Print this page Notes: The 2006 Equinox is plagued by a heating problem, as in the heater only blows cold air.

The reported cause of this problem is a small door, known as the air temperature blend door, which allows air to flow past the heater core. This door has a plastic connecting shaft to an electric motor and the shaft is prone to breaking after a few years. The problem has a typical repair cost of over $800.

The 2006 Equinox also has a number of reported problems ranging from the key getting stuck in the ignition, to failing speed sensors, and trouble starting the engine. All in all, this car sounds like one worth avoiding.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,500 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


My 2006 Chevy Equinox starting blowing cold air in 2009. I took the car to my mechanic and discovered a plastic piece known as the blend door assembly is stuck or broken and it will cost over $1000 to repair. Without heat my windows will not defrost and it is a safety issue. I went to a site ( and found hundreds of GM owners are having the same problem. Please forced GM to recall this item.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 222010


  • 73,000 miles
My heater only blows out cold air! I've read over 500 complaints on other sires how GM decided to replace a metal door arm to the heater component with a plastic one which almost certainly will break at one point. Usually 3-4 years of owning the vehicle! apparently their is a huge amount of labor involved to replace a $60-200 part which is only available thru the dealer and a min. Of $1000 labor to fix because it requires removing the entire dash and other vital components of the vehicle! it is common knowledge this is going to happen and Chevy is now going to start using metal arms?! GM will not recall this item even though dealers all over the country agree this is a set up.

- Salinas, CA, USA

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