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:
63,694 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #70

Nov 012008


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the heating system malfunctioned causing the front windshield to fog and impair her vision. The dealer was notified, but offered no assistance. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 57,000. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #69

Nov 052010


  • 31,000 miles
2006 Chevy Equinox bought brand new and now has 31T miles on it and the heater does not work. Therefore, my windshields freeze up and cannot be defrosted. I am pregnant with my first child and am not going to be able to use this vehicle as it is safety hazard. The dealership sited it would cost me $1,076+tax to fix the air director door.

- Waterloo, IL, USA

problem #68

Nov 262010


  • 53,622 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the air acuator would overextend and break. This failure caused the vehicle to lose heat and the defroster failed. The dealer stated that the failure was common and would occur again even after repair if the heat was on full. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 53,622.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #67

Nov 252010


  • 56,000 miles


I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox, I have been driving this vehicle for 19 months I had bought it used from a GM dealer. I was driving to thanksgiving and notice it no longer blew hot air. The SUV only has 56,000 miles on it so I began doing research online, apparently this is not an unknown problem, the Chevy Equinox from 2005 to 2010 has a defective temperature valve aculator as well as the HVAC door valve, GM decided to make these parts plastic and from other blogs I have read that as an Equinox owner you where not to ever use your heat on its highest setting this will destroy the valves. Then upon talking to a GM dealer I was told the replacement of these valves will cost 1500 dollars and they replace it with another plastic part and give you a 12 month warranty. This is a danger since a defroster will not clear a windshield in winter with cold air. GM had the decency to recall the 2010 Equinox part, but refuses to hear out any of the owners of prior year models. I turn to you in hopes some one will help.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #66

Sep 142010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 35 mph the contact attempted to turn on the heater but only cold air would blow from the vents. The failure recurred whenever he attempted to turn on the heat. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where he was informed a part within the dashboard fractured and was causing the heating system to fail. Various repairs were performed but the failure continued. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Vandergrift, PA, USA

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problem #65

Nov 082010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Heater was working fine yesterday, this morning the heater would only blow cold air, even after the car was fully warmed up. Called the local Chevrolet dealership and they said it was a faulty air temp door that needed to be replaced and it would cost about $925. After much research I have noticed this is a continuing and constant problem for this vehicle year and make.

- Harrisburg, SD, USA

problem #64

Nov 012010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 59,277 miles


In November the heat on our 2006 Chevy Equinox went out-only cold air blows. Was informed by local Chevy dealer that the heat blender door/valve frequently breaks and that they could repair it for 1500-1800$. if they frequently break why hasn't Chevy issued a recall and stopped using S substandard product?

- Plano, IL, USA

problem #63

Oct 232010


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that heater was blowing warm air. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where the contact was informed that the temperature door and temperature actuator were defective. The contact called the manufacturer who took a complaint and advised her to take the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 67,000.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #62

Oct 092010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 54,274 miles
In may we purchased a certified 2006 Chevy Equinox. We are retired and do not put miles on the car. We also live in northeast Ohio. The first cold day we put the heat and defroster on. Neither worked. We found that the heater door was broken. Neither the dealer nor GM would help. We have had it fixed. However, the heater door nor actuator have not been redesigned to elevated this problem. We found hundreds of complaints on the internet for the same problem- no heat or defroster. This is a major job since the entire dash board must be removed. However, it is a safety hazard. Defrosters are necessary, especially in cold climates. It appears that GM and dealers are denying the problem exists because of the cost involved. These cars need to be recalled.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #61

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

problem #60

Oct 132010


  • 77,352 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. When the contact turned the heat on, it only blew warm air. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the actuator blend door was the cause of the failure; the dealer also stated that the instrument panel would have to be removed to replace the door. The failure mileage was 77,352 and the current mileage was 77,600.

- Willmington , IL, USA

problem #59

Oct 102010


  • 84,502 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox lt 3.4L AWD and everything worked fine, I did not use my heater allsummer long. I turned it on as of 10/10/2010 and there was no heat at all. It was only cold air. I heard this is a very common issue and in some areas can be considered a safety risk. I live in the midwest where during winter, there is always frost on windows. If I do not have heat to defrost windows or get ice and snow off, this causes a risk. And putting hot or warm water on the window risks cracking the window. Thanks for hearing me and this safety risk, it would be very nice to have this recalled as it is a common issue and is over $1000 to fix.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #58

Oct 102010


  • 95,000 miles
I own a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. Last week the heater stopped blowing any warm or hot air. I put it in for repair and almost $1000 later I was told that one of the plastic tabs of the heater blend door had been cracked off by the over torquing of the heater actuator motor. I live in a cold climate and must have warm/hot air to keep my windows clear. This is a significant safety issue.

- Torbay, Newfoundland, Canada, 00, USA

problem #57

Oct 012010


  • 78,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox and the heater has stopped working. The defroster does not work and according to the dealer it will cost atleast $1000 to repair a blend door that seems to be defective in alot of these vehicles. Seems to me that GMC should pay the price since so many are having this same problem.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #56

Oct 012010


  • 52,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the heating system in the vehicle stopped functioning. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the contact was informed that the actuator in the blend door was defective, causing the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the dealer who offered no assistance as there were no related recalls. The manufacturer had not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 53,000. The failure mileage was approximately 52,500.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #55

Sep 182010


  • miles
The heat setting blows out only cold air. GM repair service said that the plastic air temperature blend door was broken and needs replacement. GM rep said that GM does not acknowledge that such a problem exists. The defective part is situated within the dashboard requiring the dash to be completely removed. GM repair was familiar with the problem and how to repair it yet GM rep from corporate says GM is unaware of such a problem.

- Stony Brook, NY, USA

problem #54

Oct 032010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 70,409 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox that is blowing ice cold air through the heater as well as the defrosters I think along with the other 329 people who I read about has the same problem.and they all estimate the cost of repairs is 1,000 dollars we need help I tried replacing the thermostat but no help still cold air.

- Claysville, PA, USA

problem #53

Dec 162009


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle heater failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the blend door would close and the heat will not come through to the interior of the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted who advised the contact that the warranty had expired and they would not offer any further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #52

Oct 012010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 53,162 miles
2006 Chevy Equinox heater blows cold air.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #51

Sep 152010


  • 98,000 miles
2006 Chevy Equinox broken blend door. Nothing lead up to the failure it just quit working. I haven't had it repaired yet, can't justify $1500 to replace.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

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