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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,233 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox transmission problems

transmission problem

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 012012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2011 Chevy Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to automatic transmission failure. The consumer stated on two occasion, the automatic transmission failed to re-engage while making a slow rolling turn from a center turning lane into a driveway. In both situation, the engine continued to operate normally, but the transmission did not engage leaving the vehicle stalled in the path of oncoming traffic. In each situation, the vehicle need to be placed in park, shut of and then re-started in order for the vehicle to move out of the traffic lane. The first incident happened in September 2012 and the second occurrence happened on February 6, 2013. The dealer examined and tested the vehicle and found no problem.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #5

Jul 202011


  • 4,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 20 mph the vehicle decelerated. When the contact continued to depress the accelerator pedal, the vehicle jerked forward and continued to accelerate normally. The transmission warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated the transmission would have to be rebuilt. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 4,500.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 062011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
Transmission does not shift properly. It will either hang up in the last gear or shift hard with a clunk into the next gear. Have returned the vehicle to the dealer twice and have been told this is normal for a 6 speed transmission. My 2007 Equinox also had a 6 speed transmission and never shifted like this 2011 does. This is the 6th Chevrolet I've bought since 2000. Think they would try to determine what the problem is before I opt for another auto maker.

- Pa, PA, USA

problem #3

May 032011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2011 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to defective vehicle operation and safety the consumer stated the vehicle was returned to the dealer three times, due to it running rough, loss of power, an overwhelming smell of gasoline, a sticky accelerator pedal and the check engine light illuminating. The dealer replaced the high pressure fuel pump, fuel rail pressure sensor and an attempted repair of the PCM and the reprogramming of the tac. The dealer has been unable to resolve the defects.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 062011


  • 5,500 miles
Chevrolet Equinox transmission problems. It kickback at third shift. At 20 miles when you pull out gas pedal the transmission impact like a kickback. We have gone to the dealer on two times now, and they said that's normal.

- Pr, PR, USA

problem #1

Feb 242011


  • 200 miles
2011 Chevy Equinox transmission and electrical issues. Transmission not shifting smoothly and at times the car will seem to want to die out. 6600 milesand I see online that others are having the same issue. I do not want my wife to break down or get into a crash because of the trans not engaging.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

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