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2010 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems: excessive oil consumption

Excessive Oil Consumption

2010 Chevrolet Equinox (Page 3 of 5)

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
73,250 miles
Total Complaints:
83 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (39 reports)
  2. replace engine (23 reports)
  3. engine rebuild (11 reports)
  4. repair/replace rings (5 reports)
  5. replace catalytic converter (2 reports)
  6. replace timing chain (2 reports)
2010 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #43

Jan 152016

Equinox LT2 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Had the engine replaced at 42k miles, no problem, covered under warranty for excessive oil consumption. Unfortunately the new motor was just as terrible as the first, now at 100k miles it's junk and they claim we are on the hook. They said our warranty is up. GM knew about a fuel pump issue, but never fixed it and never did a recall, this ruined our second engine. I was a big time GM guy and unless they fix this I will not only never buy a car from them again, I'll be telling everyone I can to stay away from them, how terrible! Things like this destroy people's lives, I don't have money to replace engines because GM can't stand behind their product.

- Jon F., Manchester, NH, US

problem #42

Aug 012013

Equinox LTZ 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

The issue of the oil leakage has been going on for a number of years, with the response from GM Chevy garage, "base on the maintenance manual" you will lost about 1 quart of oil in-between oil changes. That is all good except it is more like 2-3 quarts in my situation. I am just tired of paying for additional oil every oil change for the past 2 years to only hear it is in the acceptable range. They are not interested in rebuilding or replacing the engine which is what needs to happen. This has been documented at the dealership with no results. Help!

- Fred M., Springfield, OH, US

problem #41

Jun 012010

Equinox LT1 2.7L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles

Bought my 2010 Equinox new. Really like the car, except for the oil consumption problem. Engine used a quart of oil each 1,000 miles. I put up with it for several years. Then, at 50,000 miles, I took it to Bridgewater Chevrolet. Oil consumption test showed excessive oil consumption. Dealer replaced the pistons and rings under warranty. That was 1,000 miles ago. Engine shows no sign of excessive oil consumption now. Should have done this 5 years ago, but I had heard that GM was resistant to making needed repairs when the problem was first being discovered. Now, I assume, with a mountain of evidence and complaints, GM is doing the right thing and repairing engines under warranty. If you own this car and have an oil problem, don't wait. Take it to the dealer for test and repair. The dealers have a bulletin from GM about the issue, so they are expecting to hear from you.

- zoombag5, Morristown, NJ, US

problem #40

Sep 152009

Equinox LT 2.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7 miles


Amazingly, after several trips to Len Stoler for an oil consumption test. they said that it never used more then a quart of oil per thousand. I decided to check their honesty. I drained and oil and made sure it was 1.5 quarts low. Amazingly according to Len Stoler, it didn't use more then a quart. That's when I stopped taking it for the oil consumption test.

- John H., Finksburg, MD, US

problem #39

Nov 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

September 2013, my husband bought me a 2010 Chevy Equinox, let's say I will NEVER buy American again! After getting ripped off with my payments I read through the book in glove compartment only to find out there was a new engine put in and I was never told. If I had been I would have never bought this SUV. Needless to say a month ago I was at about 20 % to get my oil changed when engine was knocking. My husband checked dipstick, bone dry, so I am now doing an oil consumption before my warranty is up in 2500 miles, I'm at 103500. My first 1000 they report 1/2 quart low, next 1000 1 quart, so we will see how this goes seeing I have another three year loan on this POS. Shame on you GM!

- Traci R., Naugatuck, CT, US

problem #38

Mar 152015

Equinox LTZ 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

It's consuming to much oil. I get a oil change not even the a month and half it has no more oil

- Luis P., Rockford, IL, US

problem #37

Nov 202015

Equinox 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


My Chevrolet equinox is in the shop right now and they are saying I need a brand new engine. They said that the oil was so low that it wrecked the engine completely. I did not know that the engine excessively burned oil so I just got oil changes routinely until the other day when the car broke down right in the middle of the interstate exit. I can not believe that this is happening. When I bought the car in September of 2013 I asked the sales associate about the indicator on the car that tells you when to change the oil. He told me that I could use that to know when to change the oil on the car and when it would get to about 50 I would change the oil. Now I am stuck with this piece of junk car that needs a brand new engine and I do not have any money to buy a new engine. I cant trade the car in because I owe 13,500 on the car still and they wont give me even close to that as a trade in. I can not believe that GM is selling these cars with faulty engines and all these people are having issues with the engine and they still haven't recalled this. This is just another example of big corporations screwing over the little guy. This is almost a scam that they are still selling these cars. I want to go up to Chevrolet and protest this and make sure no one else is left in the same situation I am in. I hope no one buys a Chevrolet equinox and we should all boycott GM together. This is ridiculous that so many people are going through this.

- reagand, Kenner, LA, US

problem #36

Jan 172015

Equinox ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

01/17/2015 fuel pump dump gas in the oil. That took out the timing chain and the balancer had a bolt broke off.Chevy fix it after that the engine used 2 qt. of oil in 1300 miles. York Chevy dealer ran a test on how much oil the engine was using. Three weeks a go they called and said Chevy said to repair the engine. Chevy in York Ne. took the engine apart there was a problem with the bolt on the balancer it took the block out. The dealer order out a new engine thinking it would be covered by the recall. I picked up the car on 10/17/2015 Sat. On 10/19/2015 the York dealer call and said Chevy was not going to pay for the engine on recall of the engine using oil. I said that the problem was the recall of the balancer and time chain to 2020 or 120,000 miles. Chevy GM Minimum Customer Participation Calculator I paid $500.00 on the new engine.

On 11/14/2015 I was going to Colorado stop at Lexington. Ne. the engine had a rough ideal and stalled three times the four time would not restart and the security light came on. On the 11/15/2015 I called Chevy Plum Creek Motors they towed it in and checked it over said they would have to pull the intake to check injectors.

On 11/17/2015 services person called and said all four injectors was bad and was blowing out a fuse. I asked how all four injector would go bad a once he did not know. So i said the replace them. I picked my car up on 11/18/2015 paid $1,016.16 for the repair. I asked to have my old injectors so I could test them.

Seven miles from home the doors unlocked and lock a number of times real fast and the and it jumped up to 7,000 RPM. I turned off the engine and restarted the car it ran OK I went a mile or two the doors unlocked and locked and RPM jumped up to 7,000.

I have went on line there are so many complaints one can not read all of them. In read them Chevy has known of this problem with this car starting in 2010. Like the Chevy key Switch problem they say they know of no problems. It is just time before someone will get killed by this car stalling or door unlocking and locking.

I called one of the attorneys on Chevy key switch problem 1 800 541 7358 please if you have a problem call this number.

- David T., Stromsburg, US

problem #35

Oct 232015

Equinox LT 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

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excessive oil consumption excessive oil consumption

GM cars and trucks now tell us that your engine should burn 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles.

My equinox has no leaks and is burning oil at such a high rate. I use full synthetic oil and that apparently does nothing more that help my oil now. I know when my engine has burned off at least 1 quart because the engine begins to vibrate upon acceleration. My oil monitor in the car showed 52% oil life left. I did an oil change because I wanted to see if that would be the solution to the noise. Sure enough, my equinox had just about 2 quarts of oil left in it. I contact the dealership and ask them how much oil should a 5 year old car burn on average every 1000 miles. I was expecting an answer like a 1/3 of a quart or something low. They told me the equinox will burn 1 quarts every 100 miles. I go up the chain and ask GM and they tell me that upon asking the dealership for chevrolet specifications, they can "confirm that up to 1 quarts of oil every 1,000 miles is the acceptable amount of oil consumption for the vehicle." And that if I believe there is a problem, I will need to do an oil consumption test at the dealership.

Anyone else see an issue here. Go get vehicle tested and it hits 1quart every 1000 miles. Hey that meets the standards that they claim is appropriate. So lets pay them to do an oil change every 1000 miles for as they would like to tell me there is nothing wrong.

They also said "the oil life monitor is an estimation and it is still recommended to check the engine oil level at each fuel stop to make sure the engine oil is at the appropriate level". So, they are putting features in cars to help us monitor the car and telling us that those are all estimates. Oil Life Monitor should not tell me 52% and have barely enough oil to run the car.

Upon further research from others, the issue is that modern direct injected engines have low tension piston rings that allow oil into the combustion chamber and additional oil suspended in the upper valve assembly gets siphoned through the crankcase ventilation system and back into the combustion chamber and get burned on the valves.

I am waiting to see what engine issues our families Traverse occurs before I make any decision, but if this is how the GM engines are being built; I am looking elsewhere.

- designengineer, Fairfield, OH, US

problem #34

Jan 022015

Equinox LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Bought this 2010 Chevy Equinox Nov 2014 ONE MONTH later the timing chain went. Dealer replaced timing chain. Then after few months I noticed that I had to keep adding oil every 1000 miles. I just got a oil change Sept 2015 and two weeks later the oil dipstick showed EMPTY! I added more oil and all of a sudden three days ago the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON! I have a warranty for timing chain until Dec 2015 but I reported this dealer to BBB (Better Business Bureau) due to may other issues.......they refuse to answer my calls on this matter.

I see there's a recall for Carbon monoxide emissions so maybe I will try that route BUT definitely getting rid of this vehicle.......I love the car but it sounds like a diesel engine starting up and it constantly TICKS like it needs oil ......... GM NEEDS TO RECALL THESE VEHICLES and replace engines! Not buying another Chevy and I have few people who were going to purchase this Chevy Equinox from dealers BUT I talked them all out of it!

- ldiane, Webster, NY, US

problem #33

Feb 152015

Equinox LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


I have always stuck with Chevy as my choice of vehicle. The fact of the matter is ever since I bought this, I have had nothing but issues with it. It is going through an easy 5 quarts of oil a week and no sign of where it is going. Also, have a loud ticking noise that sounds like my vehicle is just going to break down on me every time I turn it on. Being a 2010 and only 50,000 miles on it I do not think I should be dealing with this kind of issue. I only drive back and forth to work or around town. I have only done 2 long trips with it in the past 2 years I have had it. Is it worth getting fixed or should I just sell it and look for a new vehicle is my decision.

- Brittney R., Copperas Cove, TX, US

problem #32

Jan 012013

Equinox LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,102 miles

This car is a piece of crap-I will never buy another American car. When I got this car I know the US auto industry was in shambles. I thought I would do my part by purchasing an American car. This is the first and last American vehicle that I will ever own. Chevy can kiss my ass. They designed a poor vehicle and they know it.They should compensate every person that purchased these with a new different vehicle. What a waste of time and money. With the money I have used to fix this vehicle- I could have easily have this thing paid off by now. Now the vehicle has lost a lot of value. Chevy has over produced these cars and now they hold no value. Do not buy this car even used. The rest of the market must know it because every lot is full of them that they cannot sell. Chevy screwed up royally.

- karll, Glen Carbon, IL, US

problem #31

Oct 152013

Equinox LS 4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I was excited about buying my first American made vehicle after reading car reviews for months. I bought a 2010 Chevy Equinox in July of 2013. After my first scheduled oil change it started getting really dirty under the hood, like oil spray. Complained about it at the next oil change and was told they couldn't find any leaks.

Two months after that oil change it started running really rough, checked the oil, and it didn't register on the dip stick. Fast forward thru adding 2 quarts every 3,000 miles for a year. The car runs like an old jalopy whenever it gets 1/2 quart low on oil.

October of 2014 I received the TSB from GM that 2010 Equinox consume excessive oil. I immediately called the dealership, made an appointment, arranged for a rental, they had it two days and then called me and said there was a leak in the oil pan. They didn't touch the TSB items in TWO DAYS! Then we started oil consumption tests every 1000 miles. Been doing that since November of 2014 only to be told again and again that 1 quart every 2000 miles is acceptable usage, and that is approximately what I am using.

They have no idea if it is more than that because they just add the quart and it returns to the acceptable level. BUT HEY, I can feel free to pay for repairs for myself if I feel I need them! I now see that this is a VERY common problem, and I am totally wishing I hadn't gotten caught up in the American made BS.

Has any one had success convincing their dealer to fix this?

- disillusionedinva, Chesapeake, VA, US

problem #30

Apr 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

Oh, this car...

I was looking up issues as I am about to turn my car in for major repairs, and I have read everyone's complaints. This info may help someone. We've had our Equinox for 2.5 years, bought it at about 24K miles. I was looking at a new one and was talked into late model used by my bank and the dealer. Within about 3 months, the problems started. The high pressure fuel pump went first. It would idle rough, then would stall. GM repaired this with no problems. The issue is that it has gone out multiple times and who has time to spend going back and forth to a dealer, waiting on tow trucks, getting rentals, etc? The last time they repaired it, they decided to fix the timing assembly also. After about 3 months, we noticed the car was hemorrhaging oil onto the driveway. GM fixed this, but I used a different dealer. When I went to pick the car up, the customer service guy showed me a plastic bag full of timing components that had cycled through my engine.

This brings us to today... My husband has had to add 4 qts of oil in 2 weeks. The car is idling so rough that it literally rocks. The check engine light comes on and off randomly, and sometimes the car stalls. I called GM yet again and found out the following:

The company has issued special warranties until the year 2020 or 120K miles on the fuel pump, engine balance assembly, and engine for excessive oil consumption. There is also a recall for carbon monoxide emissions. I'll know more later, but I'm turning it in today to get the fuel pump and timing assembly done (4th time in 2 yrs!), the computer to be reprogrammed, and 4 new pistons for the engine. This is all at no cost to me, even though my car is out of warranty.

If you are having this problem, call customer service. I wouldn't have known about any of this if I hadn't.

- Andrea F., Walton, KY, US

problem #29

Mar 232015

Equinox LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,719 miles

I'm having issues with my 2010 Equinox as it is in the shop now, because the check engine light kept coming on. I recently had an oil change and was not due for another, but according to the Chevy dealership the vehicle is running low on oil. I was told I have to go through an oil consumption test which will cause me to bring the vehicle in every 1000 miles which is the only way they can confirm there is an issue with the engine as well as verify how much oil has been consumed.

My warranty will be over in 3 weeks and I can not afford to buy a new engine as many of you stated you had to do. My engine is rattling and sounds very strange. What should I do? I'm sure I have the same issue you all do as we have the same exact issues and are receiving the same answers. Should I contace GM? Why are they not recalling this issue and proving assistance? My vehicle stalled while my son was in he car, what if I was rear ended due to this issue? I maintain my vehicle regularly and only bought the vehicle with 25k miles, I should not be having this many issues. I'm concerned that I won't be able to get it fixed before my warranty is up and will be stuck with a bill. I'm debating if I should trade it in. Help!!!!

- Jodie S., Jacksonville, FL, US

problem #28

Feb 202015

Equinox LTZ V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Keep having engine/transmission problems, which makes the oil consumption test have to be restarted.

- Jerry G., Selah, US

problem #27

Mar 192015

Equinox LTZ V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,673 miles

Thank God I bought the extended warranty. Really pissed off.

- Jerry G., Selah, US

problem #26

Mar 252015

Equinox LTZ 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Feeling really irritated with GM. Known engine problem, I find out now, but prior to my engine seizing I figured my oil was just running low and I had checked it about once per week for 3 weeks. First my cam chain breaks and radiator springs a leak while I'm on a road trip, 5 days in the shop, have to take a bus home, miss 3 days of work, total for repairs is $2500.

2 weeks later I decide I'm ready to put the vehicle to the test and take it on another business road trip. I get 300 miles from home and the engine just locks up and seizes on me in the middle of nowhere Texas. Have to pay for a tow in to the nearest town ($150), get the news that the oil has gasoline in it and the engine is seized. The quote is for $6,000 to repair, will be in the shop for a week. I have my wife come pick me up and get home at 3 a.m., missed another 2 days of work because I have no means of transportation. Ended up renting a car and going to the meeting I was late for 6 hours away from home.

Apparently this is a know issue for the Equinox. The dealership has the audacity to offer me $1,000 for the car on a trade in. I still owe $9,000 on this vehicle, and am over $10,000 in additional mechanical bills. What can I do? I realize that GM would go bankrupt (again) if they had to bail out everyone in my situation, but is there not some obligation to pony up to an issue that can cause such significant repair costs to the consumer?

- Barney A., Lubbock, TX, US

problem #25

Jan 112012

Equinox ES 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Smeds Dec 16, 2014 Atlanta, Illinois 12 16 2014A PUBLIC LETTER TO CHEVY AND EQUINOX OWNERS If you like Christmas, you will like the Chevy Equinox. Mostly because the dashboard lights up all the time with different messages regarding mechanical issues. My 2010, which I have soaked thousands in repairs into, gave me this neat message today! I've tried working with GM and Chevy on this, of course no one seems to want to admit that the 4 cylinder Ecotec engine is a pile of reindeer excrement. I bought it used with 36k miles on the engine. As soon as I noticed the odd way it ran and sounds, I reported in to my dealer in Lincoln, Illinois. I was told that it was fine and I needed to have the fuel system flushed. Did that and had a cabin smell of fuel cleaner and exhaust. Was told that would go away. NOPE, to this day, still has that ''old car smell''. In fact, since I have had it, the oil consistently smells like gasoline and the engine uses oil. I've been on enough other sites to know that I am not alone. I have spent hours on the phone and writing letters to GM. Before I reached 100k miles, I had a crankcase explosion. Of course, ''Sarah'', at GM (they are all Sarah by the way), did not understand what a crankcase explosion is. (Google it) I've put a new main seal in it, new transmission, multiple front hubs, new tires because they wear out prematurely due to a bad design, headlights that have to be changed by a gymnast; (access is through a round panel in the front wheel well), and have changed the oil in it well prior to Chevy's oil change meter in the info settings. I cannot say enough BAD THINGS about Chevy and GM and this pile of ....t. Oh, and its already rusting too. I could live with the rust if It wasn't such a shop queen. And then GM's claim of 32mpg. I would have to be going downhill, on a steep icy slope with a tailwind and the engine off to attain 32mpg. More like 21mpg on a good day. Still paying for it, its a very comfortable vehicle when you sit in it, with the engine off in the garage. Atlanta Yeti Show less

- Steve S., Atlanta, IL, US

problem #24

Dec 302014

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I bought my Equinox from Carlock of Tupelo, MS. After 8 months, and regular maintenance/ oil changes, my SUV has started giving me serious problems and I still owe A LOT on it. Carlock is not wanting to cover me with their lifetime powertrain warranty. I hope that there are people out there that will listen and report their own problems with the Equinox. A tick can be heard in the engine and it often goes dead at lights and stop signs. The engine light comes on often. It seems to constantly have low oil issues in spite of regular oil changes. The service man at Carlock says that it will cost a lot to fix and other problems are sure to follow. I don't know what to do. HELP!

- Nina M., Ripley, MS, US

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