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9.7

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,670
Average Mileage:
69,700 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
  2. new main seal, engine pressure wash, all new oil (4 reports)
  3. replace engine (2 reports)
  4. replace rear main seal (1 reports)
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2017 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 122022

Equinox ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2017 Equinox with a known design defect that GM won't cover. Water collects in the air cleaner housing near the PCV hose. Once frozen it causes high pressure in the system blowing the rear seal. Clearly a design defect in ALL Equinox's. If you own one, and live in a cold climate, this issue WILL happen to you. GM is LYING when they say there isn't a TSB or knowledge about the issue. They know its an expensive fix and are avoiding it. Possibly if enough customers complain they will find the courage to do what is right.

Until then DO NOT BUY an Equinox!

- fixitdad, Wells, US

problem #13

Dec 272022

Equinox LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

WE HAD ONE DAY WHEN THE TEMPERATURES WENT DOWN 5 DEGREES. SHORTLY AFTER WHEN I WAS HELPING A FAMILY IN NEED THE ENGINE SHOWED SIGNS OF THE REAR SEAL GOING OUT. MY WIFE HAD THE SAME ISSUE WHEN SHE OWNED A CHEVY MALIBU. THIS WAS MY FIRST CHEVY AND WILL BE MY LAST.

THE GARAGE AT THIS POINT HAS NOT HAD OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE; BEING FAMILIAR WITH THE PROBLEM THEY ARE SAYING IT WILL BE $1,900 TO REPAIR,ASSUMING THE ENGINE HASN'T BEEN DESTROYED. I DID NOT TAKE IT TO A CHEVY GARAGE THE CAR IS STILL WAITING TO BE REPAIRED AS OF 1/3/23.

- William C., Riverside, US

problem #12

Dec 222022

Equinox LT 2.4L L4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,542 miles

When I was at a stop light on my way to work, I smelled something not pleasant. I thought it was the car's exhaust in front of me. Continued to drive to work when after I parked and got out of my car, I noticed a long trail of oil and a large puddle. Knowing the car probably didn't have any oil I wasn't about to drive it anywhere.

I had to have it towed to the Chevy dealership where I bought the car and had all my oil changes and needed services done. The inspection found the pcv system plugged up (froze) and blew the rear main seal which caused a major oil leak.

Of course, I did not have any extended warranty. Had just paid it off. The cost was over $2,800. I am a senior on SS and definitely did not need an expense like this. The service advisor said he has seen this with other Equinox's with NO recall from Chevy. I'm only guaranteed a two-year warranty on this happening again.

Will NOT be buying another Equinox or any other Chevy. This is not my first experience with an Equinox. I had a 2012 which was losing oil due to some ring problem. Fortunately, I was able to trade it in before anything happened and found out later there was a lawsuit due to the problem.

Shame on Chevy for not standing behind their vehicles when they know there is a problem!

- Jane K., New Berlin, WI, US

problem #11

Nov 202022

Equinox Premier 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,760 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

It was a Sunday morning very cold out, oil is gone, called to job from Bloomington, IL waited 3.5 hrs. called lady next door to me in Creve Coeur, IL to come pick me up. man who towed my car to his shop in Bloomington, IL. is still working on it so don't know the cost yet. Few tears back something happened to my 2013 Equinox LTZ 2.4. I'm very unhappy with Equinox SUV

- Richard W., Creve Coeur, US

problem #10

Dec 282022

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,332 miles

Noticed engine clatter stopped checked oil off the stick added about two and a half quarts drove approximately 1 mi to get more oil and was already down one more quart significant leak under engine between engine and transmission have yet to have it fixed but this is a common problem driven in cold weather and rear main seal blows recent Sub-Zero temperatures I'm assuming there are going to be numerous engine failures of this type. DESIGN DEFECT

- Lyle S., Pioneer, OH, US

problem #9

Dec 272022

Equinox LT V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I have a 2017 Chevy Equinox with only 78,000 miles. SUV started acting weird like it was choking for gas. Got home and a trail of oil in driveway & garage!! They found the PCV valve froze causing pressure buildup and the rear main seal blew !!!!! Every mechanic I called says this is a very common occurrence with this type of vehicle. Unacceptable, and GM can't figure it out. Shame on you for not doing a recall for this problem. I finally get to take it in tomorrow and from what I have heard the part itself costs 30-40 dollars.....BUT takes 10-12 hours to fix it!!! So I'm assuming around $1,500-2,000 to get it fixed. GM needs too do something about this.

Update from Jan 4, 2023: Finally got my 2017 Chevy Equinox back x yesterday. I had no vehicle for 5 days, due to the Holiday weekend. I can understand that. SOOOOO: Rear Main Seal $48.99 Total Labor $1700.96. I can't tell you how maddened I am with GM not doing anything about this COMMON problem !! Shame On You GM !!!!! I will not be buying or supporting GM anymore.

- Karen A., Two Rivers, US

problem #8

Mar 212021

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Coldest day of the year in Pittsburgh... It was only about 10 degrees, not terribly cold. Frozen PCV Valve cause late engine pressure. Checked oil at dipstick, and the oil shot out under high pressure. A large oil leak followed, with a blown rear main seal. Dealer shop tried to force trade in for new model. Never again buying GM, after being fanboy for decades.

- Danny F., Irwin, PA, US

problem #7

Feb 092022

Equinox LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I can't believe there hasn't been a recall for this problem since it seems to be an ongoing issue with these cars. Maybe some lawyer can get a class action suit so we can recover some of our cost.

- Michael K., Flat Rock, MI, US

problem #6

Dec 122019

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I bought the car in august of 2019. Broke down in December 2019. I was driving to work when it broke down on the highway, so we had it towed and the dealership said it was a blown rear main seal. The dang tow truck driver knew what was wrong because he said he’s picked up a bunch of Equinoxes that have the same issue. It drained all of the oil from the car but they claim it didn’t ruin the engine too much. They cleaned and replaced what they needed to and gave it back to me. The service tech was very short with his answer but basically said “we have seen all years of equinox’s come in with this issue.”

When at the same dealer, trying to trade in they said “oh bummer, Equinox is usually really good. You must’ve got a lemon. This isn’t good for GM or us.” The car was then back in the shop every week in February for issues related to the initial breaking down that the service techs screwed up. Currently still driving as I’m looking for a new car, but it doesn’t drive as good as it used to. I will not buy another Equinox in my life.

- samiel, Watertown, US

problem #5

Feb 172021

Equinox 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,849 miles

I should NOT have a $1000.00 repair bill on a car with less the 65,000 miles... Also on other forums, I am seeing that this is a big issue with the Chevy Equinox. Why hasn't there been a recall??

- Michelle N., Carlisle, US

problem #4

Jan 012021

Equinox

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,750 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A cold week, driving down the road and all the oil drained out of the engine. Luckily we made to our driveway. Taken to GM dealership, and they determined the PVC valve malfunctioned and blew the rear main seal. The dealership said they have seen the same thing from other Equinox's. No warranty extension on the 2017 model. Called the GM line and was politely told not covered by recall or warranty.

This problem was known in 2015 and GM didn't fix it. Not happy!

See:

https://www.terrainforum.net/threads/gm-service-bulletin-14882-blocked-pcv-valve-causing-rear-main-seal-failure.10865/

- Duane B., Omer, MI, US

problem #3

Dec 182020

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I bought this car for my wife 2 years ago for reliable transportation. A very cold winter day in upstate NY. She got about 5 miles into a trip to visit family, and the car suddenly began to shake and slow down, so she immediately pulled over. She shut it off quickly and called me. Sounded to me like it ran out of oil? But I had just checked it the other day.

I rushed the 40 miles from work to where she had stopped. No oil on the dipstick but plenty under the car and in the road. I opened the filler cap, had her start it and oil blew all over. Plugged PVC? I put 4 1/2 quarts of fresh oil in it, and drove it back to my shop. I put it on the lift and saw oil coming out from between the engine and the trans. Rear main seal blown out?

I googled it and found this site. I have always driven GM cars only and have worked on them extensively. I have never heard of a PVC valve freezing in cold weather. Never. I now have to replace the seal myself. Merry Christmas I've smiled thru rusted fuel and brake lines, and welded cracked truck frames and fixed rotted rockers on 2 yr old trucks, all the time defending GM. I'm running out of patience. GM needs to own this issue and make it right in my opinion.

- Kevin B., Gainesville, NY, US

problem #2

Jan 222020

Equinox LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

They said PVC value was clogged causing a rear man seal to blown...oil spewed all over the road and needed to have it towed. I was on my way to drill so I was late for formation so I was "awarded additional work". Dealership said this is second card in as many weeks to have this issue. Hope for a recall to recoup my money as I have always been a big Chevy fan. Repairs cost over 2k total. I have never been so disappointed in a car before.

Side note- it was below freezing the day it happend ( same issue as another person had)

- Blake B., Coleman, US

problem #1

Dec 042018

Equinox LTX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

I'm devastated that my 2017 Chevy Equinox with 72k miles, had blew the rear main seal. It had been parked for 3 days while I was out on travel. I live in a cold climate, but on my way home from the airport which was an hour away, the rear main seal blew. spewed oil all over my engine. Now I'm stuck paying for a new engine. How can this happen with a practically new vehicle? In researching the issue now, it seems that this is an issue for people who live in cold climate areas. I live in Northern Minnesota. Chevrolet should warn people before purchasing vehicles if they cant withstand a harsh Minnesota winter. I wouldn't have purchased the vehicle knowing this.

- Jackie W., Walker, MN, US

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