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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,700 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox fuel system problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 302016


  • 93,000 miles


I was on an interstate highway. The auto in front of me changed lanes and I accelerated to go past the auto. The accelerator stuck to the floorboard and would not release even after repeated attempts to try and get it to respond. I was able to shift into neutral while the engine was still at full acceleration. I was able to change lanes and glided to a stop in the emergency lane. Where I was able to get the accelerator to disengage. I was very lucky the traffic pattern allowed me to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The accelerator is an electrical system.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Jul 022015


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While the vehicle was parked, there was a strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was fuel leaking from the rear of the vehicle. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #10

Feb 022015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 130,503 miles
I tried starting car several times and would not start. Pumped the gas pedal while trying to start and finally started. This has been an issue for several months now. Had the fuel filter changed and still have the same problem. I have read several forums where there is a recall on my vehicle concerning this matter.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Oct 042014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Vehicle was hit on the driver's side at the front door. Vehicle went right after impact at full throttle into a 12 ft ditch. Turned 90 degrees out of the ditch, came out of the ditch, across a 4 lane road. Front left wheel caught on a curb, vehicle still a full throttle with driver trying to brake. Veered to the left, jumped a 2 ft ditch, went to the right, hit a 3 ft rock, knocked the rock into the ditch and car ended up on top of the rock. Air bags did not deploy at this this. Vehicle traveled approximately 953 ft at full throttle before hitting the rock. GM had replaced the ignition switch once under policy vehicle would not come out of gear when parked sometimes. Even after replacing ignition switch we continued to have problems removing key from ignition. Nationwide insurance has possession of the car and is paying an outside vendor to down load the data from this accident. GM was called an we got one phone call back about this accident a week ago. Do have pictures and video from the accident scene. Also have a diagram of the distances the car traveled while changing directions after being hit. Best time to call is between 10am and 1pm as I drive a school bus and can not talk. Or after 6pm to 9pm.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

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problem #7

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 #6

Aug 272008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


Sometimes the car will not start unless you push in the gas pedal. Have seen on line a lot of other people have had this problem, and yet no recall?

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 182008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer. The dealer stated that the fuel pump was defective and needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced the fuel pump. The contact had no issues after the fuel pump was replaced. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Homer, LA, USA

problem #4

May 312013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle was difficult to start and decreased speed when traveling uphill. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the fuel pump would need to be replaced. The contact had replaced the fuel pump twice previously. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 072013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
From stopped position put car in reverse moved approximately 10 feet, stopped. Car immediately moved in reverse at a high speed and hit a telephone pole, car is a total loss. Total incident on videotape from security camera.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 032012


  • 78,000 miles
My remote would not lock the doors. Replaced batteries. It would lock and unlock once. Then nothing. Fuse blown. Replace fuse. Work once, blow fuse. Took to dealer after 3 months of not being able to access my trunk space, you can't open from inside or outside without remote. A wire inside the passenger door had somehow been severed"?? how does that happen. $685 to fix.... next huge issue: Driving down road.. front end gone???" struts, links...$1100 car won't start...have to give it gas, seen a lot of these with no idea what's wrong. Well dealership says its fuel pressure sending unit, bad injectors... grand total to fix $2000.. in what world should a vehicle that does not even 100K miles on it have so many costly fixes......I looked on here to see if anyone else is having the starting issue.. seems to be a lot of people.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #1

Jul 022011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 103,900 miles
Was going up hill lost power, sounded like car did not have muffler, got home and the hose going to headers was broken. Took to get fixed said it had been redesigned and had to add new parts to fix cost 400 plus labor. If redesigned must be problem in more than one car. This is not right and needs to be addressed.

- Cornersville, TN, USA

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