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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.
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?
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 2011 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

“cracked valve on No.2 cyclinder”

Joseph C., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Failed Chevrolet's oil consumption test. It was using about 1 quart of oil per 1500 miles”

Bill S., OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“pistons were machined to small so we were loosing oil. Had new pistons installed”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine oil low by 2 quarts each of the past three oil changes. Service folks confirmed that pistons, rings and cam shaft need to be replaced. Glad the warranty was for 60K miles”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“High oil consumption (>4 quarts in 6200 miles), so new gaskets, tensioner, chain, pistons, rings, etc. Next fuel in oil so new high pressure fuel pump; Next fuel in oil again (two bad cylinders) so new head, valves, gaskets, etc”

Tim M., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

“We have had this car "fixed" three times...thank goodness it's still under warranty! Factory ordered oil test showed the engine noise was a result of heavy oil use and pistons were replaced as well as head gaskets”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine was self destructing within. An oil analyzing lab. tested the oil and found huge abnormal amounts of numerous different metal particles in the oil”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“engine was burning oil from new.2 to 4 quarts between oil changes. dealer kept giving me run around, this is normal ! they replaced almost everything in engine. the 4 cylinder is a lemon”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“My vehicle developed the oil consumption problem resulting from defective engine parts. GM rebuilt the engine under warranty without any problem and replaced almost everything but the cam shaft and engine block. I have had no problems with engine since”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall from GM, engine was rebuilt”

Kevin R., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Burning oil at a excessive rate. Had to replace pistons & rings. Fortunately was covered under warranty”

George E., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption. Pistons and rings had to be replaced. Latest is camshaft position solenoid failed”

Rick S., OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption led to rebuild of entire engine. Covered by extended manufacturers warranty”

Joseph L., WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pistons, rings, timing & balance chains and high pressure fuel pump all had to be replaced due to excessive oil consumption”

Randy W., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“o?leak of the head gasket”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Ghis problem was related to engine rebuild discussed earlier”

Joseph L., WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“The chrome on the rollers of the balance chain is coming off. GM has supplied an extended warranty due to this problem. I had the oil analyzed and my engine shows excessive chrome in the oil”

Randy W., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle makes loud whining noise when started. Dealer replaced timing chain and other related items. Was under warranty. Apparently a common problem with the 4 cylinder engine”

Vincent P., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car totally lost power on the freeway with very little warning”

Janice P., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced time gears and chain do to recalll”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud engine rattle at idle. Ran rough. Poor gas mileage. Dealer replaced 3 timing chains, tensioners, chain guides, etc at 32,000 miles. Soon thereafter, problem came back. Dealer replaced water pump chain. Now is using 1 qt oil every 1,000 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had cylinder misfire. Engine was also running roughly. Replaced timing chain under recall at dealer. Understand this is a systemic issue with 4-cylinder Equinoxes”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The timing chain was very noisy and a known problem area in this engine. Dealer refused to replace until I used a lot of pressure and used the abnormal engine oil lab. analyst”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both timing chain and cam chain had to be replaced at approximately 20000 miles”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Timing chain problem was noted in a Chevrolet notice and to be addressed when certain noises were noted. The repair was done under warrenty at no cost to me. The repair was done in one day”

Walter B., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had both timing chains replaced in the last 2years. I am experiencing more engine noise again”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure Unsure)

“Failure of both camshaft sensors. The engine would not stay running”

Franklin R., NE (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“82000 miles timing chain failed with catastrophic destruction of 4 cylinder engine”

John D., MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer said it was a common issue for the timing chain guide to break. Engine is still using oil but not quite above the 1 qt/1000 miles that Chevy considers normal”

Chad H., MN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Three times timing gear and chain experienced major failure. Each covered on recall and warranty. Each required major work, one two truck. third time I dumped the car and bought a Subaru. No more Chevs for me!”

Everett D., WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Noticed a clicking noise when driving. Took it to the dealership, where we have the car regularly serviced. It was a component of the timing chain but it was covered under extended warranty. It was repaired and is working well since this service”

Bernie P., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Timing chain, balance chains, and tensioners all had to be replaced. The chrome on the chains came off. Causing the chains to become too loose. That resulted in noisy starts, rough running, etc”

Randy W., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

“Seems to not be cooling this spring after previous repairs”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It is mounted on the bottom of engine and something hit it”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“car is only 4 years old and the AC has failed. don't know what is wrong, have yet to take car in. AC does not blow cold air right now”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pitted bearings, Was making a growling noise. Early failure. GM seemed not to care that it failed so early and did not understand the problem. Pitted Bearing is a factory default”

Donald K., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“bearings, compressor blew apart”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It went out in August of 2014 and then again last month. Dealership replaced it both times under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Coil and Condenser quit working in early 2017. This was after minor repair to climate system in August 2016. Cost for full replacement was about $1000”

Richard R., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud rattling had to have the AC compressor replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The coolant started leaking out. The A/C stopped working. I needed a new compressor and condenser and it cost over a thousand dollars to repair”

Amanda S., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Coolant leak”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“compressor failed”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“noise noticed was diagnosed as compressor it was replaced. Does not seem to blow cold air now. We have a service appointment next week”

Tom W., ID (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“ac and heat stops working at times, very rare. 6 times since new”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not cool”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“was set at 70 degrees and went to highest setting 85 and could not over- ride controls. It was stuck at highest setting/blower at highest setting 12. Never has been accurate. Usually + or -- 7-12 degrees!”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fan would only blow in heat position. Could not get panel or defrost positions to work”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The control runs constantly and light on also. So it is always on for hot or cold air. Wipers have always made a noise. Seat does not raise or lower.. only goes forward and backward. (Driver's seat)”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The defroster wasn't blowing”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“Condenser formed a leak and the compressor was damaged also”

Ron F., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“Cannot get warm air out of bottom vent in winter”

Warren K., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat in cold weather is close to non existent in bottom ducts, blows cold air much of the time. Dealer has not been able to square away after many attempts and calibrations. Now they are claiming it doesn't seem to be a problem but it is definitely not right. Car not driven for long drive to / from work so just put up with it......but it's definitely not right”

Warren K., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“heat control went bad”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“What looked like a radiator was hit by something and started to leak coolant. Had unit replaced and have had no issues since”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

“Error codes, violent shaking, roughness, limp home at 25 MPH”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light went on”

Tim S., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

“this car has excessive oil consumption. More than 1 quart per 1500 miles.The car does not show any external oil leaks on the ground. It is being burned through the engine”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“A squeaking noise was coming from the lower front of the engine. It was fixed under warranty. Something to do with balancers or something”

David T., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle makes loud whining noise when started. Dealer replaced timing chain and other related items. Was under warranty. Apparently a common problem with the 4 cylinder engine”

Vincent P., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine seemed to be "missing" as if sparks plugs were not firing normally or pistons out of sync”

Daniel C., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car had issues from the very beginning, but each time it was "fixed" we thought it would be good to go. Not so...the rough start almost sounded like there was no oil getting to the motor”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Ticking noise when engine warms up”

Jim L., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Caused by cam sensor engine would not idle. Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, RI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“recall due to engine problem”

J E., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

“Took car to dealer for oil change, was told one engine mount was broken. Fixed same day, covered under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

“This engine has a problem where fuel leaks into the oil of the engine. GM has provided an extended warranty due to the problem. Oil analysis indicates my oil shows the signs of gasoline contamination”

Randy W., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“fuel pump leaking gas into engine crank case thinning out the oil witch in my opinion had to cause serious internal damage to the motor”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“losing 2 qts every two weeks and not able to "see" it on ground in garage”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Possible oil leak at timing compartment”

Patrick R., AZ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine kept losing/burning oil at a very fast rate between oil changes. Chevy had to rebuild the upper part of engine with new pistons”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Significant oil leak not covered by warranty. Shop said valve cover was loose after about 50000 miles”

Everett D., WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The equinox is using oil at an unbelievable pace. It is off the dip stick by 3000 miles. Service bulletin has the pistons being replaced. TSB 15285C”

John D., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine has oil leak. Transfer case has oil leak, There is a third leak on the engine”

Ron F., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“experienced oil over-consumption. was notified by GM it's a potential problem in my model year. went to dealer and tested it to prove problem. car was fixed in 2 days under warranty. no further problems”

Taras L., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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)

“Had to replace sensor and ball bearing on one wheel”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Unsure)

“Clicking sound when driving, or putting the transmission in drive and or reverse when, parked”

Jim L., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“would not line up put new caliper”

Janet R., AZ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“worn out pads and rotors”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes lasted over 85000 miles replaced with ceramic”

Janet R., AZ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Rear Brakes had to be replaced at 65K and front brakes at 75K”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“think the premature brake wear was caused by warped rotor, but don't know how or when the rotor got warped”

Kelly B., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“rear brake replaced at 22000km”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

“Need to be rotated”

Ed S., NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pads damaged the rotors”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rotors wore unevenly in what I thought was too soon for the mileage and once replaced I had a vibration/pulsation which the dealer took care of at no additional charge to me. They were not turned down properly the first time”

Patric B., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors had to be replaced prematurely at 30000 Km due to excessive wear. Car not used enough according to dealer, only 2-3 times a week”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to replace”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.0-L V6)

“Had to replace brakes and rotors”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had the pads and rotors replaced of normal wear and tare”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Chevrolet dealer did not replace front brakes with OEM. Why? Result: Excessive squeaking and longer stopping distance than before”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Warped rotor causing squeaking. Minor repair”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace front and rear brakes and rotors”

Anonymous, ON (2011 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

“I've had to have the catalytic converter replaced”

Sandy M., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car flunked the emission test. High pressure fuel pump update done”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced catalytic converter 8/5/2015. Chevy did a recall later (~~10/2016) and actually reimbursed me fully for the parts AND labor (very expensive). The problem showed up with a service engine light, tested as bad sensors front end of Cat. Conv. and back end also. My mechanic said replace the Cat Conv. Problem was either thermal damage or face erosion on the cat conv which caused the faulty light notice. Read about it online”

Hugh G., VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Air baffling chamber, covered under warranty”

Kevin R., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“fuel injector”

Victor S., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“The throttle body valve had to be replaced. It caused the "service stabiltrak" to come on the dashboard”

Juan G., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Had to have the throttle body replaced as twice the car engine failed to work. First time, mechanic cleaned out the throttle body in hopes of saving me money. Month later same issues happened. Car engine power shut down along with all electrical systems controlling ABS, airbags, Stablity control, etc. Both times had to have the car towed to mechanic. Extremely scarey situation as car just would not go any faster than about 10 mph. Car was shaking and horrible noise coming from engine”

Ann E., CT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Inadequate fuel supply to engine. Diagnosed as faulty fuel pump. Replaced under warranty”

Allen J., AB (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced fuel pump during timing belt change”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Factory recall due to possible fire”

Curtis M., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Light came on (intermittently at first) beginning when car was about 3 1/2 yrs old, then always on. Had dealer fix/replace - it was still under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Twice we have had to take it in due to an O2 sensor issue which lit the Check Engine light. Both times the sensor was replaced under warrantee”

Donna V., MA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced two sensors for $450”

Charles L., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace catalytic converter at 90000 miles”

Ronald S., NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“My check engine light came on a week ago, at 92,000 miles. The dealer diagnosed it as a failed catalytic converter and O2 sensor. The converter was covered under a specific extended warranty (whew!). I pid for the O2 sensor”

Alan D., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not pass state inspection, had to get a waiver”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.0-L V6)

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)

“Bottom of all of the four doors had paint peeling and a start of rust developing on them This was a recall on 2010 Equinox but I had to pay to get it fixed. NO recall or assistance from GMC”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint peeling on hood and rear gate”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Paint on tailgate started peeling in four places. Repainted under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Railroad dst and small points of rust appearing.. Dealer said out of warranty so had to correct myself”

Wilbur H., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“cracking and peeling in the rear panels”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Noticed paint bubbling on bottom inside of door panels. Seems to be rusting already. bought new and keep good car and always is in a covered garage. Love the car, but disappointed that it is rusting already. my old GMC 2000 Intrique never rusted”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusting - Same bad design as 2001 Envoy. The joint where the exterior sheet metal meets the interior metal liner panel lets moisture into the interior of the door assembly. The weather stripping is in board of this joint so very little protection”

Tim M., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

“Chrome lift gate plate vibrated against the paint causing a rust bubble. 'covered by warranty but cost GMC over $700.00. Two-sided tape under the plate, at the mfg. stage, would have prevented the problem”

D D., BC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust beneath paint on hatch lift door and on all doors. All were repainted under warranty”

Nina P., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I have rust on the inside of the driver's door”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure Unsure)

“three of the doors are experiencing rust at the very bottom of the inside of each door. With the advancement of metals and paint you rarely see rust issues in autos these days, so I suspect there was an issue with body prep/paint. Regardless of actual cause, this issue is very disappointing”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Paint peeling underside of all doors”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Right front strut make a rattling sound when I hit small bumps, it works ok but it is anoying. Rust: all four doors are starting to rust at the bottom”

Ryland G., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“Rust from underneath the chevy symbol on the rear hatch. Dealer sent it out to be repaired and repainted”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Front wheel bearing seals leak”

Patrick R., AZ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The seals around doors and hatch seem to have excessive amounts of dust that collects in the door/hatch area. Not excessive in the vehicle itself, but does require a lot of cleaning in those areas”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“replaced sunroof module. had rattle in roof”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I've spent money taking it to a body shop (several times), and to my mechanic 3-4 times for banging, rattle noises on pass side rear(it seems like). Nothing found”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“some kind of front end rattle the dealer could never find”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks in the headliner that have never been able to be diagnosed since the car was new”

Chad H., MN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Due to the dryness of colorado sometimes the axles sqeak”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise at driver's window”

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“wind noise around driver door”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise from window seals”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Even with the windows rolled up I can hear the road sounds. It is hard to be heard having a conversation with the hum that the tires make on the road. However, if the road conditions are brand new and black topped, I do not hear that road sound”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Converter defective, made in China!”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

“Exhaust fumes coming into cabin compartment from leak in exhaust manifold I was told”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked exhaust manifold”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Exhaust manifold developed a crack”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked manifold needed replaced”

Howard S., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

“the muffler had a hole in it. the exhaust system is all one piece so you so you had buy the whole thing”

Richard C., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“muffler has a hole rusted through”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It was worn out and making noise”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler was cracked/leaking. Replaced for about $250 at a local shop”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car is loud and it is the muffler”

Morgan R., NY (2011 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

Driveline vibration

“I've hand the drivetrain replaced and the transmission replaced in the last 9 months”

Sandy M., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“ignition switch failure”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car wouldn't start”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Air diffuser broken”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Leak showed up, in front..turned out to be a problrm stemming from the rear. Transmission had to be removed to fix. Thankfully it was covered under the big warranty”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

“In the last 10,000 miles, the transmission occasionally jerks between 5th and 6th gear, especially when the engine has only been running a mile or two. The dealer's maintenance has been unable to ID the issue and I guess I "own" it now”

Alan D., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Warning light came on. Got it fixed. $500”

Anonymous, NH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“wheel sensor failed”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

“Took car to dealer as I was concerned with sound it was making. Thought perhaps a belt issue or wheel balance issue. I was informed it was the transfer case that had failed and I should not drive as car may "lock up" on me. Dealer said they did not have part and were not sure when it would come in but that I would have to pay for it up front. Part was near $3,000. I then took to local mechanic who was able to get part sooner. Mechanic told me this should never have happened on a six year old ca”

Ann E., CT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

“Transmission slips. It's done this for years. Dealer reports they can't duplicate the problem”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“ON TWO OCCASIONS THE CAR WOULDNT GO, EVEN THOUGH THE TRANS WAS IN DRIVE. THE SECOND TIME WE TOWED IT TO THE DEALER. I TRIED TO DRIVE IT. WENT REVERSE BUT NOT FWD. DEALER KEPT IT TWO DAYS AND COULDNT FIND ANY PROBLEM!!! MY WIFES FEAR OF QUITTING IN TH”

Bill C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Noticed transmission not shifting correctly soon after purchased. went back to dealer who rebuilt while under warrenty and I have never had a problem since”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“AS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN, I THINK IT WAS A COMPUTER GLITCH. THE ENGINE NEVER QUIT RUNNING BUT THE CAR WOULDNT MOVE. THE "D" BLINKED. CHEVVY COU7LD NOT FIND A PROBLEM. B.S”

Bill C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“A trans axle leak developed which was covered under the vehicle warranty. I was surprised the leak developed”

Patric B., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In repairing the Coil and Condenser on the AC, it was discovered there was a minor transmission leak. Repair was $500”

Richard R., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paid 1200 dollars to have seals in transmission replaced”

Howard S., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak in the transmission gasket. Not under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor failed resulting in engine shutdown”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

“Trunk would not open...$ 250.00”

Richard W., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“recall on seat adjustment could potentially fail and cause seat to fall creating a driving control hazzard”

Dixie O., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“lighting inside the suv from the beginning would dim and then get bright and dealer told me its "solar"????”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“when an electrical sensor under the driver seat set off a light it disabled the remote start, and guess what time of year? hint: not in warm weather! Very aggrivating, I leave @ 4 a.m. every day”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“No longer works. Never invested time or money to figure out why”

Anonymous, WV (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“there is a short that causes the ABS, Traction control and Stability control lights to come on when the temp is above 70 degrees”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Makes noise like wiper needs replacing.. have done to no avail. Does not operate on very slow speed, have 2 speeds medium and fast”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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 has worked intermittently for quite awhile”

Janice P., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Could not clear destination”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“vehicle was recalled to fix gps and radio system”

C B., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Battery leaked onto central power cable and corroded it out. Lead to unreliable gps turning off; resetting to different location, etc. erosion of central power caused other minor power issues to dashboard”

Jim N., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“phone pairing goes on and off often”

C B., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Radio, clock and GPS have had various problems even after a recall upgrade”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Speakers

“Front speakers sometimes go out and crackle. Dealer has been unable to determine the issue so that it can be fixed”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

“Rust: All four doors are starting to rust on the inside 75% of the bottom of the door area”

Ryland G., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Lift gate electronic lock had to be replaced”

D D., BC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“Recall on seat mount bolts. Took a long time to fix with new bolts and washers”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Latch system quit working and sensor pad fell off”

Anonymous, MT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Windows may not open on cold days”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Transmission slipping between 1st & 2nd gears.Taken the suv in once where they could not find a problem. then went to a 2nd dealer who had the vehicle for over two weeks to pinpoint & correct the problem”

George E., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission failed completely at 165000 km. Drivetrain warranty ended at 160000. Cost $5000 to replace it”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“At 57000 miles, the transmission broke down. It was covered until 50k. I feel cheated. Should have been a recall. Or covered longer like the GMC Acadia (100,000 miles)”

John P., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“We had no indication that a problem coming, we had a problem going in reverse and after about a hour we had a check engine light with P700 & P716 codes”

Morgan R., NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

“Had to replace bolts in rear suspension to aline rear”

C L., NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering wheel became tight and difficult to steer”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“steering strut bar on drivers side had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Vehicle has had seven wheel hub/bearing assys replaced due to bearing failures”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“Thermostat indicating overheating. Engine wasn't overheating. Computer indicated problem but dealer couldn't replicate problem and re-set computer system”

Daniel C., CA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There has been an ongoing problem with the cabin control for air circulation. It was repaired when the fan would not change speeds. Lately, we have been having noise from the control blades of the air circulation system. It seems to go through a check cycle when we change direction of air flow within the car or when we start the car”

Bernie P., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Making a lot of noise. Chevrolet replaced at no charge. Also engine light went on and Chevrolet replaced the catalyst converter at no charge”

Tim S., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

“Has to replace the alternator”

Anonymous, WV (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“5 year old battery need to be replaced. Nothing unusual”

George E., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

“Rodent damage to engine wiring harness, requiring replacement of the harness”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
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