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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,986 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Equinox windows / windshield problems

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #5

Sep 162009


  • 60,000 miles


2006 Equinox only blowing out extremely cold air for the defroster and the heater.

- Newark, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 062009


  • 72,000 miles
My 2006 Chevy Equinox heater has stopped working. It only blows cold air. This is a safety problem because without a heater to defrost the windshield visibility is completely obstructed.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012009


  • 54,840 miles
The heater has gone out. The problem lies in the heater blend door and many others have the same problem. The problem is that the car can no longer properly defrost which is exactly what I need to do here I Idaho.

- Rexburg, ID, USA

problem #2

Aug 232008


  • 32,905 miles
The car was parked from Tuesday 8/19 until 8/23 due to tropical storm fay. On 8/24, the floorboards were soaking wet from under the dashboard to under the back seat; push on the carpet and water would just well up. The parking lot was not flooded, the windows rolled up; the seats were dry, as was all of the inside panels; so I'm not sure where the water came from. I've called Chevy, they are sending me to a dealership for repairs and cleaning, as the vehicle is still under warranty. This is the first time this has occurred, I brought it with me from Nevada when I moved. It has been driven through heavy rains, although never a tropical storm, and I hadn't noticed any leaking before. It did damage several items that were on the floor, and it is very musty in the car now.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 162008


  • 15,000 miles
Went through the car wash and when the top was being cleaned, water started pouring in through the overhead front reading lights and the passenger side floorboards. Thought sunroof got left open but it was fully closed. Have not yet taken to the dealership but will this weekend.

- Frisco, TX, USA

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