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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 292016


  • 65,000 miles


January 2015 GM sent a special coverage notice regarding seat heaters that overheat and fail. I object to the diagnosis fee charged if the heater element is not causing the failure. If it is another part such as a heater module I will be charged $110 refunded if I replace the module at extra cost. I feel this is unfair since I do not know what caused the failure of my driver's seat heater and GM should beat the diagnosis fee. Can you help this customer.

- Davisburg, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 312014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 74,500 miles
The Equinox was at a dead stop waiting for an oncoming car to pass so a left turn could be made. A distracted driver rear ended our vehicle at about 55 mph causing our vehicle to spin 180 degrees into the opposing lane of traffic. As a result of the impact both front reclining seats broke into a permanent recline position; the front passenger sustained a back injury and the child in a child restraint seat in the back seat behind the passenger seat was struck on the knee and forehead by the front passenger seat. The driver sustained an injury to the right leg.

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

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