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Defect Alert — Chevrolet Equinox Transmission Troubles

August 16, 2011 By: LemonLaw Category: chevrolet equinox, transmission

Is your Chevrolet Equinox bucking and jerking, especially when the air conditioner is on?  You are not alone.  Numerous Equinox drivers are calling the 1-800 LEMON LAW hotline to discuss the transmission troubles they are experiencing with their vehicles.  Service advisers cannot figure out how to fix the problem, nor can they identify how it is connected to the air conditioner.

If your Chevrolet Equinox is bucking or lunging, make sure you get to an authorized Chevrolet dealership to have the matter addressed.   If necessary, take the service adviser for a test drive to illustrate the situation.  Also, make sure you receive a repair invoice for each time the vehicle is in the shop, even if they claim they cannot duplicate or fix the problem.  Once you are in three times under your warranty for this issue, you may be entitled to recourse under State and/or Federal law.

If you are having transmission issues with your Chevrolet Equinox, call us at 1 800 LEMON LAW (1-800-536-6652) or fill out our “Get Rid of Your Lemon” form .


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152 Responses to “Defect Alert — Chevrolet Equinox Transmission Troubles”


  1. #1 Todd Evans says:

    Purchased 2011 Equinox 6 weeks ago and has been in shop almost 3 weeks of that time. Continous problems with the transmission, noise at start-up and wind problem with drivers side door. Chevy should be ashamed to put a vehicle out with such a junk transmission.

  2. #2 LemonLaw says:

    Todd: Give us a call at 800-LEMON-LAW to see if we can help you resolve this issue.

  3. #3 Robert Hobbs says:

    2011 Equinox with 400 miles and the transmission exploded. Dealer acted very surprised to hear this–I’m sure they were. 9 days in the shop and I had to get firm to get them to replace the tranny rather than rebuild it. Still, it does idle rough and hesitate with the AC on. Should I be concerned? I am at 3000 miles now and have had the car 3 months.

  4. #4 steven keepers says:

    i have a 2005 Equinox, ran very good intill it hit the 70000 mile mark, the trans started shaking when it shifted into high gear . the dealer replaced the torque converter but that didnot stop the problem so they rebuilt the trans , now the speed censer has gone bad 4 times in the last 3 months , drove the car today and the same thing happened the engine light goes on and the traction light light and you have no more trans , the dealer is stumped and now my extended warranty is up. very unhappy

  5. #5 MaryAnn Shuman says:

    I bought a 2011 Equinox in July 2011. Last week I took it to my regular garage to have my tires rotated and oil changed. I was greatly susrprised when the owner of the garage called and told me my transmission fluid is “black like motor oil”. I may be a woman, however I know that transmission fluid only about 6 months and 12,000 miles should not be black. When I called my dealership, the service department laughed when I repeated what the dealership said. I told the service rep I wanted the vehicle looked at as I drive many miles each day and don’t want anything to happen with transmission.

  6. #6 Jaime Bowden says:

    I have a 2005 Chevy Equinox and now have it in the shop. The transmission is completely shot. I don’t understand how this could happen….the car is not even old. I had the bucking and jerking problems also. Now I am just waiting to hear back from the dealership on the amount I’m going to have to pay :(

  7. #7 Khayan from the Bronx says:

    Just got told that my Chevy Eq 2005 will have to have the transmission changed. This is unbelievable!!!! Less then 70,000 miles on it. It’s been jerking n running horrible for the last 2 months

  8. #8 Dan says:

    My 2010 Equinox is in the shop now with the transmission slipping in first gear. On the highway it is still fine. First sign was that it took extra long to engage when going from R to D. When I put it in manual mode, it didn’t slip anymore which is how I drove it to the dealer but it gave hard shifts at the low gears, fine at the higher gears (3-6). Could be a bad syncro, torque converter or even some electronic sensor, who knows. Never had a transmission problem before in my entire life. Glad it is under warranty.

  9. #9 Lucius Fleming says:

    I have a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. Transmission just went out.

  10. #10 sheila says:

    i have a 2005 equinox….seriously chevy should be ashame with this car on the market!!!!car is nice on otherside transmission is giving up on me.everytime i shift it jumps and first gears it jerks and slips.my car is not that old. my brother drives a 78 and it run alot more smoother then mine:( shame on chevy!!!!

  11. #11 Sarah Raymond says:

    I have a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox that I bought used with around 72000 miles in February 2011. It is currently sitting at a local garage with a little over 74000 miles. Since I have owned it it has had new shocks, new transmission modulator, new transmission, new tires, and now needs a new drive train… I don’t think the heating system is quite right either but haven’t been able to drive it much since I bought it. It makes me absolutely sick :( upside down on the loan and feeling like there is nothing to do but tie yellow balloons around it

  12. #12 marilyn says:

    I have a 2007 equinox with a little over 80000 and its been slipping from 1st into 2nd,transmission shop just told me I need anew transmission, only had the car for 2 years and im a single parent with children…………………..Im stressed dont no what to do

  13. #13 MaShandra says:

    I have a 2007 Chevy Equinox and I contact the dealership to set up an appointment because my truck was jerking and pulling. I told the service dealer that I thought I needed a tune-up on my truck. His response was a tne up is done every 100,000 miles and asked how many miles I had. My response was I only have 88,000 miles on my truck. He stated tht it sounds like the transmission. Sure enough after I had a diagnostic test done on my truck. They came back with a bill of $3,900 to have a transmission replaced. What I don’t understand is why is it that a spark plug has to be replaced every 100,000 miles but a transmission has to be replaced at 88,000. I failed to mention that my warranty expired Feb 20, 2012. At this point I honestly feel as if the sales rep conveniently sold this vehicle to me to get it “off the lot”. Chevy should stand by their vehicles ALL of them. I’m a single parent with not one, not, two, but three children and $3900 is unheard of. My warranty conveniently expired two months before the transmission began giving me problems. Now what do I do? American-Made Automobile dealerships want us to buy American made cars and we ultimately end up paying for first class hand me downs. I think Chevy needs to be shut down or let a foreign company take over. At least I know I’ll be paying for what I’m buying.

    Lastly, when I took my truck off the lot I had a total of 20 miles on it. So here I am today with 88,000 miles and my transmission is blown. Before I spend $3900 for a transmission I’ll find an attorney willing to take care of this for me. Based on the research I’ve done on this site and others.. I am NOT alone!!!

  14. #14 john bullock says:

    I have a 2006 Chevy equinox that I financed brand new started giving me problems at 20k tranny slipping etc brought it to dealer and they stated it was fine, started to hard shift there after again dealer said it was fine, I changed the battery 3x and just spent 2300 rebuilding the transmission got a 12000 mile warranty and 7000 miles into the complete rebuild tranny is hard shifting in 1st gear. From my understanding as numerous mechanics have told me but no Chevy dealership states the transmission valve body is the issue with the af33 transmission

  15. #15 jose vazquez says:

    i have a 2005 equinox…and everytime i shif it jumps in first gear..theres got to be something that.chevy company should do for owners of this car…they should be ashame….who is going to pay for this?

  16. #16 john bullock says:

    chevy is going to do nothing believe me I emailed the president of chevy in 2010 and cursed him out he called me back n apologized but I refused to pay 5000 for a new tranny so its the valve body thatt makes the tranny buck n jump n hard shift dont let anyone tell u different its a big problem they have and do nothing about it

  17. #17 LemonLaw says:

    John: Most of the time, a consumer will not be fruitless when contacting a manufacturer executive. That is why it is important to look into your rights under State and Federal laws.

  18. #18 john bullock says:

    the valve body costs anywhere from 800 to 1200 they sell rebuilt ones for 500 but they break just as fast like I said my tranny had a complete overhaul oh I forgot to mention I bought a used tranny from ebay with 23000 miles paid 1200 to put it in and that tranny had to be rebuilt so do the math 550 for the tranny 1200 to put it in and 2300 to rebuild it luckily its under warranty and next week there going to rebuild it again for free so that’s 31000 miles the tranny has on it and it has to be rebuilt again 2x in 8 months 3 batteries 2 radiators 1 blend door 2 windshields 1 water pump 2 axles 2 double engine fans 2 front shocks 2 starters 1 e.g.r valve now next heater core and multiple wires that burned up from shorts the truck is the worst thing I ever bought in my life Chevy will never get my money again you finance a car for 60 months and for 36 months its parked and doesn’t move it hurts every time I drive and look at it. From now on its only foreign cars I will buy they last forever. I also had a 2001 Chevy Malibu and at 50000 miles the engine cracked in half but had a Toyota and drove it for 3 years with no oil change and barely no oil in it and it was still running fine when I gave it away at 200k miles what a shame.

  19. #19 john bullock says:

    I tried everything before my warranty ran out they said its fine john your tranny needs a tune up ok as soon as it hit 60k plus 5500 for a new tranny it also has codes that state engine bank 1 to lean I have been going threw it since I bought it in 2006 the truck now has 115k on it and still gives me headaches but its not only Chevy Saturn and Pontiac use the same tranny and the same problems

  20. #20 Barri Ryle says:

    I purchased a 2011 Chevy Equinox in May of 2011. It went into the shop in August 2011 for the engine just shutting off and Jerking while driving. The dealer replaced the cam shaft phazers and the cam shaft itself. It has been in the shop 4 or 5 times since then for the same problem even after the repairs. It is there now.

  21. #21 LemonLaw says:

    Barri: You certainly have a State or Federal claim and would be entitled to remedy. Please visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a lawyer in your state who could help.

  22. #22 Mike l says:

    Purchased a 2012 equinox in oct 2011 new was fine till around 9000 miles then noticed slipping in reverse then in drive it would lock in 3rd gear 2 diffrent chevy dealers have looked at it one replace transmission modual however we just took it back in today for the same problem 3rd time it has 12300 miles so still in warrenty thankfully. All this only has happend since the outside temp is higher and after at least a 60 mile highway trip. Just interested if anyone else has had trouble with the 2012 tranys?

  23. #23 LemonLaw says:

    You should look into your rights. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html for an attorney in your state.

  24. #24 Mike Wimbush says:

    I have a 2008 equinox and the tranny started to slip in 1st gear, was repaired and was fine until it hit 42000 miles. The stability trak light jumped on and the trans went crazy, did not want to move in 1st gear. It’s at the dealer now, happy it is still under warranty. The only reason I bought Chevy is because of it’s reputation for making things right even when they have a problem. I guess that’s not true anymore!

  25. #25 Scot McDaniel says:

    2007 Chev Equinox. Trans is now slipping in 2nd and 3rd gear. 98000 miles. Has been a good vehicle until now. Garage kept with all required services completed. The purpose of buying “American” is to keep our fellow countrymen employed. A few things to think about:
    1) The corporation is only as American and it’s share holders.
    2) If a “Foreign” automaker is employing American middleclass workers isn’t that just as good?

    My money will go to an automaker who invests in the American middleclass regardless of the name on the building or it’s claim as “American”

  26. #26 Amanda says:

    2005 Chevy Equinox same problem with the transmission. Shame Shame Shame on Chevy.

  27. #27 Rudy T. says:

    My son’s mom has a 2005 Equinox and its been nothing but problems. She had to replace the entire engine at 96,000 miles. It just blew a hole in the bottom of the engine block on her way to work one morning while she was on the freeway. All the knobs on the radio are missing the numbers, the tailgate doesnt open, cd player is broken..just an all around crappy car. This is her first and definately last American car. Its a shame America puts out absolute garbage. Strictly Japanese vehicles from now on. I suggest you all do the same. I’ve lost faith in America and they’re plastic vehicles…

  28. #28 Pam says:

    I have a 2005 Equinox. In the past 2 yrs I’ve had to replace all 4 wheel bearings, speed sensors, front and rear brakes, the CD player doesn’t work, new battery, starter, fuel pump, new tires. Now it died while I was driving it in traffic. This is ridiculous! I had a Chev Venture van and it was problem free for 10 yrs. This Equinox is a nightmare!

  29. #29 Ashley says:

    My 2008 equinox I bought in march it was taken in because it was acting like transmission was going out they told me I was low on oil so 200 on an oil change a month later reverse went out and the car wouldn’t shift out of 1st so the car is sitting at the dealership right now awaiting a new transmission and I really wish I would have read this first no wonder book value was 21k and I paid 14k thought I was getting a deal…but realize I was getting ripped off…!!! Should have bought a Honda!!!!

  30. #30 Mike says:

    I have a 2010 equinox LT and as I accelerate on the gas it sounds like a 20 year old car. it feels like it is going to stall when it’s idle. Is this something I should be worried about?

  31. #31 Bob says:

    driving a 2011 Equinox at work – was bought new – was told trans was replaced at 97K – now has 177K – trans has gone again – had warranty on vehicle 3 yr. 160K – first unit was warranty – replacement unit only covered by original warranty – bill is $4131. for replacement which if we pay will be covered 3 yr. 160K? Tell me that is fair…personally have had over 65 vehicles have not yet had to replace any trans. some with over 300,000 mi

  32. #32 matt says:

    i have a 2005 chevey equinox and the transmission is messed up….somtime it’ll go into park then somtimes i have to keep moving the shifter till it goes into park

  33. #33 Amanda says:

    I have a 2007 Chevy Equinox that needs a new transmission. Talked to Chevy and they refused to do anything about it….even after acknowledging the problems with the Equinox transmissions.

  34. #34 Crystal says:

    I have a 2008 Chevy Equinox with 102,000 miles. The transmission needs to be replaced, and I have no warranty. The car is paid off. Is it worth replacing ($2400) or should I just trade it in for a used foreign car? I am a student and can’t really afford either. HELP!!!

  35. #35 LemonLaw says:

    Crystal: Hard to say. Speak with an experienced mechanic to get their opinion.

  36. #36 Tara says:

    Hi. I purchased a 2005 Chevy Equinox in June of this year. Yesterday, I was driving it & it turned off. Tried to start it & it wouldn’t catch. Tried to jump it & it wouldn’t start. Called the tow truck when he came he smelt something burning he thought it was his truck but it was my SUV.
    anyway, the guy at the shop said I need a new engine. I asked what causes this he said its hard to pin point what exactly it is.

    Is my car covered under the lemon law or do I have to come out of pocket. Mind you I just had to pay $700 for a new window & body work because my car was struck in the Hurricane Sandy.

    My car has 57,000 miles & I didnt purchase an extended warranty*
    Its Christmas time so please any information you have will be appreciated.

  37. #37 LemonLaw says:

    Tara: Due to the miles, it would not be covered under the laws we work with.

  38. #38 Philly says:

    I have a 05 Chevy equinox and I have had to replace the engine and now the transmission sounds as if it is about to go. In looking at all the blogs I see that I made a grave mistake purchasing the equinox. Guess I will look at trading it before it completely blows. This is ridiculous and I will never own another Chevy in life. Stick with the good stuff. Go get a Honda.

  39. #39 Loraine says:

    I bought a 2012 Chevy Equinox and the transmission started slipping 3 months after I purchased it NEW! DON’T BUY A EQUINOX!!! It’s a piece of crap!

  40. #40 jim says:

    my daughter has a 2010 equiox trans. cooler lines leaking
    dealer wants 500,00 t0 change I think all chevy Is producing is crap

  41. #41 DRW says:

    2011 Equinox purchased in June 2011. Active lemon claim in progress…First problems at 3 months and 3900 miles…stalls…service engine light…dieseling sound on start up…dealer only convinced it was a problem when I showed him a video of sound car makes at start up…multiple transmission leaks…cam solenoids replaced multiple times…front wheel seals replaced…33 days in shop in 19 months…Local service dealer says you should be glad you have a 100K power train warranty…we will fix it if it breaks…GM is buying vehicle back under lemon law…beware of usage fees involved when/if you make a claim…understand a bad apple gets of the assembly line sometimes…however this is my first ever experience as a Chevy owner for my own vehicle…will be my last

  42. #42 marty says:

    I have 2006 for 6 years and done 180000miles on it. the tranny started to slip from 1 to 2 gear. but its normal for that millage! nobody say that it will work forever!
    its much better than my second car in the fammely! 2010 toyota rav 4. thanks god its on leas. on 20000miles the tranny was changed. front drivers window from day 1 was smelling funky, at about 30000miles its burned. from 10000miles untill now every 2-3weeks the car is going to the garage with check engine light! front brakes faded in first 2weeks.

    before i had honda crv and it was better than rav 4 but tranny went away on 100000miles.

  43. #43 Danny3501 says:

    i have an 2008 chevy equinox, my second month of having the car the brakes were bad. It has this weird smoky water damage smell. So my uncle looked at car fax and it said it was a rental car, a few almost a year later and my car starts jerking and bucking.i had to get that fixed and chevy actually had an recall on that and was able to get a refund. i have gotten my tire sensors done about 8 times a wheel alignment. and now my stabilitrak light keeps coming on my brakes are bad again and my airbag light keeps coming on. I had to get my headlight repalced three times due to a leak. Everytime i turn around this car is having problems, but always the same problems! What advice can i get?

  44. #44 Tired says:

    Chevy dealer should be ashamed

  45. #45 agrevated says:

    I have a 2008 chevy Equinox. The transmission just went out at less than 70,000 miles. I was so proud because I had just made my last loan payment. I am a widow barely making ends meet right now. Don’t know what I am going to do. Took the car to our nearest Chevy dealer and they would not even take the car to be worked on. I could tell there disgust for the equinox. Managed to get the car home, would only drive in first gear. So….what am I suppose to do now?? No car and no way to get to work and I can’t even get the dealership to work on it. Guess I will have to get it to a tranmission place somehow

  46. #46 Dave from Cincinnati says:

    My wife and I bought a 2012 LT late last February. In the entirety of the 15,200 miles since then, I haven’t even had to put more air in the tires. We had 0 problems. That is, until yesterday. Two days ago, it was perfectly fine, but yesterday we took it out to run errands, and the transmission started acting up. It didn’t seem to want to leave 1st gear. It got worse over the next 30 seconds, and eventually we pulled over. After that, no matter what gear or whether it was in auto or manual, forward or reverse, the car would go nowhere. It started and ran just fine, but the transmission wouldn’t catch. We had it towed and it is currently being serviced. I can only hope these problems out of the blue don’t lead to some of the horror stories I’ve read recently as I’ve been researching Equinox issues and recalls. Hopefully I’ll hear something soon.

  47. #47 jerry winard says:

    have a 2010 equinox 4 cyl. just noticed that i cannot use the manual feature. it goes into manual, but will not shift to higher gear. crusing at 60 mph i put it into manual position and it indicated that i was in 4th gear.
    I think it should have been in 6th gear?????? WHAT CAN BE THE PROBLEM?

    THANKS JERRY

  48. #48 Dave from Cincinnati says:

    Follow up:
    Turns out the transmission pump was the problem. I didn’t even know that could be an issue, but they had to replace it. I looked elsewhere online and found a technical service bulletin that went out in April of last year. It was about the transmission pump, and 10 different models from 2011 and 2012 had the issue as far as they knew. I like how the issue was known and there was no official recall or anything. I’m just glad it was still under warranty.
    The TSB listed a wide variety of symptoms that could result from a faulty pump, so I would recommend considering this solution to many here.

  49. #49 Annoyed says:

    I have a 2005 equinox and was told by the dealer I needed to get my thermostat fixed and that should stop it and/or they could diagnose it. After getting that corrected and the jerking continuing they told me my transmission needed something that would cost me about 800 bucks more. And by the way my AC stopped working about 3 years after I purchased my vehicle. The jerking starter a few months ago.

  50. #50 LemonLaw says:

    Dave: if you had three repair attempts under warranty, you may very well be entitled to compensation. Call 1 800 LEMON LAW for more info.

  51. #51 Disgusted says:

    Equinox sucks! I have an 06. transmission gone. The car does not even have 100,000 on it yet. I have 8 more months to pay. I want out! might just give them the piece of crap and buy a Honda!

  52. #52 wantmymoneyback says:

    I financed a 2005 equinox, I only had the truck for 9 days and it has been in the shop on day 2. When I told them that it jerks, they say nothing it’s wrong, when I asked to return the car I was told it wasn’t an option! it hasn’t even been two Weeks….what can I do?

  53. #53 LemonLaw says:

    @wantmymoneyback: The age (2005) is a huge problem here. Reach out to your state attorney general office.

  54. #54 Tracy says:

    Purchased a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox new Pd $26k. It now has 130k. Every light on my dash is lit up and my transmission is slipping/lagging shifting from 1st to 2nd. My traction control light came on – oh about 40k miles ago. Took it to dealer, paid the mandatory $50 to tell me it would be $500 to fix sensor that’s went bad and NO it’s NOT covered under 100k mile power train warranty. OF COURSE NOT! I still haven’t gotten it fixed. Engine light has been on and it’s some exhaust sensor code. The worst thing is the transmission (I’m assuming its the transmission that’s making the car lag). I can’t afford to take it to the dealership and don’t know who to trust with it. I don’t have $5k to spend on a transmission when I found out today that I can’t get but 3500 trade in for it! I had transmission fluid changed 2 weeks ago, didn’t help. NO codes are throwing for transmission either. ??? It runs and looks great except for the above. It won’t even be paid off til June! I’m so mad!!! Does anyone think contacting GM would help? Cars should last longer than this!! I will NEVER buy another GM product again! Sincerely, Screwed by Chevrolet

  55. #55 aggrevated says:

    Had a new transmission put into my 2008 Equinox at less than 70,000 miles. When I got it back, I promptly traded it off. Never will I own an Equinox again! I spent so much last year on it they should have let me claim it as a dependent on my income tax! Lesson learned! I bought a Toyota pickup, hope and pray I have better luck with it than the EQuinox.

  56. #56 Tony says:

    the Chevrolet Equinox have the same transmission as the 03 to 05 Nissan Maxima. The problem with the jerking in the transmission is the valve body is been a known problem with the Maxima.Folks you arewasting money rebuilding a transmission. Have your valve body replaced.

  57. #57 laura says:

    Purchased a 2011 equinox in December It will be 3 months on the 27th that I have had the vehicle. It only has 15000 miles and the car stalled on me on my way home I was at a red light and when the light turned green I put my foot on the gas and it just completley died. The car seems to also shake and idle high its like it has a mind of its own shifting and slowing down on its own I don’t know what to do called the dealer taking it in on Monday but after researching and reading comments I don’t think after paying $20000 for a vehicle anything like I’m experiencing should be happening I’m not happy st all! :-(

  58. #58 Daniel Corriveau says:

    When back to them and got some money back,the 110.00 dollars for the charge of the laptop reading!Or the way body read the lap top…. Be on your guard at 125 dollars per hours they dont seem to make enough!

  59. #59 LemonLaw says:

    @Daniel: Please tell me you did not sign anything to get that money. Call a lawyer. You may be entitled to 20-30 x that amount.

  60. #60 Frustation City says:

    Just bought a slightly used 2010 Equinox on the 17th of April. On the 21st of April, transmission went out. Thank God for the warranty. After reading the previous posts, should I ask to bring it back and get another vehicle?

  61. #61 LemonLaw says:

    @Frustration: They are not going to do that for you. If you are in repeatedly, you will need to file a claim. In the meantime, hang on to all repair invoices.

  62. #62 Help!!! says:

    Have read these numerous complaints and now I’m scared its something very costly. When I push the accelerator around 40mph or so, it starts to stutter and skip and sometimes I feel like I won’t make it up the bridge or it will stall in the middle of turning front of on on coming traffic. Just paid it off and who. An afford these repairs? Planned to keep it a while but now I fell I should get rid of it. Can’t Afford repairs or trade in so what do you do? What could it be?

  63. #63 squash says:

    I have a 2008 Chevy equinox…. vehicle has no power between 40 and 50 miles an hour when you go to excelerate…. it also chugs and doesn’t feel like it wants move.. then somewhere around 60 or over it starts chugging again and doesn’t get any power…… and if you keep on the accelerator the engine light will start flashing and then as soon as you lay off the gas pedal it goes off….. took it to the dealer they say they did diagnostic on the car they see nothing wrong with it however they didn’t go for a test drive which I’ll have to do……….. vehicle has 78000 miles on it

  64. #64 Jose says:

    My girlfriend bought a 2005 equinox back in 2009in 2011 the car started to jerk and kick at first wasn’t to bad went to a shop guy say it might be transmission but he said to the car needed a transmission fluid flush so we did that and he replaced a oil pressure switch the car was ok for a few weeks and then it started back again even worse much harder and when we where on the highway the car started to slow down and I wasn’t applying the brake at all a we lucky nothing happened T/C light came on and check engine light after that day I went to the shop again he did some flush because the car wasn’t starting up right I had to hit the gas to turn the car on he did the flush and the car stared up great and the problem seem to go away but few weeks later the jerking and kicking came back and much worse and the T/C lights come back on and the car doesn’t go past 10miles and I have my foot to the floor please help us a mechanic said to rebuild would be 1200 and new 1700 she still paying the car off

  65. #65 Monaco says:

    I have a 2008 Equinox Sport with 64,000. Noticed that the transmission was having difficulty switching gears so I took it in for a transmission fluid change. When we got it back, it seemed to fix the issues. However, about a week later the transmission stopped shifting altogether. It is now sitting at the shop while we decide what to do. The warranty ran out 2 months ago!! Now I’m stuck trying to figure out whether to drop a new Chevy transmission in it or rebuild the old one.
    Our dealership is running the VIN number to see if GM will do anything to help.
    I don’t know what to do!

  66. #66 Crystal says:

    Omg… After reading all the blogs about Chevy, I am very pissed off. I have a 2005 Equinox. And now my engine needs to be replaced at a cost of $5600.00. I just bought the car in November of 2012. I am sooo disappointed and I have a car note on this car. What do I do, it only has $78k miles on it… CRYING, SINGLE MOM, WHAT DO I DO!!!… HHEEELLLLLPPPP

  67. #67 cindy says:

    I bought and paid for a 2007 equinox an have a slippage in the transmision;got transmission flushed and it seems like the slippage is worse.Hadother poblems with the vehicle like the ones mentioned.
    Since I was younger I swore by Chev rather than a Ford-but I know one thing for sure – the next vehicle I drive will not be a chev.

    I think everyone here and all those that have had problems should set up a website or all go to the better business bureau and get chev/gmc to stop selling and making anymore vehicles.

  68. #68 keila says:

    I bought my 2007 Equinox brand new and I have had troulble with it ever since. March 2013, I had to have a modular replaced due to electrical problems that cost me $600.00 and now, June, 2013, another modular has went out due to some electical problem and has fried my transmission and the chevy dealership dont even know exactly what to do for it except they told me that it would be $5000.00 to try and fix the problem but dont really garantee it to fix the problem. What am I to do?

  69. #69 Crystal Atkinson says:

    We just bought a 2012 Equinox less than a year ago. At about 17,000 miles, the transmission had to be replaced. Good thing it happened still under warranty. The service shop at the dealership acted like they knew nothing about the common transmission issue in equinoxs. We are probably going to have to lose money on it when we trade since we do not want to chance it happening once out of warranty! Is there any way we can get our money back?

  70. #70 Friend says:

    Hello, I have been driving my girlfriend’s 2012 equinox for a week now. ( she loves the Acura TL too much lol!!)However I noticed that the gas mileage sucks compared to my 6 cylinder car. So I tried to notice the slightest thing that may point to high gas mileage. And noticed that when the car is automatic the 6speed gear only stops at 4th gear. Which results in a high Rpm, compared to the car in the 6th gear. Is this the normal drive gear for the equinox or is something wrong with the tranny? Please advise.

    Thanks.

  71. #71 LemonLaw says:

    Crystal: Keep going back if the matter is not addressed.

  72. #72 Michael says:

    I have a 2008 Equinox Sport, I was coming home from Vegas yesterday and when I went to pass a vehicle the car downshifted to give me the power I needed to pass – and then just stayed there. It would not up-shift and as I got off the accelerator the car shut down on me. I towed it in to the dealer today and they just called and said I seized the motor. I have only had the car for 8 months.

  73. #73 Lindsay says:

    We have a 2011 Chevy Equinox with around 30,000 miles on it. We bought it brand new. At 1 year old, I was driving around town with my two very young children and it kept stalling. It probably did this more than 5 times, but I was lucky to at least be able to get it home without any accidents. Called the dealership and come to find out, there was a recall on it. Must have been right after we bought it, and before our paperwork went through for the purchase, because we never received any notification for the recall. Anyway, took it in and the dealership fixed the prob… Now 1 year after that, we have more problems. After driving my car just yesterday, I get in it today and it won’t start. There is a little air coming out from the air conditioning that is NOT cold, but other than that, NOTHING. Also, we’ve been experiencing difficulty in getting the key in and out of the ignition. So much so that the key is now visibly bent due to trying so hard to get it out. In addition to all this, the car has been jerky at times (not all the time), especially when applying pressure to the gas pedal. Beyond frustrated with this very cheaply made car… Have only technically brought it in once, but the problems are ongoing and this car is only two years old!

  74. #74 Cindy says:

    Thought I had bad gas in my 2008 Equinox. Nope, started researching and 2007 -2009 Equinox’s have bad plug wires than crack spark plug # 1. Found the bulletin on line and took my truck in this am to the dealer. It was struggling to get up hills and spitting and sputtering. The service manager said I was right and replaced the parts. I wish I had been notified. Also I asked about fuel leak problems and he said if I have any leaks, they will replace the fuel pump. Apparently it has a problem too.

    Now I’m worried about the transmission. I bought new and it has 48,000. At least they are working with me.

  75. #75 LemonLaw says:

    @Lindsay–You need to start bringing the car in regularly. Once you are in three or times, you maybe entitled to compensation under Federal law.

  76. #76 Car Dealer Question says:

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  77. #77 Jenn says:

    I bought a 2008 equinox a year and a half ago with the extended warranty. Last week the transmission started slipping and then lunging once it kicked in. I brought it into a dealer and the internal parts had to be replaced. Apparently a common problem with these transmissions! The kicker, the extended warranty people refuse to cover the 2,700 repair bill because I was slightly over the 100,000 miles and didn’t get the tranny flush. However the fluid was fine and lack of maintenance had nothing to do with the problem wich is inherent with these vehicles. Also onstar could not detect the problem.

  78. #78 CONNIEI says:

    I have a 2007 equinox. I still have about 9 payments left on it. It has been a decent car until it was at around 98,000 miles. Then it has been one thing after another. First they said transmission was slipping and replaced ERG or EGR valve or something like that then I got a light engine hot/compressor off. Head Gaskets!!!!!!!!!!! $2500.00 then tune up then throttle body. Now lights are not coming on like low fuel and change engine oil so that’s probably electrical. I cant afford the repairs on this car. I haven’t even done the transmission yet. I am going to drive it until it goes I guess. I have spent way over $4000.00 on repairs in the last year. I hate this car. I just pray it lasts until its paid off.

  79. #79 Gardner Ablett says:

    I have had my 2010 equinox since 2011. Bought it one year old. After having it a week, the car would not shut off, it would run on for a few seconds then shut off. Took to dealer, they replaced the fuel pump, which didn’t fix it. Took it in again, and they replaced something, I dont remember what it was, and it was ok after that. The engine is really loud, even some friends have commented on its rattle, so I took it to the dealer about that and the fact that once in a while it shifts really hard into second gear when cold. They said they couldn’t figure anything out, that they reprogrammed it and said good enough. Took it in several other times because it continued. Still loud, still shifts hard, but cannot recreate it. Next we were on vacation and the auto rear gate failed. Cant open it manually either. So our luggage was stuck in the back of our car until we found a dealer 16 hours from home to fix it. Next I checked the oil in the engine once when filling with gas as I usually do and it was low on oil. Took to dealer immediately, they checked and said everything was fine. 2 weeks later the car dies with my wife and 2 small children in it. Take it to the dealer, NO OIL!!!! Engine completely replaced. Technician told my wife that had the engine ceased up that it could have severely injured my family. GREAT! Now I was driving it this week and the brakes start making strange noises, the stabilitrak, abs, and 4 wheel drive all quit. SERIOUSLY!!!! Take to dealer, still under 100,000 mile warranty but that part isn’t covered! They say its the wheel bearing and the sensors. $470!!! On a 3 year old car! They said GM used to cover that, but has stopped. Just talked to low level support at GM and they were all sunshine and roses, we will take care of you. Higher level just called and basically told me we MIGHT cover a small amount of it, but thats all. Nothing to say on the numerous other problems, or issues. Im actually concerned with the safety of my family in the vehicle. Used to be a GM fan. Not so much anymore.

  80. #80 joanna says:

    wanted to get my transmission serviced on my 2005 chevy equinox.. and found out its called a throw away transmission.. What the heck kind of crap is chevy making… you can find the fluid… but not the gasket… I see other numerous complaints about the tranny .. its ok atm but wanted to get it serviced…Should I start documenting my problems with my transmission…

  81. #81 LemonLaw says:

    @Joanna: Sadly, the age of the car would prohibit lemon law at this point. That being said, I suggest you see if your state has any used car consumer statutes which can come into play.

  82. #82 Dave from Cincinnati says:

    So the article mentions an alleged connection between the transmission problems and air conditioner problems. I have a post above telling of my transmission pump problems in my 2012 LT Equinox. Just last week, my air conditioner stopped blowing cold air. Not sure why, as everything else seems normal. It’s in the shop right now, but it’s kind of annoying having these systems go out when it’s less than a year and a half old.

  83. #83 jose says:

    My mom got a car this month on the 6 its been 17 days and I’m sure the transmission is messing up yesterday it started jurking really hard and overheated we got a 30 day warranty for 50% of the price of probkems dose this apply for the lemon law its a 2007 with around 91000

  84. #84 Andrea Lambert says:

    I purchased a 2012 equinox from Carmax July 27th…had 3 weeks and all console lighting goes dim and then bright at random and they told me there’s no problem. Can’t even see the console during the day. Now transmission is jerking and bucking and when I put it in reverse it idles high and makes an awful rattling noise. Console lighting issue not resolved and have too take it in again tomorrow. ..was just brought in last Tuesday. I haven’t even made the first car pmt yet and I don’t want the car anymore. Have to bring it in twice in one week and only had for 3 weeks. Buying this vehicle was a huge mistake.

  85. #85 LemonLaw says:

    @Andrea: I hope you are taking the car back to an authorized GM shop for warranty repair, and NOT to Carmax.

  86. #86 LemonLaw says:

    @Jose: In most states, a 2007 vehicle would not qualify due to the statute of limitations.

  87. #87 Andrea Lambert says:

    @lemonlaw..yes carmax brought it to a Chevy dealership but they said it will be several days before they even look at it! Nothing like dropping 23k for a car you can’t drive! I have a feeling this is just the beginning of many trips to the dealership..so frustrated! !

  88. #88 LemonLaw says:

    @Andrea: Once you have three repair invoices, call us at 1 800 LEMON LAW so we can determine if you are entitled to financial recourse to reflect the diminished value of the vehicle as a result of the problem.

  89. #89 Brian says:

    Just bought a 2010 equinox w 36000 miles. Certified pre owned w extended warranty. Transmissions is acting up. What do I do?

  90. #90 Adam says:

    My wife bought a 2013 equinox a couple months ago. Since then I have had it in the shop on three different occasions. It seems like when you are slowing down with your foot on the brakes and it downshifts the brakes pulse causing the equinox to jump forward. Its almost like it takes the brake pedal away from you when it downshifts. Also when the vechile is idoling it seems like it is going to shutoff because of low rpms. Recently the navigation screen shut off and when it came back on it had lines through the screen. Ive made one payment on it and its been at the dealership almost as much as she has drove it. The service department say they can’t duplicate the issues. She doesn’t feel safe driving it. What can I do about it?

  91. #91 LemonLaw says:

    @Adam: It’s time to look into your rights. You can find a lemon law lawyer in your state by clicking here: http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html.

  92. #92 LemonLaw says:

    @Brian: Get to the shop pronto.

  93. #93 K Ever says:

    I have a 2008 equinox with around 80k miles on it, I just paid it off, bought it new from the dealership as a leftover 2008. My car also has the musty smell on the floor, I’ve read about Equinox having issues with water getting inside. Last year I had to have the front passenger wheel bearing replaced, and I also experienced the chugging and sputtering people have mentioned. I took it in to a dealership and they said they could not replicate it (odd to me now reading all these complaints because this happened in 2012 after there were known issues apparently) and did not do anything about it. Not long after that I started it up to leave work and it sounded like a motorcycle! I had it towed and it turned out that it had blown a spark plug and I ended up having the rear head gasket replaced. Fortunately I was just barely still under warranty. It seems to be fine since then, however I do experience a lag sometimes when I’m trying to accelerate, and then suddenly it kicks in and the car lurches forward fast (I’ve always just thought this was operator error). Should I be worried about my transmission?

  94. #94 K Ever says:

    Oh and also to my previous comment. I was getting gas with an empty tank yesterday and the pump shut off completely after 9 gallons, I’ve never had this issue at all whether manually pumping or using the latch. The pump would not kick back on, is this potentially an issue as well?

  95. #95 connie says:

    I purchased a 2010 equinox in May 2013. I constanly hear a pounding noise coming from the rear after I get to my destination,I turn the car off and I will hear that noise that drivenuts. The car idles very
    rough at times.I recently startedhearing a loud noise coming from the engine when I go to start it. I feel in my gut that I need to get rid of it.

  96. #96 Melissa says:

    Bought a 2011 equinox last May and had problems start 3 weeks after!!
    Engine light came on and my vehicle was jerking and stalling.
    Brought it in they replaced a valve and gave me an oil change ( said there was no oil in it even though the dealership gave me one before I bought it). Within a month it was jerkin again and the engine light came back on. brought it in, they changed another valve. Brought it back almost instantly because my engine light came back on and my oil was gone. Finally after three months of this I brought it in again and found out my engine was shot and they gave me a new one. It’s been a year and thankfully all seems well. Here’s hoping!!

  97. #97 LemonLaw says:

    @Melissa: Under federal law, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to reflect the diminished value of your car as a result of the problems. Submit your info to http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html and we will be glad to review your situation to see if we can help.

  98. #98 Joni says:

    Bought 2011 Chevy Equinox new in April 2011. Nothing but problems. Shifting mechanism replaced, all four tires replace, all speakers were bad so they replaced them, door handles – the coating was peeling off – all had to be replaced, gas mileage stinks (advertised at 31MPG highway and I am lucky on a good day to get maybe 21)

    Now there is a knocking noise in the engine. They told me this is normal but they would put a silencer on it so as not to hear it! No fix. They put the silencer on and it is still knocking and I am furious. I have had it. I want them to take my car and give me my money back. I am sick of calling the car dealership. It also hesitates upon acceleration (they told me this is also normal). I am going to have an accident because of this stupid car.

    GM is supposed to be working with my car dealership to come up with a problem. Someone HELP me please!

  99. #99 LemonLaw says:

    @Joni: You must find a lemon law lawyer to help you–visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state. The dealer is not really in a position where they can do much of anything.

  100. #100 michelle says:

    So after reading this forum, I guess my car has more problems than I originally thought. I purchased a 2011 equinox October, check engine light came on November 17 and notified my power to engine reduced. I was in my way to drop my daughter off at school. Car jerked and putted as I approached her school. Turned off and back on. Called dealership and drove it there. They supposedly fixed it. Said it was wiring harness. Well, today, on my way to my dughters school, check engine light back on and car started putting, power reduced. Stopped at.stop sign then car just shut off. Turned back on and sounded like it was going to die. No power but was able to get back home. Shut car off and tried to turn back on but wouldn’t start. This is just a couple weeks of getting the car back from service shop. Called dealership and their response “there was a notice from Chevy about the wiring harness issue. Our tech had an idea of what the issue could have been but we have to follow strict protocols from Chevy. Wiring harness was the first step” what annoys me is that they dis not tell me the first time that my car may act up again but I’m sure their statement today was BS. I’ve noticed my car feeling like its going to shut off when the ac/heater is running. Engine knocks and car doesn’t pick up. Didn’t think much of it until I found this page!!! Car is going k to dealership today. They had the nerve to ask me to call AAA to tow it.I pay for my AAA. THyhis is chevys issue.. car still under warranty.. so they finally agreed to dispatch a tow company to tow my car. I hate this car!!

  101. #101 Cyndi says:

    My ’06 is in the shop right now. Bought it used in May of 2012. Replaced a head gasket that fall. Saturday, drove to town and it stopped at the stop sign – would not go. I shifted to R, L then back to drive and got it to the dealer where I bought it (Dodge Dealer). They just told me it’s a sensor on the transmission and possible wiring. Ugh. After this repair I may be out more than the vehicle cost me. Never buying a Chevy again.
    Meanwhile – the Dodge dealer is nice enough to drive it to a GM dealer so they can examine the problem.

  102. #102 Phil says:

    Bought my 2011 Equinox in Sept. 2011.No problems until 1 month ago transmission started slipping brought it in to the dealer was there for 8 days.they said they cleaned the valve body and it was ok. Well it is now back at the same dealer for the same problem.I wish I would have found this site earlier do not think I would have bought it.Had a1997 Explorer prior to this sold to my neighbor with 125,000 miles on it and he is still driving it every day. Going back to Ford as soon as this problem is fixed.

  103. #103 Jeff says:

    I bought my 2010 chevy equinox brand new it now has 37864 kilometers or just under 25000 miles on it. I have had a new valve put into my transmission, had a new radio installed because it quit turning off when the drivers door opened, discovered that was a broken wiring harness in the door and now my all wheel drive is not working and the light is on. It is at the dealership now, they are charging me $20 a day for a rental which I am paying as I am on vacation but they are telling me that the repairs may not be covered by warranty as the powertrain warranty was up in July. I work in the oilpatch in Alberta Canada and I know I will be telling everyone I see in the oilpatch to not buy chevy from now on.

  104. #104 dawn says:

    I bought a 2005 equinox new in 2005 with the extended warranty. After the first few months, a constant high pitched whining noise would start up at about 30 mph and would not stop until the car came to a complete stop. Unfortunately, the sound comes and goes, and there is no pattern to it’s occurrence so it took over 4 years before the dealer even heard the noise. At this point in time, the dealer has yet to figure out what it is even though it has been in the shop several times. Now, at 80,000 miles, the engine has locked up and needs to be replaced. I have also had the same lag/jerk in the transmission that I’m reading others are experiencing, but have not had to service it (yet). I’m torn between junking the whole car, or putting in a new engine and hope the transmission holds out, but I can’t afford a car payment.

  105. #105 Sarah says:

    I have a 05 Equinox that I bought in 06, everything has been replaced in it, including the engine twice. The check engine light has been on more than it has been off, and now it is sputtering and the engine is revving constantly. It doesn’t matter if it is just idling, stopped, driving. It is making me nervous that I need it fixed again. Any ideas on what this could be?

  106. #106 Ganthony says:

    Hello,

    I have a 08 Equinox Sport about 140k miles now. It broke down on me on my way to work. Had to tow it and finally found out the transmission is out……..AGAIN! Already had the transmission fixed once 2 years ago, still under warranty, and now again??? This is not normal. 2 transmission in 6 years is not normal. What can I do? I cant afford 4000 dollar job!

  107. #107 ermi says:

    I have a 2010 Equinox with 48K miles. last year(May 2013) on 35K, they change me a new engine due to oil leak, but yesterday when I put on reverse the car wouldn’t move and on drive wouldn’t go more than 24 miles an hour. planning to tow it to the dealer but I have multiple issues since day one. is there anyone experience this problem? thans

  108. #108 Beverly Ross says:

    I have a 2012 equinox. Noticed about 5-6 month after purchase that it would stall, jerk after I accelerate from a stop light/sign. It happens randomly twice a day, or twice a month.
    First I thought it was the low octane gas as suggested by the manufacturer. changed to mid level then high octane no change.
    Problem continued.
    Returned to dealership, total thirty days over 4-5 times.
    Results: cannot duplicate problem. I even test drive a few miles with them but it never happened. I am with the BBB now but I am frustrated because It happens randomly and the computer stores no problems in that or anything else.
    I really love the car but it is scary to experience this.
    Anyone else with this problem?

  109. #109 Melissa says:

    I have a 07 Chevy equinox i bought it from drivetime in Feb 2011 by Oct 2011 it was in the shop for the transmission. it spent the entire month of Oct in the shop. they couldn’t get it to act up for them so when they finally did they replaced the transmission… about 2 months later still doing same thing. over this car but owe too much to trade in wish it was eligible under lemon law

  110. #110 Sarah Raymond says:

    My 2005 Chevy equinox which is mentioned several times in here had “transmission” issues too Melissa and they too had a hard time getting it to act up some of the time. However I noticed every time it died that I had just filled the gas tank and so I stopped filling it and only put 20 dollars or 5 gallons in each time (1/2 a tank) and do not have any stalling issues since. The only current problem I have is irrational abs sensor with loss of traction control and hard starts on occasion … Both are manageable.. Thank goodness … Never will I buy a Chevy again but try the gas thing Melissa to see if it helps.

  111. #111 Cyndi says:

    Ermi. Same exact issue here. It was a sensor on the transmission. Cost, with labor, $600. Took mine directly to gm dealership. While I was furious, was also relieved it wasn’t a new transmission.

  112. #112 ashley says:

    I have a 2010 equinox. Got it 3 months ago. It’s already been to the Chevy dealer 3 times. I explain the same problem every time. It shakes like it’s going to stall and it drives hard burning through oil..engine runs hardent and soon many other issues. FirSt time in they replaced the fuel pump and timing chain. Not even a week later I sent it back and they replaced another timing chain. Said they’d mail me my paper work. After 2 weeks called for my paperwork because. I never got it told them it still sounded and ran funny. They said it’s the new parts settling in and the cold weather. Called back 2 weeks later because it was down 2 quarts of oil and running horribly and still didn’t have the papers from the previous service. Brought back in..they overhauled my engine rebuilt it and put new pistons in..just picked it up tonight and it still feels like it wants to stall and now it has a burning smell. And my warranty is almost up…I hate Chevy!

  113. #113 Betsy says:

    I have an 2011 Equinox and it is been in the shop too many times to count. I have begged GM to just replace my vehicle with something comperable, but of course nothing. My problems started at 7K miles. Engine start up noise, all the time, transmission now has a hard time going into reverse, it takes a while. Mine has been in the shop so much Im sick of taking it. Its bad when you drive up and they know you by name what you are there for and the guy with loaners just goes and gets me a vehicle. I am sick and tired of begging GM to make it right. They have offered me $2500 in cash back to get a new one. No i dont want that. I want mine fixed properly. Whats so bad is I purchased the bumper to bumper warranty to cover my vehicle for at least a year after it was paid for, and it apparently isn’t doing me a bit of good, because they still dont want to fix it. The shop has heard the noise but their hands are tied because GM wont let them do but basically patch things up.. This is bull! This was my first ever GM product and will definitely be my last!

  114. #114 LemonLaw says:

    @Betsy: Have you looked into getting free lemon law representation? Please visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/state-lemon-laws/ to read about your rights.

  115. #115 LemonLaw says:

    @Ashley: What state are you from? You may be entitled to assistance under the Federal Magnsuon Moss Warranty Act. For a free case review, visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html. If we cannot help, we will try and find someone who can.

  116. #116 Matt Koch says:

    I bought a used 2010 Equinox in Nov. of 2013. I was pulling up to a red light and the car jumped and bogged down. When the light turned green and I pushed on the gas it just revved up to about 2500 RPM, then popped , and finally drove off. It was happening the rest of the night. The next day I put the car in reverse and then same thing. The dealership I bought it from might have well told me to screw myself. The car has 75000 miles on it. This is the second chevy I have ever owned and this is the second to do this before 80000 miles. I will never buy another chevy.

  117. #117 terri towery says:

    Engine head problems cost me 2, 200, now transmission gone. Cost is 3500 dollars. Less than 60k miles! Equinox 2010!

  118. #118 Angelia says:

    I just bought a 2012 equinox (26000 miles) a month ago. It is still under factory warranty until 36000 miles and I have purchased an extended warranty from the dealer. As I was slowing down, the vehicle jerked. This happened twice so I took it into the dealer. They thought it jerked because it was trying to find the right gear. No codes were found. Less than 2 weeks later, it did this again as I was slowing down….and then again at the next stop. I am taking it in again in the morning because they want to see what it is doing. What can I do? It does not happen all the time and wont duplicate on demand. Any help would be appreciated.

  119. #119 LemonLaw says:

    @Angelia: If it happens a third time, contact us at http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html and we will determine if/how we can help. Make sure youa re receiving repair invoices for each visit.

  120. #120 Keri says:

    I have a 2011 equinox that I purchased 6 months ago with just over 48,000 miles on it. I am having issues with the acceleration lagging, up to 3 seconds on the freeway. Also it seems to want to run high at 4,000 rpm when it should be running at about 2,500. The most frequent issue is that when I come to a stop like 75% of the time it feels like someone runs up behind the car and shoves it. It shifts hard all the time. I took it in to the dealership and the service guy drove it with me and of course I couldn’t duplicate it and they fed me some line about it being normal with the 6 speed transmission and they can’t service it based on my word. How do I deal with this with the dealership?

  121. #121 Abbie says:

    I just purchased a 2014 Chevy Equinox completely new, have only had it for a few months, 2,000 miles on it and it is already jerking while I’m slowing down and it shifts really hard while the air is on. Is there anything that can be done since it was recently purchased?

  122. #122 Wendy monrroy says:

    Hi I’m also having problems with my 2010 equinox… Before this car I had a 2005 equinox, and the transmission gave out on that car. I had no other option but to pay more money and trade it in for the one I have now.
    Now my 2010 is giving me problems, last night when I put the car in drive, it took a while for the car to shift and drive all the while the rpms were going crazy… I pulled into a parking lot shut the car off and let it sit for a bit, when I turned it on it seemed fine, but I put it in reverse, there was no reverse. Had to have someone help me push it..
    I finally drove it home very slow and when I got home the engine light went on.. Really the light went on after the fact. I’m here at the dealer and very worried that its like something major n expensive!!!! I can’t afford to pay for major repairs, the warranty has expired… Please help!
    I’ve kept the car up to maintanence just brought it in for service in April 2014….

  123. #123 LemonLaw says:

    @Wendy: If you were back in three or more times for the same problem while under warranty, you need to look into your rights. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state that can help.

  124. #124 LemonLaw says:

    @Abbie: You need to make sure you keep track of repair invoices and the number of days the vehicle is out of service. Every state has a different lemon law. You can find out about your state by clicking here: http://www.lemonlaw.com/state-lemon-laws/

  125. #125 Diane says:

    I purchased a 2011 Equinox and had same problem with jerking and sputtering when I tried to accelerate after stopping. It felt like it was going to stall. Very scary when trying to accelerate to enter an on ramp of a highway. Dealer acted like they knew nothing about this problem. Had it in shop several times for same problem. Now a/c is not working. It was a big problem, cost over $700 . It has 30,000 miles. A/c not working again. Very concerned, I cannot afford a new car and don’t want to sink any more Monet into this same problem when GM knows about it. I did contact them but they were no help. Will it help if I contact them again. I was shocked at how many people have the same problems and they are not doing anything. The hesitation to accelerate on an on ramp of a busy highway is a potential bad accident waiting to happen or is that what they are waiting for like the other recalls of recent. To me this is a very dangerous situation that should be corrected now, not wait until a very bad accident/s. It is going in the shop for the same reasons again. Dealer should have it all documented. I can’t afford a new car. Is this happening w/newer models?

  126. #126 Sarah raymond says:

    After 101,346 miles my 2005 Cheverolet Equinox has gone
    To the wholesalers with failing gaskets, drivers side window is off
    The tracks… Unresolved gas issue with only putting x amount of gas
    And squeaky abs brakes.

    I had the car since February 2011 and she was in the garage
    The first 2 years! 10,999 down to a mere 1100 (beggars trade)

    See you never Chevy! Goodbye used cars ( not
    That a new Chevy equinox would have been any better) and Hello new 2014 Toyota Prius :)

    Good luck to the rest of you

  127. #127 Tabitha Guy says:

    I bought a 2013 Equinox in Aug of 2013 and as of yesterday 6/23/14 it took it’s 3rd tow ride back to the dealer. It would of gone more but I made calls of complaints instead. In Aug when I purchased the car 5 days after I drove it off the lot it would not change gears and then the check engine light would come on and the traction light. So, they picked it up and I got it back a week later. The SAME day they delivered it to me they had to turn around and pick it BACK up not even 30 min later for the same issues. After, keeping it a week again they claimed it was a recall on the sensor and being it was so new they had not caught it. Since then I’ve experienced the AC making a noise and the engine seems loud while just sitting, then yesterday while sitting in line at a fast food joint….. The car tried to jerk out of control while my foot was on the break and once again check engine light comes on and the traction light appears. I am beyond not happy. The Georgia lemon law would cover this except I’m in sales and I have 27,000 miles on the car and GA law say before 24,000 or 2 years. The car is not even a year old and now I feel like I’m stuck. I am begging them to just buy it back or even trade me and do pay off. I feel like I am being screwed on this one. I will never own another if I can help it. This car has been a night mare.

  128. #128 Jill says:

    Have a 2009 Equinox with about 82,000 miles. Transmission blew out of nowhere. Has been a great car up until now. Was out of town on business and closest Chevy dealership was 20+ miles away and was concerned to drive it that far.

    Aamco rebuilt tramsmission. After almost two weeks, got car back, transmission blew again after two weeks. Back to Aamco for another week. Had it one day, blew again. They’ve had it going on two weeks now and they can’t even figure out what is going on.

    Aamco told me that there is a known issue with this GM transmission. A part starts to break apart and destroys the transmission. GM coughed up half of the cost, but have been w/o the vehicle for almost a month now. Concerned this car will never be safe to drive.

  129. #129 LemonLaw says:

    @Tabitha: Please visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html and fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form to determine if and how we can help.

  130. #130 Dustin Gavin says:

    So I have a very weird problem with my 2008 Equinox. While driving a message appears on the dash that reads “SERVICE AIR BAGS”. Then within a few minutes the brake pedal tightens up, my speed decreases and then as I hit the gas pedal the RPM’s jump up to 4 or 5 and my speed continues to decrease. I end up pulling over and turning my car off for a few minutes. When I restart it everything is fine until the “Service AirBag” message appears again. Then we go through the motion again. It doesn’t happen everyday. The car shop had it for a few days and drove it around and nothing happened for them. They checked the computer and no codes. Any ideas????

  131. #131 Darrell says:

    For all of you with 04-09 Equinox don’t replace your transmission… Take your vehicle to a professional transmission repair shop that is familiar with this transmission, not the dealer!! You need new linear solenoids in the valve body of the transmission, this can save you thousands on repairs. Google aw55-50 linear solenoid failure. You will find that this is common in Volvos and nissan as well with the same transmissions.

  132. #132 Amy says:

    Purchased a 2012 equinox on May 24th 2014. It’s still under factory warranty just got back out of the shop yesterday for the engine being replaced Today the front end feels like something is falling out when you hit the breaks. I’m so frustrated only made one payment and have already had this much trouble. Wish I could just get my money back

  133. #133 Paulette says:

    We have a 2010 Equinox automatic, and experiencing issues.
    Last week, went for an oil change, and the dealership said that the alignment and shocks will have replaced. This week, in a matter of two days (first day, the vehicle didn’t seem right, didn’t sound like it was shifting right, and engine light went on), then the next day (on the way to the dealership) when accelerating to 40 – 60 km, the rpm’s were really high, and not shifting down. I seriously didn’t think I was going to make it to the dealership service department. Thankfully we still have an extended warranty. The dealership was looking into the problem, and found that when the car was put into reverse, the car would not move. Again, thankfully, we got it to the dealership, before that happened at home. They have told us that the (transmission) wave plate is cracked. The part has been ordered. To tell you the truth, our family, loves this vehicle. But by reading all of these posts, makes me think we have a lemon. We will be on our toes for any other problems.

  134. #134 Guillermo says:

    Hello,

    I have a 08 equinox sport with 140 thousand miles. I know it doesn’t fall under the lemon law guidelines. However, I had the transmission go out on me in 2010, was fixed. Transmission went out again in March of this year and I had to pay to get it fixed through Chevy. Again the transmission went out earlier this month and again. And now, two weeks later, the transmission is malfunctioning AGAIN!!! What are my options at this point?

    Thanks

  135. #135 Deven says:

    Hi, a few months ago I purchased a 2012 chevy equinox from eddys Toyota. It’s been a nightmare. Immediately it started acting up felt like it wanted to stall and the timing chain was clanking real bad. I got a check engine light within a month and found out the camshaft as well as a few cylinoids needed replaced and the fuel pump. Anyways chevy fixed it for me under manufacturers warrenty but I’m still experiencing the same issues even new ones the transmission acts super laggy the car feels like it wants to stall the oil smells like fuel it’s making weird noises. Do I have a lemon law through chevy or Toyota is it to late? Keep in mind it’s been 4 months and I’ve put 6k miles on it.

  136. #136 LemonLaw says:

    @Deven: You may have a claim under Federal law. Please visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state who can help you.

  137. #137 Nick says:

    I have a 2010 Equinox brand new in 2010, at 70,000 miles had to replace the timing and water pump chain, at 98,000 miles had to rebuild the top end of the engine, at 102,000 the transmission broke while I was out town, 9 hours away from home, costing me $800 to get it home and $4600 for new trany. I have always been loyal to the American products but maybe it’s time for a change

  138. #138 Jonathan says:

    We purchased a 2009 Equinox Sport in April 2009. Vehicle was fine until July 2013 when the the transmission refused to go into gear. Vehicle had 70,000 miles. Local dealership did it want to do anything about it until I opened a ticket with GM and then they replaced the transmission. Note that the vehicle was well under warranty. In October 2013 we had issues with Check Engine light coming on and car running rough. Vehicle eventually died on side of road. Had to argue with same dealership (and open another ticket) to get them to repair it at 77,000 miles. Turns out the wave plate on clutch broke. There was a TSB about the issue that I pointed out to dealer when I was told that my oil was too thin and that had caused the issue. Started having issues 2 weeks ago with excessive vibration at speeds of 35MPh or so. Took it into same dealership and turns out it was torque converter that needs replacing. Vehicle has 91,000 miles and has been out of factory warranty 5 months. Dealer refuses to pay for repair because the new transmission warranty isn’t honored since it was replaced under the original vehicle warranty. This is the 3rd major issue in less than 18 months. I called back and inquired about the Goodwill policy and was informed that GM doesn’t have that any more. What are my next options?

    Disgusted in Kentucky

  139. #139 Raquel says:

    Yikes, I wish there was something that can be done, I just found out my 2005 Equinox already needs a new transmission and it has about 60,000 miles. I can’t afford the repair or a new car. I bought this car brand new.

  140. #140 jay says:

    I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox and I have had two head gaskets blow out on the vehicle due to the radiator fluid becoming acidic at a certain point(or so the dealership told me), it blew out once at 80000 miles and again at 100,000 miles obviously it was not covered under warranty either time as the warranty had run out. I have also had numerous problems with the electrical system and I have had numerous issues with the vehicle overheating. After doing the head gasket job myself the second time and ensuring the vehicle was repaired correctly with the best parts, I still have problems with the vehicle overheating not to mention the check engine light coming on all of the time and problems with my air conditioner not functioning properly and the electrical system going haywire constantly. My family had always owned Chevrolet products however considering the multiple problems I’ve had with this vehicle and GM not returning any of my phone calls or letters written, I WILL NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER CHEVY AS LONG AS I LIVE! ***CHEVROLET YOU SUCK***

  141. #141 Brad Johnson says:

    In early 2010 my wife and I bought a new 2011 Chevrolet Equinox as we were expecting our first child and wanted to have a car we could depend on and have space for our family to grow. We have always bought GM vehicles because both of our fathers worked in GM as well as my grandparents so we have stayed loyal to the brand… up until this vehicle.
    When we first bought this vehicle we noticed it was shifting weird and often would shift very hard from first to second gear, and second to third gear. We immediately called Hank Graff Chevrolet in Davison, Michigan and they said it’s just how the engine in that car shifts and the “eco button” also makes it shift this way which is part of the design, and not to worry. At this point we were a little concerned, but took them at their word since they should know how this vehicle operates.
    We continued with this issue and commented on it daily as we drove until the car began to shift even harder to the point of our head’s pushing back as if we had a sports car and just hit the gas from a stop light, and experienced the kick-back. Also, when this issue became more problematic we would also approach a stop light and when waiting for the light to turn green you would hear a loud knocking noise in the rear as if someone was under our vehicle hitting the cargo underbody with a hammer.
    We brought our car to the dealership and they were very short and rude with us and pretty much said it is normal and we are exaggerating the issue. They ended up reprogramming the computer and changing the timing chain which seemed like some serious repairs for a brand new car and issues that we were apparently overstating.
    After several days of repairs we picked the Equinox back up and it was fine for a day or two then the hard shifting and knocking noise came back. Additionally, now when we go in reverse the Equinox also sounds like a diesel engine and it hops slightly with a VERY loud rattling noise. We called the dealership and let them know but it’s hard to bring it in for repairs on a weekly basis with a full-time job and a child to cart around. After several weeks we get a chance to bring the car in again and they do minimal recall work and nothing major saying they can’t reproduce the issue even through it was hardly test drove at that point.
    Our day-to-day continues with a growing concern and frustration with our vehicle, but we continue on as if the issues will work themselves out because we don’t have time to keep bringing in this terribly unreliable vehicle. We end up going to get an oil change a few days later and all the techs’ are looking at our “new vehicle” with a lot of concern and notify us our transmission is leaking and how unusual it is for a car with this low of mileage and this new to already be leaking transmission fluid. With this information we have lost all hope in this car and expect very little to no support from the dealership or the “customer service” that we have been given from calling GM themselves.
    We are now outside of our warranty and still dealing with the same issues we have had since day 1 with this car because the dealership can’t find out why all of these issues are happening and the GM “customer service” has given us no options on how to move forward other than “pay for an extended warranty” because they know this car is bad, but won’t help to rectify the situation they have put us in.
    We just picked our 2011 Equinox back up from the dealership AGAIN today and they had to replace the Cam Shaft Actuators because “the timing was off which is causing the engine to run incorrectly”. This is the second time these parts have been replaced on this vehicle.
    GM “Customer Service” has been contacted again and they were wanting to put all blame on the dealership without owning up to the issue that it’s the GM car that’s the issue, not the dealership that has to support the inferior product we have come to expect from GM. At this point we are waiting for a call back from GM about giving us “buy back assistance”. However, after googling about this car and the multiple issues a lot of people have faced with it, it looks like they are going to offer on average $1,500-$2,000 toward a new GM car so I can extend my payments out even further. The dealership has offered a trade-in value that is lower than the amount we owe on this vehicle.
    The end result of us taking weeks of our lives, frustration, patience, and staying loyal to a brand is ending with GM essentially telling us “tough luck we sold you a defective car, but here is less money than you owe on your car to get a new one and start a new loan”. At this point I have told all of my GM -loyal family about this issue and they have all backed me and said they will never buy a GM vehicle even though they have retired from the company. It seems they are trying to rectify there image and become a more reliable brand, but it’s individual cases like this that will be the driving force to the end of an American brand.

    Repair Recap:

    February 2011 – 7,099 miles – Complaint of jerkiness while shifting. Weird shifting.
    Action taken – Seat belt recall, nothing done concerning our complaint except charge us for an oil change.

    November 2011 – 17,683 miles – Further shifting issues and chugs while driving. Loud ratting and grinding from under hood by engine. Knocking in back. Slow to take off from a stop. Has stalled 2 times driving.
    Action taken – Reprogrammed engine control module. Said they couldn’t duplicate the rest.

    April 2012 – 22,365 miles – Stalled more times. Knocking in engine and rattling. Still shifts incorrectly. Sputters and stalls while driving. Transmission leak.
    Action taken – Replaced Cam Shaft Intake Actuator. Installed new insulator on fuel pump.

    November 2012 – 31,530 miles – Vehicle shakes hard while driving and shifting. Service Engine light has started to come on. Has stalled more and still shifts hard. Transmission leak.
    Action taken – Replaced High Pressure Fuel Pump.

    June 2013 – 39,705 miles – Grinding when starting up. Bounces and loud while reversing. Lacks power accelerating and hard shifting. Idles rough when starting and at stop lights or idling. Transmission leak.
    Action taken – Cam Shaft timing replacement. Reprogrammed ECM. Charged us for another unnecessary oil change.

    May 2014 – 53,160 miles – Jumps and lurches while shifting between gears still. Still rattling and loud noises while driving and starting car. Stalls intermittently and RPM’s go very low without reason. Knocking still happening under the hood.
    Action taken – Replaced Front Wheel Drive Shaft Seal. Replaced water pump. Repaired Balance Shaft Chain. On the phone was told they were replacing the cam shaft actuators again but I don’t see it on my detailed repair sheet?

  142. #142 LemonLaw says:

    @Brad: You do not mention the state where you purchased your car. While the mileage may pose an obstacle, I do feel it would be worthwhile to discuss this matter with a lemon law lawyer. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm that can help you in your area. I would not delay this. Do not rely on what other folks receive. With a lawyer, and the free legal representation that the law affords, most consumers do much better than when representing themselves.

  143. #143 michael rodriguez says:

    My wife and I just purchased a 2011 chevy equinox from toyota dealership traded my 99 tahoe in on it. Was sold as is no warranty has 57k miles on the 6 th day have not even put gas in it yet and my 4 yr old son and wife are going 55 mph and it drops in first rpms max out and dies shes almost rear ended pushed off road then drove fine all the way to dealership they say they can not duplicate problem its fine and they had chevy place check it out. I was told I could buy waranty for 3k till 100000 miles is this warranty suppose to come with vehicle

  144. #144 Deanna says:

    My best advice to most of you is to check out your consumer fraud laws. I am suing Cody Chevrolet in Montpelier Vermont for not disclosing anyrepair orders to Carfax. Clearly the 2011 Chevy equinox is a lemon but Chevy will not recall the vehicle and stop producing them. The dealerships know this information and until you have a problem they will not do anything for you. When you buy a genuine GM certified car it is supposed to come with a detailed vehicle history mine did not that is why I’m able to sue for consumer fraud you should all check your paperwork and check your repair orders of your cars history against the Carfax please check your paperwork to see if you have a case to for consumer fraud itis a good place to start for people who do not have the luxury of the lemon law for buying a used vehicle.

  145. #145 Marc Howes says:

    While at stop lights my ’12 Equinox makes a jumping motion and continually the RPM will dance between 750 and 1000. It usually settles after 10 seconds of if I shift into Park. I am taking it in Monday for service. Car has 59,000 miles on it.

  146. #146 Beth Capps says:

    I bought a 2011 Equinox almost exactly a year ago here in Florida. I’ve noticed it shifting a bit roughly from time to time but got the same “it’s because of the Eco-boost” story from several shops so I didn’t think too much about it. It just hit 70,000 miles last week. Yesterday on my way home from work I had to slow down almost to a stop in traffic. When I did the car began to jerk and buck and slipped into neutral. I had to cycle it through the gears several times to get it to drop into first gear. I made it across town to my dealership but only barely. By the time I got there it was randomly slipping in and out of neutral while driving, once or twice I heard it make a high pitched whining sound and about a mile from the dealership I lost 3rd gear completely. I limped that last mile at about 20mph in second gear with my flashers on. I had already called them so they knew I was coming. Fortunately the drive train warranty is still good on it but this really concerns me. On top of this mine also has the “increased tension in the steering” problem that is not a recall. I got a letter from Chevrolet, but there are no active recalls on my ride. I like my car but I’m starting to wish I’d stuck with my G6 GT or stepped outside of GM completely.

  147. #147 Colin says:

    My wife and I purchased a used (4 cylinder) 2011 Chevy Equinox with 22k on it from Cargill Chev. in Putnam CT. After about 3 years, we have just under 60k on the engine and have had it in for numerous repairs since we bought it. We have noticed that the transmission seems to rev or skip several times a day when accelerating and shifting from 2nd the 3rd gear (automatic transmission), the engine will rev up to 3500-4000 rpms for a second or two and then it will catch gear again causing the rear wheels to chirp (AWD model), this is also accompanied by high pitched squeal noise from the engine. The first time we took it in, I test drove it with the Service Manager and could not replicate it. I took it in because the engine light had gone on and the code had to do with dirty oil/cam phasers out of sync. I mentioned to the service manager that it is also horrible on gas, only getting 21 mpg mixed driving. He said that I should reset the mpg feature every time I fill up my tank which is once a week, he also said that these engines burn a lot of oil so I should check the oil every time I gas up and also change it every 3,000 miles. This doesn’t seem right to me. Needless to say, they replaced the cam phasers, changed the oil and since then, I’ve had it back in twice in the past few months for the same engine code. Each time, they replaced the cam phasers, actuators and timing chains. The last time, before doing this, they called GM because they said they didn’t know what to do at this point and GM had them replace everything that they replaced the prior time, a couple of months ago! They also noticed that the exhaust manifold was cracked so they replaced that and the catalytic converter. Thankfully all of the repairs were covered under various service bulletins and under the 100k 10 year power train warranty. Once again, I am still having the same issues with the transmission revving but this time, no engine code. Vehicle seems to lack power as well. We are going to contact the dealer once again regarding these issues.

    It is my understanding that because we bought the vehicle used, that it is not covered under state Lemon Laws, is this correct? At this point, short of trading it in (my morals say not to pass this problem along to another consumer) what recourse do we have?

  148. #148 mike says:

    Bought my equinox a couple years back. 2012 with 88k miles. When slowing down at (at say) a stop sign then I give it gas to go and it will jerk hard like it’s almost neutral dropping. Been to the dealer and of course they cannot recreate the issue. It does not happen all the time but reading the horror stories of other owners should I be concerned since I only have 12k left on my warranty?

  149. #149 LemonLaw says:

    @Colin: You may be entitled to monetary compensation to reflect the diminished value of the car through the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. Please call 1 800 LEMON LAW (1 800 536 6652) for more information.

  150. #150 Kristina says:

    I bought a 2010 equinox in june 2013. In may i had issues w engine running rough n found gas was in my oil. They had to replace my tensioner pullies n my while fuel pump n hoses m seals. Then nov 2014 had issues w engine again check engine lights were on n 6 codes came up. They checked it n said had no oil n made me pay fir oul
    Change when i had 23% oil life in it. They cleared codes n sent me on my way 1 min later lights came back on. Brought it back n then was told needs to come back in for service i asked whats wrong n they said need to rebuild motor.
    Head gasket. Timing chain tensioners again pistons rings covers n a bunch of other stuff had back for 10 days n my husband noticed right away a ticking sound that was not there before the service. I checked my oil, n let me tell you that dip stick is horrable dip stick. I never saw one like this stupid one n the book does not explain hiw to read it. I had my husband check it n he smelled it and again now after my wngines rebuilt the oil has fuel in it thats gonna ruin the work they did. This is second time in 7 months. I hope it happends again after rhis fix then i can get gm on lemon law n get ride of rhis $$$ peice of garbage before my warrenty wears out in 20,000 more miles. It only has 56,000 on it. I
    Bought w 34,000. N it only worth half of what i owe. Prob cause this car has lower value cause of the issues w them. I want to blow it up. Tomorrow it goes back to service. Second time this month. The service guy says this car is notorious for this problem. So there we have it.
    My thought. Stick w ford. Chevy sucks. Praying they cant fix it.

  151. #151 amanda says:

    I bought my 2006 equinox in 2010. I have had no problems with it untell this last month first my passenger side axle had to be replaced twice within a week of eachother. Then my check engine light comes on and the code is throwing the egr valve and now just tonight my flipping transmission goes out wile I’m driving down the road.I don’t know what to do where to turn and my extended warranty went out on December 31st I’m so lost

  152. #152 Laura says:

    Has anyone heard of any transmission complaints in the 2013 Equinox? Over the last few months I have noticed some inconsistencies between the transition of the gears while accelerating. It will rev up before finally catching the next gear. I’ve taken it back to the dealer 2 or 3 times now and they tell me they can’t duplicate it, but I haven’t gotten any documentation of this and I doubt they document my account. I just wonder if it’s a consistent thing like it seems to be with the 2011 model.


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