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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,678 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 102016


  • 100,000 miles


My 74 year old brother bought his 2008 Equinox new it has less than 120,000 miles on it and it is the biggest heap of crap Chevrolet invented!!!! 5. power steering went out costing $2500 to fix Jan 2015 6. transmission starts jerking when hitting 45 mph dealership informed us of the transmission when we took in for a recall on a defective gas modual that they never replaced saying the part was ok. They drove it and said that its the transmission and asked $500 to run a diagnostic. Started Feb 2016 7. the stable link light periodically comes on saying to service the stable trac then goes off started March of 2016 8. the top of the brake light on the back hatch is gone where it fell off at some point has many other things wrong. Turn signal gears to turn off signals for right and left signal do not work. The washer fluid motor does not work. Drivers door power window motor broke from window.drivers door has to be manually locked and unlocked. This vehicle is a clean and in excellent shape it was bought new and is owned by an elderly man. It has not been abused has less that 120,000 miles on

- Pleasant Plain, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 202016


  • 109,000 miles
I purchased my Equinox brand new in July of 2008 and it currently has 109,000 miles on it. I just started having transmission issues so I took it to a transmission shop. The vehicle is having a hard time shifting into 3rd shift. The transmission shop stated that I needed a new wave plate. Chevrolet has an extended warranty on my vehicle for this exact issue and I fall within the date and mileage limits, but GM is claiming that my vehicle does not qualify. There is absolutely no reason that my vehicle should be excluded from this warranty.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #8

Mar 012016


  • miles
Power steering was making whining sound when turning and had a fluid leak. Water leaked into trunk and filled up area where spare tire is located, drivers side window motor broke and stopped working, one of the back seat belts does not always stay clicked, some paint chipping, and transmission went at 76,000 miles

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 312015


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was informed that the camshaft was misaligned and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 022015


  • 105,000 miles
My daughter was driving home from a trip when she pulled over to get gas. The driveshaft snapped in half just as she was pulling into the gas station. There was no warning, no sound before then. She had no control of her car. No steering, nothing. She had just pulled off the highway, so thank god it did not happen when she was on the highway going 70 mph or she would be dead. Cost to have towed and fixed over $1000.also prior to this incident, has had several issues with front end. Had to replace the bearings, front axle, tie rods 3 times in the last 2 years due to something wrong with this vehicle and the way it drives or is made. Constant "rubbing, grinding" noise when you turn tires. Gas fumes are very strong in the car, always have been, and repair shops cannot find any leaks. She cannot sell it, as it is worth very little due to all these defects and no recalls, and she is still making payments on this car for the next 4 years. Stuck with a very dangerous lemon.

- Brooklyn, MI, USA

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problem #5

Nov 242014


  • 79,782 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 35 mph, the gears became difficult to shift and the check engine warning light illuminated. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,782.

- Michigan, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 292014


  • 130,000 miles


Purchased a used Chevy Equinox sport 2008 in August 2013(8 months after the powertrain warranty) I was driving down the road with my 3 children in the car and my car stopped going forward, scary when you have 3 kids in the car and it just stops going. Thank god we didn't wreck but there was no warning at all, no dummy lights on the dash came on, no jerking before hand, nothing even when it stopped moving, actually just had a tune up done on the car less than a month ago. There was absolutely no signs & symptoms of this going to happen. I am a single mom and can't afford repairs ranging from $1700-3500. I feel like with so many reported troubles with the transmission and parts associated there should be some sort of resolution through GM or recall on them.

- Winnebago, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 122013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
My transmission quit going into 3rd gear completely on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. I contacted General Motors because I was a year out of warranty and was told that the reason the transmission had went out was because of a faulty wave plate. I thought that maybe General Motors might cover this because of it being a manufacturer default. They have continued to tell me that they will not pay for it but they will give $1500 towards the $3500 it is going to cost to fix it. I do not have this kind of money to replace a part that should not have went out yet. General Motors admits to there being a bulletin out on the transmission but because there isn't a recall they won't fix it. I live in a small town and I have spoken with at least ten people who have had the same thing go wrong with their GM vehicle. From the research I have done online and speaking with other people I think a recall is well overdue. Please help!!!!

- Hickory, KY, USA

problem #2

Dec 032012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The car was jerking into gear, especially while putting it into reverse. The car would not go into gear the next morning and had to be towed to the shop. I had to get the transmission replaced at 43,000 miles. I have replaced the headlights twice and hit the hood this last time and it came on. The mechanic said it's not sealed properly. I had to replace the rear brake lights after a thunderstorm. The mechanic said the car is not properly sealed and moisture is trapped inside the lights. The cost to replace an $11 bulb was $24 in labor because its impossible to get to the headlight. The brake lights cost $$54 in labor because you literally have to disassemble the entire bumper.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
I am having acceleration hesitation issues during traffic which causes a transmission to misfire and stall out during traffic. I am currently fighting with Chevy dealership in turnersville NJ to fix this issues since Chevy Equinox 2008 has over 39 recalls.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

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