The Equinox splits the difference between small SUVs and midsized models. While nice and roomy inside, it's less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs, but burns as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models. The 3.6-liter engine supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but feels sluggish in routine driving with its unrefined and slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission doing it no favors.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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?
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

The Equinox splits the difference between small SUVs and midsized models. While nice and roomy inside, it's less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs, but burns as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models.

The 3.6-liter engine supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but feels sluggish in routine driving with its unrefined and slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission doing it no favors. At 18 mpg overall, fuel economy from the V6 falls short. Four-cylinder models have an overworked 2.4-liter engine, which returns 21 mpg. Handling and ride are decent, but ordinary.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (264 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Chevrolet Equinox owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"This engine continues to burn oil. Not sure if it is really a cylinder head issue but it sounds close enough"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption 1 qt per 1500; piston rings and cylinders replaced under warranty"

R H., MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil low on oil stick; no oil "puddles" on ground. Refilled with oil. Again oil low (very LOW) after a couple of months"

H C., SC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Took extra oil due to piston problem. There was recall on this problem"

Darwin W., WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light on intermittly, due to misfire. Dealer inspection revealed engine was full of fuel deposits/varnish. Replaced valves and other internal engine head components. During tear-down discovered that timing chain was worn and it was rep"

Anonymous, MB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the dealer service told us that the pistons were bad on this vehicle. Because we were still on extended warranty, they replaced the pistons and everything else connected to this issue, all at NO CHARGE"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Excessive oil consumption"

Robert R., OK (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Known problem with the 2010 2.4L engine requiring rebuild due to excessive oil consumption. Engine was rebuilt under warranty"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Used oil 3 to 5 quarts between oil changes. Depending on weather high speed or around city"

John S., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was some kind of recall on my particular engine. Chevy paid for the entire rebuild"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have pistons and rings replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine replacement at about 36,000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At approximately 82000 miles the dealer rebuilt the entire engine under a special warranty situation. Evidently certain engines from certain plants were defective and used oil excessively. They also preformed a complete coolant flush at no cost to me"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption.Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil consumption covered by warrenty"

Richard H., KS (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rebuilt engine because it was using alot of oil , at less than 3000 miles it wouldn't even show on the dipstick"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"covered by GM warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine rebuild due to warranty issue and failure at dealership that ignored multiple complains about engine. Had to take it another dealership to find what was wrong with car and get GM headquarters involved to resolve issue. Currently has recall on"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine started using extreme amounts of oil, then lost a piece off one valve. A service bulletin indicated it needed a ring job in addition to the valve, so the entire engine was replace instead"

Jim D., MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was replaced at 52000 miles due to internal wear ("zebra striping"). Engine replaced under warranty. At 102000 miles the rear main crankshaft seal failed dumping all of the oil. Engine was rebuilt and only has a few miles on it. After m"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil Consumption - involved multiple trips to dealer - resulted in replacing piston rings - covered by warranty and under recall notice"

Michael J., NH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Junk"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine: high oil use, rings and pistons had to be replaced under warranty. Radiator hose not properly reconnected at that time causing further breakdown 150 mi. from home. Towing and repair required. Dealer reimbursed all expense"

Michelle K., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have all four pistons replaced, started going though oil excessively shortly after water pump and chain replaced"

Jeffrey C., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"new engine after 1 yr"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Standard problem with this model year. Fully covered by GM"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excess oil burning between oil changes. Dealer replaced all 4 pistons and ring sets at no charge"

Tom N., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The warranty work done for the warranty replacement was when the car had 32,000 miles on it, a couple of years ago. The cylinders had been machined improperly and there was scoring in the walls. Needless to say it used oil, too much for a new car"

Judith W., CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine using oil, replaced pistons, rings, fuel pump, timing chain, idlers, etc. exhaust manifold also cracked"

Kevin S., NB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Burns Oil & Chevy can't seem to fix it"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption since new, full warranty replacement"

Steve T., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"New pistons and rings installed for excessive oil consumption. Is fine now"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption led to a rebuild where they also replaced the timing chain due to a bulletin for problems with it"

Mark B., IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When the high pressure fuel pump leaked fuel into the oil, causing the piston rings to seize, I was burning more than a quart of oil per 1000 miles. At one point between oil changes, almost all of the oil burned off causing major engine damage"

Michael N., IA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption. Chevrolet replaced pistons and rings."

David M., SC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine uses 3 quarts of oil between oil changes. Dealer says it will get worse. I've had this problem for years. When I mentioned to dealer, they said I should have said something before 120000 miles. I had 140000 miles on it at the time. I either have to spend 2500 to fix engine or live with it."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was consuming oil at very fast rate. I did some online research, and discovered that it was a recurring problem on 2010 Equinox. Brought to dealer for testing. After three visits to dealer, they agreed to rebuild engine at no charge to me because it was a GM design problem. Engine was out-of-warranty."

David G., NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was using a quart, or more, of oil every 1000 miles."

Timothy M., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Chevrolet changed the piston rings due to excess oil consumption at about 95,000 miles ; No Charge even though out of warranty."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"New Pistons, rings. and engine rebuild.....covered under my extended warranty."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hopefully you receivedthefirstpart of this response. Iammonitoring the oilagain. It appears the engine maybe using oil again."

Frank L., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was defective and was replaced by the dealer, but I still experienced problems and had to have the work done a second time by another repairman. The oil was leaking into the engine causing the car to perform poorly. The car finally stopped and I had to have it towed for repairs."

Doris H., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle was running fine, no warning lights or noises or indication there was a issue with the engine. Car would not start, towed to mechanic and are informed engire has no compression and is blown. Timing chain slipped and caused engine damage. GM/Chevrolet offered no assistnace. had private mechanic rebuild engine."

Brian W., TN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Car had the infamous oil consumption issue-- The oil didn't leak but would run dry within 6 weeks of regular use. Took to the dealership a couple of times for them to test the levels and then they replaced that part of the engine under warranty- of course they found another $600 issue while they were in there. Telltale sign of low oil was a very loud engine upon accelerating."

Sarah H., KS (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"excessive oil use almost engine rebuild"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"With only 162,000 one of the sensors came loose, oil leaked out and eventually overheated and destroyed the engine. Totally unacceptable."

Aaron M., AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine pistons replaced under extended warranty"

Paul W., OR (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rebuilt three times since I purchased it new. Problem with excessive oil consumption, then the same problem again and the final problem was the mechanic put something in wrong and it caused damage in the engine. All repair work covered by warranty"

Joanne R., MD (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"I thought this should have been covered by warranty but the chrvy people strongly refused"

Norbert T., WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"chain to water pump broke cause coolant tank to crack and car to over heat. GMC paid for everything except the pump and some parts"

William C., VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some kind of plastic thing to keep timing chain in proper tension failed and was repaired under warranty. Plastic thing, timing chain and whatever else were replaced"

Raymond T., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain and pistons needed replced"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"First timing belt replacedat about 48,000 miles by dealer warranty recall (with fuel pump). Second timing belt replaced at 108,250 miles. Cost $2,100. Excess oil consumption indicator light came on before at time of timing belt failure. Dealer refuse to address piston/rings issue until 1-quart of oil is lost every 2,000 miles driven. Must be monitored by authorized dealer"

Stephen P., GA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain had to be replaced prematurely at about 80000 miles instead of the expected 100000. It was replaced under power train warranty at no charge to me"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing chain broke while driving. Had the car towed to the dealer who replaced the timing chain"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain replaced under recall. Completed in conjunction with eng overhaul"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a problem with the timing chain tensioner, it was making noise that should not be there. Engine had to be torn down and item replaced, covered by manufacturer's warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Engine trouble light. Dealer analysis indicated camshaft replacement required. Also found timing chain guides were broken. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"oil consumption"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"factory recall, car was using oil"

Will W., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Well know issue with this engine. It burns oil excessively and results in timing chain guide failures. Caused engine to stop unexpectedly. Covered by extended manufacturer's warranty for this specific issue. Must check oil every 1,000 miles"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain failed. Bolt broken damaged engine block. Replacing engine as I write this"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"factory recall"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told this is a common problem with these engines and that it would likely return in 60-70k miles. It is a design problem. This is from the dealer!"

Jeffrey S., WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"This may be related to the previous problem"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel leaked into the oil through the fuel pump resulting in the timing gear, fuel pump, and water pump replacement"

Mike K., MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"recall for timing chain parts"

Wayne M., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My "check engine" light came on and the engine was running rough when the car was first started. The time/balance chains were stretched/rattling. Timing chain guide was broken"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt replaced due to warning after check engine light came on"

Anne G., VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This car is a piece of crap has been since 3,000 miles Chevrolet WILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT replaced timing chain Nov '13 needs to be replaced again Numerous recalls on numerous things Has been burning oil since 2,000 miles just waiting for it to blow up"

Denise C., PA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox)

"timing chain guide partially broke off causing clatter when running.Repaired under recall/warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear in this area caused a noisy engine condition. There was no formal recall, but GM issued a letter extending the warranty for this issue to 125,000 miles. Dealer repaired at no charge to me"

Robert R., OK (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"loose timing chain due to using brass connectors, that allowed chain to stretch. this caused other problem,"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light came on and the mechanic said that the vehicle low oil had damaged the timing belt/chain. The vehicle was down 5 days to make the necessary repairs (which were covered by GM under warranty)"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"was worn, as noted earlier. Mechanics noted that this could be due to the build up of fuel deposits inside engine"

Anonymous, MB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy engine, would soon fail"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain had to be replaced after check engine light came on. Engine was pinging/knocking prior to chain replacement"

Stephen O., MD (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing chain was replaced after approx 40000 Km. I don't understand how this is possible since I have had cars with original chains after 300000 Km. GM did cover the cost to replace including the high pressure fuel pump"

Luigi M., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would run but with a strange noise. Took it to dealer and they said it was timing chain. Thank god I heard a noise because if I didn't it probably would've been too late. Would've have needed an engine rebuild according to dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing chain has been replaced 3 times within the last 12 months due to stretching, and low-oil problems. In one case, the tension spring broke in two creating debris that damaged other areas"

Michael N., IA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Known engine problem with recall notice"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"timing belt, water pump, thermostat and radiator had to be replaced three times within 2 year period."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had this issue since buying it. We noticed the noise immediately and the engine oil was always black. We had to go back into our records in order to find out that this was a warranted item as we reported it way back in the day when we complained about the noise."

Aaron M., AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A water pump chain failed causing overheating. The vehicle could not be driven. GM did cover it all, even though it was not under warranty."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Idiot light came on. Dealer diagnostics showed timing chain needed replacing. Cost $1300. Not sure I trusted the dealer."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not the first problem we had with timing chain issues on this vehicle."

Jeffrey M., IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine light on due to a stretched timing chain slow engine response"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission needed replace at 60,000. Recall on fuel pump lead to timing chain problem led to engine going KAPOW at 90,000. Jim Butler Chevrolet did nothing to help."

Daniel W., MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Variable Valve timing solenoids replaced. Timing chain replaced"

R H., MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The AC compressor need to be replaced at a cost of $1500.00"

Mark C., MA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It has burned out and I have no A/C. Replacement is not practical, given the age of the car"

W C., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Sorry...This was a condenser issue, not a compressor"

Douglas D., KS (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Makes a whining sound, doesn't cool"

Michael S., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"A/c failure are 41000 miles, costing $ 700....way to early to repair...major quality issue, which Chev would not cover"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"AC wouldn't work, but fan did. Repaired at dealership. Not covered under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer could not properly diagnose. First replaced the condenser and then the compressor. Or vice versa. Total cost was over $2200. No warranty"

David P., AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"I AC unit was not cooling, after 2 visits to the mechanic they found it was the compressor and all work was done under warranty"

Judith W., CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A/CWENT OUT. A/C REPLACED AND LEAKS FREON EVER SINCE. DEALER CAN NOT SEEM TO GET IT FIXED"

William S., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor has failed three times, first time under warentery, second and third time partly covered because of so little time between breakdowns. I am still out about $2200 out of pocket costs"

Preston C., CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"AC compressor is working but is noisy"

Neal P., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor leaks x 2"

John L., WA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace the compressor and have system recharged"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"It doesn't control anything In winter, there is no heat unless you turn the control to the maximum. The car can be cold in winter and hot in summer"

W C., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"The "heater door" control fell apart. New one required"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Loud knocking noise when using fan"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Was told the condenser had a leak. it was replaced late in the fall. In the spring I had ZERO a/c. and poor heat throughout the winter months"

Joel F., AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Developed leaks in the condenser and connecting hose"

James K., FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"During the summer o 2014, the air-conditioning was not working and the system was only blowing warm air. The dealer found that the condenser was broken and the anti-freeze had leaked out. This was covered under warranty. The car had less than 50,0"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous answer"

David P., AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"AC failed while on vacation..car had 37000 miles at the time. repair cost $1000"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a hole in it. Because of the location of the hole it was probably from something flying up and hitting it"

Richard H., IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"Mechanic discovered problem when I took car in for oil change and engine inspection."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The condenser simply rusted out causing loss of refrigerant and therefore no air-conditioning."

Raymond M., MA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Due to the placement of the condenser, it is vulnerable to road debris. This is what happened to mine. Apparently, rock[s] or stick[s] punctured the condenser causing the freon to leak out and the A/C to stop working."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Air always blowing on wndsield,could not change direction of air flow"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heated seat on the driver side stopped working"

Denys L., CO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Error code comes on dash - Dealership cannot figure out the problem"

Vern D., WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater Core failed. 1200.00 repair. Required removing whole dash. Only 5 year old car"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"heat door does not operate properly, causing no hot air and poor air conditioning. Chevy is aware of the problem yet refuses to do anything about it...over $1000 to correct"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a failure of some little door thing under the dash that was part of the climate control system. Not sure what to call it"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Climate control changes from warm to cold after the engine warms up and the air diverter in the dash is constantly slapping open and shut. Heat is either on hottest or air conditioning no in between"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The heater stopped working in the middle of the coldest week this winter. It was some sensor or computer relay that malfunctioned. I have another sensor malfunctioning periodically and had similar issues with my Buick."

Anonymous, ME (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"No air coming through the defroster or upper vents. All air through the floor."

Anonymous, MB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Car stopped cooling, took it to the dealer who said that it was the compressor and replaced, four weeks later it stopped cooling. At this time they claimed it was the condenser had a leak. I believe it was the problem to began with but I could not"

John L., KY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle should not have this problem on a 5 year old vehicle"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Took the dealer three service visits to correct the problem"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"The refrigerant holding tank cracked and all fluid was leaked out"

Carole O., NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"SEVERAL LEAKS FIXED AND STILL LEAKS"

William S., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"That was discovered by mechanic when he was changing the oil and doing the engine inspection. That led to finding out that car needed a new condenser."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission need to be completely rebuilt"

Mark C., MA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At around 45000 miles the transmission started slipping and sometime shifting erratically. Then it got to where it did not want to go into reverse gear. Took it to Chevy dealer and they tore it down and determined that one of the major parts had cracked, which caused failures in gears 3-5-R. Transmission was partially rebuilt and the TCM was replaced. GM paid about half of the cost under 'good will' warranty and I paid around $1000"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission needed to be replaced less than two weeks after scheduled transmission maintenance at GM dealership was completed"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had my transmission go out at about 70,000 miles. It was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Drive plate cracked and pieces got stuck in certain gears. Had to use my extended warranty for this rebuild"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a recall for transmissions needed on this vehicle but Chevy refused to do anything about it. They were contacted several times. Spent over $3,000 on rebuilt of this last year"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.0-L V6)

"DEALER SAID IT NEEDED REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It went out and we had to have it rebuilt. The cost was around $4000"

Julie K., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was slipping gears, I believe they rebuilt, not sure if they replaced. Can't remember . All the work was covered"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"On the way to work one morning the car started decelerating. The transmission would only go into first gear and I had trouble getting off the freeway because it would only go about 30 mph"

George G., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"En route to a distant destination, the transmission went out. we were stranded, had to be towed 15 mi. to nearest dealer. 3 weeks out of our 5 yr. warranty. In the shop now 2 weeks!! Waiting for GM replacement transmission to arrive"

Michelle K., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had to be replaced and the "manual" transmission feature failed to operate at all"

Glenn O., VT (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"On a short trip car stalled compltley 30 miles from home. Drove it home @ 30 MPH. Had to have it towed to dealer next day"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission was replaced by dealer under warranty. There was no cost to me"

Leonard N., CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Original transmission was slipping. It was replaced with a rebuilt transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Total failure due to broken wave plate in the transmission"

Terrence C., IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Could not maintain speed on highway......losing speed and had to get serviced overnight for a cracked transmission plate. Used my extended warranty which is good up to 120000."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Traveling on a four lane highway with three small grand children. Slowed down for traffic and attempted to gain speed as travel cleared. The transmission froze and would not engage in any gear. Fortunately I was able to turn onto a side street. Had to call family to have the terrified children picked up and have the car towed."

Frank L., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"110,000 miles on the car, just had the engine worked on 6 months ago due to the oil consumption issue-- and the transmission dies. Dealership told us this is very common in these vehicles. Wish we had known that-- we were planning on this car lasting us several more years and replacing our other car which is 10 years older. Instead, since the cost to replace the transmission was almost as much as the car, we opted to replace. Hoping the older car (a Honda) will hold out for a few more months. The dealer did give us $1100 for the dead CHEVROLET so they could take it to auction, so there's that. Overall, was very disappointed that this car, which felt so luxurious, turned out to be a bit of a lemon."

Sarah H., KS (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Without warning the transmission seized and the vehicle was immediately immobilized."

Mark B., OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"metal pieces in transmission"

Anonymous, AL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"3,5, R wave plate failure requiring transmission rebuild"

Paul W., OR (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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)

"catalytic converter failed"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"the light kept coming on and they fixed it but it was not fixed"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Motor powered down and I had to take it in. The repair was 800 and I never did get satisfactory answer of what was wrong"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"recall on the exhaust system"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Recalled, computer issue, dealer corrected"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Emission was recall and fixed? Engine burns oil always returning to dealer for compression test travel 65 miles round trip 800/1000 mile check nothing in it for me Disappointed very much with dealer and or GM"

G L., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"warranty recall work after 36,000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace both catalytic converters, and we must pass an emissions test in order to drive our car in the area we live"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"My husband replaced the sensors and the gas cap."

Anonymous, SC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Recall on fuel system, engine ran very rough"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the two weren't working correctly and there was a Recall by Chevrolet to fix it"

Douglas D., KS (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"No known problem Car was taken to dealer because of a recall. They determined a new fuel pump was needed"

Thomas B., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced with engine rebuild"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pump replaced under warranty when it failed"

Anne G., VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"FUEL PUMPED REPLACED 39,000. CAR IS A PIECE OF CRAP CHEVROLET WILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT NUMEROUS RECALLS DRIVING IT TILL IT BLOWS UP"

Denise C., PA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Fuel pump leaked gas into oil reservoir. Repaired under recall/warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Caused check engine light and codes"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine trouble light would clear intermittently"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car hesitating and stalling with engine light coming on"

Andrew J., NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It needed replacement as the car wasn't running smoothly. Runs fine now."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Got a check engine light. Mechanic determined it was the sensor. Fixed it, but still had trouble. Ended up in the shop for 3 weeks, and the whole engine was cleaned due to gunk build up on the heads, due to increased oil consumption."

Cindy C., CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"poor engine performance, no charge service"

Will W., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"We will see now that it is getting warmer,but used all grades of fuel still knock dealer at the time said it was fuel related (station do not have right fuel) my reply (all of them?) There answer was yes. No longer go to that dealer"

John S., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Severe ping, due to clogged filters. I relied on the in-car oil change warning system, which recommended 7000 miles between changes. Chevy has now modified the program, 3000 mile change suggested. But blamed me for the problem"

Stanley A., PA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car consumes oil. Now we are down 1 1/2 quarts per 1000 miles"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"chevy 4 cylinder know problem"

David M., FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle needs oil every 1000-1500 miles and they cannot find the reason"

Terry S., NJ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Warm engine would ping when going up hills and under load"

Stephen O., MD (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Uses oil - doesn't leak any, but after a 3-4,000 miles the vehicle is down 3-4 quarts. No warning lights, wife just notices that the motor is starting to ping. This has happened the last three oil changes"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was having a problem with a seal that failed in cold weather had to be replaced, the vehicle would shut down while driving"

Luis O., NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine cont'd to run after turning off. After "repair" engine surges. Dealership says not noticeable. Must be deaf!"

Carol E., OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine smells like its burning oil. I changed to synthetic oil I had constant leaks dealer performed a oil USge test with regular oil which resulted in no leaks. Engine continues to run rough and knocks and smells like burning oil after new oil"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"internal fuel leak into the engine cylinders"

Vern D., WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on and diagnosis revealed gas leaking into the engine from the fuel pump. Repairs included replacing timing chain and fuel pump. While the check engine light was on the engine operated normally"

Luigi M., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Engine is burning oil. Possible leakage in gaskets. Currently monitoring"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I found out my car burns excessive oil only when I took my car in for a very loud noise when I started it. It sounded like a lawnmower. I had 53% left before I was to change oil according to my car system, however, it was down three quarts. I was then told there was a technical issue related to this very problem. I took it to the dealer and they are now monitoring the oil consumption to see if there is a problem"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car service on this model is difficult. In the only three cases where I had it serviced by other than Chevy dealer (Mavis) it came back with bad filter seal and leaks. Mavis did an especially poor job"

Robert K., NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"From my stall issue, the dealership replace some parts inside my engine, only to cause oil to be burn inside. Since it's one quart for every 1000 miles, chevy refuses to fix the problem"

Phillip F., CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to engine rebuild. Not sure which category to use."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine using a huge amount of oil. ( 2 litres per tank of fuel) Was repaired under a secret extended warranty after complaints made to dealership"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil was burned or leaked so I needed to replenish periodically. It was corrected free due to a recall. No problems since."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This model year is notorious for burning oil - it's less of a leak and more of a problem with it burning oil. Unfortunately, my car was just under the limit set by Chevrolet for a free fix. So we continue to check the oil weekly and add constantly."

Anonymous, MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"engine check light DTC / ENGINE CATALYST LOW EFFICIENCY had to replace RH side catalytic converter"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light lit and finally had to replace catalytic converter. Was done under warranty but still time consuming and worrying"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"Catalytic converter caused "check engine" light. Fortunately, $1300 replacement was covered under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The left bank catalytic converter failed and had to be replaced."

Irvin S., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"When I took the car to have the exhaust manifold repaired, I was told the catalytic converter needed replacing. I can only rely on the mechanic's word on this,"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox)
Exhaust leaks

"Vehicle required replacement of exhaust pipes due to a leak. However, I believe the pipes were damaged by a road hazard which caused the failure over time due to corrosion"

Roger H., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I can hear noise of leak so reported it to mechanic. He said leak was not dangerous. Exhaust system is in only two parts so the cost of replacement was extremely high. I plan to replace the car soon so did not fix"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Garage parked entire life and still had muffler fail"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Resonator developed a split seam leak. Exhaust became louder and resonator needed replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A serious caustic smell permeated the passenger compartment. It was diagnosed as a cracked exhaust manifold."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"The exhaust manifold cracked and had to be replaced, covered by manufacturer's warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Cracked manifold resulted in exhaust leaks and noise upon starting in the morning. Cost $500 to replace at the dealer. Not covered by any warranty still in effect"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"exhaust manifold cracked and leaking and ha to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The exhaust manifold keeps cracking. This is the third one on the car, and the current one cracked within 10,000 miles. It is costly to replace"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust manifold was cracked and needed two sensors replaced. Perhaps the manifold was compromised when they replaced the engine back in 2012. In 2012 the GM dealership conducted an Oil Consumption Test (at my request) and my Equinox was deemed an oil burner. They replaced the engine with a 2011 engine.....which subsequently consumed oil......since then, I add two quarts of oil in-between oil changes."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Over a period of 4 days the car went from quiet to noisy. The mechanic said the exhaust manifold had completely broken in two."

Anonymous, MA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox)
Muffler

"the first muffler has leaks in the side"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked, would cost $1000 dollars at dealer"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The muffler developed a leak along the seam."

Anonymous, KY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"had a crack in the pipe"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak in a pipe that mechanic did a fix to."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera stopped working"

Glenn O., VT (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"The CD player/radio would not display the correct time and would not start playing the CD at the point where the vehicle was last turned off. This was fixed by replacing the radio/CD unit"

Roger H., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Display screen goes white sometimes when weather is hot inside car. It seems to be totally heat related. Everything still works just can't read screen"

Jerry E., FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Started the car and the display was blank. I thought the radio was dead, but simply turning off the car and turning it back on solved the problem. It has not happened again"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Have not been able to have an iPad connection issue resolved. The audio book that I'm listening to when connected to the vehicle switches from am/fm radio to the book every couple of minutes. As a result, I listen on the iPads speaker"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation upgraded and link to On Star has not worked for past 4-years. Repeated attempts to upload by car nav system have failed. Chevy dealer could not get system operating properly"

Stephen P., GA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The nav system would never "remember" anything. It would always default to Washington DC (which is not where I live) and the clock always reverted to Greenwich Mean Time. The radio always reverted back to the last FM station (not XM). Recall fixed al"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have whole radio/nav system replaced due to inability of old unit's software to retain settings and information"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"When I entered a destination it would work just fine. Then if I turned of the ignition for more than 10 minutes, the destination point was gone so I had to re-enter the destination and it would work again until the engine was shut down again"

Richard H., IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The Bluetooth function totally failed - inoperable"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"It wasn't remembering the programed stations and everytime I started the car I had to reset the stations"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio would not recall the stations or CD that was playing when the vehicle was turned on after being turned off and the clock on the radio would not keep time. Minor but annoying. Replaced the radio"

Roger H., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The AM band started making a lot more static noise on the various channels I listen to"

Neal P., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace unit due to inability to retain prior settings"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"There appears to be a short in the system"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio will start to mimic the horn blasting, will also mimic what seems like the doors locking and unlocking. It is so loud and sometimes when I shut the engine off and open the door the BLASTS continue. I have taken it to 2 separate dealers and they say in is the computer and really nothing they can do about fixing it."

Anonymous, KY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Speakers

"The speaker quality is extremely bad. Less than a year after vehicle purchase, performance of all four speakers deteriorated rapidly. Listening to spoken words became like listening to Charlie Brown's mother, and music quality was terrible"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chipped off the rear hatch, causing a rust spot"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I thought that by buying the extended warranty beyond five years would take care of the chipped paint and rust, but was told that's not covered. I will not get any extended warranties again on any new cars"

Denis D., WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"tailgate under window rusting"

Thomas H., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Rust on bottom of doors. Recalled for repairs"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At least two factory recalls involving rust in bottom of doors and me thinks in area of front fenders"

Raymond T., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bottom door lips were rusting. This has been addressed by GM and the repairs were done free of charge by the dealership"

Ernest H., MB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both lower front fenders behind wheel"

Gary F., NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on the inside of the driver door and spreading into front fender"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Three of the four doors had rust forming at the lower inside edge. This occured at 80000 miles and approximately three years. GM covered half of the expense. Six months later all three doors are showing signs of rust again. Dealer said they could"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust through developing in door wells"

Manske S., MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"The bottoms of the doors were rusting on the interior side. It was fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, SD (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"The paint is chipping off and rust is appearing on the inside lower edge of the driver's side door in particular. The other doors on the inside bottom portion are starting to chip off"

Denis D., WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"bottom of each door rusted, tailgate near window rusted"

Thomas H., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust along inside bottom sill of all doors. Repaired under warranty"

Dainna D., ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There are two spots on the trunk where the paint has come out. There are other areas where the paint is intact but the corrosion product is shown."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Abs failed because of wheel joint failure"

Carol B., NJ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS light came on,..took to dealer, bad censor and bad bearing at a cost of $1000"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"At 51,730 miles the master cylinder and booster pump failed. Both had to be replaced"

Howard M., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace but still has problem when it rains. Had been to repair atleast 5 times no complete resolution"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake pads worn thin. 80000miles on car"

Jerry E., FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"wearing of brake pads"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The original pads were replaced after 95,000 miles. Is this reasonable wear?"

D H., NY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I was surprised when I had to replace the brakes in a 6 year old Equinox"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Front in fair shape when purchased and 20,000 mi later are shot"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature failure at less than 30,000km; replaced with aftermarket upgrade. GM would not pay even though there were 12 bulletins to dealer service about a problem"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"I still have a problem. When I back-up my suv still squeaks.I will have it inspected next week, again"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes need to be cleaned to eliminate squealing. First time no charge. 20,000 km later needed to be cleaned again for a cost of $130"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Body control module

"Couldn't change the fan output from heat to air conditioning"

Mike K., MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"Clock display goes on and aol you cannot get it to come back on when it goes of. It does that on its own"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I had to have the rear turn signal bulb replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"burnt back brake light bulb"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heated drivers seat malfunctioned ; new part required for the eat at cost of $360 (parts & labor at dealer). One day required for delivery of part, one day for installation"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Both keyless entry fobs failed within days of each other, dealer rep claimed they were damaged by user - poor design, ultimately replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Replaced a failed tire pressure monitor. I bought the part at a parts store and I, had a 'shop' try to install it. They could not program it, and so they installed their own pressure monitor that they could program. for the same price I purchased mine. After they installed it, the vehicle computer said that the tire monitor system was not working. I ended up taking it to the dealer, where they initially offered to reprogram it for free (walk around the vehicle with a hand held devise). It did not work. They eventually, after much consulting, took it the third level(?) of rebooting the computer before it was fixed."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery went out in one of my tire monitors, leading to a warning screen every time I started up the car. It was a $90 fix, so not terribly expensive, but just one more day without my car. Overall, this vehicle has been in the shop for more maintenance than any other vehicle I have owned - and I owned my last two vehicles longer than I've had this one."

Anonymous, MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"i ended up replacing all 4 monitors. 1 at a time, for the past 18 months, they went."

Stanley H., SK (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"wipers failed while driving on highway in heavy rain. Required full replacement of wiper system at over $500"

Kevin S., NB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side wiper blade flew off windshield getting caught in sidemirror due to wind gust causing wiper motor to burn out."

R H., MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"wiper linkage failure"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alignment

"From year 2 (have owned it for 8 years now) it seems it is always out of alignment - pulls. Have had it looked out, new Michelin tires, new Goodyear tires and still no resolve. Dealer and Goodyear Tire Center cannot help - 'you will just have to live with it."

Anonymous, KY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Hubs went bad. Had to take back to dealer."

Anonymous, SC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Stopped at dealer to report noise when turning wheels while stopped. told it was normal. months later i needed to have it replaced after the warranty had expired. they refunded me half the cost"

Joel F., AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Power Steering Hose failed causing major power steering fluid leak."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"At 84,000 miles strut bears failed, dealer found a factory connection not welded correctly when car was built in 2010"

Harry R., OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"strut bracket broke"

Anonymous, WY (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Needed replacement, was causing problems with the cars ride"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"One of the CV joints made clicking sound when turning. dealer replaced complete drive axel and discovered another front end part bad and replaced it."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Had the passenger side bearing replaced 5 months ago by GMC dealer. I think I hear it going out again same side"

Jim S., LA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We had the bearing replaced on the rear. Mechanic stated he has had to do this for several Equinox"

Ally B., IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.0-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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The battery leaked and started corroding the areas around it. This as happened as soon as we moved from Boston to Houston in peak summer"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The cable end fell apart because of a leak in the battery and corrosion destroyed the cable"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The original battery failed after 6 years and was replaced"

Don P., MO (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery failed to hold a charge after about 8 months and the retailer I obtained it from replaced it free of charge"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced original battery after 59 months"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery failed over the winter while parked in garage"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery failed. Replaced it"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"The battery leaked and started corroding the cables and the chevy service center recommended that I change that also or it will spread further down the line"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"1 coil quick working without signaling a problem which caused a catalytic converter to go bad"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"Randomly does not work without using key fob"

Anonymous, MB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Roof rack seal failed causing an interior water leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"Leak in the roof body/frame resulted in accumulated water in the spare tire well, saturated carpets, and associated wet condition smell."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"the weather stripping on all the doors do not keep out the dirt, dust ect"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"the car rattles when ever we are not on a smooth road"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car brakes tend to be noisy"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The squeaks still occur, but have reduced. The squeaks seems to occur in the winter mostly. I had have the car into the dealer in the past and now use a private car repair shop."

Doris H., MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"the outside noises are loud in car"

Wayne M., IL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Cannot open the passenger door from the inside. It is not a warranted item. It is extremely dangerous and very inconvenient."

Aaron M., AB (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heat did not come out of the upper vents and it costs money to repair"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"leaked due to motor issues"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"Sunroof does not close properly leading to noise and possible water leaks"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"At 52,300 miles, the liftgate latch module failed and had to be replaced"

Howard M., TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"Rust developed along the top lip weld of tailgate and where the Chevrolet insignia attaches to the tailgate"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Driveshaft or axle

"Right drive shaft seal leaking at transfer case"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Throttle Body sensor went bad last month and was replaced. Ever since I purchase this vehicle it was stalling ramdomly. Had it checked out numerous times since with no success in fixing the stalling. But since the throttle body was replaced, its yet"

Phillip F., CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a loose electrical connection to the wheel hub that trips ESC and shuts it down. The problem is in the connector, not the system itself, but it brings the whole system down."

Mark B., OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

"work was done, real can't remember everything"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Transfer case blew apart without warning. Was covered under warranty"

Greg W., NC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"The transmission went out at about 81000 miles. It was repaired under warranty. No cost to me"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"When placed into manual mode I could no longer go up or down from the gear the transmission was in when the switch to manual mode was made ie if I clicked into manual mode when the car was in 4h gear I was unable to either increase or decrease from this gear. n 4th gear was unable to either group or down from this gear"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Manual gear selector on automatic transmission has failed"

John L., WA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"The vehicle did not change gears smoothly and in fact there were times while driving it would shift gears and totally slow down obviously becoming very dangerous. It ended up getting transmission rebuilt"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.0-L V6)

"original transmission was replaced with rebuilt transmission at dealership where I purchase it. Estimiate of work was $5100. I only paid out of pocket $1588 and GM paid the rest as a "Goodwill" gesture"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Small transmission leak; transmission rebuilt /upgraded under warranty"

R H., MN (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Replacing a water pump (failed with no warning) at 45000 miles is bad. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump was replaced twice in 1 year"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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