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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,333 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 142009


  • 29,000 miles


The heater core was replaced on my 2006 Chevy Equinox in April of 2009 at 29,000 miles. It now needs replaced again in October 2012 at 57,500 miles. The first time it was under warranty and was no cost to me. But now it needs replaced, again at $1100+ (dealer estimate). After a weeklong battle with GM, they offered me a 50% cost share. This should not be happening at 29,000 and again at 57,500!! it has got to be some sort of design flaw. It is obviously a known defect (due to all of the complaints), but they refuse to recall!!

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The heater blows cold air no matter what temperature setting it is on. There is also no defrost on the front window.

- Langley Afb, VA, USA

problem #1

May 112011


  • miles
The heater and defrost only blow cold air making driving a hazard. The air temperature blend door no longer works. This malfunction defect has already costs me more money than I can afford and now I learn that this is a common problem with this year and make. It should be recalled and fixed by Chevy.

- Hamilton, IN, USA

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