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 1 of 3)

problem #49

Nov 012016


  • 77,000 miles


When I first bought the vehicle with 77,000 miles, I notice a gallon of water in spare wheel well. Had to reseal rear door whether stripe. 5 months later the actuator of the heater failed and broke the blend door to the heater. I didn't have heat for a year. Brake system sensors failed 3 months ago $2000 fixed hub and assembly and knuckles. Fuel injection line broken at only 100,000 miles.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #48

Jul 152016


  • 160 miles
My wife and I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox a few months ago the ABS and traction control light repeatedly started coming on causing the brake pedal to pulsate. I took it to a mechanic they replaced all of the hub bearings seeing the codes we pulled those the lock ring was bad. Did no good scan the vehicle again different codes came out. This is a very dangerous problem that I see many people are having with the Equinox there needs to be a recall. I plan on contacting my attorney tomorrow to see if there's anything he can do about it I'm already $1,000 and repair over a problem that should have been recalled.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #47

Mar 152016


  • 134,000 miles
Sounds like the brakes grinding, starts unsafe stopping distance and happens out of blue, I have to constantly keep trying to push the brakes so it can stop. At times brakes will also be hard as rock no warning and have no brakes at all, been happening off and on. ABS/tc lights on, I was told I needed new hub bearing assembly, rotors and brake pads, all was changed and still not fixed. I keep reading about a pig tail harness but don¿T know the correct part number or its location. Started around March/2016 and its ongoing, almost got hit yesterday because the truck wouldn't brake

- Shaw, MS, USA

problem #46

Jul 012016


  • 3 miles


Grinding, moaning, starts unsafe stopping distance and happens out of blue, ABS/tc lights off and on, so far everything I have read online it seems to be a wheelspeed sensor or harness. At times brakes will also be hard as rock no warning and have no brakes at all. Been happening for awhile off and

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #45

May 162015


  • 133,785 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at slow speeds with the brake pedal depressed, an abnormal noise was heard. The brakes seized and the ABS warning light illuminated. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure could not be determined. The contact repaired the brakes, but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 133,785.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #44

Jan 192016


  • 125,000 miles
My Chevy Equinox has been in two different shops including Chevrolet numerous times. I have spent plenty of money. But, still have a problem with ABS & traction control lights periodically coming on and with the uncertainty that my brakes are going to work properly every time I attempt to drive. I don't understand with the number of complaints on this exact problem why is there no recall" it is very unsafe. Chevy has been guessing and just changing different parts that didn't need changed. They even talked to corporate office and said they didn't know what it was for sure. Please tell me how that is possible? when it apparently isn't a isolated incident. They acted like they never heard of this problem. This site is evidence its a problem! I was told by person/persons at both shops it was safe to drive. Are they driving the same car I'm driving" because it is definitely not safe to drive. Brakes lock up randomly or grind as car continues to move forward several feet even once brakes are applied. It matches description of other complaints along with the pulsation. I have probably ten different invoices but it won't let me load all of them and the problem still remains.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #43

Feb 102016


  • 65,000 miles


We have noticed the ABS and tc lights intermittently light up on the instrument panel upon braking/turning to the left, as well as, when braking/hitting a bump or rough terrain. We have taken to a mechanic to be told they would not be able to fix anything to do with this; that this is a dealership issue. This is a cause for concern due to the fact our 75 year old mother doesn't drive it all the time; however, when she does drive, we are worried for her safety and our children's safety when they're with her. I am shocked GM has not recalled this.

- Espanola, NM, USA

problem #42

Feb 092015


  • 110,000 miles
ABS activation at low speeds on dry pavement. This happens randomly and changes the vehicle breaking distance. It is also unknown how much it will change the distance. So it can potentially cause a low speed impact accident. This is due to not knowing where to break for proper stopping distance. Engine problem when starting vehicle. The vehicle turns over then stalls. Only way I have found to prevent it from happening is to press the gas pedal while turning it over. Wiper issue. My passenger side windshield wiper doesn't work. I live in an area where heavy snow fall happens. This is a danger to myself and others on the road. If my vehicle is on the road during a blizzard or heavy snow visibility is lost on half my windshield.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #41

Dec 202015


  • miles
The brake pedal is hard at times and have grinding noise from brake pedal and it pushes back and it has and and trac control light comes

- Rogersville, TN, USA

problem #40

Dec 212015


  • 100,000 miles
I am submitting information to report a safety complain in regards to a 2006 Chevy Equinox. I have had brakes and brake pedal issues for several months now in both city and highway driving. The issues occur at attempting to stop at stop signs and stop lights. This is the first of any major issue with my vehicle. My issues are break resistance and vibrations. Along with getting my brakes and rotors fixed and/or changed earlier in the year, I started feeling brake vibrations initially. After getting the rotors checked, it happened soon after and "graduated" towards a resistance where I was unable to stop or slow down unless I pumped my breaks repeatedly to release the pedal locking. I recently got my left front speed sensor and hub assembly replaced in hopes it would fix the issue. 3-4 weeks later, the resistances has seem to got a lot stronger/bigger. It has almost caused me several accidents at the stop light and I am now trying to save to get this issue fixed as I was quoted about $2K initially. This is a safety hazard to any vehicle and Equinox that has this issue. I have saved myself from several accidents with quick awareness and action and but I am not sure how lucky others have been. The resistance in the breaks and vibration is very noticeable and continuously happens until the ABS and traction control lights up on the dash board indicating they are deactivated/disabled. This is when braking becomes much easier with little to no resistance and vibrating. Between the speed sensor, hub assembly, I have spent just over $1K in expenses and this will continue to rise with the next repair of wire harness and/or replacement of ABS system in hopes it corrects the issue. Please consider my complaint in hopes of recall to prevent further issues and potential accidents to innocent people.

- Monterey, CA, USA

problem #39

Jan 072008


  • 10,000 miles


1. 6 months after purchased third taillight shorted out didn't know had no brake lights. Took to dealer 7 times after wiring harness, third taillight replaced because spoiler cracked, hatch unable to open. Dealer moved hatch hinges and spoiler kept cracking. Still having third taillight no brake light problem is with wiring faulty. Taillights all leak causing wiring short in fuses. Other issue is first break service ABS sensor stayed on break pedal pulsated for 2 yrs 2 dealers 1 mechanic replaced ABS sensor 3X didn't fix ended up paying for new front wheel hub also caused 3 accidents could not stop because of it. Mileage is 68700 rec 1 recall for heater. Where are rest?

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #38

Oct 012015


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. When depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle would not stop and the ABS and traction control sensor lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wheel hub and wheel sensor were faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failures continued. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #37

Jun 152014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 10 mph and attempting to stop, the vehicle made an abnormal noise and failed to respond when the brake pedal was depressed. The engine and ABS warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ABS sensor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #36

May 212015


  • 16,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the ABS warning light illuminated and the brakes failed to respond. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,500. The VIN was not available.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #35

Aug 292012


  • 145,000 miles
I have a 2006 Equinox which I bought in 2010. While I had various "of age" repairs, such as fuel system issues and a fan motor; with the age and mileage, they seemed normal. In 2013 I replaced the egr valve and transmission speed sensor simultaneously; as the code was for egr, but would only intermittently kick in the tss code (the car died in the middle of traffic 3 times before I could get the code to stay so we could find the problem). Among looking online for the problem, it was common, but my dealer would not fix without the code. June, 2014, the brakes started pulsating on the car in low speeds. I would have to pump the brakes to get it to stop. Twice, pumping the brakes at an intersection failed, and nearly resulted in a wreck with my daughter in the car. The ABS and tc lights would come on intermittently. I took it to a mechanic: He evaluated each connection and cleaned them, where the ABS harness connects to the main harness. He found no discrepancies. After 2 more months of dangerous driving, and a whole new set of brakes (all 4), online research prevailed once again. This problem was common; and suggested a rather cheap fix. The 18 in wire harness from the wheel speed sensor to the main harness had an issue. Sure enough I, a woman, after being told the dealership didn't carry the part, ordered it online and replaced it in 15 minutes. No problems since then. May, 2015. What appeared to be a thermostat issue ended up being a coolant reservoir problem. The reservoir was broken, where the plastic nipple that comes out the bottom attaches with the hose. After I contacted all parts stores in the area, I was told while it was common for Chevrolet trucks and Equinox vehicles, the Equinox part was no made available to the parts stores. I had to special order online, thank goodness it worked.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #34

Apr 162015


  • 123,048 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the contact heard a ticking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop. The ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,048.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #33

Feb 252015


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the ABS brake hub and wheel bearings failed on the front driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. The vehicle would shutter when attempting to stop. The contact mentioned that the ABS light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle made a beeping sound when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician confirmed that the ABS hub and bearing needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #32

Dec 272013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 122,300 miles
Brakes lockup intermittently has caused vehicle to go out of control several times. I have spent over $700 and the problem continues to occur.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #31

Sep 052014


  • 145,000 miles
We purchased this vehicle used for our college student. We bought this vehicle from seeker Toyota in St. Robert mo. Two days after purchase the. Brake system on the front passenger side locked up. This was supposedly inspected by the dealership. We replaced the calipers, rotors, brakes pads, and thought the problem was fixed, less than 2 months later it locked up again and tried to catch fire. Now have to fix again. The heater stopped working about a week after purchase, the cd player stopped working the day after purchase. We were told there was no warranty after spending nearly $5000 for this vehicle. We feel like we were ripped off and why isn't the brake problems and heat issues not on the recall list.

- Dixon, MO, USA

problem #30

Sep 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
It was very hard to apply brakes. They did not work. The ABS and tc lights on dash board come on intermittently. The car at low speed hit a post due to brakes not working. This problem could lead to more dangerous situations.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

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