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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,315 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

May 012005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and was placed in drive, however it did not move. The vehicle was towed to a dealership who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. Also, the vehicle shook while driving over 60 mph and when the brakes were applied. The dealership replaced the tires twice, rotated, and balanced the tires in an effort to correct the problem. The dealership also replaced the rims, wheels, and hubs, however the problem persisted. In addition, the air conditioner unit fell off the bracket which caused the engine to shut down. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. Updated10/04/06.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #7

Nov 302005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,803 miles
Bought brand new 2005 Chevy Equinox. Bad odor coming from vents. Dex cool is corroding cooling system, and engine. 17,000 miles have had it in 3 times for entire coolant system flush... still is un bearable. Be aware this is not an isolated case. Consequence- after extended drive (greater than 30 minutes) results in light-headedness, headache, or watery burning eyes. It leaves a film of antifreeze vapor on the windshield, on the inside. GM does not consider this vehicle inoperable. Go figure. GM has done little to satisfy our needs, they pay for new hoses and flush- which obviously doesn't work. 900 dollars a pop, for the same result. Parts repaired: 5 hoses (all of them) 3X, dex-cool 3X. Safety is something they strive for at GM, what happened?

- Camden, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 102004

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
Check engine light keeps going on and they've only been able to ascertain anything a couple of times. The code is lost in the computer with multiple starts and shut offs of the engine. The computer is reset at different intervals--no one can tell me how long I have to get to the dealership after the error light is lit.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Feb 022005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Foul odor in cabin coming from heater, also smell is noticable outside the car. Checked the coolant and it is dark brown and has a strong foul odor. The vehicle does not get anywhere near the mileage per gallon that GM states it should get of 19 and 25. Lucky if it get 13mpg city and 15 highway.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 092005

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with 8500 miles, the antifreeze is dark brown in color and there is a film of brown stuff on the recovery bottle. It also smells like rotten meat.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012004

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
2005 Chevrolet Equinox - bad odor coming from HVAC and coolant system, first noticed with approximately 1200 miles on the SUV, had in and was told they could do nothing, after further complaining they contacted GM and told me they had to order some new "stuff" and once in they would replace and flush the coolant. I've called twice now over the past month, dealership still has not received "stuff". issue not resolved.

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 202004

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
Since I've owned the vehicle, there has been a strong odor in the cabin of the car. I noticed the coolant has changed from pink to black with sludge floating in it. I am also getting far less average gas mileage than was listed. I am averaging less than 17 mph on the highway. Not close to the 25 that is advertised. Was informed by the service manager that that the smell and other coolant issues is normal for this vehicle (05 Chevrolet Equinox). With the heat on and windows up, the car is almost undrivable due to the smell.

- Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA

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