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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,333 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 072010


  • 104,000 miles


2006 Chevy Equinox air bags did not deploy in my daughter's front crash accident. Her car was totaled. She hit a mailbox and in a spin on the driver's front side hit a telephone pole. She hit her head on the steering wheel and hurt her back. The rear windshield was also shattered and also had a back flat tire. I called our local GM dealer and they told me to call GM. She called GM but they got her upset and she in other words said there was nothing they could do about the air bags not deploying. In other words this is a defect of this model and they aren't going to do anything about it.

- Paris, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 042009


  • 48,000 miles
Vehicle involved in a one-auto accident - 2006 Chevrolet Equinox - hydroplaned and hit an embankment with the front end and flipped over. The air bag did not deploy. This is not the first time this vehicle has had an impact to the front bumper and the air bag has never deployed. Each time the front bumper had damage sustained which should have caused the impact the set the air bag off.

- Kennett, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 102008


  • 26,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal crash. The driver nor the passenger airbag deployed. The whole front end of the vehicle was pushed in.

- Auora, IL, USA

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