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:
78,941 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox fuel system problems

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #8

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 #7

Apr 122016


  • 118,000 miles
Vehicle randomly shuts off completely at different speeds while driving. It has happened once every three days up to 6 times in 20 minutes. It has occurred on the freeway and city streets. Had PCM reprogrammed, no luck. I have been testing different fixes. While doing so I noticed I am able to pull the key out at any ignition position.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #6

Oct 162008


  • 45,000 miles
All is good until the reduce engine power and traction control light comes on then you can go about 10mph - also know as "limp mode", which around here would be "run me over" mode. This is dangerous and I have been very fortunate to not get hit when it has happened. October 11, 2008: 45,000 miles replace throttle body assembly March, 2011: 82,000 miles replace throttle body assembly August 2014: 125,142 miles replace throttle body assembly this is ridiculous. This repair at dealership is $700 each time. This is a part that should never have an issue to the point the my dealer actually says I have the only car they have ever had to change out let alone change out three times.

- Pinetown, NC, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jul 262013


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact was driving 70 mph and noticed a gas leak from the vehicle with the illumination of the check engine light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000.

- Indio, CA, USA

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problem #3

Jun 282013


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that a strong odor of gasoline fuel emitted outside of the vehicle. The contact was not able to locate a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who informed the contact that the failure could possibly have been related to a faulty fuel pump. There was a recall issued on the 2007 Chevrolet Equinox model year under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V459000 (fuel system) but not for the 2006 model. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was not available.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Aug 262012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 114,528 miles
On Aug. 26th,2012 my 2006 Chevy Equinox broke down I towed it to the mechanic and found out my fuel pump was cracked and had to be replaced. I paid $750 doll for parts and labor,2 wks before that happened my car was giving off a fuel smell and wouldn't start unless I pressed the gas pedal that worked until it finally broke down.GM is recalling Equinox 2007-09 for fuel injector problems causing to leak gas causing a fuel smell and in danger of the car catching fire because of gas leakage and also damaging the fuel pump my car is a 2006 but has that same problem even after a new fuel pump its still giving me the same problems I think its my fuel injector and GM needs to also recall model yr 2006 I'm afraid I will need a new exp fuel pump again soon or worse my car could catch on fire therefore I'm praying GM does the right thing and include the Chevy Equinox 2006 in its recall because this is a very dangerous and expensive problem. Thank you

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My 2006 Equinox initially began having start up issues where the starter would crank and the engine would idle roughly and then die. It would take several attempts to start. Then I figured out if I gave it gas when I started it up it would have a better chance of starting. Sometimes it worked. Then the issue went away for a while and came back with a new issue. The new issue is sometimes the car wouldn't start at all. The starter would click but would not start. It would do this several times and then it would start like nothing was wrong. This happens intermittently. It does not discriminate on location, time of day etc.

- Escondido, CA, USA

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