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:
77,640 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012014


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system were not operating properly. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the failure was known by the manufacturer who diagnosed that the blower motor speed and mode selection continued to function; however, the heater would not be available. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer stated that the mileage surpassed the accepted mileage for customer satisfaction campaign number: 10044379-4513(equipment/visibility); therefore, the contact could not be assisted. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Oberlin, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 102011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 60,559 miles
No heat coming in the SUV to defrost windows or to warm up the inside. Total repair will be $800 for a $30 part. Plastic plate that controls the air and heat is defective. Apparently the part after sometime get weak from hot and cold conditions. Only way to fix is to tear complete dash board out to reach blower assembly, replace vent door and reassemble the entire dash board.

- Allegany, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 252011


  • 71,000 miles
My heater quit working in my 2006 Equinox. Apparently it is a common problem with the air temperature blend door. Since the potential danger is there during the winter GM should put out a recall on this part!

- Williston, ND, USA

problem #1

Mar 202008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The heating and cooling system only circulates cold air. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer for inspection. The failure mileage was 55000. The current mileage was 63989.

- Greeley, CO, USA

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