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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
63,531 miles
Total Complaints:
25 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (19 reports)
  2. replaced ignition lock cylinder (6 reports)
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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Sep 012012

Equinox LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles


Bought a 2006 Chevy Equinox in September of 2012 and after a week of having the car I noticed that it was sometimes difficult to turn the key in the ignition. My husband has never been able to turn the key when he is driving the car so he has to call me to do it for him every time. Now almost 2 years later the main key will not turn at all.

This is crazy and scary!!! I cannot believe this has not been recalled with so many complaints. Now, I'm not sure if I can even pass the car down to my teenage daughter with fear of her being stranded. Very frustrating!!!

- , Muskegon, MI, US

problem #24

Jul 072014

Equinox AWD LT 3.4L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Purchased this car used February 2014. No problems with the ignition until this afternoon (hot 95 degree day) when the key became 'stuck' in the ignition. Tried MULTIPLE attempts and the key would still not turn. Researched this issue on the internet and discovered this is a common problem with the make/model/year of Chevy. We tried some of the suggested 'fixes' (e.g., open and close hood, try spare set of keys, moved steering wheel in the event this was the problem, etc.).

Through some persistence by my husband (e.g., after 20+ attempts), the key moved slightly and then all the way. Called the deal who claimed there have been no recalls or other reported issues. Will report this ignition lock problem with Chevy and hope this is a one time issue.

This is my first Chevy…..NOT impressed thus far!

- , Irvine, CA, USA

problem #23

Jun 272012

Equinox V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

this problem has happened before, dealer said turn steering wheel a little it may work problem gets worse in extreme heat sometimes corrects in early mornnig. this time won't start at all windows down rain forcasted. needs to be towed i quess.

- , cleveland, TN, Johnston Island

problem #22

May 012012

Equinox LT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


I bought this car in 2006, it has done this off & on for years, but now it won't turn at all. Plus I have a problem with the rotors, they wear unevenly and no one knows why.

- , Sebring, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 242012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

The key would not turn occasionally in the heat. After a few tries of turning the wheel back and forth and gentle trying to coax the key to turn, i could usually get it started. This time, no luck. Absolutely could not get it to turn at all!!! Problem was that is was in the garage and we needed a tow. Could not even get the car out of park to be able to roll it out of the garage. Thank God the tow truck guy knew how to pop it out of park manually from under the hood (under the engine) so we could roll it out. If you ever need that little bit of hint with this car. I have see so many complaints about this on the 2006 Equinox, I don't see how it is not a defect in the car. I am hoping Chevy is doing something for their clients on this one. This one is costing me $810 to replace the ignition at the dealer. That seems high also. We are loyal Chevy purchasers for years. But maybe not anymore depending how Chevy responds to my request for help. I sent my email to Email was provided by another person on this website. Thank you! I will follow up with Chevy's response on this.

- , Columbia, MD, USA

problem #20

Jul 102012

Equinox LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

When I try to turn the key to crank the engine, the key will not turn. I have blisters from trying to turn the key. Been stranded in parking lot for hours because of this. Been stranded in traffic because my vehicle turned off and the key would not turn to get me out of harms way. Almost caused many people to get killed!! Already had to deal with the heater problem and pay for that crap. Always thought highly of Chevrolet. Don't know if I'll ever buy another Chevrolet. On top of all the other problems, my battery keep going dead because my lights will not turn off, Was told it was the turn switch.

- , Trenton, SC, USA

problem #19

Nov 252012

Equinox LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,204 miles


While I think this truck is fairly decent...I've had much of the same problems as everyone else. The first thing I noticed is the light on the back of the lift, one screw is loose. The second problem I started having with this truck is the problem with the key getting stuck and not starting. For some reason that stopped after a while, then the engine lights pops on for no apparent reason. Today the key is stuck in the ACC position so if I use the truck I have no way to secure it. With the key stuck in the ignition it can be stolen it is a royal pain, I can not babysit the truck.

- , Manning, SC, USA

problem #18

Jun 132013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

Have had my 06 equinox for2yrs. All of a sudden, my key Wont turn. Was at the grocery store 24 miles from home. It's 95' out I've just put everything in the car. Spent over 20 min trying to get it to turn. By now I'm hot,frightened and my fingers feel like they are raw. I finally have to call my husband to come get me. This is aggravating!!!!!! Took him another 20 min to finally get the key to turn. Won't be putting up with this long. My question I'd like to have answered is.. with so many people having the same issues. Is Chevy going to stand behind their products????????? Or is it going to be up the consumers to fix it???

Update from Jun 16, 2013: Iam the husband ... Yes that happened to my wife...its a bad thing when you can't trust a vehicle.

- , Ellington, MO, USA

problem #17

Feb 122008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

I still have problems with starting my car. The key doesn't stick but sometimes it takes a few times to get the ignition to catch. love my car but I'm not sure I'll buy another Chevy.

- , Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 012012

Equinox LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

The key wont turn to turn the car on. I was picking up my granddaughter from school and had to have the car towed to my home. No matter how many times I tried, even got a blister on my finger trying to turn the key, it wouldn't turn. So, I tried the spare key. It worked fine for two weeks, now I'm having the same problem, I have to try and turn and turn the key so that it can finally turn the car on.

- , Allentown, PA, USA

problem #15

Jun 172009

Equinox LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,327 miles


Originally this problem started in 2009 as stated. Dealer changed the ignition cylinder, the same thing happened again in 2010(0723/2010). They found the tumblers were stuck they again replaced and coded the ignition cylinder this was called a goodwill consideration. Then on 08/10/2010, they again replaced the ignition cylinder from the original repair made on 07/23/2010. They also replaced the key each time the cylinder was changed, I have just experienced the same problem on Friday,07/27/2012 the car is in the shop again for this same problem. This is the third time this has happened and I was lucky enough not to be anywhere that was dangerous when the key stuck in the ignition. One time I was at home (thank goodness) and the other time at work and the security guard stayed on the parking lot with me til I could get a ride home. this last time I was at a diner close to my home. this has become quite a nuisance, and costly due to the fact that I am now not employed.

- , Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #14

Jun 112012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Just got a new key made today hoping that was the problem as the old key was pretty worn out. Then decided to research problem on internet and not very happy at what I am seeing. They told me that if I needed a new cylinder it would cost $280.00 plus $105.00 for labour (they tell me it takes one hour to fix and the $105.00 is what they charge per hour).

This is obviously a defect from the company and they should recall this problem immediately!

- , SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, canada

problem #13

Jan 132007

Equinox LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

Reported to chevy dealer-they could not get the problem to come up so they say they could not repair problem.Intered the problem in competer system. When warranty was over and problem got worst chevy Allen Samual could not locate competer entery.So guess what --problem has never been fixed.

- , Hubbard, TX, Pacific Islands (US)

problem #12

Jul 142011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

I have been having the problem of the key not turning in the ignition for a number of months. In the past we have just kept fiddling with the key until it turns. In the past few weeks it has been almost impossible keeping us busy for over 30 minutes trying to get it to turn.

- , Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #11

Dec 052011

Equinox LT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I just bought this Equinox used last week. I thought the dealership was just being kind by starting this vehicle for my test drive and before I left. I went to go to work the next day and couldn't get the key to turn. I got the spare key and still could not get it to turn. I went through making sure the car was in park properly etc, and nothing was working. I continued to manipulate the key in the ignition and it finally started. Each time I want to start this vehicle, I have to go through this. Hope I'm never being chased down and need a quick get away. My two fingers are raw from this constant manipulating of the key. I am taking it to a mechanic today to see if he can fix it, and how much it will cost. Merry Christmas to me!

I swore off Chevys after I bought a new Malibu in 02. I don't know what came over me, but never again. They want to stay afloat in today's market, then they need a quality product. Or at least stand behind the garbage they sell.

- , Sharon, PA, USA

problem #10

Jul 062011

Equinox LT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,600 miles

All of sudden it became hard to get the key to turn. At first I thought it was just - ya know- how sometimes the ignition locks and you have to turn the wheel to get the key to turn. Ha! That was NOT it! One afternoon I get in the car after work and the key will not turn. No amount of coaxing, jiggling, turning the wheel etc was going to do it apparently. I tried for half an hour and the key would NOT turn. Had to call my son to pick me up and leave my car sitting in the parking lot! That's always fun after being at work all day! Went home, typed into the web search engine "2006 Equinox key won't turn" and lo and behold I got immediate multiple hits of different websites where other folks were complaining of the same problem. So I called GM customer service. Explained the problem and the fact that soooo many people were reporting the same issue and asked if it was a recall item. They said nope, not a reacll issue. The guy kept saying over and over that 1. I had to go to a GM authorized dealer to have it diagnosed and 2. at my expense. Told me to do that and then call him back with the name of the person at the dealership I was dealing with and then they would "determine if they (Chevy) could be of any assistance to me".

Got the car diagnosed at the dealership - took 2 hours (even though I told them when I went in that it was the ignition lock)!!! Called the guy at GM back told him what he said he needed to know. Got a call the following day from an "account manager" who asked me more questions then said "sorry this isn't a warranty or recall issue so we aren't doing anything for you". Surprise Surprise!!! So I asked if my complaint was being logged along with others for this particular problem and she assured me it was. Then I went on to tell her that I would like her to add my comments that I would never purchase another Chevy - not only becaue of this current problem but also because I've also had to replace the air flow heater thing that made the heater in the car only blow cold air which was yet another widely reported problem etc. Told her that I'm sure Chevy doesn't give a crap about me as I'm only one person but she could rest assured I'd be telling everyone I know about these issues and lack of help from them etc. And that was that.

I have to pay for the repair even though it's CLEARLY a common defect/problem. So I hung up the phone and came right to this site and registered - it only took me 2 minutes to register! - and here I am asking ALL OF YOU - ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THIS SAME PROBLEM - to please please register and file your complaint here and to also PLEASE call Chevy and report this problem if you have it! That's the ONLY WAY they will ever be forced to acknowledge this defect. If you don't take the time to call them and file your complaint - you, me, and everyone else who has this ignition lock problem will just continue having to pay for it ourselves and Chevy will continue to make money off us and be in the free and clear! Please call Customer Assistance at 1-800-222-1020 (US) or 1-800-263-3777 (Canada) and report this problem or do it by email here:

If we ALL do it we can force them to be responsible for this shoddy workmanship/design! Even if you've already paid to have a new ignition lock installed, please still call and report because if they do issue a recall after so many complaints - you will be reimbursed for the money you've already spent! PLEASE OFFICIALLY REPORT THIS IGNITION LOCK PROBLEM!

- , Fredonia, NY, USA

problem #9

May 302011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My ignition has been replaced three times and still does not turn easy. And on hot days will not turn at all. I see all the complains about the 2006 ignitions why doesn't anyone help us??Tired of it. I have been stranded numerous times and have had to wait until it cools down outside.I just want someone to tell me what to do to fix it?I can not be stranded again this summer with three kids.Help

- , Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 012009

Equinox LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,855 miles

Having problems turning the key so far i can get the key to turn. But no one else can drive the car because they are unable to turn the key. Have tried new keys but still the same problem. Don't really want to go to the expense of a new barrel can imagine how much that will cost at the dealership...

- , Montreal, QC, Canada

problem #7

Nov 242009

Equinox LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

i was at a carwash and and the key wouldnt turn how frustrating that was ecspecially when the carwash was closing

- , Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 012010

Equinox LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

It started off just "sticking" after several turns it would finally turn over. Yesterday, not so lucky. I tried and tried and finally had to have it towed to the dealership that was 5 miles down the road!! Can only imagine how much this will cost me!

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

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