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:
73,028 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Apr 012019


  • miles


I bought this car about 18 months ago from a used dealer ship after the car turned 12 months the car started saying it was over heating but when looking at the vehicle it was not hot at all the sensor just said overheating all the way to the red when the car read overheating the radiator fluid overflowed with out being hot when opening the lid there where air bubbles with no heat. I have spent over $1000 dollars trying to fix the problem with still no success when it said over heating the car starts slowing down and then it stops where ever you are at right away sometimes in the middle of the road. When at time it said over heating the heater stops working. I have had to let the air out several time a day and now it said overheating as soon as I leave my home. I have done some research and I am not the only one with this problem I have tried everything others have suggested but nothing works. I have got a new radiator, water pump, temperature sensor, thermostat, filter and still nothing. I took it to get it checked with the computer and 18 sensors went off and 8 where failed sensors. I wanted to bring this to your attention it has happened to a lot of other people just google it and you will see. I just want people to be safe and this car is not safe I have children and I live in a area that has cold weather for 3 months. I have been stuck in that car when it read over heating when it was not. I have bought about over 39 bottles of radiator fluid to keep it full but one bottle last me less the a day. Thank you very much for letting me inform you of this concern. I have gotten stuck on he highway and street with my kids. The car is now just seating in my drive way.

- Dakota City, NE, USA

problem #51

Aug 262019


  • 201,960 miles
The key slides out the ignition & the ignition can slip from the "run" to the "accessory" or "off" position while I'm driving, cutting power and causing me to lose control of the vehicle

- Maywood, IL, USA

problem #50

Jan 242019


  • 200,000 miles
Takata recall. When you drive the car longer then 5 minutes it over heats and you let it cool down and start to drive then over heats again but it has enough coolant in it and you fix the thermostat and flush the system. And there is no heat in the car what so ever.

- Hamersville, OH, USA

problem #49

Jan 022019


  • 115,000 miles


I am not exactly sure what it is that's wrong with my car it has to do with my brakes and the pedal.. I thought the brake pads were bad. When I changed them it had almost brand new ones on.. my traction control light stays on and my ABS light stays on.. the pedal has hard spots in it and it just grinds like the pads are bad when I hit my brakes! its not safe and I don't know what's wrong with it! my research shows I'm not the only one with this car that has the problem. Its been a problem for a bit now.. I just bought this car and very disappointed.. I have 2 kids and can't even fix my brake problem because I don't know what to fix and can't afford to to replace it all.. the problem is mainly when driving slow through towns the brakes pedal locks and it grinds and I have to pump it several times to try and get it to work.. then I have to my E brake if it don't.. thanks an angry customer

- Kilgore, TX, USA

problem #48

Sep 082018


  • miles
Ran hot.blown head gasget

- Bladenboro, NC, USA

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problem #47

Mar 062018


  • miles
One wiper blade quit functioning and causes severe danger to the driver. Heater quit working causing fogging issues and keeping my kids & wife in danger. Apparently these issues are very common according to the 2009 report GM recalled 59,000 vehicles for this issue but our vehicle was not included in the recall.

- Ripley, TN, USA

problem #46

Oct 082018


  • 110,000 miles


Water is flooding into the cabin. Seems to do so after decent about of rain.

- Shorewood, IL, USA

problem #45

Mar 052018


  • 150,000 miles
1. my ABS and traction control light come on almost everytime I drive the car. Most of the time they come on for no reason, just driving on smooth/good road conditions they come on or pulling out of a driveway. 2. doesn't matter if the ABS light is on or off, I've had to smash down on the brake pedal numerous times so I don't hit the car in front of me because the breaks feel like they aren't grabbing. Luckily my daughter wasn't in the car any of the times it's happened. I had the car looked at by a technician at a Chevy dealership and he found no issues with the brakes. 3. the front end of this vehicle is horrible. I've replaced the front hubs recently, and that did no good with either of these issues. 3. I was going through a drive thru, and all of a sudden the E-brake light came on, loud sound came out of speakers when I turned the wheel, and a number of lights on the dash came on. Luckily got out of the drive thru, and shut the car off, and it wouldn't turn back on. It jumped started but we figured out that the wire from the started to the alternator was loose and causing it to not charge the battery. We tightened it down and it fixed that problem. 4. I got into my car, started it up, and went to reverse and there was no power steering. I pulled back into the spot and turned off the car & then back on & it came back. My husband was just driving the car before me and he had no issues. I hope there is something recalled on this car. I've seen so many people with these same type of complaints. It's dangerous!!!

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #44

Nov 282016


  • miles
Any time there is rain or going through a car wash my car has a leak of water that collects in my floorboard. I have read a million reviews online at and numerous youtube videos documenting the same problem with the make and model. If GM plans on charging for an upgrade like a sunroof then it should properly work. The reason for concern on this, the water leaks through the dash and even sometimes collects in the light fixtures of the roof. With standing water on the floor boards I have a huge concern for my safety from being electrocuted or being E posed to any type of mold caused from the wet carpet. There are apparently issues with several seals when it comes to this model and I feel it has been overly documented that is is a safety concern. Not to mention of driving in rain which is sometimes inevitable, you will be driving in your own monsoon. I have contacted the dealer and the are refusing to state that their is any safety concern. However, they are not driving my vechicle, I am. I have even personally emailed Chevrolet about the issue and they are stating since there is no active recall opened that everything will be an out of pocket expense even though this is a design, hardware malfunction. Not something cause by wear and tear, like tires or brakes. This leak has also been know to start causing electrical issues from power lines being saturated in standing water. My car starts making a clicking noise and the power will fluctuate because of water leaking inside cabin and underneath dash where power cables are exposed. This has caused my car to stop working while driving on the highway previously.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #43

Feb 152018


  • 140,000 miles
Vehicle will not start! problem began when key fob unlock button would not work, so key was used to open door, alarm activated, deactivated alarm, tried to start, locked car icon indicating security system activated and will not release, even when disconnecting the car battery and reconnecting it.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #42

Jan 052018


  • 140,000 miles


Vehicle does not get warm. Blows cold air.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #41

Nov 032017


  • 191,000 miles
Brought vehicle in due to no heat - they informed me there had been a recall on the 200 Equinox for the heater core - at this point I am outside the 10 yr and the 120000 mile warranties for the recall. I believe if there is a recall it should be honored at any time the situation arises if no former knowledge is known of the situation.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #40

Sep 172017


  • 127,045 miles
Within the last month while I am driving my truck would just cut off with out any warning in the middle of traffic. I have had a tune up, the left wheel barring changed, front struts done and I have just brought a PCM. My ABS and tc lights stays on and my mechanic can not explain why it keeps cutting off. I have checked for recalls for this year and there are none listed; however, I have seen some on the NHTSA service bulletin. Can someone please assist me this is very dangerous!!!!

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #39

Jan 312017


  • miles
Air bag is stuck to the horn which disabled the ability to honk

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #38

Mar 042017


  • miles
It has not been two years after the heating system in my vehicle was fixed, and now I am experiencing the same issue again. The heat in my vehicle is only working while my vehicle is moving. When the car is in park or when I stop at the light the car blows out cold air.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #37

Jan 062016


  • 170,000 miles
My heat only works at idle speed. Replaced the blend door and the heatercore all at once while the dash was out. Replaced thermostat and topped off coolant after lines were flushed, no leaks from the water pump. What are my other options?

- Sanders, KY, USA

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

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