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:
89,361 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 012010


  • 131,885 miles


My headlight always get fogy and building up water inside which it might cause shortage in the electric system or even cause fire in the car, the seal is in good shape. I tried to find what is causing that but I could not find anything. My only guessing is the bulbs are causing heat that makes fog then turns to build up water inside. I checked online and I found there is a lot of people have the same problems. Hopefully Chevy have a solution for my issue because it's a safety issue.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #7

Sep 012014


  • 60,000 miles
While driving at 55 mph the bell started ringing, then the dash lights came on. Tc-ABS-brake, then the steering wheel stiffened up as like standard before power steering. I pulled over it scared the hell out of me, we could have been killed. I went to a GM authorized repair shop the said it was normal for this car to do"??" I was talked into putting a new brain in the Equinox several thousand dollars $$$$$ and it still did the same thing. Went back to the dealer (Chevy) they had the car for a few days, called and said they found the problem, yea a bent wire?? worked fine for a few months and now its doing the same thing again. Oh by the way I was informed that I did not need to put a new brain in the car the old one was very good. GM is a realy bad place to buy any car any more, they do not care about the customer only the $$$ they sold me a car they new full well had problems.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

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 #5

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 #4

Jun 152012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
I have a 2006 Equinox that I bought used with 91,000 miles on it. Only one previous owner with clean car fax. I love the car, but at least once a week it acts like it doesn't want to crank. I sometimes have to push the gas pedal to even get it to crank. I'm assuming this a fuel pressure problem of some sort. Also, once cranked the car will sometimes idle itself down from 1 RPM to 0 RPM then back to 1 RPM. There is also a clunking noise coming from back end of car where the fuel pump is. I have also had issues with having the headlights replaced because water gets into the headlights. Most of the Equinox's that I see on the road have water in the headlights. This a safety hazard because the headlight bulbs will burst when wet and you have no headlight until you have it fixed. (which you have to replace the headlights/tail lights yourself because part stores refuse to do the labor for you because you have to remove the entire headlight to even replace a bulb. This seems to me that Chevrolet did that so if you are a woman, like myself, you are forced to take it somewhere and have it replaced.) there are also issues with the brakes and rotors wearing too fast. I have also had issues with the air conditioner. I have had to replace the resistor on the blower motor twice in 2 years. These may not be big problems to GM, but I rely on my car to take me to work and school and the fact that they genuinely don't care has forced me to not want to buy another Chevrolet again. Seeing as they had to have a government bail out previously to even stay in business, you would think that they would value their customers!

- Vance, AL, USA

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problem #3

May 012012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 200,310 miles
Lights don't turn off, high beam and low beam not working properly.

- Churchrock, NM, USA

problem #2

Apr 102010


  • miles
My seatbelt in the back where my 4 yr old sir broke, my cd player more often than not will not take cd's. I do not have heat but my A/C works just fine.... updated 10/26/11

- Mcalisterville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Bought new 2006 Equinox with three original miles. 1) right rear seat belt locked up, ratchet tighter and would not release until removed and fully retracted. Six occurrences, three times to dealer who could not duplicate. 2) left rear seat belt locked up, ratchet tighter and would not release until removed and fully retracted. Four occurrences, three times to dealer who could not duplicate. 3) engine falters when in reverse. Three occurrences, dealer has not looked at this issue. 4) instrument cluster / gauges not working. Three occurrences, two times to dealer who could not duplicate. 5) engine will not start. Six occurrences, one time to dealer who could not duplicate. 6) engine will hesitate to start / extended crank. Five occurrences, one time to dealer who reprogrammed PCM but issue still exists. 7) ignition switch grinding or will not turn. Daily occurrences, one time to dealer, issue still exists. 8) no onstar data communication. One occurrence, one time to dealer who could not duplicate. 9) onstar unable to detect service light in instrument cluster. Issue not brought to dealer at this time. 10) engine coolant extremely low within 5000 original miles. Issue not brought to dealer at this time. 11) engine coolant brown and foaming. Issue not brought to dealer at this time. 12) alarm system deactivated itself, interior and exterior lights on, doors were still locked. Issue not brought to dealer at this time.

- Mount Angel, OR, USA

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