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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,534 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox brakes problems

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Aug 252014


  • 124,500 miles


Wife driving car at slow speed in our neighborhood (approx. 20 mph); steering became virtually impossible, severe front end vibration, and stabilitrak light came on. Cleared up after about 3 minutes. Was driven later today with no problem recurrence. Had this problem occurred in traffic or at higher speed, it would be extremely dangerous.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #17

Mar 192014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Multiple problems with 2008 Equinox, purchased in July 2008.. key will get stuck in ignition and takes several tries to remove it. Check airbag light on intermittently and passenger airbag shuts off. Check stabilitrac light intermittently and shuts off when on interstate and/or when cruise control is set drivers side window is inoperable almost 100% of the time, but will work, sometimes, when the door is shutting or when you hit the door panel. Vehicle alarm will set but drivers side door never locks and front passenger door rarely lock, same for when car is put in drive. Will not lock by using the lock/unlock button located inside vehicle both back door locks get hung and must be manually unlocked.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #16

May 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,767 miles
First incident, steering failure. Service stabilitrack warning appeared and steering went out making it almost impossible to steer. Took to dealership who stated steering module went out and replaced at my own cost. Very dangerous to loose steering control while driving. Entire steering and interior control module was also replaced a second time. Dealer stated it was normal for this to wear out and need replaced. Service stabilitrack warning still continues to come on occasionally. Took to dealership again and they said they could not find any issue. Hopefully the steering will not go out this time while I am going down a major highway at higher speeds. Have also continuously experienced issues with water in the vehicle. Can hear the water sloshing around. Water in the headlights making it difficult to see at night. Door locks only work intermittently. Car was involved in an accident, front end collision and air bags did not deploy. Serious safety risk.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #15

Jun 272014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


While stopped at a light the stabilitrak failed and the car in a possessed manor accelerated and the brakes failed pushing me forward into traffic. Once I regained some control of the vehicle, the car was hopping, the engine was making a knocking sound, and I could not go more than 25 miles per hour and steering was difficult. Two warning lights came on. 1 was as stabilatrak requires service, the other was reduced engine power. The dash also had the check engine light on. Because it was late and the issue started maybe on 5 miles from home, we tried to creep home at 25 miles per hour. There is no warning that your vehicle is going to do this. This also happened on a road trip from Chicago to minneapolis; halfway there warning lights went off and I lost stability along with my 4 wheel drive.

- Columbia Heights, MN, USA

problem #14

Apr 102014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
One afternoon after being parked at work 9 hours I got in my vehicle and the power steering was gone. This was shocking because it worked fine when I made it to work that morning. I had trouble getting out of a parallel parking space and traffic on my way home was a challenge I took vehicle to autozone but they didn't understand. The next day it worked fine.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #13

Nov 012013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
Passenger air bags don't work, doesn't even acknowledge a passenger. Light is always on to service airbags. Also my stabil control lights come on then go off. A couple months or even longer, they come on again. I have had them checked out. Find nothing. Also both my headlights are full of moisture and I continue to have to replace the bulbs which are a pain to get to. I had a Blazer that did the same thing with the headlights and taillights.

- Lone Jack, MO, USA

problem #12

Nov 042013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


When starting the vehicle I get 2 warning lights. 1: traction control off 2: service stabilitrack. I have also read that this is happening to alot of Equinox owners, and have since found out this issue has happend on 2007 Equinox models, as well as several other GM model vehicles. I am appauled that there is no recall posted for this issue!!!! I have also read that there could be vehicle fires, engine power reduction, engine power cut off, wheel hubs could break off!!! this needs to be recalled immediately as it is a major saftey issue!!!!!!!!!

- Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 012013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
When starting the vehicle I get 3 warning lights. 1: traction control off 2: service stabilitrack 3: service brake system. As I have read online this issues could have several different issues going on. I have also read that this is happening to alot of Equinox owners, and have since found out this issue has happened on 2007 Equinox models, as well as several other GM model vehicles. I am appalled that there is no recall posted for this issue!!!! I have also read that there could be vehicle fires, engine power reduction, engine power cut off, wheel hubs could break off!!! this needs to be recalled immediately as it is a major safety issue!!!!!!!!!

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #10

Jun 252013


  • 100,000 miles
The car has been taken to a few shops and I have been told that there is nothing physically wrong with the vehicle. Currently it looks like the PCM/ ECM is failing on the car which has been a reason for a recall of prior year's vehicles. I also have my car that fills up with water every time that it rains.

- Palos Hills, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 032013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 111,023 miles
Stability trac light came on, lost power steering, took it to Chevy dealer, said low voltage condition, replaced battery, work for about a month, same problem again. Not the battery.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #8

May 132013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 76,265 miles


Stability trac light came on, lost power steering, took it to Chevy dealer, said low voltage condition, replaced battery, work for about a month, same problem again. Not the battery.

- Fridley , MN, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Dec 232010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
The passenger side airbag light began displaying intermittently turning the passenger airbag on and off while displaying a service airbag message on the instrument panel. After several months the passenger side airbag now remains off at all times still displaying the service airbag message. This is with a 200 pound man sitting in the passenger seat. Turning off and restarting the engine no longer clears the problem. My understanding is that the 2007 Equinox was recalled for the same reason so why aren't the 2008 models not being included in the recall? also, after someone mentioned that their Equinox had the same problem I started asking other owners. Apparently it is fairly common and I guess a source of income for GM. One woman told me the Chevy tech told her that air bag problems were common after 45,000 miles and was considered a routine repair. Dealer wants $500 plus to repair. As long as dealers are telling people this is a routine repair no one is going to report it as a problem. Also, the front right tire pressure indicator constantly reads 15 pounds when two separate manual air gauges show 37 psi. In addition, the electronic stability control message comes on periodically even when parked. Driving is difficult until it clears which is also after a restart.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 112012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the traction control, brake, and stability control lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the light had been illuminating intermittently and then remained illuminated permanently. The contact stated that there was also a continuous bell sound when the failure occurred. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 47,300 miles
Service traction control, service stabilitrak, all wheel drive off. Dash lights came on with these 3 messages again. April 6 the dealership put in a new stabilizer and it failed again!

- Spring Grove, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 102001


  • 66,000 miles
I purchased my car in Dec. 2007 and have had electrical issues since Jan. 2008. At first it was simple things like replacing the radio in Apr. 2008 (under warranty), faulty wiper switch in Sept. 2009 (under warranty). Then in Oct. 2010 I had to pay $175.54 to replace a faulty spark plug and wire. But February 2011 has been the worst! on 2/10/11 I was driving down a mountain in bad weather on my way to work when my entire dashboard lit up, stabilitrack disabled, ABS, traction control turned off, check engine light; I couldn't drive faster than 20 mph without my car sliding all over the place. I was terrified. The dealership said the vacuum line wasn't plugged back in during my last oil change and that's what was causing it. I drove home and the same thing happened all the lights lit up again. Back to the dealership 2/16/2011. Dirty sensor, they cleaned it. I picked up my car and all the lights were on again so they replaced the sensor costing me $174.54. Eight days later my car is back in the shop. The check engine light came on, stabilitrack light came on and my power steering failed. The dealership says its electrical and I most likely wont have to pay for it but I don't feel safe driving my car at all anymore. I have read numerous complaints online with the exact same issues and some are worse than mine. GM needs to take responsibility and recall this vehicle. And for years my passenger side airbag hasn't worked properly. I'm 112lbs and it doesn't turn on when I'm sitting in the passenger seat. This can't be safe!

- Richford, VT, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009


  • miles
I purchased my 2008 Equinox new in December 2008 at rod hatfeild Chevrolet in lexington, ky. Within 1 month the service stabilitrak warning came on, simultaneously the power steering locked. Still under warranty, I had it serviced. On Nov 19, less than 60 days ago, the problem reoccurred. No longer under warranty, the repairs cost me $276. The warning came on again tonight and the power steering locked up, this time while driving! I barely made it home unable to turn the steering wheel. I could also hear a wobbling type of noise that seems to be coming from the front passenger tire. The onstar diagnostic report stated the stabilitrak had once again malfunctioned and to have the vehicle serviced within 7 days. I am now without transportation until Monday morning when the dealership opens. Had I been driving at a higher speed when the problem occurred, myself as well as others could have been seriously hurt. I am now afraid to travel long distances for fear that the problem will once again be improperly corrected. I feel that I have purchased a lemon now that this has happened 3 times in less than 3 years.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #1

May 072008


  • 1,300 miles
2008 Chevy Equinox - purchased May 2008. Nine (9) of the last eleven (11) months, the car has been in the shop for various warning lights; 'service battery charging system┐, 'service tire pressure monitoring system", & "service stabilitrak"on several occasions each. Each time, I was told that a module relay was replaced. They also eventually gave us a new battery and changed the starter. Now, the check engine light is lit up, and the "service stabilitrak" light is coming back on. The rear wiper will make a single sweep even when in the off position and the radio will start searching for a station even with a strong signal from an area station. If I have the cruise control on, the cd's will skip songs or restart itself. Most times, I am told that the issue needs to be happening when I bring it in. Unfortunately, it usually happens when on the highway or after hours. Therefore, nothing is done to correct the constant problems. I really feel like I purchased a lemon and even gave my dealer a copy of the Texas lemon law, I do not feel comfortable taking even short length road trips for fear my car will fail to run properly. I feel as though I am stuck paying for a "lemon" car for four more years.

- Andrews, TX, USA

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