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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,633 miles

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012016

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 900 miles


After a month of ownership and about 900 miles my new Equinox with V6 and AWD developed a howling noise when driving on rural roads at about 30-40 mph the howling stays with the car and can be heard on highways at 60 mph. The car has also developed a whining noise both of which General Motors claim are normal noises for this vehicle. GM calls this condition "driveline echo". to my knowledge the GMC terrain an identical vehicle does not have this problem. I personally had a 2013 with no problems and a friend had a 2014 with no problems. It appears the problem has started with the 2015 model year. GM acknowledges the problem why can't they be made to repair it?

- Holbrook, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012016


  • 15,000 miles
On October 1, my mother (passenger) and I were involved in a roll back accident at my apartment complex. I put the vehicle in park and exited the vehicle. I remained outside of the vehicle for 1-2 minutes. I returned to the driver's side, opened the door, and proceeded to enter the cabin. Upon opening the driver's door, the vehicle began to roll back, even though the car was in park. I was caught between the vehicle door, with half of my body/extremities (the right side) in the cabin, and my left extremities outside of the vehicle. I was dragged 10-15 feet. My mother was in the front passenger seat with her with safety belt. The vehicle hit an embankment (with a 6-7 foot drop) that leads to a gazebo that covers our mailing center. The rear of the vehicle crashed into the wooden fencing and the roof and columns of the gazebo. The front end was stuck in the embankment; the rear end crashed into the roof, but was suspended above a 6-7 foot drop. Police and firemen assessed the situation, and suspected that the incident may have happened as a result of a malfunctioning transmission and/or break system. No fault was determined in the incident.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182016


  • 16,000 miles
Car started smelling horrible anytime it was running, would make me and my kids physically sick breathing the air coming inside the daughter had pneumonia 4 months ago, and my husband had a severe case of pneumonia 2 weeks ago. Not to mention all the respiratory related problems in the last year the entire family has been having. Chevy would not look at my car, I called multiplke times telling them my car is so foul smelling I cant drive it anymore and its not a dead anmial because we searched every compartment there is....and they said its a dead mouse or animal and that warranty doesnt cover that so its not there problem..after over a week of me calling and having my husband (a certified mechanic) calling them non stop, they agreed to look at it..its not an animal it is just alot of mold that is growing all over the cars heating and air conditioning condenser system! and all this time its just been flowing mold bacteria into my vents! its summer I use A/C everyday if I am driving.... we've just been breathing it in for who knows how long...I bought this car 9 months ago brand new and now after only 16,000 miles its a breeding ground for mold inside my HVAC unit" I wont be able to get rid of that smell, and what about my seats or clothing or damage that has already been done from this mold and bacteria" they said GM will give me a rental for 5 days.....but parts will take up to 4 to even come in before they will even start fixing the "issue". my daughter is 2 years old and had pnemonia 2 times already.

- Alturas, CA, USA

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