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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,381 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Nov 212016


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. When the vehicle was placed in reverse, it stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure was intermittent. The dealer diagnosed that the camshaft position sensor and actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 222016


  • 64,855 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. While the vehicle was stationary, exhaust fumes entered into the cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 64,855.

- Lake Geneva, WI, USA

problem #19

Aug 122016


  • 64,823 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the engine failed several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the camshaft needed to be replaced. The camshaft was replaced; however, the failure was not corrected and the vehicle continued to stall. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 64,823.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 082016


  • 39,000 miles


Vehicle shuts off while in drive, loosing all power to throttle, power steering and all other components of vehicle. This has begun happening over the last three days after having the vehicle for only three months. The vehicle currently has 39,000 miles on it. Today while traveling 70 mph on the highway the car shut off causing me to have to fight the cars steering to safely bring it to a complete stop in the breakdown lane. I had to put the car into park remove the key from the ignition and then re insert key and re start the vehicle.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #17

Mar 202015


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at an unknown speed, a loud abnormal ticking sound emitted from the vehicle without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was no oil in the vehicle. The technician performed an oil change and compression test every 1,000 miles. The contact was informed that the piston in the engine failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician stated that the vehicle was burning oil rapidly. The vehicle was not repaired. On another occasion, the vehicle failed to shift gears properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was repaired with unknown parts. The contact also stated that the windshield wipers failed to operate intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,000.

- Landing, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jul 172016


  • 70,000 miles
Fire started while car was sitting in driveway. Fire department said it was a electrical fire that started near the fuse box. Fire burned through firewall and continued up the ceiling console. This car is usually parked in my garage, with my bedroom right above. Fire started around 12:30am.

- Pingree Grove, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 012015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that oil levels in the vehicle decreased significantly daily without warning. The contact was informed that the engine piston failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. It was unknown if the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #14

May 232016


  • 51,000 miles
This just started 2 days ago at 51K miles. The vehicle will die at a slow speed or at idle. It has happened anywhere from the drive-thru to the middle of the interstate in traffic.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #13

Feb 262016


  • 123,000 miles
16 days after an oil change, driving on freeway feeder road, engine started knocking an had noticeable power loss, engine has started burning 3+ quarts of oil a week. I am concerned it could cause the engine to seize while driving. All oil changes were done on schedule at the dealership.

- Columbus, TX, USA

problem #12

May 012015


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 20 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle overheated. The engine stalled and the vehicle was able to be restarted after multiple attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the failure was due to low coolant level. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator clamp needed to be removed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 302015


  • 35,264 miles


I was at a stop light preparing to take a right turn on red, which is legal in Oklahoma, after coming to a complete stop, and as I had begun the turn slightly depressing the gas pedal, the car died and all lights and power was lost. I coasted the vehicle into the parking lot of a gas station that was on the corner nearest to me and after two to three minutes the car started again and everything was working as normal. Many times while driving, night or day, the forward collision alert will begin beeping and flashing as if you are about to have a forward collision with another vehicle, yet there is nothing in front of you literally for miles at some times. This also causes the brakes to be depressed and the car to slow down, even on the highway, when the forward collision alert system malfunctions. Also, the display for the radio and various other functions of the vehicle has on several occasions froze the image on the screen and not allowed any air, radio, or any other functions to be able to be changed, sometimes for several hours. Also the rear door will sometimes remain locked when all other doors are unlocked with the remote control unit and/or the buttons in the vehicle. There is definitely something going on with the electrical system in this vehicle and I have an appointment to take it in to the dealership I am purchasing the vehicle from, on this upcoming Friday July 3rd, 2014.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #10

Dec 312013


  • 9,200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving at approximately 40 mph, an abnormal sound emitted from under the hood of the vehicle without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 9,200.

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 312014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
The car lost power, all lights on the dashboard disappeared, engine stopped running enroute to toronto on 12/31/2014 without any warning I was driving at 545 pm T110km/hr on the fast lane/3rd lane and I had to maneuver the car fast from the 3rd to the second to the first and able to stop at the shoulder. If I was not driving above speed limit I would have been toast, qew is a major through way and this was new years eve so traffic was moving fast. As I accelerated I felt a catch on the gas pedal and the car just stopped. This is a 2013 model and I have no problems with it until now. After a minute I turned the ignition on without any problems and made it to my sisters home in pickering without any incident. I will contact the dealership today Jan 1 if they are open.

- Clarence Center , NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 162014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 6,100 miles
Question. I received a letter in the mail regarding my 2013 Chevy Equinox with flex fuel. The letter states some 2013 Equinox vehicles equipped with this feature may have a condition where the flexible sensor may become inoperative during normal operation due to an electrical failure caused by road salt and other environmental contaminants. This could cause the service engine light to illuminate and remote start will be inoperative. Why wouldn't this be a recall issue? it effects the engine. To me this is a way around another recall incident involving General Motors. Help.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

May 292014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 8,770 miles
I was driving on I-71N around 3:30 on my way home during the speed limit of 65 when all of a sudden the display show an engine light and a message saying reducing power mode and the speed drop to 20 even though I hand my foot on the gas all the way to the floor. Luckily I had just move lane from in front of a 18 wheeler and was able to pull over still in danger because the lane I moved to still had traffic coming. I turn the car off since it would not go and sit for about 5 minutes. I started it up and was able to make it to the dealer service. They found that following code P2101, P2119. They perform diagnostic test all wiring to throttle position sensor test ok replace throttle body assembly and recheck faults, passed. What they told me is that the sensor did not know I was giving the engine gas so it reduce the engine speed. This is scary to know it could happen and I could have been injured or even kill. I was lucky.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #6

May 222014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 4,915 miles
I was doing approx. 25 mph and went to press down on the accelerator the vehicle hesitated then took off very fast and rapid scared my wife and I almost hit the vehicle that I was trying to pass the vehicle now sits in my garage and will not drive the vehicle very afraid either myself or someone else is going to get killed, this is not the first time during the week of 5-22-2014 it happened.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 162014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 18,026 miles
I pulled into my driveway and put the car in park. I noticed a small puff of white smoke from the hood in one specific place. Prior to this, there was not a check engine light, there was not a messgae warning of reduced engine power. The car was inspected at a certified GM dealership on 4/16/2014. Nothing was noted on the diagnostic form to fix or replace. It was completed at the dearlership that we purchased the car at. I quickly got out of my car and begin to get my three year old out of his carseat. I looked at the hood and there was so much black smoke pouring out of the hood I could not see our shed or anything in front of me. I yelled to the other two children (both 6), to get out of their carseats and run into the woods. I unbuckled one child and the other child slipped out of her buckle. They ran to a safe spot. I ran into the house called 911 and got our fire extinguisher. Came outsude and there was black smoke filling the sky and pouring out of the hood in numerous places. I used the fire extinguisher which did not help. I got the garden hose and tried to use that, but was getting too dangerous. So I waited for the fire department to arrive. At this time there was flames coming from the bottom and top of the car and the car was making loud cracking and exploding noises. There was so much smoke I could not see the house which was close by. The windows exploded and the passanger airbag went off. The three children countinued to be 500 feet into the woods and I frantically was running around (37 week pregnant).the shed caught on fire. The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. The two front tires were completly melted and ruined our driveway.

- Calais, VT, USA

problem #4

May 022014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 5,040 miles
While approaching a traffic signal the engine went to a reduced power mode (idle)....I had no control of the car...could not move....could not even move to side of road...blocking traffic....called onstar Chevy emerg road assist...while making arrangement for tow he asked for mileage...I had to turn off the engine to get rid of the screen which said "reduced engine power"....gavehim the mileage...when restarting the engine the engine now idled normal and when pu in drive, I could now move the car....canceled the service...took the car to the dealer next am...they diagnosed the trouble to be a "binding throttle body" it was replaced...I am apprehensive driving the car, especially on I95 with trucks and cars traveling 70/80 mph I could get killed.......

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 162013


  • 12,000 miles
The lights in the interior of my car go out intermittently. I have been driving down the highway going 70mph and without warning the car just died on me, I had to have someone push me off the highway because the car would not start. I waited about 10 mins and it started up again. The collision senor goes off when there is nothing around the car and boggs down the car while driving. I have taken it to 2 different shops and they can not get the problem to duplicate. They have had my car since before thanksgiving and gave it back to me the week of christimas. I drove it and had no problems until that Friday on my way home from work crossing over a busy intersection the collision alert started ringing and the senor is off and the car died in the middle of the road. I was able to get it started right away and get out of the intersection. I took it back to the shop and they still can't get the problem resolved. I say the GM obviously has electrical issues with their cars, because reading others complaints about the same issues. This is a major safety issue!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

May 122013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 3 mph in reverse, a load roaring noise emitted from the engine. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was unable to locate the defect. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000. Updated 2/11/14 another dealer informed the consumer, the noise was coming from the high valve fuel pump on the engine and in the gas tank. The consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 02/18/14

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

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