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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,166 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #69

Jul 142015


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled and failed to restart. The engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #68

Jun 302015


  • 110,000 miles
Incident occurred: June 30, 2015 a tractor trailer was passing another vehicle and proceeded to come into the left lane. I had cruise control engaged. The truck came over admittedly at a speed that was going slower than the rate of speed I had on my cruise control. When I went to apply the brake, I felt as though my car was not decelerating enough based on the pressure I was applying to the brake. I quick checked my side mirror- I was unable to go around the driver because a car was next to me and I checked my rearview mirror to ensure I was not going to be rear-ended as well- knowing I was too close and going to collide with the truck driver at this point. I applied as much pressure as I could to the brakes to decelerate but unfortunately still collided with the driver. My air bags did not deploy- despite this, it allowed me to see my mirrors immediately following the incident so that I could safely coast to the shoulder of the pa turnpike without disrupting traffic. My 2 concerns: Was braking faulty when cruise control is engaged? also- my air bags did not deploy.

- Forks Township, PA, USA

problem #67

Jun 012015


  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to fuel control system recall notice and several vehicle issues. The consumer stated a warning light illuminated. The dealer reprogrammed a module. The second time the consumer returned to the dealer, the timing chain was replaced. Also, the engine was noisy. In September 2014, the consumer received a letter about excessive oil consumption. In November 2014, the consumer received a letter about the possibility of the steering locking up. The condenser had a small pin hole, that caused fluid to leak out. The compressor was replaced.

- Warsaw, MO, USA

problem #66

Oct 012013


  • miles


My engine rattles and makes a loud fluttering sound accompanied with the misfiring and hesitation with acceleration. I previously wrote a complaint and forgot to mention it.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #65

Oct 012013


  • miles
I had to purchase an entirely new a.C system at 50K miles. They put the hose directly on the engine when building the car. Therefore, the heat burned a hole into the hose which caused the system to overheat, resulting in the need for the entire a.C. system to be replaced. A month later, the car began stalling and misfiring while at stop lights. Then, it progressed to misfiring while car accelerates. I was on the interstate when my car completely shut off! I was lucky to pull off to the side road as I had my 5 year old daughter in the vehicle with me. The check engine light turns on and off randomly. Apparently, at 50K miles, the computer system needed to be replaced. This is apparently the cause for the issues (per a mechanic). I've replaced the battery on this car 3 times. I'm still paying the car off and have put so much money into it from it falling apart at 50K miles!

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #64

Nov 192002


  • 42,000 miles
My vehicle has similar issues that other consumers have complained about: (1) loss of power on the highway after pressing accelerator pedal down to gain speed. Engine has hesitated and back-fired. (2) excessive oil consumption still remains an issues even though I have brought to the dealer several times. (3) clanging noise in the engine which I have complained about since I purchased the vehicle turned out to be a timing belt issue. Vehicle lost most power and I barely got the vehicle back to my driveway. When I went to start vehicle next day to bring to a repair shop, only the starter was spinning [engine would not turn over as I found out the timing belt disintegrated]. by not knowing there was a special coverage bulletin issued for this problem [extends for 10 years/120,000 miles I believe], my local repair shop brought it to my attention and said although my regular warranty ended, I should bring to dealer. It was replaced for free by dealer due to special coverage in November 2014 [over 4 years of complaining about excessive engine noise]. broken timing belt created damage inside the engine but dealer covered all damage. After the timing belt was replaced, it sounded like I had a whole new engine as it was so quiet. There is still a small rattling noise during start-up, but goes away after engine runs. (4) gas mileage never has come close to Chevrolet's reported estimates for this vehicle [I get about 20 mpg on flat highways].

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

problem #63

Feb 042015


  • 138,000 miles


There is a current recall in place for the timing chain and fuel pump in this vehicle. Both items were replaced at 30,00 mile and now 107,000 miles later the same problem is occurring and both of these items need to be replaced again and instead of GM recognizing the recall they say that they can only provide $300 towards the repair cost of the vehicle. GM says we have exceed the mileage for the repairs to be done at no cost and want to charge us $2200 for the repair of the vehicle. The recall number for this is (12313). The poc at jack evans dealership in front royal va is [xxx]. the only assistance the dealership worked out with GM towards the repair of the vehicle was $300. GM needs to recognize that not every single vehicle is going to be the same and not all vehicles are going to have problems at exactly the same mileage, if there was a problem with the parts in the vehicle and you replaced those parts when the vehicle only had 30,000 miles on it and the problem is occurring again 107,000 miles later then there is obviously still a problem. The recall was put in place for a reason and they need to do the right thing and honor that recall instead of trying to give us rebates and dealer incentives of up to $3000 to be used towards the purchase of a brand new vehicle, which is what they are trying to do at this point in time. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #62

Feb 262015


  • 63,980 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the software needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. In addition, the contact stated that the front driver and the passenger side windows failed to close. The the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,980.

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #61

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 #60

Dec 152014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
GM did a recall on the rings and pistons of my car. I purchased this vehicle new and told the dealership on numerous occasions that it was using too much oil. They checked it and told me that everything was fine, to keep adding oil and that the car "just uses oil." Now at 98,000 miles later they do a recall and say there is a problem and they only fixed the rings and pistons, which is only part of the problem. My car is using 1 - 1.5 quarts of oil every 1000 miles. Common sense and mechanics tell me that if a vehicle is using that much oil where is all the exhaust and emissions going, it is going through the catalytic converter. Since I am using three to four times the amount of oil that should be used, then the catalytic converter is working harder. Now my check engine light is on and after having it tested, GM has informed me that I need a new catalytic converter because it is clogged up. It makes since that it would be clogged up since I am burning this excessive amount of oil due to the faulty rings and pistons that GM has already agreed was wrong in the first place. Now, they are wanting to charge me $1100 for a new catalytic converter. This should have been checked and replaced during the recall. They tell me my car has too many miles and their warranty covers the converter for 80,000 miles. I understand I am over this mark and also understand that I brought this matter to their attention on numerous occasions before the 80,000 mile mark. I should not be held responsible for the $1100 to replace the catalytic converter since the problem originated from the rings and pistons. Please help. Thank you.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #59

Jan 242014


  • 73,982 miles


Check engine light on. Diagnosed as variable cam shaft solenoids. Second of three vehicles we own that have this engine, this happened within one week. Same engine, different vehicles, different drivers.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #58

Sep 242012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 4,547 miles
I have had many problems with this vehicle regarding electrical, audio, airbag lights coming on and now engine oil. The engine oil was just detected at 80,000 miles however I have complained that my car does not run right since the beginning. They claim that the engine is burning off the oil however I am very good at getting my oil changes around 3000 miles and where is the oil going" its not in my garage or on the engine? I have had my car completely go blank on the dash no indicator lights etc. I have filled a complaint with Chevy to no avail. I am very disappointed that now my engine needs to be replaced or maybe just he pistons? at 80,000 miles" this has been going on since I owned it from Sept 2009! I think Chevy needs to step up and make things right! disappointed. Just for the record I bought this car in California.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #57

Apr 252014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • miles
Bought vehicle used with about 30K miles on it, at first oil change was told oil was low, this continued over the next several changes, a few times it was found to be completely out of oil, no oil leak was found, at 39K miles balance shaft chain had to be replaced, at 55K miles my check engine light came on and my car almost cut off on me while I had my infant son with me, the cam shaft had to be replaced, 56K they replaced pistons, rings, fuel pump, and timing chain due to using excess oil, a few months later my air compressor had to be replaced and now my transmission is leaking. The car has a little over 70K miles on it. Also have been complaining of a rattling noise coming from the engine since I bought the car, I was told several times by the dealership that this was normal however I was told by someone at the Chevrolet home office that this was not normal, I also drove another Equinox while mine was in the shop being repaired and it did not make this noise. Dealership has be notified of all issues with the vehicle as well as the home office for GM.

- Burlington , NC, USA

problem #56

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 #55

Nov 012014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 66,560 miles
While driving on the NJ turnpike southbound from NJ to va my 2010 Chevy Equinox suddenly stopped accelerating! after barely avoiding several collisions, the stabilitrac light came on, the service engine light came on and then the reduced engine power notification came on. The vehicle would not accelerate over 30mph, threatened to stall repeatedly and was vibrating violently. Luckily I was only about an hour into my trip (the temperature outside was below 30 degrees and I had my 4 year old and 3 year old in the car!) and was able to slowly drive the car home and have it towed the next day. I had to replace the throttle body and the intake and exhaust celenoid actuators at a total cost of $644.05

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #54

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 #53

Oct 102014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
Car battery constant drains, car wont start upon hot/cold weather...BCM might be the cause-body control module computer, car cuts off while driving, has stalled, nocking sound when ac/heater is on, burning smell.battery replaced and not the problem, alt also checked and is working good. Have to constantly charge the battery to charge the computer to get the car to start.

- Rosedale, NY, USA

problem #52

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 #51

Feb 032014


  • miles
I purchased my car at the end of December 2013, a month later my wife noticed the car sounded louder than usual so I checked the oil and there was not a drop of oil in the engine. I quickly added oil and performed an oil change asap. I called up the dealership and they assured me an oil change is done before every purchase. I routinely check the oil and add about a quart a month. At the end of July 2014 I took my car to have the ac checked out and I asked the service center to look at the engine since it was losing about a quart a month. I get the car back a week later and they could not determine the problem. They performed an oil change and asked that I bring it back for the next oil change for an inspection. This was on 8/1/2014 and yesterday 10/2/2014 I checked the oil and once again there was not a drop of oil. It is currently at the dealership. The service tech called GM in July 2014 and found out there was a recall for equinoxes losing oil if they tow but that did not apply to my vehicle and I do not see that recall anymore.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #50

Mar 032014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 43,105 miles
Purchased SUV in Feb. Love it and great SUV. Had oil changed it never alerts when oil is low, but must keep check cause computer and actual amount do not correspond. Eighty percent of the time the seat adjustment works. One day took person home only left front tire hit curb as turning around. Traffic was coming it had completely cut off, waited a minute restarted. Just knew I would get hit. As more miles, it loses more power, getting on interstate I have to measure traffic to ensure I can get on in order not to get hit. Love the vehicle, but afraid if keep more miles less power.

- Graham, NC, USA

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