2011 chevy equinox odor

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vjfidei

Altamonte Springs, FL

#1 Sep 1, 2011
Purchased a brand new 2011 Equinoxious in October 2010. The odor coming from the A/C when first started is horrible. Dealership has done 3 things:
1) a coating on the evaporator
2) A/C refresh
3) a chlorine tablet in the system

Sounds(smells)like a problem?

Not according to GM Customer Care OR the GM factory reps that supposedly have visited the vehicle. Stuck with a vehicle that cant be driven except by starting the vehicle and letting it run for 10 to 15 minutes before driving it; and that last tidbit is from the dealership.

If anyone else is experiencing this issue, OR if someone from GM would like to step up and take some responsibility, please reply here or email me at vjfidei1@aol.com.

Next step for this is soon to be an attorney, or enacting the lemon law.

Thanks
Vincent
Jerod

Saint Cloud, MN

#2 Jan 6, 2013
My wife bought an 05 and there is also an odor problem with it.. I haven't pin pointed it, but maybe it is the AC unit as well. First 5 minutes in the car are horrible.
2011 equinox

Kansas City, MO

#3 Mar 11, 2013
have experience orders with my 2011 81 knots on occasion what seems to have gone away
ChrissyCee75

Newmarket, Canada

#4 Jun 30, 2013
I have a similar issue with my '11 'nox. The interior odour was especially bad on hot summer days last year. This year, we've had a few hot days but I haven't been able to recreate the problem. Running the AC seems to help the problem go away but it tends to reoccur sporadically when I have the fan on. I have reported the problem to GM Canada and they are liaising with my dealership but no other owner/customer has reported a similar issue. I want to deal with it while the vehicle is still under the factory warranty. I wonder if there is a way that they can clean the vents - maybe it's mold spores or (heaven forbid) a dead animal? It doesn't smell that noxious though. It smells like really bad BO (and it's not me, FTR, I shower daily, lol).
vjfidei wrote:
Purchased a brand new 2011 Equinoxious in October 2010. The odor coming from the A/C when first started is horrible. Dealership has done 3 things:
1) a coating on the evaporator
2) A/C refresh
3) a chlorine tablet in the system
Sounds(smells)like a problem?
Not according to GM Customer Care OR the GM factory reps that supposedly have visited the vehicle. Stuck with a vehicle that cant be driven except by starting the vehicle and letting it run for 10 to 15 minutes before driving it; and that last tidbit is from the dealership.
If anyone else is experiencing this issue, OR if someone from GM would like to step up and take some responsibility, please reply here or email me at vjfidei1@aol.com.
Next step for this is soon to be an attorney, or enacting the lemon law.
Thanks
Vincent
Rosemary

Lake Elsinore, CA

#5 Nov 8, 2013
We have a 2011 Equinox which has started emitting a bad odor. It is sporadic and we can't pin point exactly what triggers it. To me it smells like a plastic odor of some sort. Will ask dealer next week about it. If anyone has an answer, please post.
LinC

Plaquemine, LA

#6 Jan 3, 2014
Rosemary wrote:
We have a 2011 Equinox which has started emitting a bad odor. It is sporadic and we can't pin point exactly what triggers it. To me it smells like a plastic odor of some sort. Will ask dealer next week about it. If anyone has an answer, please post.
My 2011 Equinox LT starting emitting a terrible odor, almost smells like something is burning. Dealership told me that I had a plastic bag melted underneath it. It did look like that when my husband and I climbed under it. They told me it would burn off. That was over a year ago and I still smell it from time to time. I took it again about 7 months ago because the engine sounded like it was ticking. They told me with the fuel injection in that model, it was supposed to sound like that. Now my car is sputtering and actually killed on me today. It sounds absolutely terrible. Plan to take it in next week. Anyone know if changing the spark plugs would help?

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