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CarComplaints.com 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.

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NCAP 5-Star Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

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IIHS Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door SUV

Moderate Overlap FrontSmall Overlap FrontSideRearRollover
G Overall
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
G Left Leg Injury
G Right Leg Injury
G Restraints
G Structure
TEST NOTES: Applies to models built after January 2006. Get the full IIHS report »
Not tested. M Overall
M Structure
Driver
P Head Protection
A Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
M Pelvis/Legs Injury
Rear Passenger
M Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
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M Overall
G Geometry
M Dynamic
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A Overall
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Ratings only apply to the model and body or seat type tested. The date of manufacture and optional safety equipment can affect results. For full details see www.iihs.org.

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