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Tracy

Orofino, ID

#1 Sep 15, 2006
I have had a problem with our new 05 Equinox since the first week we purchased it. It has had knocking noises coming from under the vehicle after it has been running for a few minutes, also the tires in the front have been waring on the outside edges, also has popping noises from the front end, sounds like a loose bucket of bolts going down the highway. This is sad for a new vehicle to sound this way and I personnally love this vehicle. The Dealer ship where we purchased it has had it in and out of the shop constantly and they say they cannot find the problem. I have purchased other vehicles from them in the past and my last one ended up have to have the front end replaced just after the warranty ran out, and I am afraid this will happen again. There has been recalls for the rack and pinnion so they tell me and even though they replaced some parts it still has not helped. I think I have bought a lemon. I am going to take it to a mechanic before the warranty runs out and find out just exactly what is wrong with this vehicle. I will post the answer.
CHRIS

Canada

#2 Jan 8, 2007
I BOUGHT A 05 EQUINOX LT AND AM TRYING TO FIND SOMEONE OTHER THAN GM TO PURCHASE A CHROME TUBULAR SIDE STEP THEY HAVE GIVEN ME A PRICE OF 750$ PLUS INSTALLATION. CAN ANY1 HELP ME.
Jackie

United States

#3 Jan 12, 2007
Tracy wrote:
I have had a problem with our new 05 Equinox since the first week we purchased it. It has had knocking noises coming from under the vehicle after it has been running for a few minutes, also the tires in the front have been waring on the outside edges, also has popping noises from the front end, sounds like a loose bucket of bolts going down the highway. This is sad for a new vehicle to sound this way and I personnally love this vehicle. The Dealer ship where we purchased it has had it in and out of the shop constantly and they say they cannot find the problem. I have purchased other vehicles from them in the past and my last one ended up have to have the front end replaced just after the warranty ran out, and I am afraid this will happen again. There has been recalls for the rack and pinnion so they tell me and even though they replaced some parts it still has not helped. I think I have bought a lemon. I am going to take it to a mechanic before the warranty runs out and find out just exactly what is wrong with this vehicle. I will post the answer.
I am really fed up with this car. I love it, but have had so many little (and big) things wrong with it, that its almost not worth the trouble!

At 5,000 miles, the main computer died. What happens is while you are driving, the car just completely shuts off. No power steering. Nothing.

I had to replace the rotors at 10,000 miles.

The connections to the battery had to be replaced as the power would intermittently disconnect, and then reconnect (25,000 miles).

Now, at just over 30,000 miles, I have a major water leak which is coming from the spare tire compartment. Currently, there is over 4 inches of standing water in the compartment. This has run over into my interior. With any luck, I'll be able to get the dealer to replace the soaked carpet. If not, I'm afraid it will start to smell.
Jim from IN

Fort Wayne, IN

#4 Mar 8, 2007
Jackie wrote:
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I am really fed up with this car. I love it, but have had so many little (and big) things wrong with it, that its almost not worth the trouble!
At 5,000 miles, the main computer died. What happens is while you are driving, the car just completely shuts off. No power steering. Nothing.
I had to replace the rotors at 10,000 miles.
The connections to the battery had to be replaced as the power would intermittently disconnect, and then reconnect (25,000 miles).
Now, at just over 30,000 miles, I have a major water leak which is coming from the spare tire compartment. Currently, there is over 4 inches of standing water in the compartment. This has run over into my interior. With any luck, I'll be able to get the dealer to replace the soaked carpet. If not, I'm afraid it will start to smell.
I also had alot of water in my spare tire well. I read somewhere it was a trim leak on the roof or rear hatch.
Jim from IN

Fort Wayne, IN

#5 Mar 8, 2007
I've read many comments about the "smell" inside the Equinox. Ours smelled like stagnant water, damp. In the winter we would get frost on the inside of our windows indicating moisture inside. I think the large amount of water discovered in the spare tire well (from a trim leak?) creates this problem. Anyone will an odor in their Equinox should check the spare tire well for water!
Shellie from GA

Mahwah, NJ

#6 Mar 9, 2007
I bought my Chevy Equinox on Nov 26, 2005, not even a complete two years have passed and I have to get my engine rebuilt. The dealer says its going to cost me $5,000.
chris

Canada

#7 Mar 14, 2007
Shellie from GA wrote:
I bought my Chevy Equinox on Nov 26, 2005, not even a complete two years have passed and I have to get my engine rebuilt. The dealer says its going to cost me $5,000.
what about yur warranty from GM ?
nathan pearce

Canada

#8 Apr 7, 2007
battery location 05 equinox
Edward

Waynesburg, PA

#9 Apr 17, 2007
Discovered tire well full of water tonight and immediately took it to my Chevy Dealer. Had began wondering shy I was getting a moldy smell past few months and even had windshield frosting up in cold weather on the INSIDE of the windows. Had bought the vehicle used one year ago and fortunately is still under factory warranty. Had at time of purchase taken out extended warranty for 5yrs 100,000 miles also--Guess that was a smart move considering what I have been reading on different forums.
Edward

Waynesburg, PA

#10 Apr 17, 2007
Jim from IN wrote:
I've read many comments about the "smell" inside the Equinox. Ours smelled like stagnant water, damp. In the winter we would get frost on the inside of our windows indicating moisture inside. I think the large amount of water discovered in the spare tire well (from a trim leak?) creates this problem. Anyone will an odor in their Equinox should check the spare tire well for water!
Ditto here on my 2005 equinox--same signs/symptoms found spare tire well full tonight--at dealership now to get checked out--
Nathan Pearce

Canada

#11 Apr 19, 2007
Can anybody tell me where the battery location is or is it a dry cell, I am having so many problems with getting it started when the temp outside is in the very low negitives like minus seven
Edward

Waynesburg, PA

#12 Apr 19, 2007
Well, my 05 Equinox was returned tonight and the tire well leak was determined to be caused by a crack/gap in the hatch weatherstrip. They had to totally remove the weatherstrip/ clean the crimp weld area and reinstall and reseal the weatherstrip. In addition had to replace the entire interior carpeting due to it having become completely soaked and starting to mold. Thank goodness still under factory warranty.
Nancy

Rosamond, CA

#13 Apr 30, 2007
I have a 2006 Equinox and have about 20,000 miles on it with no problems so far. The only thing I am concerned about is the knocking noise I hear from underneath the vehicle once it is running for a little while. It does not happen all the time so of course the dealership could not duplicate problem. Does anyone know what this could be?
Maria

San Antonio, TX

#14 May 3, 2007
I have a 2006 equinox and when i start to drive it stops on me like if has run out of gas. My gas tank is full so i know it is not my gas. When i press on the pedal it starts to feel like it is running out of gas. Has anyone experience this before?
angie

Charlotte, NC

#15 May 11, 2007
I've had my '06 Equinox since November and it has been in the shop 8 times. After about the fourth time they started replacing the computer. I am now on computer #4. What happens is all of a sudden my sensor lights come on and the traction control actually comes on. I have to pull over and turn the car off for the traction control to turn off. I have contacted corporate and they don't really seem too concerned. The next call they will be getting is from my lawyer. This is completley ridiculous for a new car. I also hear a knocking noise randomly.
June

AOL

#16 May 22, 2007
I bought an 06 and the key wont turn over so now i have to play with it to go anywhere, the dealer is not helping,
Lemon

Toronto, Canada

#17 May 30, 2007
I have an 06 Equinox with 2 problems that people mentioned here.

1. Twice while I was driving there was a grinding noise accompanied by the loss of power. This lasted about 10 seconds. I guess the person that said it felt like if it was out of fuel had a similar problem.

2. Sometimes when I turn the key it fails to respond. I am guessing this is some sort of security system malfunction. I get around this by closing the doors, locking and unlocking and trying again (Thank you Bill gates for teaching us how to reboot every 5 minutes)
bill

AOL

#18 Jun 2, 2007
no problems with my 2005 equinox at 28.000 miles
David

AOL

#19 Jun 24, 2007
My 2005 Equinox has a knocking noise underneath the front end particularly when I go over pumps.... no one can seem to find the problem
asw

Henderson, TN

#20 Jul 19, 2007
David wrote:
My 2005 Equinox has a knocking noise underneath the front end particularly when I go over pumps.... no one can seem to find the problem
I have the same problem except the sound comes from the rear. Have you had any luck finding out the problem?

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