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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,350 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.

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #18

May 182011


  • 75,000 miles


Locks on car have got to where they may or may not lock or unlock. Not only very inconvenient to get in or out of car but could very well be a major safety issue in the event of a wreck and not able to get out.

- Mount Sterling, KY, USA

problem #17

Mar 092014


  • 98,500 miles
Door locks on all 4 swinging doors act inconsistently. When locking valuable items with the remote, only some of the doors would lock. Very dangerous and I see this should be a recall with all the complaints on the internet. Wife doesn't on feel safe if she need to get in her car and lock the doors only to find 2 of the doors did not lock.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #16

Apr 142014


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the automatic lock system for the front drivers side door failed to lock and unlock intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Chowchilla, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 022014


  • 77,194 miles


Power locks on the driver side and passage side does not work with the key or remote. Diver side window will not go down also.

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 302014


  • 50,000 miles
Driver and passenger door locks non responsive to key fob or electronic lock control. Extremely hot outside.

- Mount Washington, KY, USA

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problem #13

Apr 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Rear passenger door lock has to be manually locked/unlocked from the inside (100% of the time) the driver door now has to manually locked from the inside, and unlocked using a key (50% of the time) rear driver door lock has to be manually locked/unlocked from the inside (50% of the time).

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #12

Apr 092014


  • miles


Doors do not lock anymore. The key fob also will not lock the doors. I have to go around to each door and lock them manually.

- West Dundee, IL, USA

problem #11

Jul 042010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
Electrical door locks don't work, other Equinox owners I talk to, have same problems.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #10

Apr 252014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the driver's front door failed to lock. The contact also mentioned that the window failed to operate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Germantown, KY, USA

problem #9

Feb 202013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Driver and passenger door locks non responsive to key fob or electronic lock control.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #8

Jul 022012


  • 65,500 miles


The drivers side back door will sometimes unlock with the kiosk and sometimes I have to manually unlock the door lock. This has been going on for a year. Now my drivers side window will sometimes roll down after several times trying to roll it down. Other times it will not roll down. Has anyone else experienced this with their 2008 Equinox?

- Tucson , AZ, USA

problem #7

Apr 092011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,100 miles
Door locks occasionally failing to lock/unlock when using keyless entry or internal door look switch. Warmer weather appears to contribute to the frequency in which the doors fail to look/unlock.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #6

May 252010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
My 2008 Equinox headlights are full of water which make the visibility at night very bad. The door locks will only open the locks part of the way and you can't get in the car, and this seems to be affected more when the sun shines on the vehicle. It acts like the locks won't work in the heat. I also have the passenger air bag light coming on anytime someone sits in the passenger seat. I have been told by the dealership that the air bag will not deploy in an accident. This is such a comforting feeling, and I really don't understand why these issues are not recalled by the auto maker. Can anyone help us? there are thousands of these vehicles on the road that are not safe.........

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 062012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I purchased my Chevrolet Equinox brand new in 2008 and currently we are having issues with the following: 1- drivers side window- will only roll down and/or up intermittently. Occasionally it will roll back up if the interior panel is hit several times. 2- door locks/alarm- the alarm will set but the doors will not lock with the key fob. When using the power locks inside the car, the drivers side door is the only door that will consistently lock. The back door locks will get stuck half way and won't lock or unlock except manually. 3- stabilitrac- the stabilitrac will disable randomly. It has happened while driving in dry conditions or wet conditions, on warm and cold days and also when the car is being started in the driveway. 4- airbags- the "service airbags" light will come on and go off for no reason. It will come on one day and be on for a week and then go off for a month or two and then come back on again. 5- drivers side headlight cover holds a lot of moisture 6- check tire pressure comes on quite a bit for no reason. All tire pressures are double checked and are at the perfect pressure recommended by GM.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #4

Apr 032012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Drivers side power door lock stopped working. Driver side power window slowly began to fail. Would work when it wanted to and then stopped working altogether. Seems like the same recall as the 250K midsize SUV's based on the trailblazer(2006,2007).

- Boylston, MA, USA

problem #3

May 012011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that both rear passenger doors failed to lock. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the door actuators needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #2

May 272008


  • 52,000 miles
On 5/27/11 my rear wiper froze up in the on mode which caused my battery to go dead. In trying to jumper the car we noticed the driver door would not open even with the handle. The passenger doors would open. I had to crawl over the console to flip the hood release so we could start the car. My concern is if there was an accident & battery was dislodged you would never be able to get the driver out. This is a big safety concern for me as I am the primary driver of this 2008 Equinox. Has anyone else noticed this safety hazard? I talked with the dealer & he was unaware of this problem.

- Perry, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 022008


  • 10 miles
2008 sport Equinox nothing but problems since I drove it off the lot 2 years ago with only 6 miles. 2008 Chevy Equinox sports & the transmission want at 40,000ish miles while I was driving in a snow storm. Took the dealer one month to repair because they couldn't get the parts. Also had the steering repaired 4 times, colar repaired. The old dealer did not believe me and the noise was there again & again. It turned out to be the was a grinding noise which should like my ABS, but it was the steering rack and a loud squealing in the steering wheel. I found a nice dealer who finally believed me and fixed it last week even though it was out of warranty with the new dealer & GM's help. Just makes me nervous what else is in store for me since the truck is now out of warranty. There was other issues too, like the co sensor, computer and brake is front heavy. The truck should have been recalled, makes you wonder while this model was only made for 1 year. But since I am a women I do not know what I am talking about! tried to take in, lol, not worth anything and do not have the money to start over.

- Clarksburg, NJ, USA

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