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Average Mileage:
100,900 miles
Total Complaints:
22 complaints

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  1. not sure (11 reports)
  2. replace pistons and rings (6 reports)
  3. replace engine (5 reports)
2014 Chevrolet Equinox engine problems

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Aug 042022

Equinox LTZ 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,300 miles


Until 4 days ago, I have had no issues with my 2014 Chevy Equinox, which I bought brand new back in 2014. I was on my way out of state when I was driving, and all of a sudden noticed a loud noise. It sounded like my engine was making. I drove it 20 min. before stopping to investigate the problem and shut my car off. I didn't want to take any chances so called a tow truck to take it to a shop to have looked at and to my sudden surprise found out about the multiple lawsuits against them for this same issue. It makes me sick to my stomach over this and can't believe that there hasn't been a recall due to this issue yet. I do regular oil changes like I am supposed to and keep up on my maintenance and not once was I ever told anything on this issue that clearly lots of Equinox owners have had.

I'm not sure why Chevrolet thinks its okay not to recall something like this. What car owner that has only 100,300 miles plans to replace an engine due to a manufactures issue that they aren't willing to stand behind? I take great care of my cars so they last a long time, but this was out of my control and I totally feel betrayed on not being notified on this. This is not right to not inform the customers that buy your products and spend their hard earned money on your vehicles. Oh, you can bet I won't let this go, as I was stranded in another state because of this and had to find a way back home and ruin my visit with family to try and take care of these issues, that quite possibly could have been avoided. I have missed out on work as well as used up vacation time to do nothing more than deal with this.

Someone needs to put themselves in our shoes and see how they'd like it, and maybe then something might finally get done.

- Chris N., Tama, US

problem #21

Jul 012022

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,600 miles

I have had this problem since the car had 8000 miles on it. They nickel and dime repaired it until the warranty ran out. All along this time, I was telling them the motor was junk. And now that it is out of warranty, they say the motor needs to be replaced. Go figure.

- Steve Z., Spencerport, NY, US

problem #20

Jun 132018

Equinox LTZ 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,500 miles

For over a year I have been dealing with on going issues with my 2014 Chevy Equinox. My check engine light came on, indicating that my catalytic converter needed to be replaced. I delayed the repair for as long as I could. I started stalling when I was stopped at lights, so I ended up spending the $1100 dollars for that repair. My check engine light went out for about a week. It came back on and this time it was variable timing solenoid. Changed the one it called for, then a week later another code called for the other solenoid. That seemed to solve the check engine light but it did not solve the stalling problem. I wasn't stalling as much as I was before but I started stalling when accelerating on a cold engine. This was extremely dangerous because it would happen when I making right turns into traffic out of my neighborhood. I started digging around and found a suggestion to change out the mass air flow sensor. Changed that and... nothing. Still no check engine light but problems started growing. The vehicle is idling quite poor - when I take my foot off the gas while driving, it jerks and feels like I've shifted to a low gear.

I had noticed on my last few oil changes that I wasn't getting any where near the 5 quarts out. My last oil change I only got 2 quarts out. My concern began to grow, because I am not getting any low oil alerts. So I did a search for Equinox oil consumption and low and behold I found my problem. The law suit only apparently covers up to the 2013 Equinox, and I am concerned that I have a 2014 and it won't fall under the class action lawsuit.

- Derrick F., Austin, US

problem #19

Feb 182021

Equinox Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,273 miles


On February 18, 2021 the rear main seal failed and the car's oil completely blew out. Car had to be towed to dealer. The dealer found a plethora of problems - rear main seal was out, rear crankshaft seal leaking, bolts for the timing chain were broken, found excessive debris on screen of camshaft position actuator solenoid valves, cracked exhaust manifold. The vehicle was returned to us. Since then the vehicle the oil was changed every 3000 miles with synthetic oil. Each time the oil was 1.5 - 2 quarts low. Metal shavings are often found in the oil. The car emits a loud knocking noise upon each and every startup.

- Lisa W., Linden, US

problem #18

Mar 312022

Equinox 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

Car loses oil really quickly. Gives code p0013. Have replace vvt solenoids twice now.

- Shawn O., Indianapolis, US

problem #17

Mar 102022

Equinox LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,800 miles

Took vehicle into dealer for a knocking noise coming from the engine. No engine came on. I was advised that there was no oil in the engine. I would need piston rings, timing chain, gaskets, oil, oil filter for a cost of about $5,000. Repairs were made. Car seems to be running nice except for when stopped at lights, she doesn't idle very smoothly.

I see from other complaints on this site that my car isn't the only one having this problem. Funny the dealership didn't say anything about it.

- Susan P., Nekoosa, US

problem #16

May 082018

Equinox LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


My wife had been telling me she noticed the car was accelerating slowly and would even stall at times. I had been changing the oil regularly up to this point, but on the last change, only a couple of quarts drained out. Once I did the oil change, the car seemed to run normally again. After a month or so, I noticed the loss in power again, and it almost felt like the tyranny was slipping. I did some research and learned about the issues with excessive oil consumption and vvt solenoids. I checked the oil, and it was a little over a quart low. I also changed the vvt solenoid. The car ran great again. Since that time, I have consistently had to add around 2 quarts of oil between each oil change. It's quite annoying.

- Jeremiah V., Prince Frederick, MD, US

problem #15

Nov 012020

Equinox 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I bought a 2014 Chevy equinox used with only 123,000 miles on it and have had it for less than a year. In that time frame we have had major oil consumption issues with no leaks or signs just consuming the oil. I have had to have the intake completely cleaned and redone, exhaust manifold replaced and now it is throwing a P0011 code for the cam shaft/ timing chain. Again the mechanic said this is due to the oil consumption issues and said it is best to just replace with a used engine. I cannot afford that and I don’t understand why EVERY year is having recalls minus the 2014 even with all the complaints. Every forum I read this is the information I am discovering and people are having to replace their engines. Why isn’t Chevy addressing this issue???

- Holly D., Prineville, US

problem #14

Sep 132021

Equinox LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

Vehicle has been in shop 4 times for same problem. I bought an extended warranty and all they say is to keep adding oil. I have only had the vehicle 2 months and have 60 more payments. I feel like having it repossessed or something - theused vehicle dealership says it up to warranty company to fix but they trying to get out of it cheap.

- Steve S., Erie, US

problem #13

Dec 162019

Equinox Limited 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,813 miles

In December 2019 I was driving my 2014 Equinox and it was making some noise so I took it to the Tire Barn in Aitkin, lowa and behold it was way low on oil. So they put in a new timing chain, PVC, valve cover gasket well that maybe the same as the pvc, I don't know. Anyway since then my car has been using oil around 900 miles or less, I took it to Brandl in Aitkin and they suggested I do an oil consumption test, so I did. Well after about the 6th time they are why are we doing this and I said because you told me to. Well, they contacted GM and they said they will not do a recall on this, crazy as this is the same issue the 2010 and 2013 had problems with.

A little over a week ago I took it to the Tire Barn again cause the check engine light came on the they replace the Fuel Modular. Wow today the check engine light comes on and I took it back to the Tire Barn and now it says it may need Cadillac converter replaced, which is caused from oil dripping on it. I won't take it to a GM dealer because I feel they just blow you off. My Equinox only has around 141,000. it should last longer than this without all these expensive repairs. Will never buy another GM again.

GM - you need to recall the 2014 Equinox, and take care of your customers.

Patty Begordis, Aitkin MN

- Patricia B., Palisade, US

problem #12

Apr 112018

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,255 miles


GM claims that the engine oil consumption issue was corrected in the 2013's; however, I call B.S. because I am now adding as much as a quart every two weeks or 800 miles. (I commute 80-90 miles per day).

NEVER buy another GM product is the lesson here to the world.

Update from Jun 14, 2021: I have had to replace the catalytic converter 3 times out of pocket for this poorly engineered GM product.

- engineer21, Brenham, TX, US

problem #11

Jul 292019

Equinox LT2 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,453 miles

The excessive oil usage was not known until the timing chain starting to make noise. Ended up replacing the valves, chain, tensioner, gears, seals, bolts, gaskets, and paid for oil change. This car had oil changes every 3000 miles by the dealer. This was my wife's car and was never run hard. This was the first GM car that let me down. Neither GM nor the dealer did a damn thing for me. I ended up paying the full price for the repair.

After the repair it used a quart of oil every 600 miles. The dealer wanted another $2300.00 to replace the piston rings to stop oil burning. Keep in mind that the first the failure of timing chain was the direct result of oil consumption. They said keep your bills because GM would end up paying for the repairs because of all the pending lawsuits. Still waiting - nothing yet. The thing that makes mad is that my dealer knew the problem existed and never mentioned a work. They could have at least said to watch the oil level. They were the only ones that every changed my oil. DO NOT BUY A 2014 Equinox with 2.4 - they are junk.

- Randy B., Ossineke, US

problem #10

Feb 092021

Equinox LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,665 miles

Car has always used oil. Last time we went through oil in a week. No sign of leak. Now engine is locked up.

- Thomas B., Bremen, GA, US

problem #9

Jan 222021

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,390 miles

2.4L engine burned excessive oil and had a complete engine failure (lower end) at less than 84,000 miles.

- Tom D., Pewaukee, US

problem #8

Jan 252021


  • Manual transmission
  • 83,600 miles

My 2014 Chevy Equinox has had problems for a while. A month ago, I was driving to work and barely had any power when driving. When I came to a stop the car would lurch forward when the brake was completely pressed. Took it in and they cleaned the throttle body.

Well, today the same thing started happening again. This time the oil was completely empty. My car frequently needs extra oil so I check very regularly and just added a quart last week. Super scary when you can't stay stopped at stop lights and barely have the umph to get the car up to speed. Also was told that I had codes going off but absolutely NO lights came on the dash.

- danielleca10, Moorhead, US

problem #7

Feb 272020

Equinox LT 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,137 miles

Had the check engine light come on after having already fixed the solenoid valve sensor and the cam shaft sensor once before. Brought it to mechanic turned light off to check and checked oil usage as he heard something funny. Had to put in a full quart of oil after only having driven 950 miles since the last oil change. Was instructed if the light came on again to take it dealer for the fix, which was cam shaft sensor and told to start oil consumption study. Had to have a full oil change completed after just having one done and was told to take it back in at approximately 1,000 miles later to have dealer service people check it. That was today. They checked and it was yet again a full quart of oil low. Now have been instructed to do this again in the next 1,000 miles and if it is low again we will need new pistons and rings. This we were told would be a $2500 to $3100 fix. This is the exact problem that the 2010 to 2013 models have been recalled for. Why is this not a recall for 2014 models when they have the exact same engine? Something needs to be done ASAP.

- Krystle H., Saint Croix Falls, WI, US

problem #6

Oct 152019

Equinox LTZ

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

Okay, I have religiously been getting oil changes on my car which I now have to do seemingly once a month. Luckily the oil shop I go to will refill if I am getting close to low between the milage directions. First time I took it in for an oil change they said I was almost completely out. I was shocked, the lady explained that they constantly see this problem on the Chevy Equinox and that I should be happy its lasted this long. Which is infuriating. They need to recall the system and provide an appropriate refund to people.

- Skie P., Mclouth, US

problem #5

Nov 092019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

I have a 2014 Chevy Equinox that goes through so much oil I can barely afford to pay for it.

I have seen where there are class action lawsuits against GM but I don't know how to join them. Any ideas?

- Lee Ann C., Piedmont, SC, US

problem #4

Aug 032019

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,220 miles

The engine ran dry and seized on August 3rd. None of the sensors or check engine lights ever indicated the engine was low on oil. I have never missed an oil change and was unaware it was running low. I now am facing the purchase of a new engine and costly repairs of thousands of dollars. It wasn't until after the car died and I searched online did I see their are numerous similar complaints about this issue. GM needs to address this and cover the consumer's costs for repairs.

- auntchelle, Long Beach, US

problem #3

Jul 192018

Equinox LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

My 2014 Chevy Equinox stared stalling out; cutting off in middle of street. Took and had it put on the machine code said solenoid intake valve. I paid $274.00 because the warranty did not pay for it. It also burns oil. I just changed the oil last month and it is already down to 50%. Oil is suppose to be changed every 3,000 miles and I change it then. It should not be down 50% already.

- Mary M., Fayetteville, NC, US

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