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:
62,569 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

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 #35

Jan 122013


  • 75,000 miles
Heater blows cold air in winter

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #34

Nov 062015


  • 116,020 miles
Heating blows cold air due to blend door malfunction

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #33

Nov 292016


  • miles


Bad blend door heat blows cold air

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #32

Oct 102016


  • 140,000 miles
My heater is blowing cold air. The temperature blend door broke, and it will cost me almost $1000 to fix it! this would have been deadly if it had gone out in -30 degree Minnesota winter temperatures.

- St Paul, MN, USA

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problem #31

Oct 102016


  • 110,430 miles
Air blend door broken. Heater blows cold air. Vehicle was running.

- Groveland, FL, USA

problem #30

Aug 032016


  • 84,000 miles


The heating system no longer produces hot air for the heater/defroster. The problem has been identified as a broken (defective) cheap plastic arm that connects the temperature blend door to an actuator that controls the air blend. Estimated repair bill is $750-$1000. Living in the northwest it's crucial to have a functioning heater/defroster. A winter without such can prove to be disastrous, even fatal. What will GM do about this defect?

- Des Moines, WA, USA

problem #29

Mar 302016


  • 130,000 miles
My cars engine light and low engine power light came on while crossing an intersection reducing my speed and nearly causing an accident! when it rains, snows or goes through a car wash this happens. This has happened on multiple occasions and no mechanic has been able to resolve the issue.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #28

Dec 082015


  • 140,000 miles
My heater is only blowing out a little better than cool air I would say it is right below warm and I have a 14 month old child the fix is $750 dollars and a lot of people have the same issue maybe a recall is what needs to happen ??

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #27

Jan 012016


  • 154,000 miles
Takata recall recently my 2006 Chevrolet Equinox ls has stopped heating up my vehicle. I have read multiple articles of owners of this vehicle having the same problem. It is due to the heater blend door being broken. To get this problem fixed is around 1,000 dollars. That is ridiculous, after knowing that more than several people are having the same problems I don't understand why there hasn't been an recall sent out. I would like GM to issue a recall so many people especially with children don't have to drive around with no heat!!!! this problem is extremely unsafe due to the vehicle not having a defrost

- Southern Pines, NC, USA

problem #26

Aug 112014


  • miles


Heater blend door- temperature door is broken. This repair is estimated at $1000. After reading several thousand reviews, this is a problem occurring in all of the 06 Chevy Equinox's. Chevy needs to acknowledge this defect and issue a recall. This is a very costly repair that most can not afford and something that needs replaced in a couple of years.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #25

Jan 152015


  • miles
Ignition let's the key go while vehicle is started. Received a notice from Chevrolet stating a recall was issued for ignition cylinder. Took it to my local dealer on 7/14/15 and they said my ignition housing is bad also. Trying to charge me $230 to fix the ignition. I feel a recall needs to be placed on the entire ignition not just the cylinder. My key sticks sometimes in the on position. My key is able to be pulled from the ignition while running. My key sometimes sticks in the off position so I can't start it.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #24

Mar 042014


  • 105,000 miles
No heat from heater...blows cold air this is a safety issue for my 7 year old disable son who cannot regulate his body temp very well.

- Northampton, MA, USA

problem #23

Jun 222015


  • 108,752 miles
Heat stopped working. Coolant levels are fine, no explanation

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #22

Jun 212015


  • 94,500 miles
Ignition is sticking. Sometime cant turn the key.

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #21

Sep 012014


  • 97,000 miles
The temperature blend door is the problem on my vehicle. I do not have any heat, which mean I do not have defrosters. This is a dangerous situation, in which the internet is filled with complaints about this on this vehicle.. I don't know how it is not recalled. I was told my my local Chevy dealership it could cost $4,000 to fix. I brought it to another mechanic that told me it is set up to fail, as it is cheaply made! is Chevy waiting for someone to get killed when their defrosters suddenly fail. I used a plug in heater to defrost my windows this past winter because I don't have that kind of money to fix it. The problem with that is the heater kept blowing my fuses. This is a safety issue and should be addressed immediately!!

- East Providence, RI, USA

problem #20

Dec 182014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 101,567 miles
I was driving down the road and the vehicle just shuts off and it takes along time to get it started again and this happens at least twice a day.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #19

Dec 142014


  • 102,000 miles
The issue with the HVAC appears to be a common problem, no heat just cold air, defroster will not defrost windows but fogs them all up, which is really a problem @ 65 mph on the interstate. Spoke to dealer about tsb # 11135 issued by GM may of 2012 and they could care less about what is contained in this bulletin. Went back to dealer concerning cruise control just shutting off without warning at highway speeds, they could not get vehicle to replicate this (what no fault codes). Intermittent no start when actually using key to start, dealer claims they could not replicate this also. It appears that the dealership is very good at not wanting to fix or able to replicate any of these issues. Vehicle was bought March 25, 2014 with 99,704 miles on it, current mileage is just shy of 103,000. Come on GM stand behind your product and tell your dealers to be truthful when resaling a vehicle that has a track record like this.

- Hampton, NH, USA

problem #18

Nov 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
The heater blows cold air and after having my '06 Equinox to the GM dealership twice now (they said they fixed what the bulletin no.: 11135 said to fix) but the problem still exists and they said it's going to cost me $1085 to fix it. I say that GM needs to pay for this...I'm not the only one with the problem, there are hundreds of others with the same problem.

- Brooksville, MS, USA

problem #17

Jun 112013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox that the heater will only blow cold air, no heat, to fix the problem and this could cost me $1200, or $800, , I alredy replaced once and now have the same issue.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

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