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This iteration of the Equinox is spacious with a roomy rear seat and easy access. Ride and interior noise are improved. However, handling remains clumsy, even with electronic stability control. And, the body leans a lot in turns. The V6 offers adequate power, but sounds coarse and gets mediocre fuel economy. Curtain airbags were made standard for 2009 (they were previously an option).

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available in 2005, standard from 2006. ESC standard from 2007. Head protection air bags available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

This iteration of the Equinox is spacious with a roomy rear seat and easy access. Ride and interior noise are improved. However, handling remains clumsy, even with electronic stability control. And, the body leans a lot in turns. The V6 offers adequate power, but sounds coarse and gets mediocre fuel economy. Curtain airbags were made standard for 2009 (they were previously an option).

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.4-liter V6 (185 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (264 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Chevrolet Equinox owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“Headlight went out. Reading the book, I discovered the entire front of the car would have to be removed - some 10 to 12 screws. I took it to the dealer who did the job. Total cost to replace headlamp was $140.00”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“Both headlights leak water into them, blowing bulbs”

Jerry C., MI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.4-L V6)
Interior lights

“Cable inside drivers door to dash (many wires) broke half or more of the wires at flex point. They spliced the package and all electrical problems were fixed”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT Unsure)

“I had to replace 3 out of the four actuators for the door locks last week”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.6-L V6)

“Have had to replace the TPMS 3 times since purchase of the vehicle 6 years ago. NOT acceptable”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Service traction control”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“Cable chewed or damaged caused emission warning”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Rear wiper motor failed and it continues to send power to the wiper motor even after the car is off and key has been removed. This drains the battery. We replaced the motor and it failed a second time. The replacement was a factory replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Rear wiper would not go to Park position. The system keep trying until the battery was totally dead. A modern car with a dead battery is frustrating, can not open any door except driver's. The battery jumping procedure did not work. AAA was not a”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT Unsure)

“The design of the washer motor fuse is idiotic. Most often in the winter it blows its fuse which is not serviceable by the owner. So when I go in for an oil and lube, I tell them the fuse blew again. They always ask are holding it a long time, and the answer is no. I push it once or twice and if I get nothing I stop. Last time I was in they want to replace the motor. Oh ya now that it is out of warranty, and I have been complaining about it since I first purchased itl”

Robert L., WI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water leaked through to the back trunk area that houses the spare tire, every time it rained. Lot of water. filled halfway in a serious rain”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“The problem is the tires losing air pressure requiring by-weekly maintenance. Service station feels it is due to aluminum wheels oxidizing. Rims have been taken off ,cleaned, and sealed which helps temporarily. I would get rid of the car it is such a”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT Unsure)

“Was driving one day and thought I heard water sloshing around. When I pulled into a parking lot I checked the only place I could think water would be. The spare tire well was full of water. The liftgate seal had gone bad, not something I was expecting and annoying. Now I can assume it will probably rust”

Robert L., WI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“1. Rattles behind instrument panel 2. Air Fan blower noise of debris rattling and bearings 3. Drive train/ Brake "squeal" /ringing sound when cruising”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT Unsure)

“Very poor craftsmanship, poor design. Profit over engineering is very evident. Cheap materials used.throughout”

David A., IL (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Rougher roads cause suspension and body movement noise”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“I have had a rattle in the front end for a couple of years & no one can seem to find out what it is”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“CD player overheats after a few minutes of playing and freezes. Can't even get the CD out when frozen”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“No longer plays and CD remain stuck inside (don't eject)”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Simply stopped working”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“Simply stopped working”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

“All text information on the dash panel can not be read in daylight without parking under a bridge, overpass or shade tree. This also includes radio. Dealer said they can't do anything about it because all Equinox have the same problem”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Replaced EGR”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“It needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Have to replace the fuel cap every 12 to 14 months”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Fuel pump had to be replaced . Very expensive. 1400.00”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Sensor failed causing a fault code”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

“Regular wear”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

“After normal pad wear rotors required expensive replacement”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

“Rotors had to be replace at 65000 kms”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Check engine light came on”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“When first starting vehicle in extremely cold temperatures, the service AWD light will come on. The Differential Clutch Control Module had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Differential

“Related to AWD issue. Differential Clutch Control Module had to be replaced after AWD light will come on when starting car in extremely cold temperatures”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“spark wires”

John H., IL (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)

“2nd time a plug wire failed”

Gary B., OH (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“Locks don't lock completely or unlock completely”

David A., IL (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Tailgate won't stay up. Very heavy to lift. Hinges broken”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“@85,524 miles. Had Burnt/damage Exhaust Valve #5. Only indicator was flashing check engine light. Both cylinder heads rebuilt. Cost $2,500. Car was running great with no other indications leading up to flashing check engine light”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4-L V6)
Head gasket

“Heavy white smoke and exhaust that smelled like coolant”

Michael B., PA (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Required lubricants, serviced by dealer, solved issue forfew hundred dollars. Note Non dealer transmission "specialist"wanted to replace entire transmission”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4-L V6)
Rough shifting

“Going from 3 to fourth hesitation and then hits into gear with bang”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS Unsure)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“All four struts replaced at 100000kms due to noise and poor performance”

Peter M., ON (2008 Chevrolet Equinox)
Wheel bearings

“Rear wheel bearing wore our at 75000 miles”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The paint has started to peak off in spots leaving bare metal to rust”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Rust

“Premature rust under mirrors. Fixed twice under warranty. Paint pealing around rear window and rear wheel wells. Rust starting in these areas”

Peter M., ON (2008 Chevrolet Equinox)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

“Heater core went bad”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission was pulled, they discovered 3-5-REV Wave Plate damaged and housing damaged. Had to be towed, $2700 bill and 3 weeks at the dealership. Recently was contacted by GM offering reimbursement for repair cost”

Craig Y., KY (2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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