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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)

"It was repaired under the service bulletin. Essentially an engine rebuild."

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

"Piston rings resulting in oil consumption. Dealer had to replace them twice before it was fixed correctly. Had to replace radiator as well."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"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)

"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)

"The engine was consuming oil. This was not due to leaking, rather burning. The dealership ran consumption studies and found that the car was burning about 1 quart pre 2000 miles. I was adding oil between changes. GM has an unpublished policy that if a equinox has high oil consumption, and it is reported before the 120K mile point they will fix it. Unfortunately I had clostbto 140k. My dealership approached GM about it and the payed for about half the cost, better than nothing"

Brian B., OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Buring excessive amounts of oil. Piston rings need replacing."

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

"Had to have entire engine rebuilt. Timing chain came loose and tore up everything. Mechanic said this was due to the engine being constantly low on oil, no matter how much we refill it, because it burns oil worse than any vehicle he has ever seen in his life. We hate this car and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."

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

"Known issue of high oil consumption. Replaced pistons and timing belt. $5,000 mechanics' bill."

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

"chevy did not tell me about the repairs available. A friend of mine found out about it on the internet."

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

"Service bulletin. The car began to consume oil at high rates of speed. The rings were replaced under warranty. i consider this a rebuild."

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

"replace piston and rings due to oil consumption, intake camshaft position solenoid failed as well"

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

"I was losing more than a quart of oil each 1000 miles."

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

"After having the car repaired for collision damage we were told that the engine had very little oil in the crankcase. The service writer recalled a GM notice about engines for Equinox having a problem with excess oil useage. The engine was tested for the problem and the Chevrolet dealer found that the car did have the problem mentioned in the the GM notice. The car is in the shop now for an engine rebuild which will be done a GM's expense. At the same time, the owner's son learned about a timing chain issue on the Equinox so that problem is being repaired at the same time at GM's expense. The repaired engine will have a 12 month warranty."

Ben W., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine had to be replaced somewhere around 75,000 miles. The engine over-heated during an out-of-town trip, and upon checking the oil, we found that there was none. Upon inspection by a mechanic at the CHEVROLET dealer we bought it from, he said the rings had gone bad and that the engine needed to be replaced."

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

"The engine had a loud knocking when accelerating, so I took it to the dealer for service. It needed new pistons, seals, and timing belt, and was nearly out of oil. The dealership repaired it at no cost."

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

"Oil was low between oil changes. Dealer performed oil consumption test and determined that the engine qualified to be rebuilt under extended warranty coverage."

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

"We purchased 5 new GM cars since 2007. Our Equinox was over 5 years old and had 96000 miles when the timing chain and engine failed. When I asked GM to help with the expense they refused any support and did not care we were long time customers."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Ghis problem was related to engine rebuild discussed earlier"

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

"o?leak of the head gasket"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"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)

"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 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)

"This failure was at 25000 miles, much too early for such a problem. These 4 cylinder engines are not good. Gas mileage and power are miserable."

John S., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"YES TOOK IT IN FOR SOME DIFFERENT SOUNDING NOISES UPON STARTUP AND FOUND OUT IT HAS A BAD TIMING CHAIN AND MANIFOLD CRACK. MECHANIC SAID IT IS COMMON PROBLEM ALSO WITH OIL CONSUMPTION PROBLEMS. UPON WHICH I STATED IT DOES SEEM LIKE IT USES OIL. WE HAVE ONLY HAD IT FOR 4 MONTHS. HE SAID WE SHOULD CALL DEALER FOR SPECIAL COVERAGES WARRANTY THING FOR EXCESSIVE OIL CONSUMPTION. DEALER STATED THAT YES IT WAS ON THAT LIST BUT IT EXPIRED ALMOST A YEAR AGO. THEY DID SAY OVER THE PHONE THERE WERE OTHER ITEMS UNDER THE SAME SPECIAL COVERAGES CLAUSE, BUT SAID THEY COULDNT TELL US WHAT THEY WERE, SO MAYBE MY PROBLEM WAS STILL COVERED BUT UNDER ANOTHER SPECIAL COVERAGES NUMBER BULLETIN. STILL TRYING TO GET IT COVERED. NOT SURE WHY THEY WOULD HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE, BUT I DID SEE ANOTHER THAT WAS AN EXTENSION BUT IT WAS FOR DIFFERENT YEAR. NOT SURE IF MAYBE THERE IS ONE FOR MINE BUT HAVENT FOUND THE RIGHT NUMBER BULLETIN YET. i JUST THINK IT IS COMPLETLY UNFAIR WHEN YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS AND THEY SAY THERE ARE OTHER BULLETINS BUT WE CANT TELL YOU! THATS JUST DOWN RIGHT SHADY! IT JUST ROLLED 90,000 MILES SO WHAT ALL CARS ONLY LAST 50,000 MILES NOW AND WE THE CONSUMER ARE SHELLING OUT THOUSAND UPON THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THESE CARS. DEFINATELY NOT COST EFFECTIVE."

Steve K., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox 3.0-L V6)

"Explained on a previous question."

Ben W., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain failure resulted in near complete engine overhaul and was 100% covered by a special extended GM Warranty. Not clear to me why GM didn't issue a recall to fix before failure."

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

"It failed and the resulting chain of events caused a total failer of the engine."

Anonymous, TN (2011 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

"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)

"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)

"Second compressor to go bad in four years."

Kenneth W., FL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Less than 100,000 miles and A/C compressor needed replacing."

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

"the compressor stopped working and it had to be replaced. this happened last year at about 70,000 miles."

Ronald P., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor and condenser when out at the same time leaving no air conditioning which was very uncomfortable in Texas. These cost $1900 in repairs. I expected the A/C system to last longer than 7 years especially since we have kept up all the recommended service."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"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)

"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)

"the car cannot keep a dialed in temperature consistently."

Maloy M., OR (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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)

"AIR WOULDN'T DIVERT TO DEFROST THE WINDSHIELD. AT TIMES IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE."

Sarah M., SC (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Extremely expensive repair only available by the dealer."

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

"Condenser formed a leak and the compressor was damaged also"

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

"Same comments are discussed before"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"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)

"Cannot get warm air out of bottom vent in winter"

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

"Returned to dealer 4-5 times with lack of heat in lower vent during cooler weather, actually blows cool-cold air only....they cannot fix it"

Warren K., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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)

"cam problems"

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

"had to replace both intake and exhaust VVT solenoids."

P S., OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"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)

"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)

"Timing chain needed replacement & engine was using excessive oil, was told it would be best to replace engine. Problem would have been covered by service bulletin if it had happened a year earlier but warranty was expired. Traded car instead of repair"

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

"Engine was burning excessive oil"

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

"the ping is quite pronounced when first starting and going up hill from a stop."

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

"The dealer replaced the engine under warranty at 75,000 miles. Now the car has 125,000 miles. Every time we start it, the engine sounds like it's running very rough and only smooths out after about a minute or two of warming up. None of my other vehicles do this and it makes me wonder if the replacement engine isn't going bad now, too."

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

"I had to have a Transmission Fluid exchange and did a two part transmission kit. My car uses oil and must have a quart added before it's time for an oil change. I would not purchase this car again, due to the low mileage even on the freeway. I will not purchase a Chevrolet again."

Carol S., CA (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

"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)

"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)
Oil leaks

"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)

"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)

"Service rep told us there were 2 leaks, the oil pan gasket and the front cover. She said they were severe and needed to be repaired for $2500. We did not have it done because we have only seen minor leaks and have not had to add oil between changes."

George J., VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"Not sure where the leak is, but have to be sure to watch the oil level."

Anonymous, IA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Started using excess oil about 1 quart per 2K. Increasing used more over the last 2 years. the last 6 months used 1 qt per 1K"

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

"Multiple oil leaks in the driveway. Mechanic not really sure where they're coming from."

Michael V., IL (2011 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)

"Had to replace sensor and ball bearing on one wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT)

"The antilock braking system for both front wheels suddenly stopped working in November at the same time as the electric went wonky."

Uwe F., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS and STABILITRAK warming lights came on intermittently. Service techs were unable to troubleshoot without a failure code. After about 6 months of anxiety about the brake system, the lights became constant. They traced it to a bad brake sensor on one wheel and replaced it for $400."

George J., VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

"normal wear"

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

"One wheel sensor failed"

William F., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"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)
Normal routine brake wear

"worn out pads and rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox 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)

"Dealer info sheet does not explain brake condition good enough for old drivers. percentage does not tell me how bad they are, because. is 50% bad & need something done ,or 70 % ,the bench mark to replace brakes"

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

"Normal wear, brake pads replaced."

Deb N., OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

"HAVING OVER 100,000 MILES, NORMAL WEARING OCCURED"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Appeared that the parking brake froze up. Causing pad wear and rotor warpage."

Randy W., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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)
Pulsation or vibration

"Pulsed a little. When I got oil changed the mechanic told me the rear breaks would need to be replaced before the next oil change."

Daniel V., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"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 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Squeaking

"had to replace front and rear brakes and rotors"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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)

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)

"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)

"I've had to have the catalytic converter replaced"

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

"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)

"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)

"throttle body had to be replaced. quick, easy and inexpensive repair."

Michael M., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Factory recall due to possible fire"

Curtis M., TX (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"No problem experienced. Fuel pump recalled and replaced."

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

"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)

"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)

"stalling"

M B., SK (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Took car to dealer. Found that O2 sensor needed replacing. No problems after that."

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

"The car would idle and hesitate upon exceleration."

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Converter defective, made in China!"

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

"I have owned 4 vehicles with 154,000 miles to 204,000 miles and this is the first one I had to replace the catalytic converter. $1,200.00 - very expensive to fix."

Tim M., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Catalytic converter was replaced free under special warranty coverage."

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

"Engine light on. Sensor indicates a catalytic converter problem."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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)

"Exhaust system developed leak, but mechanic was able to patch it without having to replace system."

Lee G., PA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic informed me, while doing a vehicle inspection during an oil change, my exhaust system was leaking and needed to be replaced so I had it done."

Dorothy N., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"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)

"Cracked exhaust manifold"

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

"Exhaust manifold cracked and was leaking exhaust into the cabin until it headed up and sealed up. Local show replaced with an aftermarket part. The fact that an aftermarket part was available led them to believe that this is a recurring issue with 2011-vintage Equinoxes."

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

"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 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)

"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)

"The mufflers seam split and opened."

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

"Engine was noisy. Muffler was rotted and needed to be replaced."

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

"Muffler broke apart. It was repaired and broke again. I believe we need an entire new exhaust system."

Michael V., IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler split at seam."

Uwe F., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"This vehicle is going on 9 years of age. The exhaust system on it was the original equipment and it needed replacement."

Dorothy N., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Molding around tire came off to easily."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"cracking and peeling in the rear panels"

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

"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)

"Along with rust, paint fading and chipped too..."

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

"Top coat \ sealing is flaking off. Needs to be resealed."

Deb N., OH (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"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)

"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)

"Why is a car that is only 8 years old rusting out? It’s why we will not purchase another GM vehicle again...never mind the engine had to be rebuilt"

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

"Bottom edges of doors rust. Apparently a notorious shortcoming."

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

"All 4 doors had rust along the bottom seams. Seems to be a design flaw."

Anonymous, WI (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

"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)

"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)

"Sway bar links needed to be replaced."

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

"squeaks from the spare tire"

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

"back seats rattle while driving"

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

"loose heat shield on cat coverter"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox)
Wind noise

"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)

"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 has been a persistent problem since the car was new. Terrible."

Maloy M., OR (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sounds like a window is open but it's not, can't hear radio on expressway"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

CV joint

"Started noise when turning."

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

"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)
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)
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)
Electrical failure

"Air diffuser broken"

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

"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)

"Diagnosing problem was an issue for the technician. In the end the replaced the computer module which resolved the issue."

Randy Z., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Warning light came on. Got it fixed. $500"

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

"The disk that tells the system the right front wheel speed broke."

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

"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)

"Laboerd shifting and hesitation"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 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

"Trunk would not open...$ 250.00"

Richard W., IN (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Burned out front turn signal. The replacement bulb cost $10, but labour to change the bulb was $200 because they had to remove the front bumper - 2 hours of shop time."

Fred B., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Tire pressure monitor malfunction"

Francis K., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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

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

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

"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)
Warning lights

"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)

"The instrument panel looks like a lit up Christmas tree. Warning lights go on and off. The interior lights will no go on after the door is opened or off when the door is closed. The left signal lights do not work the first few minutes after the car is started. ABS and traction control stopped working accompanied by all kinds of binging noises.."

Uwe F., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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)

"Wiper linkage broke when trying to wipe some snow off windshield."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

Rough shifting

"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)

"This vehicle has shifted funny since 1st purchased. In the last 3 years it has gotten worse, I’m afraid the transmission is going to have to be replaced"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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)
Transmission computer

"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

"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)

"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)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Sensor failed resulting in engine shutdown"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

"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)
Sunroof

"Sunroof leaked into car, then into the electrical system, caught just in time to prevent a electrical shut down behind the dash board, which has happened to others the mechanic said"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Latch system quit working and sensor pad fell off"

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

"The tailgate would not open, and while driving it would unlatch by itself causing me to have to pull over to push the hatch down. Had to replace the push button latch opener on the tailgate"

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

"Windows may not open on cold days"

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

"Driver side window will not open at temperatures below freezing. This is a problem when driving into a parking lot."

Uwe F., ON (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"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)

"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)

"Dealer did all maintenance and changed transmission fluid every 50,000 miles. Complained about a noise but checked out OK. Transmission failed along with cracked engine manifold. Prior years had the timing chain, valve issues, fuel pump, replaced, etc. Most expensive vehicle I have ever owned to maintain and repair."

Tim M., MI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission went out at 105000 miles. It slipped and would not shift into high gears."

Daniel V., WI (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission toltally went out. Had to do a replacement transmission, about 5K."

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

"The transmission would not shift out of second gear."

Michael M., NC (2011 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 has worked intermittently for quite awhile"

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

"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)

"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)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"phone pairing goes on and off often"

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

"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)

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)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Steering wheel became tight and difficult to steer"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Front struts required replacement"

Randy W., MO (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

"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)

"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)
Water pump

"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)

"Noticed fluid under the car while in the garage. Called and had the dealer tow it. Turned out to be the water pump and was repaired under GM warranty."

Curtis J., NV (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

Alternator

"Has to replace the alternator"

Anonymous, WV (2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"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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