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.
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There are 2 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 2013 Chevrolet Equinox owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The camera failed within a year. I get a blank screen or vertical lines"

Linda S., MN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It sometimes goes black"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"the display will freeze on whatever radio station it was on and no controls, phone commands, volume, station select will work. occasionally the screen goes dead. The vehicle must be shut off and left for a while and then it usually works after restarting."

John H., NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The screen freezes and then I am unable to access the bluetooth or my XM stations. the dealership said t was a software issue and then issued a patch. their service and response was terrible"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"the radio goes off they reprogram it works for awhile and goes off again have to redo all the address each time"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Back Up mirror failed, but then came back. Has happened again and am waiting for new part to arrive."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Review mirrors when blank, but came back so didn't install a new part. Issue has occurred again and am waiting for new part to arrive."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust spot on bottom middle of all 4 doors. Chevy is removing doors and painting them We will see. I noticed on the 2015 Equinox loaner they gave me there are two small notches on the door bottom allowing for drainage. Infotainment system screen goes"

Fred E., OH (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The central display used for radio, CD, navigation, etc fails randomly though more often at cold temperatures. Initial analysis has shown that the central module interconnecting the systems to the display is failing and will need a replacement of the entire display unit & processor"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All the selected problems are related to the center console touch screen. This has been a recurring issues. On line research show others have experienced the same. Disconnecting the battery seems to straighten out the issue for a while"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"When purchased, I was told CHEVROLET could update the navigation system maps (at a cost) when I wanted. In 2017, CHEVROLET dealership said updates not available, and service person said he couldn't get his car updated, either."

Nancy D., CA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The system doesn't recognize my voice, which is soft. It usually recognize a deeper, louder voice. Biggest problem is that the local chevy dealer cannot provide an update to the gps maps. Says he has a 2013 chevy, also, and has been able to determine how to get an update."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Could not load addresses. The software was reloaded and then the GPS failed. The arrow for the GPS just rotates. The dealer does not have a clue how to fix it."

Anonymous, SK (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"will periodically not be able to use bluetooth or the whole system will even freeze the whole radio completely. Vehicle must be shut off and restarted 10 minutes later and problem goes away."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Won't stay paired"

Benjamin-Elizabeth S., ME (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For some unknown reason the phone would no pair"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"trouble syncing and staying connected"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The pairing wont last past a week. And I have difficulty pairing the device (phone or Ipad) since the very beginning. Had to return to the dealership and they could not get the thing to pair from the very start"

Georgianna R., FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"System randomly undoes phone pairing and randomly shuts down so no phone can connect"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It drops the pairing out of the blue"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone is paired with car but with incoming calls, electronics will not answer phone unless several buttons are pushed (not the normal sequence)"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth feature failed to work so I took it in to the dealer where I purchased it. They worked to diagnose the problem and then told me my only option to have it fixed was to replace the entire radio system at a cost of $1200 because this was not covered under warranty. I declined and they still charged me $120 to trouble shoot the problem. I was definitely not pleased"

Al L., TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"radio and dash go out. and then come back on by itself or if you turn car off and back on."

Benjamin-Elizabeth S., ME (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed software update to start working again"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio controls freeze up and you can't change he channel, adjust the volume or turn it off. This has happened 4 times in the past 2 years"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The voice command has trouble with phone numbers and names,also adds extra numbers when calling a number.does not understand all commands as we have had the same problems with our 2008 Ponitac Torrant"

Ross B., ON (2013 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

Gear selector or linkage

"gear selector froze could not get it to shift"

Robert I., ON (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Would put car in drive and it would not shift. This happened twice. I turned the car off, then back on several times and it finally shifted. I brought it in to the Chevy dealer and had it checked and it has not happened since"

B C., NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"The whole car shakes when it shifts from 2 to 3rd, feels like transmission is dropping out."

Pat R., WA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced a part"

Pat R., WA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"Occasional jerk when downshifting especially when coming to a complete stop. Taken to dealer twice and had transmission flashed but car is still downshifting rough."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"low speed shifting is ok---but higher speed shifting fails to shift property. engine races or slams into the next gear improperly-jars the hole car. If this continues-into the dealers shop it goes"

Allen E., OR (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Harsh downshifting when decelerating to 8mph, harsh up shifting in the 30mph range"

Frank M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasional rough down shift from 3rd to 2nd when slowing down. The shift can be felt by passengers as well as driver"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"when accelerating quickly transmission shifts real hard"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"Occasional jerking when downshifting"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud noise between shifts"

Pat R., WA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"transmission bang in the next gear under hard exhilaration"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Usually at low speeds, after leaving a stop, if I let off on the accelerator and then press it again, the transmission slips i.e. the motor revs before the transmission catches"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Transmission stuck in highest gear"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"shift from 2-3rd gear hesitates and overall shifting is vague and slow"

David W., CA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission computer was reset twice"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"slipping and rough shifting eventually resolved"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Two different seals. Seems odd"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"When we had the oil changed the mechanic noticed a leak. We took it to the dealership and they repaired under warranty. It took about a week"

Anonymous, CA (2013 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

"Relates to previous seal problem possibly(since it is as yet to be resolved). The car stinks like wet moldy laundry. Water is entering somewhere, though nothing inside seems to be wet. Car is currently in for repair/solution"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"With turns during the summer, hot water would gush onto the floorboards and my feet. According to the service mgr., it was the water from the a/c"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The car STINKS like stagnant moldy laundry. If you drive in the car, you smell like the odor and everything in the car smells. THe dealership changed a 'filter' and said it should take care of the problem.. it did not. Car is currently in the shop as I will not drive it again if it continues to smell like this."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem, I feel, is the MOST contributing factor to the significant - and increasing - wind noise experienced in the Equinox."

Thomas M., NV (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"seals around the moonroof leak water"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"tail gate"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"intermittent squeal from one of the wheels - dealer can't locate problem"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wipers damage the glass,"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle comes from under the car when the door is shut. Probable a heat shield"

Thomas O., MN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was inspected by the dealership, and they diagnosed the issue as "rear bushings". They lubricated them and after 6 months the noise has returned"

John S., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"squeaky noise in the dash sometimes"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox 3.6-L V6)

"interior noises similar to a part hitting against the inside walls and in dashboard area it seems that car was poorly assembled"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT)

"When backing up sounds like parking brake is still engaged"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"rear windows when low down make nasty noises or sounds"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise was present within 6 months of purchase (new), but has increased exponentially since that time. It is now the most noisy car I have EVER owned. I feel it is attributable to cheaply-made materials and craftsmanship from the factory."

Thomas M., NV (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"During the first week of having the Equinox, a whistling noise and a slight rattling could be heard on the passenger side in the front. It would not go away"

Crystal P., IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Very discolored Chevrolet logo on the front of the car."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox)

"poor fit of plastic bumper and use of cheap plastic screws to keep it in place"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front Mud flaps are useless. Both left, and right units do not stick out far enough (should be 2" more). Spray comes up from tires(rocks-stuff) and sandblasts lower portions of doors & rear panels"

Allen E., OR (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is cracking and peeling in several places. Driver door is rusting at the bottom"

Daniel M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Door handle chrome and trim are blistered and pealing."

Anonymous, SK (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"RUST VERY THIN PAINT ON REAR HATCH RUST BUBBLE"

Ralph S., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"minor peeling on front of hood"

Thomas S., IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint cracked on lift gate in read. Also, orange dots appearing on white body paint on various locations on vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is thin in area and easily chips off"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"bottom of frivers door was starting to rust out. Had to take to a body shop to correct."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rusting in door wells and trunk door"

Robert I., ON (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the inside bottom of all four doors are starting to rust, some more than others"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bottom of all doors starting to rust on inside panel right in the middle"

Fred E., OH (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"panel under passenger door rusted dealer fixed problem at no charge happy with outcome"

Phyllis M., WI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"I shouldn't have rust already"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Before the vehicle was a year old, rust appeared on the back tailgate above the Chevy emblem"

Crystal P., IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 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

"check engine light indicated problem with cam"

J E., MO (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Glad you asked since I am not sure what system this problem belongs under. Engine light came on and I stopped driving it until I could get some repair discussion w a tech. I had to replace 2 intake camshaft position actuators. both VVT solenoid timimg parts Cost $400.00"

Jack K., IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Variable valve timing actuator failure"

Howard L., FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It needed a program update because it kept rumbling/stalling at stop lights and lunging forward when braking"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS)
Engine knock or ping

"cam advance solenoid defective replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine loud and knocking, covered under waranty, but at 65000 miles should not have had this problem, now at 100000 miles the car seems to be failing and falling apart, not built for the long haul!"

Paul D., MO (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When we bought the car we were told that due to the use of synthetic oil the oil didn't need to be changed for 5000 miles. the car started rapping and when we check the oil - 1 month after an oil change we needed to put in 3 quarts of oil. when th"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"I noticed a small stain on the garage floor, took the car to the dealer were I routinely have my car serviced - a small leak was located and repaired. I did have to leave the car overnight so that it could be verified that the leak had been repaired. I was provided with a new vehicle to use - I was satisfied with service and repair"

Lydia V., PA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear main oil seal ruptured casing the engine to lose all of the oil. GM had an extended warranty for some 2.4L engines for this very problem. However, for some unexplained reason, they refused to cover it."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"HAD TO REPLACE PISTONS AND RINGS"

Perry C., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When new, gasket improperly installed from factory and oil leaking within first 4000 miles requiring major repair"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Required total valve and valve seal replacements due to excessive oil leaking"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Uses more oil than expected"

Anonymous, ON (2013 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

Gauges

"The digital odometer suddenly disappeared. Had to take It to the dealer to have it restored at a cost of $40."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"one of the headlights toped working and needed replacing"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Elements for drivers seat, both upper and lower, are burned out, est for repair nearly $550"

Deborah G., TN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Dash lights not on when they should be on"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressures indicated are wrong and don't sync with proper tire"

R C., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"tire pressure works wrong pressure all the time even does not show right tire"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"False indication of low tire, shows psi @ 0 check with gauge measures 32"

Michael E., LA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Twice, my service all wheel drive has stated lit. Once,a pin on the wiring harness had to be replaced and the 14 pin connector cleaned up. $305.00. The next time it was another connection/corrosion problem on the same harness in a different spot."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"They failed to torque the bolt on the wiper blade during warranty work."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall notice received for wiper motor bearings rusting out. Due to be fixed soon"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall on wiper arm bushings"

Michael E., LA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"recall because of parts failing"

J E., MO (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had no problem. Chevy sent me a recall notice so I had the necessary part replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

A/C compressor

"WORN OUT--HAD TO REPLACE WITH A NEW ONE"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"it failed @ 32000 miles. Dealer recharged system saying they couldn't find any leaks at end of summer then when it wouldn't work next summer said it was out of warranty. Took it elsewhere and ended up replacing the whole system including condenser"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Car cabin temps vary from very hot to very cold. Seems like a thermostat issue but dealer can not find anything wrong."

Alan M., IN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The heater would not maintain the set temperature. It was either too hot or too cold depending on where it was set. Above 21 it was too hot. Below 21 it was too cold"

Robert D., AB (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At times the temperature cannot be regulated. Occurs both on hot days and cold days. Vehicle must be turned off and parked in order to reset. Two dealers have declined to fix the problem"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 20c temp is warm but at 19 it is cold. Had it updated but no change"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Randomly gets very hot and then very cold"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"had to replace switch"

Rod B., WI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"fan quit working for AC---Warranty covered 100%"

Wayne N., TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"system needed replacement due to leaks"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Leak under dash. $1133 repair"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Carrier bearing on driveshaft was attached by a few threads, drive shaft could have fallen to the ground"

R S., WI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox)

"Right rear axle seal leak. Repaired at time of discovery. Seal replaced under warranty at no cost to me"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transaxle seal failure. Replaced, appears to be starting again"

Claude C., MB (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Needed to have gas pedal replaced"

Alan M., IN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Car reduced power and the rpm's went to 6000 without warning. Happened about three times before I could get it fixed."

Daniel M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"I just got a very loud noise from the transfer case. I will have my vehicle towed to the dealer on Monday."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Transfer case replaced after 36000 miles"

David K., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

"Drive line noise, broken housing and gear oil leak with strong odor"

John O., CT (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Initially had a mild vibration when shifting. Took it to the Chevy dealership and they replaced the transfer box"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Engine light came on - service department said the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. No issues with how it runs, they turned off the light and continues to run well. Not sure what to do. The cost to repair is $2400!"

Virginia B., OH (2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It has to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"Cracked exhaust manifold. Very common problem for this engine."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked. Replaced on warrenty"

Anonymous, NB (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"It would go blank. A software update fixed it"

Richard H., MN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Many visits to dealer - unable to effectively use the voice phone number dial command system. No improvement after dealer repairs"

Frank M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"for the way new and up dated electronics are the systems are not up to date e.g.on coming emergency vehicle warnings because we had the same problems with our 2008 Torrant"

Ross B., ON (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth connection sometimes failed. Skippy call quality on bluetooth"

Yusheng Q., TX (2013 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

Premature brake wear

"Brakes seem inadequate for the car, I have had the brakes redone at 60,000 and again at 110,000 and now I am told it needs the calipers replaced, so far I have $1200 in brake repair alone."

Joseph W., NC (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes froze on and had to be replaced completely."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brakes are good for about 30,000 miles, but the pulsation begins shortly thereafter and it is annoying"

Joseph W., NC (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"JUST REGULAR BREAK WARE"

Clay G., FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"61000 miles and on my 3rd set of rotors. Factory set were defective second set installed by dealer we poor quality."

Michael M., PA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front rotors de laminated, and needed new ones."

Christopher K., FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant cost, but I would attribute to normal wear and tear- had both front and rear brakes replaced but at different service times. as recommended by the local CHEVROLET service dept. One set at abt 52,000 miles and the other at abt 62,000 miles. These were the first brake replacements since the vehicle was purchased on Oct 2013. The brake replacements were both in 2019."

Rodney S., FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"They seem to wear through much too quickly"

Anonymous, MD (2013 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

Fuel gauge/sender

"After just having the fuel pump replaced as well as the sensor, my vehicle apparently ran out of gas while i was driving, however the fuel gauge read that I had 1/2 tank of fuel. When it was towed to the dealership, they told me the tank was empty"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"When driving, the vehicle would stall out while idling at a stop light."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loss of power and hesitation. Fuel injectors were replaced"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Engine was smoking lots of black smoke and running rough, it did this 3 times and had to be towed. They finally got it right the 3rd time. The first two times the dealer replaced the fuel pump with a standard pump, the 3rd time it was a new updated"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Error Code P00014 2 times in two weeks. The first repair replaced the sensor only, about $200, the second repair replaced the sensor, timing chain and other parts about $1400."

Donald H., NC (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sensor keeps going off and it cost me to have it reset"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel sensor check engine light came on 3 different times"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Senses water in gas. Very sensitive"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-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

Ball joints

"It caused a clicking sound when driving which also caused the steering to feel heavy"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber around the joints split and the grease came out."

Anonymous, NE (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"had to be replaced at 80000 miles, premature for a car, but it was mostly covered under warranty.this car seems to be built cheaply with low quality."

Paul D., MO (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Have not yet figured out where the leak is"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Struts broke"

Greg B., FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Noisy"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Steering would stick in straight ahead driving. Rack and Pinion assembly was replaced"

R S., WI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"oil burning"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"HAD TO RPLACE PISTONS AND RINGS"

Perry C., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"RPLACE PISTONS AND RING"

Perry C., MI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine began to use a quart of oil every 1000 miles.Dealer ship replaced, Pistons, rings,rods, timing chain and guides"

Anonymous, MS (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to a manufacturing defect the all four pistons needed to be replaced"

Donald S., FL (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had to be rebuilt just after rthe warranty went out. We usually do not purchse extended warranties but had been strongly advised to get one for this truck. The problem started with an oil leak. We got it into the shop just before the warranty ran out. They determined at that point that there was no problem (couldn't re-create the leak) and sent us on our way. The problem came back about a month later after the warranty ran out. Since we had had the truck in before it ran out, they absorbe"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"The problem was actually with the main seal failing, but there was no option for that problem. When I backed my car out of the garage, I noticed an inordinate amount of oil on the garage floor and found out there was little oil in the crankcase, even though I had just recently had an oil change. the mechanic said the main seal had failed because of the sub-zero temperatures we had experienced the previous week. At that time, he had 2 other Equinox's there to be repaired and a GMC-equivalent that had to have it's entire engine replaced because of this problem. My mechanic found a service bulletin from GM indicating this was a problem on many Equinox's with the 2.4 liter engine in cold weather and they would repair them free of charge if they had less than 110,000 miles on them and they had a certain VIN #. I drove my car to the local GM dealer and he said my car did not have the correct VIN #, so they could not repair it under this service bulletin. I thus took it back to my mechanic for repair for $1,321.00. This figure was $500.00 less than GM was going to charge me. I appealed my case to GM, but received a call back indicating again that my car did not qualify. Unbelievable."

Donald B., OH (2013 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)

"Due to dumb design, battery is covered with some contraption. Battery leaked to the point that the negative cable needed to be replaced. If they didn't have the cover, you could easily see the leaking battery and replace the battery before it damaged the negative cable. Alas, the newly redesigned model has the battery completely covered."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic tested the battery and found it to be weak. I replaced it"

Richard D., CA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The battery is located underneath a metal plate which prevents visual inspection of the positive terminal without using tools to remove the metal plate with wires attached. My battery developed an acid leak which ate through the positive cable causing the car to fail to start when I was in a shopping mall. Had to call roadside assistance and take it to a repair shop to replace the cable (only dealer supplied) and a new battery. Very poor design. Would have caught it under routine maintenance i"

Al L., TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"Due to dumb design, battery is covered with some contraption. Battery leaked to the point that the negative cable needed to be replaced. If they didn't have the cover, you could easily see the leaking battery and replace the battery before it damaged the negative cable. Alas, the newly redesigned model has the battery completely covered."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Distributor or rotor failure

"'Power to Engine reduced' lit up; repaired under warranty within 24 hrs"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Drivers side door was defective resulting in rust at bottom inside"

Michael M., PA (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"as soon as the 3600 mile waranty on the body was over the doors started to rust."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger side dor drops a bit at the hinges when you open it"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"Inside Mirror would not stay set ( in place )"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"This has got to be a design flaw! As I drive, the rear of the car throws snow/dirt (depending on season) onto the window of the hatchback. I HATE dealing with this every day. I live in the country, so this may not be an issue for casual city driving"

Linda S., MN (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"RADIATOR LEAKED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED"

Thomas D., OR (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"RADIATOR LEAKED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED"

Thomas D., OR (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"All wheel Drive car made noise and I thought it was the transmission. The car would not shift. Had it towed to dealer. They told me it was the converter and repaired it under no charge"

Ralph B., WI (2013 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.6-L V6)

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Recalls
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VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Aug 04 2016
Inoperative windshield wipers may reduce the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the ball joints in the windshield wiper module may corrode and wear over time, possibly resulting in one or both of the windshield wipers becoming inoperative.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, dealers will repair the AIP-hole, inspect and, if necessary, replace the front wiper module, free of charge. The recall began on April 13, 2017. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 25302.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V582000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 367808
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Jul 05 2016
If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. The recall began on October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V502000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8367
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