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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,239 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox body / paint problems

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 262021


  • miles


The trailing arm bracket rotten through the frame. This is due to premature rusting/rotting of the frame. Apparently Chevy has had this problem, every I spoke to kept saying "check with Chevy for recall" The dealer tried to fix the problem by (modifying the trailer arm? not sure what that means) but approximately two weeks later it went through the frame again. Took it back to dealer but they were unable to fix this problem and sent me on my way. It was a very good thing that while driving this vehicle nothing major happened. I found a body shop that tackled this and fixed the frame. It was very expensive and I feel Chevy should be responsible. I have attached pictures that the R&M Auto Body gave us.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #21

Jun 102021


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the rocker panel of the vehicle had been rusting. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the driver-??s and passenger-??s side outer and inner rocker panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was not made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, offered no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #20

Apr 262021


  • 93,000 miles
I purchased the vehicle from a dealership in lexington ky 6K and under. I had to change the breaks and I was unable to jack the car up. After taking it to the auto shop the frame and rocker panels are rusted out. The vehicle was made in Canada and I seen there was a recall on the vehicle. It is dangerous to drive because the frame is weak. What should I do and is the recall still valid?

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #19

Apr 272020


  • 134,515 miles


I have recently went to a garage for a simple oil change and to see if I could install a hitch kit. Come to find out the frame itself is rotting internally to externally. This stirred up some concern because I need an inspection come June of this year and it will not pass inspection due to the rot. My Chevy Equinox is only a 2012. Being that I've only personally had this vehicle for a year, and it is only 8 to 9 years old, I was informed that this kind of rot that exists is bad. I found this out just this past week.

- Ticonderoga, NY, USA

problem #18

Apr 272020


  • 134,515 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in for an inspection, the contact was informed that the subframe was severely rusted. The contact stated that the rocker panels detached from the vehicle. The contact was informed that the subframe could receive a temporary repair however, the repair would not fix the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. A dealer was not notified of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not subjected to a recall and also that the warranty had expired. The failure mileage was 134,515.

- Ticonderoga, NY, USA

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problem #17

May 232016


  • 99,380 miles
Had fuses checked because rear passenger door light don't work window don't go down manuel shift don't work and rear liftgate goes up then quarter ways down then back up then comes down on you now it goes up by it's self also it won't will go up when it's stationary

- Gowanda, NY, USA

problem #16

Feb 052017


  • 70,000 miles


Airbag deployment system - airbag message came on car was parked and when I turned the car on husband message shows up and will not go away.. for no reason. The front bumper pops out also, for no reason and imthe plastic parts that hold it in place are broken and don't keep the bumper in place. And my car makes a weird rattling noise. And it stopped pick up up speed when I turn my ac on.but I don't know why it won't pick up speed. I didn't know I had a warranty at the time so when I called hey said they warranty had expired and this has been an issue since I bought the car. The ac started going out 2 and a half years after I bought it. The car will randomly jump, it feels like someone hit my vehicle but it will jump jump when I'm waiting at a red light and I think the compressor stopped working

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 202018


  • 102,448 miles
More than once while driving I have gotten power steering warnings while driving, vehicle locked up in the process and took all of my might to turn and get to the side of the road. I have constant oil changes and was issued a recall letter that the oil censor was off last may and the dealership said no such recall existed. Recently my mechanic says the timing is off, an engine power reduced warning has come up more than once and I have stopped driving the car all together for fear is stops with my children and myself in it. The first time it came on two weeks ago, I was at an incredibly busy intersection and could not go over 20 mph, it was as if I was driving in neutral. I took myself and children straight to the mechanic. My mechanic has informed me that the amounts of repairs is more than the car may be worth. I see several complaints with issues matching my own and Chevrolet has done nothing. My screen randomly goes out, the radio goes out, the oil censor has stopped coming on, engine lights comes on and off. My radiator was recently replaced as it was rusted and overheating the car. A car this age should not have this many issues. They must lie in the manufacturing process.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #14

Mar 202018


  • 68,000 miles
All four doors the paint is bubbling and the drivers door there is rust all the way along it. Took it to the dealer, the service rep and the head of the body shop both looked at it and said they would not cover it under warranty. Car sits in the garage when not in use. I am the only driver, and it gets in town driving.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #13

Feb 282018


  • 126,000 miles
Inside door panel showing rust on all 4 doors, some more than others. Coming from bottom where skins clip onto door frame. Should not happen on a 6 year old car.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #12

Aug 172017


  • 59,559 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. While the vehicle was undergoing an oil change, the contact noticed that the entire frame and the undercarriage were fractured and had holes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (turner Buick GMC, 612 E main St, new holland, pa 17557) and the contact was informed that the repair would cost approximately $9,600. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted at 866-790-5600 and stated that GMC refused to cover the expense. The approximate failure mileage was 59,559.

- Denvar, PA, USA

problem #11

May 272017


  • 147,824 miles
On May 27th I was opening the lift gate to unload items. The car was off. I opened the lift gate using the button under the handle.the door opened fully. I reached in the car to remove luggage. The door closed quickly on my back and stopped just before pinning me in the door way. The door immediately opened a second time and I moved quickly out of the way. As soon as it opened fully, it slammed completely shut. I am still unable to use the lift gate safely.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #10

Nov 022016


  • 69,878 miles
Contacted Chevy/GM for my doors rusting out on the bottom seams, the local dealer said GM would not cover the warranty because the rusting is "not through" the metal, what do they want! a vehicle with holes in the doors!!! how "safe" is that GM!"?? this veteran does not understand a public taxpayer bailout and this is how they want the vehicle that you own to be!??" shame on GM and Chevrolet!!!!!!!!!

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #9

Oct 252012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 69,750 miles
The doors on my Chevy Equinox are rusting/ bubbling out along the bottom seam, it is not moving!!!

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 142016


  • 31,000 miles
The front windshield side pillars are so wide near the side mirrors that it causes a foot wide blind spot which has caused me to be in an accident and almost several other accidents. I have heard that I am not the only one who has had a problem with this. This blind spot caused me to hit a pole while turning and pulling out of a parking area.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #7

Jul 102015


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the bottom of the doors was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who stated that it was a known issue with that make and model. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.

- Anoka, MN, USA

problem #6

Mar 292016


  • miles
My inside doors are rusting from the inside. We were smelling a musty smell and just dismissed it until we looked at the bottom of all doors that are rusting from the inside. I believe that the seals are defective on the doors which allows water to sit

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 022015


  • 60,000 miles
Doors on lower hem seam have the paint to popping off leaving bare metal to rust. Dealer will not repair under warranty. Contacted GM customer care claim #81571836632. They came back with me after talking to dealer for me to pay the dealer $300 for refinish doors. In Canada GM is repairing under warranty with service bulletin #15136B until May 2017. Why repair under warranty in Canada but not the usa. Vehicle is in Michigan. Reported to dealer during July 2015, went back October 2015 to have dealer fix. Customer & dealer not willing to press GM warranty to cover repairs. Dealer stated he see them all the time.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 012012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side doors were corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bradford, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 222013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
We were sitting still at train crossing when we were struck from the rear and was shoved forward 8-10 feet into the car in front of us. The car is a total loss. With all of the rear and front damage, none of the airbags were deployed. Also, both front seats broke loose from the seat brackets that hold the seats to the floor. My wife (passenger seat) not only broke loose but the seat twisted.

- Avon, IN, USA

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