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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
44,690 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox lights problems

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 292016


  • 91,000 miles


There is a strange sound of water sloshing under the dashboard. There is moisture build up in my headlights which have been replaced. My brake light go out several times a year. The most recent occurrence was just after my annual inspection - the driver side brake light was replaced, not two weeks later someone pulled up next to me while stopped at a light to tell me all my lights were out. The beginning of September 2016 I had an oil change and during the inspection the tech told me my driver side brake light was out and that the light at the top did not go on right away and flickered when it did. I have reached out to GM about a solution to the light issue - I have to take my truck in to be serviced at a GM dealership, it is going tomorrow Sept 29th to bryner Chevrolet in jenkintown, pa.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #18

Apr 142016

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 49,598 miles
I was coming home and my head lights go out completely out no fuse is out not sure what is wrong. I am disable and I need to know how to fix this. Need some answers. Seems like a on going problem from the complaints I read. Thank you

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #17

Jul 042014


  • 85,000 miles
Both headlights contain moisture due to faulty seals. Both headlights need replacing on a minimum of twice a year. Additionally, break and/or tail lights seem to fail at least twice a year as well.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #16

Jun 012010


  • miles


Bad wiring harness.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 112013


  • 83,500 miles
Over a year and a half ago I had the engine light come on in my 2008 Equinox. Took it into the Chevy dealer and the diagnostic tool said timing chain/engine position. Here I am today, did not do the $1,600 recommended repair and the car is still driving fine and no issues. The engine light has been reset multiple times only to keep coming back. I also have both headlights filled with moisture and it affects the brightness of the lights at night. Finally, I have had multiple times when the stabilitrac light comes on and then by day end it will be off.

- Howell, MI, USA

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problem #14

Jul 242014


  • miles
I had to start replacing head lights due to moisture in my head lights. This is a manufacturing problem. I have mention this to Chevy several times when we had the car service. The response was this is normal. This is not normal. They wanted me to pay half of the cost. I refused. They said that because it's not under warranty. I pray one night that I'm not driving and get into a accident due to light failure. This should be recall to prevent accidents and added expense due to Chevy negligence. I have own many cars and never had moisture in my head lights. I would like this to be corrected by chev. I'm not able to provide dates from last year, when I brought it up to the Chevy dealership. They would have that information when the car got service.Chevy Equinox 2008.

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #13

Aug 012013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Have owned my 2008 Equinox since July 2008.... stitching on the webbing on back seat belt has completely separated at the buckle. Cannot be used at all front drivers side headlight cover holds water and bulbs have to replaced a few times a year due to this.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #12

Jul 072014


  • 26,000 miles
I purchased my 2008 Equinox in March 2010; there was slight moisture building up in both headlight assemblies; now major moisture. After replacing both headlights and multiple bulbs, the entire left side went out in July 2014. I took to a dealership and GM part was replaced for $350 (had work discount). My right side is building up with moisture and will eventually have to be replaced once my headlight goes out. This is a known GM issue; however, GM does not seem to want to accept responsibility for a poorly manufactured headlight assembly in the Equinox.

- New Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 292013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Passenger air bags did not 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. The passenger air bags sensor was replace at a cost of $900 andstabil control lights repair was $350 and continue to have problems. Also both my headlights are full of moisture and I continue to have to replace the bulbs, after replacing one bulb that night was pulled over by the police, bulb burned out again.I talked to the dealer no recalls on any of the problems and I know a lot of people with GMC products having the same problems.

- Nederland, TX, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Apr 292013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles


The driver's door of my 2008 Equinox has started not locking or unlocking with the remote. The window will not go down, the interior lights will not come on or go off when the door is opened or closed, & the radio will not shut off when the door is opened. I have also changed headlights 3 times in the 3 years that I have owned the car. Now the tags lights are burnt out also. Seems like an electrical problem to me.

- Collinsville, MS, USA

problem #8

Dec 072012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 38,010 miles
Passenger side air bag does not work when there's a child or person under 110 lbs in the seat. Headlights fill up with water.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #7

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 #6

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 #5

Jul 102012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the headlight assembly would become filled with water, affecting the illumination of the lights when in operation. The contact was told by both the dealer and the manufacturer that if he allowed the vehicle to run for six hours, the water would burn from the headlight assembly. The contact stated that the remedy that the dealer provided did not seem to correct the failure. In addition, the failure would recur whenever it would rain or when the vehicle was taken through the car wash. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that there was not a remedy available for the particular failure. The failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 31,350. Updated 3/13/13 the consumer has since experienced another headlight failure.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 012010


  • 45,000 miles
Headlight lenses with major moisture issues that will not go away. There is a major amount of complaints for this. GM tells me that the bumper to bumper warrantly does not include light bulbs. This is not a bulb problem. The headlight assembly lets moisture in, but does not let it out. It gets to the point that the headlight looks like there is a bulb problem at night. The moisture blocks that much light.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #3

Feb 192012


  • 45,000 miles
The headlights have moisture that does not dry out when run, even for long periods of time. The incident happened during a snow storm. The moisture in the headlight froze letting very little light through. Chevrolet was contacted and the headlights were not under any warranty or recall. This was very dangerous during a snow storm and night.

- Cedar Bluff, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The front head lights look like fish tanks, they are always full of water. When it rains or the car is washed the water goes into the lights. I've had to replace light bulbs 3 times, there both bad.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 292008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Several incidents with vehicle from 6/08-current - check engine lights and several repairs including transmission replacement and currently awaiting parts for a new problem. Car 24 months old, purchase new and has had several issues and has been towed 4 times for breakdowns. Have 2 small children under 5yrs and terrified to drive with issues. Have copies of all dealership paperwork, repairs. Repairs include, not limited to transmission replaced, heater/cooler system leak, lighting/dash replaced, tire pressure sensor replaced but currently broke, currently awaiting parts for timing chain replacement approx cost $5000 repair, leather cracking, windshield wiper rear not working, carpeting coming out in need of repair, front headlight leak and foggy in need of repair. This car is constantly in the shop, getting nowhere with General Motors. Have been stranded on side of highway with children when broke down. Dangerous now knowing what will happen next.

- Seven Hills, OH, USA

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