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Average Mileage:
60,609 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #19

Jan 092017


  • 86,669 miles


Four times within the last two months the stabile symbol, check engine symbol, and reduced engine power alert have come on. The first time happened when I was parking, the 2nd time when I let the car warm up, the 3rd time when I was doing 60mph on the expressway and the 4th time when I had gone about 5 blocks on a city street. Each time I was driving, the car slowed down and became hard to control. I was able to get off the road and cut off the engine. After sitting for about 5 minutes, the reduced power alert went off and I was able to drive. The check engine light stayed on. After about a day the check engine light went out. The car will run ok for a day or two and then start to act up again. I was told that it probably has something to do with the gas medal, however the dealer hasn't been able to detect a code. I am concerned that I will be on the highway going at a high speed when it happens and not be able to get out of the way of other traffic.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #18

Jan 022017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle was able to be in motion without the key in the ignition. Also, when the gear was shifted into park, it was not fully in gear so the contact constantly had to check. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 16V502000 (electrical system, power train). In addition, water entered various areas of the vehicle and the electronic stability traction control warning indicator randomly illuminated. The vehicle also rolled backward and forward without warning and the hatch came down unexpectedly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the multiple failures. The failure mileage was not available.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #17

Dec 252016


  • 61,000 miles
2010 Chevrolet Equinox all of a sudden lost traction control and drop speed to 15 miles per hour. Error light came on stating "engine power reduction" and then "service ". along with these error messages the icon for engine and stabilitrak came on after car lost most of its pwlower and traction. It was a cold night christmas 2016 but not as cold as other cities as we live in phoenix, AZ. Thankfully I was in our neighborhood when my 6 year old daughter and I lost power instead of being on the freeway but this is a major safety issue with these cars. I've recently read many complaints from Equinox owners who've dealt with this same issue. The dealership said it was the throttle body and solenoid valves and charged me $850 for a repair that I truly feel needs to be under a recall given the safety issue of losing power and traction while driving without warning!!!

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

problem #16

Nov 222016


  • 71,000 miles


Constant transmission issues, rebuilt motor and still having issues doesn't change gears or will make constant putt putt noises like its going to quit, goes through quarts of oil constantly, no leaks found but adding large amounts weekly, heating/ac system doesn't turn on all the time I have to turn it off and on and it eventually works. Stabilitrak keeps turning on with check engine light the cars power then gets turned down all the way or off, I have to turn the car off and turn it back on to get back to normal. Very dangerous car stopping with traffic all around. Nothing but headaches.

- Greenwich, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 142016


  • 15,000 miles
The car shuts off by its self can't pick up speed I can be at a light and the car will jurk and try to pull of and can go no Mrs. Than 15mh.

- Lanscster, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 032016


  • 103,000 miles
I have to replace one of the tire hubs on my car because the stabilizability track is messed up. Costing me over $650. The lights came on one day to get it serviced. That is the only reason I knew something was wrong.

- Marion, NC, USA

problem #13

Feb 292016


  • 50,000 miles


From inception this vehicle has burned through oil and has consistent issues with running smooth. The poor fuel injection system has caused abnormal wear on engine and parts therefore it has caused me to pay out of pocket for breakdown of parts in a premature stage. Now my catalytic converter is bad, all fuel injectors, coils and everything around that system!!! I am looking at over 3K in repairs again!!!

- Fate, TX, USA

problem #12

Dec 312015


  • 101,000 miles
While operating vehicle, (anywhere between idling to travelling 40 mph) the "service stabilitrak" message will appear on console between tachometer and speedometer. Driving the vehicle any further will cause the instrument panel glitch, and all readings will go to zero (tach, speed, temp) while engine is still running. Further operation will create sudden jerks in the transmission until the transmission goes to third gear and remains until engine is cut off. After cutting off engine and trying to restart, the instrument panel will go directly to "service stabilitrak" message and the engine won't turn over. Have had the vehicle towed three times on separate occasions after not starting back up. Have already spent over $2K is different diagnosis and repair/replace actions. Considering that this website has 8 separate service bulletins concerning the "service stabilitrak" and 11 different complaints concerning "stabilitrak", this is an ongoing and common issue. I have a workmate that had a GMC (same generation, not sure of year) that had similar issues with "service stabilitrak" to the point of dumping the vehicle to get something more reliable.

- Petersburg, ND, USA

problem #11

Feb 152015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Traction control malfunction and made the car go into low power mode, had to pull over on the highway, restart it many time to go again.

- Susquehanna, PA, USA

problem #10

Jan 022015

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 88,927 miles
While driving 55mph, the check engine light appeared on the display. Shortly after, a message reading "service stabili trak" appeared. Then, another message appeared "engine power reduced". my car started shaking fiercely and I could not go above 30mph. I felt like I was sitting on a ticking time bomb. Then, the car shut off automatically. I tried restarting the car. It seemed fine but minutes later the same things happened. I took my vehicle to have it diagnosed at advance auto parts. I received the following codes: U0100 (engine control module), P0324 (knock control system), & P2135 (throttle position sensor). I then took my vehicle to a Chevrolet dealership who kept my vehicle 5 days. During this time, they could not diagnose the root of the problem, could not fix the issue, and returned my vehicle to me. They said they completed a reset on the vehicle & the problem should be resolved. However, on the way home from the dealership (10 minutes of drive time) the vehicle did the exact same thing with the messages and shut off. This is extremely unsafe and needs to be corrected asap!! I was barely able to get my car to the side of the busy highway before it shut off and was nearly rear-ended from a vehicle behind. As an extremely pregnant woman (who's due any day), I should not have to worry for the safety of myself or my unborn child in a vehicle that has such high safety ratings. Please have these issues resolved before someone truly gets hurt or killed.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #9

Jan 092015

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 54,500 miles


My wife was driving home from work to eat lunch as with any other day and all of a sudden the vehicle started shaking violently, the check engine light came on along with a "reduced engine power" message and an exclamation mark. I've done a ton of research and have seen this show up as a common issue with many GM models. I found the GM tsb 11273 that describes the exact condition we are having. Want to know the problem" my wife's 2010 Equinox isn't listed in the tsb!!! I do not understand this at all. I've called GM to explain the situation and they will hear nothing of it and are telling me they will not cover the expense. It makes no sense to me how they admit fault and pick of the cost of the exact same repair on other GM models but they will not pay for the repair on my vehicle for the exact same problem. This is a very dangerous issue and I couldn't even imagine having this issue at a high speed, luckily my wife was only driving in town. This is unacceptable. To make things worse, the vehicle doesn't even have 55,000 miles on it and GM is telling me the 5 year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty doesn't even cover this! how much sense does that make" the powertrain is the meat of the vehicle which cannot be utilized if the throttle body is acting up because the vehicle is kicked into reduced power mode! very frustrated with GM's customer service in not acknowledging this issue should be fixed.

- Tolono, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 192014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 137,589 miles
While driving down the road lost all power reduced power and stability control light came on. Just checked oil on December 17 it was full and checked it on December 19 and it didn't have any oil in it and it is not leaking anywhere on the car.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 172012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 140 miles
Smells like something is burning & service engine stays light is on, engine has low power or is idling rough with a whining noise from high pressure fuel pump. Model 2010 Equinox, has a couple other recalls that also tie into the constant electrical problems. Also I recently went to adjust the vent and the button disappeared into the dash. What's this. It's something new every week now. No know cause for the engine light, despite diag. Tests. My fuel mileage is also shortened although the vehicle is on a strict maint. Schedule.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 192014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My cars ch ed ck engine light has popped on and off since I git the car in July and the TPMS gauge has been on since the first week I got the vehicle. It was raining and my car began to start initiating thetraction control but my car started to skid and the check engine light came on. I drove for 15 minutes between 35-55 mph and I received an error message about power failure on the car. My car immediately shut down I didn't need an oil change left and I just replenished oil but when I checked it was empty. I put more oil in the car and scheduled an oil change. The technician checked my tires and did the oil change and the car appeared to work fine. 3 days letter I had the same issue. And instead of one tire none of my tires are being read on the car and when traction control is on it rides rough. 5oday alone my car shut off 7 times while I was stuck 9J a major highway. A mechanic in my building looked at my car and said that there is oil leaking onto the engine block as well.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 212014


  • 59,000 miles
Was driving vehicle when all of a sudden entire dash lit up and car stalled. Messages included service stabilitrak, service ABS, engine light, and service traction control. I lost power, power brakes, and power steering and coasted vehicle to a stop. It took a couple of tries but finally got the car to turn over, engine light remained on but drove to dealer. Vehicle did not drive correctly when accelerated, it was slow and jerky. When I took the vehicle to the dealer they told me it would be covered under warranty, they plugged in their tech code reader and determined it was throttle body. I was given a concierge vehicle and informed it would take them the weekend to fix. When I picked the vehicle up they charged me saying that it would not be covered under the warranty and tried to make me pay for the rental and I have still not been reimbursed for the repairs that should have been covered under warranty or the rental car. The service agent at the dealership printed off where it clearly states that it should be covered. This is a dangerous problem and should be recalled.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

problem #4

Jan 272014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Why don't you let a person tell the complete story? my entry about Chevy Equinox could cause fatalities and you cut me off after I spend time to type it all out. I am saving it to a word file if anyone there is interested, contact me at[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Litchfield, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 132013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Service stabilitrak light come on. Service engine lights come on. Engine power is reduced. The vehicle engine died right in the middle of the street. I was able to restart it and took it in for service. They couldn't find any "actual" problem. So they reset all the codes. It has happened again. It is happening when the temperatures get below freezing.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 102011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 28,265 miles
I started hearing a knocking noise at 28000 miles. Had serviced but after several miles noise started again. Noise continues so service is needed(10-2-13). I had several gaskets, seal, bolts, fuel pump(which was leaking raw fuel into inside of engine), balance chain, timing chain, guide for timing chain(which guide and debris fell in oil pan), and two tensioner replaced as well as oil life monitor recall update. Here I am nearly 3 months later and my 2010 Equinox is in shop(12-31-13) and can't be driven do to loud noises, lose of power fuel and oil, as well as stalling and check engine light being on continually. I did extensive research and found thousands of people with same year and model Equinox as mine to be having same problems as mine at same mileage. I found that the engine needs to be replaced because of damage done by leaking fuel pump. So no matter what work is done or what is replaced problems still keep happening because damage is all ready done to inside of engine and the entire engine should be replaced. Please help, this is a major problem that effects thousands and nothing is being done for us owners. Those who are lucky to get their engine replaced don't get an accurate warranty and after several miles the new engine starts having the same issues. Please help!!

- Lonoke , AR, USA

problem #1

May 072010


  • 6,480 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at 35 mph, the stability track warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and there was an abnormal jerk sensation. The contact shut off the engine and when restarting, the warning light was no longer illuminated. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was awaiting a response from the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 6,480.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

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