventilation system. The dealer and the manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Lancaster , PA, USA

problem #83

Nov 122012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 130,569 miles
When I would try to start the car the starter would stick and just keep turning over and over, and would not start, when I finally got it to start I would be driving down the road the RPM's would shoot up between 3 and 6 and drop to 0 in a matter of seconds and everything in the car would shut down, this is while I am driving down the road in the middle of traffic. I had to pull over and set there until it decided to start, sometimes it took awhile and others it would start right up. This has happened over and over to many times to count, this car is very dangerous, I could have been hurt very badly. Also the key would stick in the ignition and would not turn I would have to get out of the car and rock it back and forth in order for it to turn to start the car. I had everything possible done to this car that the mechanic could possibly think of, even a new computer and thousands of dollars later it is still doing the same thing. There is something really bad wrong with the car and it need to be fixed. I am tired of putting out money and it not being resolved. Have paper work on all the work done to the car. More then 1 mechanic has looked at it and they are still scratching there heads!

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #82

Sep 182013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


Found key would not turn past 'off' position. After wiggling key finally turned on and was ok. After a few days found key could be removed while vehicle was running. Several days later found key would not move switch to full off position. Just found this site and see several other owners with similar troubles. Looks to me like these switches are poorly manufactured and should be replace by GM at no or minimal charge to owners who trusted they were purchasing a top notch vehicle with a trust-worthy manufacturer. Mileage at failure 90,000.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #81

Jun 142010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I have been having this issue for a few years now. When I put the key in the ignition and go to turn key over, the key will not turn. I have to sit there and wiggle up and down and back and forth to get the key to finally turn so I can start the car. No one else can drive my car, because no one else can figure out how to get the key to turn over. Also, my keys come out of the ignition while car is in the on or off position. I have been having this issue for over a year now. I have been following the recalls on the GM and Chevy vehicles and believe I am having the same ignition issue as the other recalled vehicles. I have talked with customer service at GMC about this issue but they have not been able to help me. There has not been a recall on the 2005 Chevy Equinox yet.

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #80

Sep 232014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 30,036 miles
After stopping at a gas station, got in my car and automatically locked the doors before starting the engine. Nothing happened when I turned the key. No sound other than a whirring under the hood of the car. I tried multiple times with no success. It was getting very hot in the car so I tried to open the door, and could not. I tried the manual "open" button many times and it would not work. Of course, the windows are electric so they would not go down (there is no lever to roll them down). After approximately 15 minutes, it got so hot in the car I telephoned 911. As the officer drove up, one of the times I tried to turn over the ignition produced a very short success in turning on the electric just long enough for the radio to come on and the doors to unlock. We still do not know what the problem is, but expect it is related to an electrical part(s). I have been on the phone with Chevrolet for almost an hour now. "[xxx]" still has me on hold (over 20 minutes now) for a supervisor (which I requested - twice) because he informed me they know of no way to open the door manually when the electric is involved. In fact, he said their "senior" repairman said he had never heard a thing like that happening to anyone before. "[xxx]" kept telling me to ask the dealership or the Napa service center where my car is now of a way to escape the car. I kept telling him I had already talked with the dealership and their repairman told me it could happen the way it did to me, it is dangerous, and he knew of no way to open the door with it being already locked when the electric no longer works. I was extremely lucky, if it is the electric, the car did not catch on fire. I want Chevrolet to make sure there is an escape out of the car when there is an electrical failure. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jamestown, KY, USA

problem #79

Aug 092011


  • 37,000 miles
Key sometimes won't turn, key can be pulled out of ignition while driving down the road, ignition will chew up or eat the key.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #78

Aug 282014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


My 2005 Equinox, I have only 80K miles on it, - key will not start ignition normal. Gets stuck and have to shake key forward for about 20+ minutes before it finally turns on. And when the car is on and running at any speed, the key will just come out of ignition. Map lights leak water when it rains. Car smells like mold. Fuel gauge always says empty and I get less than 16 mpg. Got in a car accident Apr 2014, seat belt did not lock when I was rear-ended, my face almost hit the radio (initial reason for my call to GM-Chevy line posted on their website today, looking for an answer as to why my ignition won't work properly and found out about faulty ignitions on my car) GM stated, after giving them my VIN that my car is not included in the recall!!! what's really going on"?!! after being accused of "blaming GM for my car problems", I asked for a supervisor and was hung up on. No joke. She also stated nhtsb was at fault. I'm sure they record all the calls. I ended up just calling the dealership and they scheduled my car for diagnostics for tue, 9/2/14. But they also told me that my vehicle is not included in the recall. Well.....I'll pull my key out to show them how easily the key just comes out at any position, and then when the tech tries to start my car and can't, and is stuck in their garage, will my car be added then GM?? ?!!! I have so many issues I could go on and I see that so many others have reported numerous times and this is what is done to us" now I'm angry and afraid.

- Ham Lake, MN, USA

problem #77

Aug 062009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The ignition on my vehicle literally eats my key. I have had to replace my key several times because eventually key won't start vehicle. Also after wear of new key, the key comes out of ignition while vehicle is running.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #76

Jun 172010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to ignition problems. The consumer stated she was able to remove the key from the ignition while the engine was still running. According to the invoice, there was an internal problem in the ignition cylinder tumblers. The dealer replaced the ignition cylinder. The consumer continued to experience problems, with the ignition cylinder binding up due to debris inside the cylinder housing. The lock cylinder was replaced.

- Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #75

Jul 082014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 79,655 miles
Key would not turn in ignition. Ignition lock cylinder had to be replaced.

- Prosperity, SC, USA

problem #74

Jul 072014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 54,269 miles
I had trouble inserting the key in to the ignition. After inserted I drove the car to the store. When I turned off the car the key would not come out of the ignition. After wiggling the key around it finally came out of the ignition and the steering column locked. When I tried to put the key back in the ignition the steering column would not unlock. After several attempts the column unlocked and the key was able to be inserted and the car started. This has occurred repeatedly since the above date.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #73

Jul 032014


  • 125,256 miles
Can not turn the ignition key. I have had the ignition cylinder replaced for the second time in the 2005 Equinox. I was told that it was me and my problem by the dealer.

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #72

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 #71

Jun 272014


  • 192,000 miles
While driving the car, the keys came out of the ignition. The car remained drivable. The driver pulled over, reinserted the key and continued on the trip. The key can be removed at any time. The ignition has been replaced at my expense but the car is still having the same issue.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #70

Sep 012006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Driving on freeway doing 70 miles a hour. Key fell out of ignition and car kept going. Pulled over and put key back in and found I could remove the key at anytime the car is running and I could put it in any gear with key pulled out after the car is started.

- Twining, MI, USA

problem #69

Jul 212013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Have had to replace 2 ignition switches which resulted in car being towed each time.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

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