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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,881 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Nov 012007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles


2006 Chevy Equinox problem with front end. Consumer stated that the vehicle is making a noise in the front end. She states that the engine revs. The consumer stated the steering froze twice.

- Burgaw, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 232006

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,200 miles
I nearly ran off the road at 70 mph as I reached to turn on the defroster. I was saved by the sleep strip, which slowed the car down enough to regain control. This car has very loose and erratic steering and wobbles when changing lanes. I must slow down significantly to go around curves, even on the interstate. I had taken it in for warranty repairs 3 times prior to the incident. The dealer states that it is the electronic steering on this model car. After the incident, I took it in again and was told it was a "characteristic of front wheel drive vehicles". I feel that the electronic steering in this car is not safe.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

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