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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
150,718 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #98

Mar 082015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 223,000 miles


Driving down the road with the heat on and it wouldnt go higher then low and about 5 miles later I went higher on its own. About 1 minute later the heat started blowing and then stopped and now will not blow hot or cold air.

- Menominee, MI, USA

problem #97

Mar 062015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 81,300 miles
I got in my car this morning and my fan wasn't working for my heater. Which is dangerous because its winter and my windows are iced over. I looked up and a lot of people have had the same problem.

- Ridgway, PA, USA

problem #96

Feb 152015


  • 117,480 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that there was an intermittent electrical short in which the vent controls failed to work for heat or cold air. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V489000 (visibility). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician replaced the motor blower, resistor, blower and pit tail; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,480.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #95

Aug 052014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles


I had left work, driven about 6 miles, shut engine off to fill with gas, got back in to crank engine and nothing - no lights on instrument panel. Had hauled to garage, battery was put on slow charge over night, showed little low but would crank car, mfg replaced battery but 2 months later it would not crank again. Put battery on charge overnight again. Hasn't occurred again but found out someone else has same problem with trailblazer, he has to carry a jump box around with him.. local GM dealer has not found his problem either..what do we do trade in with dealer then let it become their problem?

- Muscadine, AL, USA

problem #94

Nov 142014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 153,550 miles
The heating system suddenly failed and blows cold air affecting the vehicles windshield defrosting ability. This is a manufacturer's defect. The problem impacts the ability of the car to defrost. As noted in a letter from GM's director of product investigations and safety to the NHTSA on December 23, 2009, the 2010 Equinox was recalled since a manufacturer"S defect resulted in non-operational defrost systems that was a safety concern, could result in a crash, and violated Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 103. In other words, GM has admitted on another vehicle that manufacturer"S defects that cause in-operable defrost systems are their responsibility to replace. Chevrolet Equinox drivers are at stake. Not having the ability to defrost your windshield could lead to traffic accidents vehicle damage, injury and possible death. I am requesting the NHTSA to investigate this and order GM to replace the defected part / parts and refund repair cost to those of us who have or will have to pay for these expensive repairs.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #93

Jan 292015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 79,642 miles
When I turn on my turn signal either way, the high-beams come on. I though it might have been my doing, but I payed attention many times and it will always do it.

- Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #92

Feb 212014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Vehicle runs fine, shut it off it won't start. Sometimes it will take 2 or 3 turns to start it other times 10 to 15 minutes to start it. Replaced ignition cylinder, switch and tumblers, thinking this was it. No. no one can fine problem. This is a problem with other 2006 Equinox from the forums I read. This is a safety issue, because it leaves people like me stranded. I have emailed Chevrolet once already and told them if anything happens to me when I get stranded for my family to sue them. Chevrolet told me to take my car to a dealer, I called and the person I talked to told me to bring it in and if the problem didn't happen while the car was there, they would charge me $ $85 per hr., it doesn't happen every day, it might go a month without doing it and then it might do it 3 times in one day. I just bought this car January 2014. I hate to trade it in, because they will just sell it to someone and I don't want it to be someone with children and have this happen to them. So, in ending this complaint I hope that you will look into this 2006 Equinox problem. Thank you !! ( this gets scary to a 63 yr. Women at nighttime ).

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #91

Dec 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 137,259 miles
The switch hangs up when trying to crank the auto. It keeps trying to crank the engine when you release the switch.

- Muscadine, AL, USA

problem #90

Jan 152015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 175,469 miles
Noticed that my car was not starting when cranked.\I thought it was the battery and changed it, but still having the problem. Researched the internet and found that the powertrain/engine control modules were the issues in numerous Chevy Equinox which may be the reason for the car not starting.

- Gaston, SC, USA

problem #89

Dec 312014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Once the vehicle was put into park the key got stuck in the ignition.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #88

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 #87

Apr 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
All interior and exterior lights will flicker when started and will sometimes do it when breaks are applied. Does not start on first try sometimes. Sounds like it is starting but just stops.

- Sod, WV, USA

problem #86

Mar 202014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the key could be removed from the ignition while operating the vehicle. The contact also stated that it was difficult to enter the key in the ignition and to be removed on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #85

Oct 312011


  • 110,000 miles
The ignition switch would lock up and sometimes it turns over continuously, like it is stuck. The air condition blower has stopped working 3 times. It would smell like something is burning but the switch actually would be burning out. I hear others that have Chevrolet vehicles have had similar problems. My husband has a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado and we have replaced the blower twice in it in last than a year.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #84

Jul 162014


  • 65,000 miles
In the last month my 2006 Equinox's engine has failed 5 times, 3 times while sitting at intersections and twice while driving down the road. All 5 times the lights have gone on the dash and then all power to the engine has been lost. It takes a good minute before the engine will turn over again. We have taken the car to the shop for extensive work (including wheel bearings and ignition switch) and they have not been able to fix or even pinpoint the problem. I know that the 2005 Equinox was recalled for this issue and want to know when the '06 will be added to the list"?"

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #83

Jul 112011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
I first reported to Chevrolet in 2011 that my ignition/key in my 2006 Equinox would get "stuck". it wouldn't turn and I'd spend sometimes several minutes just trying to get the key to turn so I could start the car. I sometimes had to tap the key forward with a screwdriver handle. I reported this issue because I found numerous complaints from other people reporting the same issue. Chevrolet simply said thanks for telling us that you and many many others are having the same issue but we're not going to do anything about it. Now I have a problem with the blower fan not working. It seems this is a commonly reported issue as well but I cant seem to find an actual service bulletin on the blower resistor motor/fan problem. I'm just so disappointed in Chevy! can't they at least offer free labor if you buy the parts or something" when issues are widely reported??"

- Dunkirk, NY, USA

problem #82

Feb 112014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 125,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that after numerous attempts, the vehicle failed to start. The contact also stated that the key could be removed while it was on accessory mode. Additionally, the contact stated that the A/C and the heater blower relay was melted and burned. The failure occurred on three occasions. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,800. Updated 11/12/14

- Brenswick, OH, USA

problem #81

May 142014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 84,300 miles
On 2 different occasions a few weeks apart the car went dead while in operation. The 1st time I was going around a curve, the 2nd time had just reached 55mph on the hwy and set the cruise. For the past few weeks started fine in the mornings but has trouble starting on next tries, and gets harder each time. Now I have a dead battery from trying to start the vehicle!

- Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #80

Jul 212014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 128,947 miles
Was driving home after driving student to high school and smoke started coming from the area of the ignition/steering column and it smelled like something was burning. I am leaving it at Chevy dealers for investigation into what is causing the issue. I have had starting problems in the past month on occasion.

- Hill, NH, USA

problem #79

Jul 032014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the ignition switch housing broke. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition housing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,000 and the current mileage was unknown. Updated 08/27/14 updated 09/17/2014

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

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