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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,672 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 152011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 35,800 miles


Purchased 2010 Equinox ls on 8/14/09. The vehicle has incurred numerous visits to the dealership to correct a major water leakage problem, defective module which controlled dashboard functions including heat and defrost and a severe oil consumption condition which remains unresolved. Complaints of engine knocking were reported to 2 dealerships with no resolve. Approximately 6 weeks ago the vehicle experienced the same knocking and check engine light. The dealer replaced the timing chain, thermostat along with various seals and valves. This past Monday the vehicle experienced the same tapping noise and shuttering, after was determined the vehicle had no oil the vehicle was towed to the dealer were they discovered the car had consumed over six quarts of oil with no visible signs of oil leakage anywhere. The were advised by GM to do an oil consumption test over 5000 miles with a bi-weekly inspection by the dealer. A research of internet forums revealed this situation to be a common complaint with various concessions made to other owners. This is a dangerous defect that can leave a driver stranded in the heat of summer or dead of winter with life threatening possibilites. This matter deserves you immediate attention.

- Millersburg, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 142010


  • 400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact noticed a knocking noise from the engine area. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the contact should use higher grade fuel to quiet the noise. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that there were no remedies for the failure. The failure mileage was 400 and the current mileage was approximately 12,500.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #3

May 242010


  • miles
I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox and it is making a knocking noise everytime I give it gas this is a brand new truck I shouldn't be having this problem I have taken it back and forth to the service and they keep telling me that nothing is wrong with it that's its normal well I don't think so I think that this truck is a lemon and if something isn't done with my truck I will call the channel 7 on yourside and then I will sue the GM people for not doing anything about this problem I am very upset over this, and I M sure that other people are having the same problem as me.

- Jersey, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 052010


  • 5,000 miles
Bought a Chevy 2010 Equinox back in November of this yr., at 5,000 miles I noticed a secondary noise rattling/knocking type of sound coming from my engine (at acceleration). Brought the vehicle to the dealership 3X no results. I brought my car to 2 different independent mechanics both noticed and observed the noise and both seem to believe the noise is lack of fuel getting to the engine causing MINIexplosions to the engine, therefore causing holes in the pistons which would cause further engine damage. I contacted GM and the dealership both ignore the problem and will not acknowledge at this time, later found out from the GM dealerships service station that according to GM tech assist that there are 20 other cases like mine that they were notified of and GM is not willing to do anything about, this to me is a major safety concern to myself and my family. Now I have more miles and the noise is getting louder and more frequent. I don't feel safe driving my car knowing that my engine could be severely affected. I have brought my car back to dealership 3X to no prevail. Please help!

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022009

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 2,158 miles
Rough idle during cold start of my 2010 Chevy Equinox 2.4L 4 cylinder engine engine idles rough and misses until it warms up when it gets below 40 degrees took car to dealer at 2,000 miles in November, they said everything was fine and to specifications. Said they would keep a eye out for service bulletins on cold starting, never heard from them. Car continue to run rough on cold start. Found on my own a GM service bulletin in Dec. #P00010 on cold start require calibration of engine. Called dealer told them where to find service bulletin they found it and then took the car in. Same problem still exists even after two service visits. The dealer says "they will keep their eye out for another service bulletin on the cold weather starting" as everything is up to specifications on the car. The car still runs rough and misses until it warms up.

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

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