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

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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 2012 Chevrolet Equinox owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The wheel guard ABS plastic under the front right side wheel well”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Inside bottom of all doors rusting and paint peeling”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Paint was chipping off rear hatch leading to rusted panel. Dealer repainted”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“inside bottom trim on all doors was blistering and peeling”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“have spots on back hatch that are peeling off”

Evelyn N., CO (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint peeling on tailgate”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“I can see rust along the bottom seam on both driver side doors”

Anonymous, IA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“inside rear passenger door, a little flaking and rust appearing. Taken care of by dealer under warranty. One little spot on tailgate. Painted entire tailgate under warranty. Appears to be fairly common on certain Equinox tailgates”

Thomas W., NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Door seal at bottom of doors traps water causing rust on contact area. Surface rust inside rear door license plate assembly. Patina of rust noticed on chrome license plate light housing”

Steven M., AB (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“door hem rusting -- repaired under warranty recall”

Jim M., ON (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust appeared after paints chipped off inside the bottom of the front and rear doors”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The bottom door seams have a defect that causes the paint to chip/peal and rust to set in. This is a known defect that has been subject to recall and repair. However, even after having this issue repaired I note that the problem seems to be persisting”

Philip P., AB (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Lower door panels, and wiper well area”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“We've had the bottom of driver's and passenger door repainted 2x and next week it will be the 3rd time on the drivers door. The seam where the metal is turned up and welded is rusting, quite badly. the paint bubbles , andthe paint comes off in strips”

Catherine S., MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Was a recall on lower inside door panels work was done. Pointed out to GM bubbling paint at window trim line on rear hatch this was not addressed. One year later multiple phone calls no action yet”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Excessive oil loss. Rebuild/replace pistons and seals. Covered under 100,000 mile powertrain warranty at approx.. 91,000 miles”

Mike S., WI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“oil USge 1000 miles need to add a quart”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I have exposure to a lot of these vehicles as company cars and on the 2010-2012 models we have had multiple engine replacements due to engines using oil, no low oil indicator in the older ones , the long (7500 mile) recommended oil change cycle, bad”

Dean M., WI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine started making a noise and began getting lower fuel mileage. GM reps could not determine cause after many attempts to repair; finally replaced engine. New engine had a bad fuel injector and high pressure fuel pump. All four injectors and pu”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“For the past 20,000 miles my Equinox is now using almost 1 quart of oil for every 500 miles of driving. I have been waiting for parts at the dealership for at least 4 months now and just got notice they arrived today. This is apparently a very widespread problem as they must have had to redesign the piston seals, causing the parts manufacturing delay”

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car needed an overhaul because of the oil leak. In order for them to test it we had to take the car in every 500 miles for 2000 miles. It was inconvient but in order to use the extra insurance we bought they had to do this test”

Fred D., KS (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Stopped at a stop sign, engine died. When attempted restart, it free wheeled. Timing chain broke, damaged cylinder head and some cylinders. Was a defect directly caused by the new high pressure oil system”

Terry D., MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to buy a new engine said jumped timing . Was almost at 120,000 miles. Will not purchase another 4 cylinder”

Margarete C., TN (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was losing oil. The dealership put me on a monitoring program where I brought the car back every 1000 miles for a number of months. They were checking a problem and determined the engine needed to be worked on. They basically rebuilt the engine. I had a maintenance program and it did not cost me any more money. I was pleased with the outcome”

Robert S., PA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“two sensors went out and they replaced the timing chain as preventative maintenance”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Issue was excessive oil consumption. Lost over 4 quarts of oil in 7000 miles. Initiated oil consumption test by dealer. Experienced varying amounts of oil loss, none leaking. Dealer replaced pistons, rings, timing chain, head gasket and other worn”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This problem occured due to the oil leak”

Anonymous, MO (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“timing gear's nylon tooth broke and caused failure”

Paul L., WI (2012 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

“the camera stopped working”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“CD player would not accept CD”

Roger J., NM (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“The CD player always ejects the disc when turning on the vehicle losing the last place on the CD. This is particularly annoying with audio books”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Entertainment screen would freeze intermittently when using my Apple iPhone even after my dealership did an update. GM/dealer eventually replaced entertainment centre”

Bruce Z., AB (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“The screen started to go blank in the top and bottom areas, then went out completely. The radio also stopped working at that time”

John B., SK (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“System doesn't recognize the phone (USB) and/or will display some other sound source while playing”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Instructions to any address in Atlanta, GA, sent from OnStar send me to Trinity Ave, the city center marker. Dealer has attempted to fix the issue twice”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“navigations system would not display because of malfunctioning radio”

Harold S., FL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Problems with previous owners information and difficulty clearing old data or putting in new”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“radio and display would go blank or not function properly. Radio ws replaced and that corrected the issue”

Harold S., FL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Was crashing radio system software requiring fuse pull to fix charged us $175 to update software to fix”

Kenneth L., MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Speaker developed noise indicating a cracked speaker cone”

Roger J., NM (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“Speakers developed a "buzz." They were replaced”

Robert B., OR (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“the nozzle will not stay in filler hole”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car would not run, took three days for dealer to diagnosis and fix. It was the intake shaft sensor. Or so they said!”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Computer indicated engine misfire. Dealer cleaned carbon head build-up. No problem since”

Larry H., IN (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

“Fuel leak was found and quickly repaired under warranty. I paid nothing for it”

Ryan A., IL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Goes through oil more than its stated to be needed. About 1/2 way through the recommended cycle, the engine starts "knocking" and when checking the oil its low and has to be added”

Dawn T., NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I constantly have to check oil and add oil to the car”

Anonymous, MO (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Was going through an inordinate amount of oil. I only noticed because I checked my oil instead of taking it in to GM regular for oil change. They performed an oil consumption test and found it was burning oil at too high a rate. They did a piston job under warranty which was nice. I think there was about 80,000 KMs at the time. I did have an extended warranty so not sure if GM was being nice or my extended WARRANTY was used”

Douglas F., ON (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear seal leak service guy says common but came @80k instead of usual 100k will cost $1700 to pull engine to fix started at 60k”

Kenneth L., MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil level dropping WITHOUT oil leaking”

Mark B., IL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, IL (2012 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

Air or water leaks

“The leak was caused by a blockage in the drain line from the moon roof”

Anonymous, NH (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“Had to replace water pump”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“Water pump and chain failed”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“water coming into the car when it rains”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front and rear sels leak, lower front right oil leak”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Rattling occurs when driving. Seems to come from the rear seat area”

Roosevelt J., FL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a rattle in the center air vent as well as an engine rattle at low rpm when taking off”

Carlos L., FL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a rattle or knock somewhere under the car that no one has been able to find. Some think it has to do with the steering, although nothing is wrong with the steering. VERY FRUSTRATING as it is very noticeable on gravel or uneven road”

Anonymous, TN (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“Starting to squeak in rear when going over bumps. May be due to strut or shock wear?”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“car has more wind noise 45 mph or more than expected, which makes it difficult to use phone via bluetooth/using speakers in car”

Anne W., SC (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“car has a lot of road noise. causes headaches especially on long over the road travel (9 hrs). need to turn radio up louder than I would normally to hear it. very unhappy with this car”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 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

Fuel cap

“replaced by dealer 3 times in the first 12 months”

Charles M., PA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“If you don't run regular fuel cleaner through your engine, deposits can form on the injectors causing an engine fault, causing it to go to limp mode. Very spendy to have cleaned, at least $400”

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“car was running very rough. Could barely start it. Had injectors cleaned and it resolved issue”

Anonymous, IN (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Intermittent check engine light. Dealer replaced the fuel pump and other parts”

Anonymous, ID (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light would come on anytime I accelerated over 3500 rpm, and would finally clear itself several days later. One dealership could not find the problem but another did. The engine was fuel starved due to faulty fuel pump”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Fuel pump leaked, causing gas to contaminate the oil”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“High pressure fule pump failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, KY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Warning light came on. I took vehicle in they advised that the high pressure fuel pump needed replaced that it was ok to drive until it started to blink I declined since further damage could have be done. I found out that there was a recall for the previous model years not mine. They said originally a couple month back log to get the part. I requested a rental it took over 2 weeks to get it approved 2 weeks later vehicle repaired”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Check engine light kept coming on for minor leak. Originally said gas cap and then changed a solenoid and it did it again and then a valve”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“car stalls”

Charles M., PA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light was on, fixed by unsticking a sensor in the fuel tank”

Anonymous, WA (2012 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

“I believe it was a rear passenger door lock that was not fixed correctly after a auto body shop visit”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“That is where the rust was”

Steven M., AB (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Power lift tail gate, The struts failed and leaked oil”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“paint pitted badly after one winter. on hatch/tailgate. Dealer said it was a common problem with that model year. Also, the seams at the bottom of both doors on the drivers side rusted and paint peeled. After a bit of "persuasion" dealer repainted bo”

Jim M., ON (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“tailgate rusted in an area you wouldn't expect rust. suspect bad paint job. one of the tailgate arms was also highly rusted and needed replacement”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“LIFTGATE STRUTS FAILING , LETTING LIFTGATE COME DOWN SLOWLY RESULTING IN LIFTGATE BEING LOW ENOUGH I HIT MY HEAD”

Anonymous, BC (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“According to the autobody manager at my dealership the tailgate is vibrating against the bumper when in motion causing the paint to chip in one particular spot. GM agreed to pay 3/4 cost to repaint the tailgate”

Bruce Z., AB (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

“The right hydraulic arm on the hatch was rusted pretty bad. We had that replaced when the car was about 2 years old”

Catherine S., MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 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

“I cannot control auto climate control. Twice, I was unable to shut off heat and fan on high. Many times the A/C comes on. I want to turn off Auto setting but cannot”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioning comes on even when I have it turned off”

Anne W., SC (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Door actuator died and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The valve on the blower broke. Only defrost worked. Replacement was needed”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower fan would randomly stop. It would start making a noise before stopping”

Robert S., GA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“the system would blow air from dashboard vents. only in defrost mode or floor mode”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“I was experiencing leaks from the exhaust pipe attached to the catalytic converter”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

“Had to replace do to failure”

Anonymous, KY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

“Manifold was found completely in half by my personal mechanic when I took it to be checked for loud noise when first started, 67000 miles”

Wanda M., VA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a crack in the manifold that not only made noise but also sent a gasoline odor into the cabin periodically. The crack occurred at a tight bend at the bottom of the manifold. Repair was $800”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needs replacement due to large noise”

Bill W., MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

“wore out and needed replacement”

Bill W., MI (2012 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

“auto shifting is terrible, runs high rpms, hesitant to auto downshift”

SUSn B., NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had transmission oil changed and then rough shifting between 2nd and 3rd gear appeared. After investigations, 1 pint of oil was missing. Probably an error from the mecanicien but never proved”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“Sometimes does not want to shift from 5th gear to 6th gear”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Seal had to be replaced in the transfer case”

Anonymous, CO (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak in the torque converter”

Anonymous, NY (2012 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Very hard/questionable to start, 2 yr old battery replaced”

Joan C., GA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery had to replaced twice once under warrantee and once at my expense. Three batteries for a four year old car!”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Distributor or rotor failure

“Camshaft position solenoid failure, also rough idle that source cannot be found”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a second solenoid replaced on the overhead camshaft over 2 years. Replaced on warranty”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

“key hung up in switch and broke off from fob”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

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

Power steering pumps and hoses

“steering was acting funny went to dealer an told it was the pump. it took 2 mo. to get the parts,was given a loaner. gm was very helpful”

Harvey F., FL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the rear strut springs came loose and and had to be repaired. The dealership was able to repair it instead of having to replace the strut. This happened after the vehicle had over 65000 miles on it. This is the only repair item we've had on this vehicle. We keep our vehicles well maintained”

Dan S., AR (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“While driving I experienced rattling in the steering wheel co lum”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.0-L V6)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Tail light out!”

Robert M., MO (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“one does not work anymore”

SUSn B., NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

“When it was necessary to make a very quick stop, the ABS made a very loud sound that was fixed by the dealers mechanics”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“rust damage &normal wear”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

“Vehicle computer returned a code that the driveshaft angle was not computable. Upon investigation the transmission was slipping. Repairs at dealership were fast and covered under warranty. However, problem appears to be persisting and full resolution is still underway”

Philip P., AB (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

“Excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“after partial rebuild of engine, the stress it had placed on the water pump caused that to fail”

Terry D., MI (2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“There was a problem with the seals and with the reverse plate. The car went backward while in drive. The transmission had to be taken apart and parts replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Equinox Unsure 3.0-L V6)
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