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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
60,809 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #23

Jul 182013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


At about 40,000 miles noticed that vehicle was loosing or using oil. Carried to the shop and no problem could be found. At 50,000 miles engine started knocking and engine light came on. Carried to the shop, found that timing chain bracket had broken. Replaced timing chain, bracket, and gaskets. Two months later check engine light appears again. Take it to shop. Ran die through engine to find out where oil loss is, checked timing chain again, changed oil, checked fuel pump, reading for check engine light was O2 sensor but nothing was done about it. It's been three weeks and check engine light is on again. Car computer first sayed stabilizer bar needed checking. Got that light off and car will at least go over 30miles per hour but check engine light is still on. Got to carry it back to the garage. Something really needs to be done for the consumers that own a 2010 Equinox. This is just ridiculous.

- Toney, AL, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Apr 112011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 20,595 miles
2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to timing chain recall did not fix the problem. The consumer stated the timing chain was installed on April 24, 2013. Five months later, the vehicle was running rough, stalling and shaking and rattling while it was in idle. He received a recall notice for the timing chain. The service department informed him, the recall was serviced during the April 24, 2013 visit. On November 22,2013 another timing chain was installed. The consumer has experienced several problems with the vehicle, since April 2011. The dealer replaced a worn compressor, the balance shaft chains, oxygen sensor, high pressure fuel pump, intake actuator, intake solenoid and the transfer case.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #20

Dec 182013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


No oil on the dipstick after 3 months and 3000 miles since they replaced my drive chain and added oil I experienced no heat and transmission irregularity. Added 4 qts of oil and called Chevy dealer. Took it in and they are replacing the rings and valves which were leaking oil into the crankcase and I was burning the oil. It will take a week to fix. They gave me a free rental car. I am concerned that this may have caused some damage to the engine.

- Medina Ohio 44256, OH, USA

problem #19

Jul 012013


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the engine, the transmission wave plate, and the gear shift selector had failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the components needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failures. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Sewickley, PA, USA

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problem #18

Jun 112013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Car stalls with no warning, stalled in mid right turn, on freeway, on narrow 2 lane road. Dealer wants me to drive car with a monitor in it so I can press button when stall occurs, this while trying to keep control of the vehicle. Have had issue with metal shavings in oil, timing chain, excessive use of oil.

- Montague, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 012012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


Purchased 4/2010 1 at a red light, car idled really rough, then all of the dash lights came on. I drove straight to the dealership. They checked it out and said I needed a new fuel pump. I had about 47,000 miles. 2. oil consumption - the first time this happened I was hearing a funny noise when I turned left coming from the engine. My boyfriend checked the oil the next morning to find no oil on the dipstick. We put in 2 qts then when the dealer ship opened I took it in. They told me they could not find any internal or external leaks so bring in weekly for oil consumption test (I was about 1500 miles since my oil change that was done at the same time the fuel pump was replaced) drove out of town to visit family (about 2000 miles after oil change) after driving 200 miles heard the noise again checked the oil.......2 qts low. Added oil and took to local dealership. No problems found related to oil, but did find another alert that needed to be completed when I got home related to the water pump tensioner. GM customer service again, but only was told to wait until my next scheduled oil change and start consumption tests again. 3. I pod jack - worked fine for the first 2 years, but then would cause all center console lights to go out, could not operate radio or A/C. 4. stalling - I have only had this problem once but it was as I was turning left across 3 lanes of traffic! 5. jerky transmission - the first time this issue happened it jerked so hard I thought I hit something. Took it to the dealership and was told, like others it was the transmission "learning" me. The transmission codes were updated and problem only occurs occasionally 6. drivers seat lumbar support airbladder - has popped and had to be replaced two times.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #16

May 012013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the vehicle started jerking when driving at highway speeds. The failure recurred sporadically until the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that when the vehicle stalled, the gear shifter would not move. The contact had the vehicle towed to the dealer, but was not told what caused the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Eavanston, IL, USA

problem #15

Apr 062013


  • 45,000 miles
My 2010 Chevy Equinox started to slow down after giving trouble regarding getting into gear. I was able to pull over on the hwy and turn off the engine. When I attempted to turn the engine back on it started to make a swirling noise like a plane powering down. Car refuses to go into gear at the dealership after if it was towed.

- Amityville, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 182013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Start-up noise coming from engine, sounds very similar to running a diesel. Vehicle is experiencing rough idle, or near stalling/complete stall out at a low throttle opening. Check engine light came on throwing codes P0014 and P0011. Vehicle is also burning through at least 2 quarts of oil each week and not receiving the expected amount of gas mileage (only about 1/2). These issues are very similar to those recorded for recall 11195A on the 2011 Equinox model with the 2.4L engine. My 2010 is no longer covered under GM's powertrain warranty and would like to see this recall extended for the 2010 models as I am not the only one experiencing these problems.

- Dansville, MI, USA

problem #13

Feb 212013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


While driving in heavy rain with the windshield wipers on high, the windshield wiper transmission failed and the wipers disconnected from the drive and stopped all the way left with the driver side wiper hanging off the vehicle and visible from the driver side window. With no visibility from the front window, made an emergency stop to exit the expressway almost causing an accident with the cars around me.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #12

Oct 082012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I had been having oil consumption problems, like many other owners of 2010 equinoxes and was undergoing an oil consumption test. Was driving on I-81S on a 500 mile trip. When I started the car after stopping for gas, it idled very roughly. Foolishly, I got back on the interstate, thinking that maybe a higher speed would help. The car would not get up to a safe speed and completely stalled out about a quarter mile from the exit, leaving me stranded (by myself) 150 miles from my destination. Was towed 70 miles to a dealership who replaced the timing chain, tensioner and fuel pump. This dealer stated the problem was due to low oil level as well as dirty oil. I incurred an unexpected $1200 bill and was without my car for a week. My home dealership replaced my engine 2 weeks ago and I received reimbursement for the repair bill. I am pleased, presently, with the response from GM, but it required persistence. Although I have had my present problem rectified, I'm reporting this problem as many, many others have been experiencing this same problem with varying responses from GM. I've also experienced some shifting problems as well, but the engine problem took precedence, so I'm waiting to see if the transmission problem continues!

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 082012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
It started with the check engine light would come on and the stabilitrak light coming on sometimes. And you hear a rough idle.and a horrible rattling noise was coming from the engine while parked and. When I drove the car when accelerating it sounded worse as if I was driving a diesel truck. And the car would stay on for about 2 to 3 seconds after I turned the car off. So I dropped the car off at the dealer they checked it with a scanner and they got the P0172 - too rich error code. And they saw for themselves the car stayed on after turning off the car and the rattling noise it was making. After 2 days I picked up the car coalition??T hear the rattling noise as could still hear the rattling but very slightly the check engine light was off. After a week driving my car you can hear the rattling noise very, very little. They fixed the rattling noise somewhat it was covered ( by power train warranty) however both the check engine light and the stabilitrak light came back on. And the car still would stay on for about 2 to 3 seconds after I turned the car off. And sometimes when I start my car it would rev up has if I step on the gas pedal and then it will drop to normal. All issues were not resolved still having problems with check engine light stabilitrak light on and the car staying on. For a few seconds. After turn off the car. Took it back to the dealership now they are saying they found that it is a problem with the high pressure fuel pump and the body throttle. Not functioning correctly. This may cause gas to leak into the oil. I did some research this is a common problem with the 4 cyl Equinox. The dealership said the repair would not be under the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 272012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 93,500 miles
Equinox starts powering down occasionally during acceleration through hard right turns and, once, during a soft bump against a curb. Dashboard lights turn off, engine dies, etc. Can be restarted from stop. We had been able to duplicate the problem, but haven't been able to do so at the dealership, so it remains unfixed. We are concerned about the safety of driving a vehicle that may power down during a hard right turn and heavy acceleration. We now intentionally accelerate slowly and cautiously through right turns. We worry that we will get in a situation where, for instance, we'll need to turn out of the way of a semi trailer and our car will power down, putting us in great danger.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #9

Jan 102012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Excessive engine noise, pinging, misfires-transmission shift hesitations upon acceleration-backfires/tiny explosions coming from exhaust-suspension noise.erroneous mpgs-defective air conditioning/intermittent/stale smelling air/not cold.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 282010


  • 3,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle made a sudden movement and pulled when shifted. The contact parked the vehicle and continued driving, and the failure was resolved. The contact stated that the failure was not present if the air conditioner was activated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer installed a data recorder, but no failures could be determined. The failure recurred and the tachometer shifted between high and low rpms sporadically. The contact as well experienced no mobility when trying to change gears from park to reverse. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but provided no assistance. The current mileage was 22,503. The failure mileage was 3,200.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #7

Dec 012010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Have owned my car now for 6 months and nothing but issues. It sees the dealer more then I can enjoy it. If one more update is done and I am told the problem is fix and really it isn't then my frustration will continue. From the oil leak, transmission decline rough, engine noise, key gets stuck in ignition, fuel gage and starting issues I wish I could get rid of this car and never buy Chevy again. If I had not sold my other car I would put this up for sale and walk away. There has to be something to fix these issues as this was not a cheap car. It only has 52 thous miles and I will go back to Mazda where my SUV went to 285 thous with normal maintenance not major issues or my Tahoe that I sold at 189 thous and no problems. I wish I had purchased another Mazda at this point. How do we get this problems resolved once and for all? this is crazy!I am not sure if a lawyer is the answer but I would hope that its not. I am sick of getting renals, being late to work to drop it off and shuttle. I bought this to have a car to drive not to take to the dealer over and over. The engine seal was already replaced and the problems are worse or not better at all. Seems to be known problems with 2010 so why is it that they are not getting fixed on our cars. I am happy to get my 27 thousand back and get a car that is not a clunker junk. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grimes, IA, USA

problem #6

Jul 142010

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
***attention*** new info on hard shifitng.... like others with a 2010 nox I have serious shifting problems mostly between 3rd and 4th gear. It hesitates and jerks hard into gear. This happens about 3 to 4 times a week which means the dealer can never diagnose the issue. We even put a fault recorder on it set for transmission errors with no success. What happened yesterday is very relevant. The dealership called and said a new new service bulletin was just issued for the problem but had no fixes only to say that it was within normal range. According to the dealer it appears that the shiftng points vary according to driving habits and this changes with time as the computer "learns" your driven habits and adjusts. The dealer recommend that I come in every few weeks and they would reset the codes and this would help the issue but no fix since the computer would again adjust shift points. Another option was to trade up to a 6 cyl model ( plus $10K) which does not exhibit the problem. This is also a safety issue if this occured while going into a wet corner and experience a hard shift causing tires to loose traction. The take away point from this comment is that GM finally recognizes a serious situation, unfortunately that have no fix other that buy a new 6 cyl model. Closing comment: The 2010 model has close to a 100 service bulletins while the 2011 has only about 10. Obviously the 2010 was an experiment (beta test) and we helped them fix problems by driving and commenting on issues. The 2011 was the result of most of the fixes.

- Huntsville , AL, USA

problem #5

May 242010


  • 8,309 miles
This is my third complaint, last confirmation number is: 10398449. It is the same vehicle with the same complaints for the past 5 times. My car could not accelerate. The tach read up to 4-5 and the speedometer at 0mph. My dash was blinking and my service engine light went on. I have exhausted my time in a rental vehicle and I am currently without a vehicle. Please advise me. This car was purchased 08/31/10, first issue occurring at 1900 miles.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 292011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
I had already processed a vehicle complaint a few months ago. This is the fifth time my vehicle has been in the shop with Chevrolet. Two of the five times (so far) they were only able to make two repairs, and were certain they have solved the problem. The most recent occurrence was April 29th. I had just picked my car up from thomas Chevrolet after being serviced for the same incident the past 4 times, with their assurance my vehicle was safe to drive. My boyfriend and I were driving on I-95 South towards baltimore, when my car gave out. The rpms went up and down, tach was accelerating up to 8-9 and my speedometer read 0mph. At the time we were going 65mph, and then next thing we know the car automatically decelerated 35mph. My boyfriend had no control over the acceleration of the vehicle. We were in a 5-lane highway and had to safely get over 4 lanes. We were almost killed/severely injured multiple times by cars/trucks, while trying to get over the lanes. This is the fifth time this has occurred and third time I had almost lost my life. I am in severe need of assistance. Chevrolet has told me multiple times "nothing is wrong with my car, and assured my safety". this car is defected and I am unsure as to how to prove Chevrolet it is unsafe. The thought of continuing to drive this vehicle is horrifying. What is it going to take to show them" my life" please advise me.

- Springfield, PA, USA

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