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:
81,683 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 012019


  • miles


I bought this car about 18 months ago from a used dealer ship after the car turned 12 months the car started saying it was over heating but when looking at the vehicle it was not hot at all the sensor just said overheating all the way to the red when the car read overheating the radiator fluid overflowed with out being hot when opening the lid there where air bubbles with no heat. I have spent over $1000 dollars trying to fix the problem with still no success when it said over heating the car starts slowing down and then it stops where ever you are at right away sometimes in the middle of the road. When at time it said over heating the heater stops working. I have had to let the air out several time a day and now it said overheating as soon as I leave my home. I have done some research and I am not the only one with this problem I have tried everything others have suggested but nothing works. I have got a new radiator, water pump, temperature sensor, thermostat, filter and still nothing. I took it to get it checked with the computer and 18 sensors went off and 8 where failed sensors. I wanted to bring this to your attention it has happened to a lot of other people just google it and you will see. I just want people to be safe and this car is not safe I have children and I live in a area that has cold weather for 3 months. I have been stuck in that car when it read over heating when it was not. I have bought about over 39 bottles of radiator fluid to keep it full but one bottle last me less the a day. Thank you very much for letting me inform you of this concern. I have gotten stuck on he highway and street with my kids. The car is now just seating in my drive way.

- Dakota City, NE, USA

problem #13

Oct 212019


  • 120,000 miles
The plastic blend arm for the heater selector motor broke, which seems to be happening on the Equinox cars. It causes the heater to blow cold air only. This happened on a city street while traveling to the store. When I turned the heater on it made a funny noise like it wasn't engaging. The windows wouldn't defrost while I was driving.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #12

Oct 202018


  • 147,617 miles
While turning on the car and driving the tc, brake light, ABS, engine, and air bag lights turn on and the car turns off but continues to drive. As you drive it continues to ring the bells and turn on of the off and on including the radio. You can also pull the key out and it continues to drive. All this on highway and city streets.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #11

Mar 052018


  • 150,000 miles


1. my ABS and traction control light come on almost everytime I drive the car. Most of the time they come on for no reason, just driving on smooth/good road conditions they come on or pulling out of a driveway. 2. doesn't matter if the ABS light is on or off, I've had to smash down on the brake pedal numerous times so I don't hit the car in front of me because the breaks feel like they aren't grabbing. Luckily my daughter wasn't in the car any of the times it's happened. I had the car looked at by a technician at a Chevy dealership and he found no issues with the brakes. 3. the front end of this vehicle is horrible. I've replaced the front hubs recently, and that did no good with either of these issues. 3. I was going through a drive thru, and all of a sudden the E-brake light came on, loud sound came out of speakers when I turned the wheel, and a number of lights on the dash came on. Luckily got out of the drive thru, and shut the car off, and it wouldn't turn back on. It jumped started but we figured out that the wire from the started to the alternator was loose and causing it to not charge the battery. We tightened it down and it fixed that problem. 4. I got into my car, started it up, and went to reverse and there was no power steering. I pulled back into the spot and turned off the car & then back on & it came back. My husband was just driving the car before me and he had no issues. I hope there is something recalled on this car. I've seen so many people with these same type of complaints. It's dangerous!!!

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #10

Nov 282016


  • miles
Any time there is rain or going through a car wash my car has a leak of water that collects in my floorboard. I have read a million reviews online at and numerous youtube videos documenting the same problem with the make and model. If GM plans on charging for an upgrade like a sunroof then it should properly work. The reason for concern on this, the water leaks through the dash and even sometimes collects in the light fixtures of the roof. With standing water on the floor boards I have a huge concern for my safety from being electrocuted or being E posed to any type of mold caused from the wet carpet. There are apparently issues with several seals when it comes to this model and I feel it has been overly documented that is is a safety concern. Not to mention of driving in rain which is sometimes inevitable, you will be driving in your own monsoon. I have contacted the dealer and the are refusing to state that their is any safety concern. However, they are not driving my vechicle, I am. I have even personally emailed Chevrolet about the issue and they are stating since there is no active recall opened that everything will be an out of pocket expense even though this is a design, hardware malfunction. Not something cause by wear and tear, like tires or brakes. This leak has also been know to start causing electrical issues from power lines being saturated in standing water. My car starts making a clicking noise and the power will fluctuate because of water leaking inside cabin and underneath dash where power cables are exposed. This has caused my car to stop working while driving on the highway previously.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 092018


  • 78,000 miles
Loss control of power steering while driving stabilizer light came on couldn't turn steering wheel.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #8

Feb 202015


  • miles


I feel this vehicle is a danger, when I brought this vehicle just gave me a problem, when I go running the car it goes away and I feel scared, the lights never turn off and I fixed everything, always has noise when the vehicle is running in the street. Me regret having bought it.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #7

May 012017


  • 165,000 miles
Bought my 06 eqinox in may of 2015. Day 2, battery died. Dealer put new battery in. Next week, battery dead and took out stereo with it. Dealer replaced battery and stereo. Now having trouble starting again. Have replaced brake pads and rotors twice on rear wheels and front once. Car makes grinding noise still when backing with foot on the brake. ABS and tc lights came on may of 2017. Had checked out and needed front right wheel speed sensor replaced. Replaced it and light stayed on. Had it rechecked and it still reads the same. No brakes. Pedal stutters on the way down and then has to be forced down the rest of the way to stop the car. Had mechanic look at it and was told to replace ABS module. We did and I finally have brakes again but now my break light is on along with the ABS/tc lights. Car has sunroof. Had car 2 years and all of a sudden my back floor is flooded. Thought the kids spilled water. Nope. Soaked a beach towel cleaning it up. Next hard rain, flooded again. Lines are clogged and backing up into my car. Two beach towels and two gallons later of water vacuumed up and my padding is damp and still stinks like mildew. This car is badly designed. The brake situation is very dangerous. Luckily there was an empty turn lane beside me when it rained or I would have hit the car in front of me. The brake pedal would go to the floor when turning and wouldnt stop on straightaways. The electrical wiring in the drivers side door is jacked up too. Can't unlock the doors, turn on dome light and doesn't shut off radio.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 062017


  • 120,175 miles
Driving at high speed in highway and suddenly loose acceleration pedal function. Dangerous slow down in highway while cars pass you by at high speeds and you just cant get to move out the way.with family in vehicle

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 232015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 122,773 miles
I have a Chevrolet Equinox LX and I am having problem with the ABS and tracking control so I got the brakes replace and there still a bad grinding the same thing before I replace the brakes the ABS and tracking control come on and off while I am driving and stay on while I am driving I have change my brake in 2014 when I first purchase the SUV I did not have this problem was there a recall on this matter and if there was can someone get back with me or can gms help with this matter.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 022013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


Since this car has only 29,000 miles and so much is going on. Sunroof leaked, problems w/ windows, not the heating and cooling doesn't work, I just had it towed because the battery was dead.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 122007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
A. I began to notice that at times the car would not start the first time I turned the key. I would have to turn the key to off position and try again, this could sometimes take a couple of times. The dealer did state that it was indeed the ignition switch. B. we also have an issue with the ignition when you turn it over it continues to try to start after it is running. The only way to make is stop is to step on the gas. C. when the car is shut off with the wipers or heater or even the radio on; when we start the Equinox, there is smoke coming out of the steering wheel area. It has a burning smell with it. Very dangerous. Just last week, I had my Equinox on with the air, and smoke came out of the steering wheel area while it was running idle. D. in the colder weather, there is frost on my inside front windshield. All windows are up, and there is no reason for this. This vehicle needs to have a massive recall as there are many issues going on with it. I would hate to see someone get hurt but I could see it happening if something is not done to correct these issues.

- Groveport, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 252011


  • 60,000 miles
Same as reported below, ABS issues, ignition switch, over heating, water sound in dash, blend door issues. Only have 80K on car but problems surpass value. Why are there no recalls for Equinox?

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
One day I noticed the brakes were harder than normal to push to stop the car and then my ABS/traction control lights would come on, when they did the car would brake fine. This now happens on a daily basis. Sometimes the lights come on as soon as I start the car and sometimes it takes a few minutes of driving for the lights to come on, until they do, braking is scary. Both front hubs, both front sensors, rotors and pads have been replaced and still ABS/traction control light coming on. Also had all four tires air pressure checked. All of this work has been performed by a licensed mechanic and he is now stumped. I have been reading other complaints on different sites with the same problem and no resolution.

- Everett, WA, USA

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