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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,200 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #29

Aug 262014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


I have taken my car to tow different GM dealers regarding ABS/traction control issues. I have spent $1000 and the GM technicians cannot correct the issue. They have replaced the wheel sensor & the hub on the front passenger side and nothing seems to work. The ABS system is constantly activating during normal braking/driving and some times interferes with stopping. The vehicle has been for repairs at porter Chevrolet, newark, Delaware and recently nucar connection in new castle, Delaware. The latest repair was done by nucar, the car was at the dealer form August 29 to September 2nd, 2014. The car is a 2006 Equinox VIN [xxx]. I have seen many forums/blogs with Equinox owners experiencing the same issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #28

Oct 012012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
This vehicle has been difficult to crank, you have to manipulate the steering column, and repeatedly try to crank it. Key is difficult to remove. On Sept 29, 2014, the key came out of ignition while in drive. I reported to GM at 18002221020 at 8am on Sept 30, to, who took details, and said a sr. Service advisor would call me in 24-48 hours. No one did. I called GM back today and spoke to a hispanic man, who said [xxx] is the sr. Advisor assigned but she is not available at this time. I left a voice mail for her. I also contacted riverside Chevrolet in wetumpka Alabama, and was told a service person would call me back. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Eclectic, AL, USA

problem #27

Sep 052014


  • 128,813 miles
Was on my way to work driving about 25mph at approximately 100 ft from a stop light I lightly tapped my brake. Immediately my anti lock brake came on and the vehicle was still moving at the same speed. I press the brake all the way down to the floor and the car would not stop the brake completely disabled. As I got within about 30 ft of the red light the car stopped and the brake was engaged. It was a dry day the road was smooth there is no reason the anti lock brake should come on. Today 9/9/14 I picked up my daughter from school. As I proceeded to exit the school going about 10mph the antilock brake came on disabling the brake. I press the break all the way down to the floor the vehicle would not stop. I put the car in neutral and it rolled and came to a stop. It's very dry and there is no reason why the anti lock brake should come on. I called General Motors and was told that this car never had any recalls and that my car was out of warranty therefore it's my responsibility to have it repaired. I told the rep that I will report it because this is a serious safety issue.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #26

Mar 032014


  • 73,000 miles


After stopping when driving longer distances the front left brake would fail to disengage, so that the brake would remain on when trying to drive on interstate. I took it to a dealership to have it checked and discovered that the brake line was collapsing when hot preventing brake fluid to brake. The left one went bad first, but by the time I found out what the problem was I had to have the rotor, caliper and pads all replaced also. After it was replaced everything was great for about 30 days and then the right one started having the same problem. So I had the right brake line replaced immediately and it corrected the problem with no additional costs. We had a very rainy spring so as long as there was water on the road the brake would function properly because the water would keep it cool, but on dry days it would stick. It finally got to the point that it was just stuck all the time no matter what the weather was. It was the first time I had ever heard of a brake line collapsing shut... the vehicle had 69,000 miles on it when purchased it now has 82,000 miles and the starter just started sticking a few days ago when attempting to start it. I still love the way it handles and drives though.

- Chandlersville, OH, USA

problem #25

Mar 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The ABS and traction control dash lights come on. Turning off the engine and restarting it occasionally fixes the problem. After a few weeks the lights become persistent and shutting off and restarting the engine no longer fixes the problem. Sometimes when driving around 10-15 mph, the brakes are extremely difficult to push and stopping the car becomes a frightening experience. I had my mechanic replace the entire ABS hub assembly and that fixed the problem for about a month. The problem has now returned and is worse than before.

- Elk Ridge, UT, USA

problem #24

Feb 172014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 80,125 miles
I bought my car from a GM dealership in hanford, ca after just I took my used 2006 Equinox home and went out the start it that night it would not start key kept getting stuck, also a very rough idle, ignition switch issue I would have to fight with it from time to time did leave me stranded I called the dealership they had be bring it in the looked at and did nothing took it back again and they cleaned the throttle body? but did not look at the ignition issue because they advisor said there was no due bill for it also 3 months later my ABS and trac control light was on I took it to a different service shop in visalia ca and they found that I needed a rear hub and senor also a alignment paid almost $400, and still did not fix the issue they were helpful and told me that there tons of issue with my make and model regarding this make and model to take it to the place I got it to see if they can help me, it was horrible to drive spoke with a sales manager I told them about the ignition issue and ABS & trac control light, they got it in there shop to check it out and gave me a rental to use to get back and forth to work, called to pick up they had a 600. 00 dollars bill for me!!! and still did not fix the ignition !!! it did it the problem in front of the sales manager and he said oh wow I refuse to pay that amount I just paid $300 he told me when another manager comes back we can make a deal, I feel that I was sold a car that is unsafe for me and my family!! I can drive and go down a rough road or my leg hit the keys and my keys will fall out of the ignition and the car is still operating !!! and they will not fix it its just unbelievable!!!

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


The ABS and T/C lights come on after driving. If the car has been turned off, and you turn the car back on, the lights will not come on while driving around or under 10mph, but the symptoms are that the brakes will grind and be very hard to push, very dangerous when braking behind somebody waiting to pull out of a driveway into a busy intersection. After accelerating to 20mph or faster, the brake issue might go away, but the ABS/traction control lights will come on. The problem is known for the 2006 Chevy Equinox to be an issue with the pigtail wiring harness. I urge you to review the forum documenting these issues at for supporting evidence. Chevrolet is charging people for repairs of unnecessary parts in order to make money while they knowingly know the issue deserves a recall.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #22

Nov 032010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 95,714 miles
While applying the brake, it pulsated and the ABS/traction control light came on. We took it to the Chevrolet dealer we purchased it from for repair. They replaced the left front wheel speed sensor/hub assembly and the front brake pads and resurfaced the rotors. Approximately one week later, the same issue occurred again with the ABS/traction control light on again. The ABS/traction control light is on. As you brake, the brakes pulsate like they are trying to adjust themselves. This is scary as you fear you are not going to stop or rear end someone every time you drive the vehicle. We need to trade this vehicle in, but who wants something Chevrolet won't or can't fix?

- Bluefield, WV, USA

problem #21

May 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Problem with ABS system. When stopping at low speeds ( 5mph) the ABS system engages every time. We have had all brake pads, shoes, rotors, and disc replaced. Still have the problem. Have seen a lot of the same issues appearing on internet forums. As this is a safety issue how many complaints do we need before a recall is issued. Will it take a death? since G.M. has so many recalls now why not include this.

- Dry Ridge, KY, USA

problem #20

Mar 312014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the ABS and traction light warning indicator illuminated. Also, the contact mentioned that when the brakes were engaged the vehicle made a loud grinding noise. The vehicle had been taken to the dealer twice and the mechanic replaced the left front hub bearing, the wiring harness and connected the lose connection speed sensor. The failure recurred for the fifth time and an independent mechanic replaced the front brakes. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- George Town, KY, USA

problem #19

Jul 072014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


Passenger side tire/wheel brake locked up. Not able to drive in any gear. Appeared to be brakes locked up. Possible fire danger. Wheel got so hot it melted off the plastic hub cap cover. Smelled of burning plastic/brake. Trying to get safety eval by GM delaership this week. This is a very dangerous vehicle. NHTSA: Request your review to recommend immediate recall; found same problem across the internet this morning. Help....

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #18

Feb 102014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
ABS and traction control lights dash board indicators came on and the ABS brakes began to pulse suddenly. The pulsing would happen at any time (dry or wet surface and at any speed). When vehicle was turned off and restarted, the ABS and traction control dash lights would be off but would light up again in a short while. Took vehicle to Firestone. First, one set of hub bearings was replaced. When that didn't solve the problem, the other set of hub bearings were replaced. That didn't solve the problem either, so both sets were replaced again in case of a faulty part. That still didn't solve the problem, so the electrical was rewired. This worked for about 2 weeks but now the lights are lit and the brakes are pulsing again. I have been on an unofficial Chevrolet forum and it seems this is a recurring problem with the Equinox. What is Chevy doing to solve this problem and why hasn't a recall been issued?

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #17

Jun 202014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 70,286 miles
The ABS and traction control warning lights came on and stayed on. The brake pedal vibrated at each stop.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #16

May 082014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the ABS and trac warning indicators remained illuminated. The brake pedal and accelerator pedal vibrated whenever depressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and authorized dealer for diagnosis. The repairs consisted of the replacement of both of the front wheel bearings, sensors and the cv-booster. The failure persisted after the repairs were performed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #15

Jan 132014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
We have had repetitive problems with the ABS brakes kicking in and the vehicle not wanting to stop. Have had it serviced 3 times in 4 months. (have only owned the car for 6 months). Replaced both front wheel ABS sensors and the last time the ABS control module was replaced and now it is doing the same thing again. It is a persistent problem but the sensor lights only come on intermittently. We have not even put 3000 miles on the vehicle since we have owned it. From looking online we have found that we are one of many people that have had the same issue. When it is dealing with a brake issue I cannot believe that Chevy has not issued a recall. 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. Again by looking online I see that this too is a consistent problem. I really like the car but at this point I am so frustrated with taking it into the shop all of the time and having them not be able to tell me what needs done to fix it.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #14

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

problem #13

Oct 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the brake pedal began to pulsate when pressure was applied. The vehicle failed to decelerate even after the brakes were applied repeatedly. The emergency brake was engaged in order to stop the vehicle. In addition, the traction and ABS warning indicators were illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic ten times where the front brakes and bearings were replaced but the failure persisted after the repairs were performed. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 04/22/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was fixed. Updated 04/24/14

- Devine, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 242014


  • 82,000 miles
I have had all kind of trouble out of this vehicle. First it was the wheel bearings. Change one an not long after have to change another. Have changed about 4. three on one wheel an one on the other. And now have to change another that I can tell. Then it started with brakes recently. They would stick. Had brakes replaced that didn't fix the problem. Brake lights came on vehicle. Then went off haven't came on since but brakes have stuck more than one time. Very dangerous. Now to get with the air in the vehicle that I have seen several complain about. While car is sitting still the vehicle will stay warm an warm air blowing out. Where it has been cold when driving the car the temp would go down on vehicle making the air blow out cool an I about freeze to death driving. Windows fog up fast. Need a recall if so many people are have the same issue/issues. Can cause major problems if not addressed or fixed. I don't let me kids ride in the car with me anymore cause of this.

- Whitesburg, KY, USA

problem #11

Oct 222013


  • 116,000 miles
While driving, either just getting into the car and pulling out of a parking space or having driven for a distance, when pushing on the breaks to stop the vehicle, they grind and the car doesn't stop. Sometimes, there is just a grinding sound and I don't bother pushing on the breaks because I know that they will not work. I took it to a shop and was told that my breaks looked fine. I will drive for a while and it may not happen again for days. Then it starts up again....the grinding. It is sometimes accompanied by the tc and/or the ABS light illuminating on the dashboard. Once I cut the car off and restart, the light(s) may go out. I have taken the car into the shop (both a dealer repair and an independent repair shop) and was told that they couldn't tell what the problem is. They have mentioned that the issue could be electrical, but none can confirm. Research on this site confirms that it is not just my vehicle. I do regular maintenance on my vehicle and yet this still happened. Chevy needs to take a look at this and provide a solution. This is dangerous.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000. Updated 01/07/14 updated 1/14/2014

- Canton , OH, USA

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