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CHEVROLET EQUINOX - 2011 CHEVROLET EQUINOX Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 199 complaints filed for the 2011 CHEVROLET EQUINOX

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2011 CHEVROLET EQUINOX. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2011 CHEVROLET EQUINOX, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (19) Equipment (3) Fuel System Other (1) Service Brakes Hydraulic (3) Vehicle Speed Control (19)
Electrical System (26) Equipment Adaptive (1) Power Train (42) Steering (14) Visibility (3)
Electronic Stability Control (24) Fuel Propulsion System (11) Seat Belts (4) Structure (8) Visibility Wiper (1)
Engine (64) Fuel System Diesel (1) Seats (4) Tires (2) Wheels (2)
Engine And Engine Cooling (26) Fuel System Gasoline (8) Service Brakes (9) Unknown Or Other (4)

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

5/3/2015 - CALUMET CITY, IL
WHEN I WAS OUT RUNNING ERRANDS ON 5/2/15 WITH MY 5 YEAR OLD, AS I WAS ARRIVING CLOSER TO MY DESTINATION MY CAR STARTED SHAKING THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON, THE THE STABILITRAK LIGHT CAME ONE AND I STARTED TO ACCELERATE THE CAR AND THE PEDAL WAS ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR AND THE CAR HESITATED FOR A MIN OR SO THEN IT STARTED TO REV UP AND I WAS ABLE TO PULL OFF. THEN WHEN I GOT TO WHERE I WAS GOING I TURNED THE CAR OFF AND ACCORDING TO THE MANUAL THE STABILITRAK SHOULD GO OFF AND IT USUALLY ACTIVATES DUE TO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN TRAFFIC AT A STOP AND TRYING TO PULL OFF THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. AFTER BEING IN THE STORE FOR AT LEAST 30MINS OR MORE WHEN I COME BACK OUT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS STILL ON BUT THE STABILITRAK LIGHT IS OFF. I AM NO MORE THAN 20 MINS AWAY FROM MY HOME BUT ON THE WAY BACK HOME IT TOOK AT LEAST 45 MINS BECAUSE THREE TIMES WHILE IN TRAFFIC WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO TURN GREEN THE CARD STARTED HAVING THE SOLDERED ACCELERATION PROBLEMS AGAIN. I AM JUST RELIEVED THAT THE DRIVERS BEHIND ME IN EACH OCCURRENCE WHICH WOULD BE A TOTAL OF 4 WAS VERY PATIENT. I DID DO A DIAGNOSTIC REPORT WITH ONSTAR AFTER THE SECOND INCIDENT AND I WAS INFORMED THAT THERE WERE 3 CODES ON MY CAR NOW AND THE LOSS OF POWER CAN BE AN ISSUE FOR THESE CODE AND TO GET THE CAR TO THE DEALER WITHIN 7 DAYS. THIS SEEMS TO BE AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN LISTED ON THIS SITE MORE THAN ONCE. I AM NO LONGER UNDER THE WARRANTY FOR THIS VEHICLE AND FROM WHAT I HAVE READ IS A VERY EXPENSIVE REPAIR. I AM NOT SURE WHY CHEVY/GM IS NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THIS ISSUE FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN ON THIS SITE AND EDMUNDS.COM, CAR COMPLAINTS.COM AND YOU TUBE THIS A VERY REAL AND SERIOUS ISSUE. THIS ISSUE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED SOON THAN LATER. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE HASN'T BEEN ANYTHING DONE ABOUT THIS. I AM SCARED TO DRIVE MY CAR NOW.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

5/3/2015 - CALUMET CITY, IL
WHEN I WAS OUT RUNNING ERRANDS ON 5/2/15 WITH MY 5 YEAR OLD, AS I WAS ARRIVING CLOSER TO MY DESTINATION MY CAR STARTED SHAKING THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON, THE THE STABILITRAK LIGHT CAME ONE AND I STARTED TO ACCELERATE THE CAR AND THE PEDAL WAS ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR AND THE CAR HESITATED FOR A MIN OR SO THEN IT STARTED TO REV UP AND I WAS ABLE TO PULL OFF. THEN WHEN I GOT TO WHERE I WAS GOING I TURNED THE CAR OFF AND ACCORDING TO THE MANUAL THE STABILITRAK SHOULD GO OFF AND IT USUALLY ACTIVATES DUE TO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN TRAFFIC AT A STOP AND TRYING TO PULL OFF THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. AFTER BEING IN THE STORE FOR AT LEAST 30MINS OR MORE WHEN I COME BACK OUT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS STILL ON BUT THE STABILITRAK LIGHT IS OFF. I AM NO MORE THAN 20 MINS AWAY FROM MY HOME BUT ON THE WAY BACK HOME IT TOOK AT LEAST 45 MINS BECAUSE THREE TIMES WHILE IN TRAFFIC WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO TURN GREEN THE CARD STARTED HAVING THE SOLDERED ACCELERATION PROBLEMS AGAIN. I AM JUST RELIEVED THAT THE DRIVERS BEHIND ME IN EACH OCCURRENCE WHICH WOULD BE A TOTAL OF 4 WAS VERY PATIENT. I DID DO A DIAGNOSTIC REPORT WITH ONSTAR AFTER THE SECOND INCIDENT AND I WAS INFORMED THAT THERE WERE 3 CODES ON MY CAR NOW AND THE LOSS OF POWER CAN BE AN ISSUE FOR THESE CODE AND TO GET THE CAR TO THE DEALER WITHIN 7 DAYS. THIS SEEMS TO BE AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN LISTED ON THIS SITE MORE THAN ONCE. I AM NO LONGER UNDER THE WARRANTY FOR THIS VEHICLE AND FROM WHAT I HAVE READ IS A VERY EXPENSIVE REPAIR. I AM NOT SURE WHY CHEVY/GM IS NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THIS ISSUE FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN ON THIS SITE AND EDMUNDS.COM, CAR COMPLAINTS.COM AND YOU TUBE THIS A VERY REAL AND SERIOUS ISSUE. THIS ISSUE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED SOON THAN LATER. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE HASN'T BEEN ANYTHING DONE ABOUT THIS. I AM SCARED TO DRIVE MY CAR NOW.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

5/3/2015 - CALUMET CITY, IL
WHEN I WAS OUT RUNNING ERRANDS ON 5/2/15 WITH MY 5 YEAR OLD, AS I WAS ARRIVING CLOSER TO MY DESTINATION MY CAR STARTED SHAKING THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON, THE THE STABILITRAK LIGHT CAME ONE AND I STARTED TO ACCELERATE THE CAR AND THE PEDAL WAS ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR AND THE CAR HESITATED FOR A MIN OR SO THEN IT STARTED TO REV UP AND I WAS ABLE TO PULL OFF. THEN WHEN I GOT TO WHERE I WAS GOING I TURNED THE CAR OFF AND ACCORDING TO THE MANUAL THE STABILITRAK SHOULD GO OFF AND IT USUALLY ACTIVATES DUE TO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN TRAFFIC AT A STOP AND TRYING TO PULL OFF THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. AFTER BEING IN THE STORE FOR AT LEAST 30MINS OR MORE WHEN I COME BACK OUT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS STILL ON BUT THE STABILITRAK LIGHT IS OFF. I AM NO MORE THAN 20 MINS AWAY FROM MY HOME BUT ON THE WAY BACK HOME IT TOOK AT LEAST 45 MINS BECAUSE THREE TIMES WHILE IN TRAFFIC WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO TURN GREEN THE CARD STARTED HAVING THE SOLDERED ACCELERATION PROBLEMS AGAIN. I AM JUST RELIEVED THAT THE DRIVERS BEHIND ME IN EACH OCCURRENCE WHICH WOULD BE A TOTAL OF 4 WAS VERY PATIENT. I DID DO A DIAGNOSTIC REPORT WITH ONSTAR AFTER THE SECOND INCIDENT AND I WAS INFORMED THAT THERE WERE 3 CODES ON MY CAR NOW AND THE LOSS OF POWER CAN BE AN ISSUE FOR THESE CODE AND TO GET THE CAR TO THE DEALER WITHIN 7 DAYS. THIS SEEMS TO BE AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN LISTED ON THIS SITE MORE THAN ONCE. I AM NO LONGER UNDER THE WARRANTY FOR THIS VEHICLE AND FROM WHAT I HAVE READ IS A VERY EXPENSIVE REPAIR. I AM NOT SURE WHY CHEVY/GM IS NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THIS ISSUE FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN ON THIS SITE AND EDMUNDS.COM, CAR COMPLAINTS.COM AND YOU TUBE THIS A VERY REAL AND SERIOUS ISSUE. THIS ISSUE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED SOON THAN LATER. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE HASN'T BEEN ANYTHING DONE ABOUT THIS. I AM SCARED TO DRIVE MY CAR NOW.

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STRUCTURE: BODY: DOOR

4/13/2015 - NOTTINGHAM , MD
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 CHEVROLET EQUINOX. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE CHROME WRAPPING ON THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE AND BOTH REAR DOOR HANDLES PEELED OFF CREATING VERY SHARP EDGES. WHEN TOUCHING THE HANDLE, THE SHARP EDGES FROM THE CHROME WRAPPING CAUSED LACERATIONS TO THE HANDS OF THE PASSENGERS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 65,000.

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SERVICE BRAKES

4/11/2015 - SURPRISE, AZ
COMPLETE BRAKE SYSTEM FAILURE. BRAKE LIGHT ALARM CAME ON FOLLOWED BY STABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM ALARM. FAILURE IN MASTER CYLINDER AND BRAKE BOOSTER ALLOWED BRAKE FLUID TO DRAIN FROM SYSTEM. CAR WAS DIAGNOSED AND REPAIRED AT A CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP. I NEEDED TO HAVE BOTH THE MASTER CYLINDER AND BOOSTER REPLACED.

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ENGINE

4/7/2015 - TOLEDO, OH
I WAS DRIVING AND CAME TO A SMOOTH STOP AT A RED LIGHT AND AS THE VEHICLE CAME TO A STOP, THE RPM GAUGE NEEDLE FELL BELOW 1 AND THEN KEPT LOWERING AND THE ENGINE SHOOK AND JOSTLED AND THE CAR ENGINE DIED. ALL INTERIOR ELECTRONICS WERE STILL WORKING. I HAD TO PUT THE CAR INTO PARK IN ORDER TO GET IT TO START UP AGAIN. IT DID THIS LATER WHILE REVERSING. AND NOW IT JUST SEEMS TO DO THIS ANYTIME I COME TO A STOP AT A LIGHT, STOP SIGN, ANYTIME REALLY. SOMETHING I FOUND PERPLEXING WAS THAT IF I PUT IT INTO PARK, IT IDLES SMOOTH. TAKE IT OUT OF PARK, IT IDLES ROUGH AGAIN AND WILL STALL. THE INFORMATION PANEL BETWEEN THE GAUGES SAYS TO SERVICE STABILI TRAK. LAST NIGHT, THE ENGINE OVERHEATED AND COOLANT EXPLODED FROM THE ENGINE. I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO DO WITH THIS CAR. I HAVE IT FINANCED AND IF IT ISN'T REPAIRABLE, ILL BE STUCK WITH NO CAR AND NO RIDE TO WORK, BUT STILL HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE A CAR PAYMENT. I'VE BEEN READING ALL OVER ON DIFFERENT CAR FORUMS AND APPARENTLY THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM WITH OTHER CHEVY EQUINOX OWNERS. FIRST IT STARTS IDLING ROUGH, THEN IT STARTS STALLING OUT, SOME PEOPLE HAVE EVEN HAD IT STALL OUT WHILE ON THE HIGHWAY, AND THEN ONE GUY EVEN HAD THE ENGINE CATCH ON FIRE. HE LUCKILY JUMPED OUT OF HIS VEHICLE JUST IN TIME TO AVOID HIS OWN DEATH. ALL OF THEM DESCRIBING THE SAME ISSUES MY EQUINOX IS HAVING. THE MILEAGE SEEMS TO BE IRRELEVANT AS FAR AS THIS GOES. SOME OF THEM HAD 30,000 MILES, SOME HAD LESS THAN 5,000 MILES. SOME HAD 100,000 MILES. SOME OF THEM TOOK IT TO THE DEALER, AND THE DEALERSHIP REPLACED CAM SHAFT STUFF. THAT SOMETIMES FIXED THE ISSUE, SOMETIMES NOT. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THERE IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS VEHICLE. LIKE SOMETHING WAS WRONG IN PRODUCTION. PLEASE HELP!!! I HAVE CHILDREN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

4/7/2015 - TOLEDO, OH
I WAS DRIVING AND CAME TO A SMOOTH STOP AT A RED LIGHT AND AS THE VEHICLE CAME TO A STOP, THE RPM GAUGE NEEDLE FELL BELOW 1 AND THEN KEPT LOWERING AND THE ENGINE SHOOK AND JOSTLED AND THE CAR ENGINE DIED. ALL INTERIOR ELECTRONICS WERE STILL WORKING. I HAD TO PUT THE CAR INTO PARK IN ORDER TO GET IT TO START UP AGAIN. IT DID THIS LATER WHILE REVERSING. AND NOW IT JUST SEEMS TO DO THIS ANYTIME I COME TO A STOP AT A LIGHT, STOP SIGN, ANYTIME REALLY. SOMETHING I FOUND PERPLEXING WAS THAT IF I PUT IT INTO PARK, IT IDLES SMOOTH. TAKE IT OUT OF PARK, IT IDLES ROUGH AGAIN AND WILL STALL. THE INFORMATION PANEL BETWEEN THE GAUGES SAYS TO SERVICE STABILI TRAK. LAST NIGHT, THE ENGINE OVERHEATED AND COOLANT EXPLODED FROM THE ENGINE. I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO DO WITH THIS CAR. I HAVE IT FINANCED AND IF IT ISN'T REPAIRABLE, ILL BE STUCK WITH NO CAR AND NO RIDE TO WORK, BUT STILL HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE A CAR PAYMENT. I'VE BEEN READING ALL OVER ON DIFFERENT CAR FORUMS AND APPARENTLY THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM WITH OTHER CHEVY EQUINOX OWNERS. FIRST IT STARTS IDLING ROUGH, THEN IT STARTS STALLING OUT, SOME PEOPLE HAVE EVEN HAD IT STALL OUT WHILE ON THE HIGHWAY, AND THEN ONE GUY EVEN HAD THE ENGINE CATCH ON FIRE. HE LUCKILY JUMPED OUT OF HIS VEHICLE JUST IN TIME TO AVOID HIS OWN DEATH. ALL OF THEM DESCRIBING THE SAME ISSUES MY EQUINOX IS HAVING. THE MILEAGE SEEMS TO BE IRRELEVANT AS FAR AS THIS GOES. SOME OF THEM HAD 30,000 MILES, SOME HAD LESS THAN 5,000 MILES. SOME HAD 100,000 MILES. SOME OF THEM TOOK IT TO THE DEALER, AND THE DEALERSHIP REPLACED CAM SHAFT STUFF. THAT SOMETIMES FIXED THE ISSUE, SOMETIMES NOT. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THERE IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS VEHICLE. LIKE SOMETHING WAS WRONG IN PRODUCTION. PLEASE HELP!!! I HAVE CHILDREN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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ENGINE

3/29/2015 - HORSHAM, PA
A THREE OCCASIONS I HAVE SAT A STOP LIGHT WITH THE CAR IDLING, WITH A ROUGH SOUNDING IDLE, THE CAR SOUNDING LIKE IT WAS GOING TO STALL. ON THE THIRD OCCASION, IT ACTUALLY DID STALL WITH ME NEEDING TO RESTART (WHICH LUCKILY IT DID) AS TRAFFIC WAS BEARING DOWN FROM BEHIND ON AN EARLY MORNING COMMUTE. I TOOK THE CAR TO GET SERVICED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DAYS, WITH THE MECHANIC TELLING ME THAT THAT CAR WAS DANGEROUSLY LOW ON OIL. I WAS SHOCKED AND SURPRISED TO HEAR THIS, AS I AM DILIGENT ABOUT GETTING MY OIL CHANGED ON TIME. THE OIL WAS CHANGED ONLY 3 MONTHS PRIOR AND THE MECHANIC SAID IT WAS 3 QUARTS LOW ON OIL!! AFTER HEARING THIS, I'VE RESEARCHED AND FOUND THAT THIS HAS BEEN A MAJOR ISSUE FOR PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR YEAR MODEL EQUINOXES. SCARY AS I FELT HELPLESS SITTING STALLED IN HEAVY MORNING TRAFFIC. LUCKY I WASN'T HIT!

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POWER TRAIN

3/29/2015 - HORSHAM, PA
A THREE OCCASIONS I HAVE SAT A STOP LIGHT WITH THE CAR IDLING, WITH A ROUGH SOUNDING IDLE, THE CAR SOUNDING LIKE IT WAS GOING TO STALL. ON THE THIRD OCCASION, IT ACTUALLY DID STALL WITH ME NEEDING TO RESTART (WHICH LUCKILY IT DID) AS TRAFFIC WAS BEARING DOWN FROM BEHIND ON AN EARLY MORNING COMMUTE. I TOOK THE CAR TO GET SERVICED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DAYS, WITH THE MECHANIC TELLING ME THAT THAT CAR WAS DANGEROUSLY LOW ON OIL. I WAS SHOCKED AND SURPRISED TO HEAR THIS, AS I AM DILIGENT ABOUT GETTING MY OIL CHANGED ON TIME. THE OIL WAS CHANGED ONLY 3 MONTHS PRIOR AND THE MECHANIC SAID IT WAS 3 QUARTS LOW ON OIL!! AFTER HEARING THIS, I'VE RESEARCHED AND FOUND THAT THIS HAS BEEN A MAJOR ISSUE FOR PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR YEAR MODEL EQUINOXES. SCARY AS I FELT HELPLESS SITTING STALLED IN HEAVY MORNING TRAFFIC. LUCKY I WASN'T HIT!

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

3/25/2015 - ONEIDA, NY
WHILE THE CAR IS RUNNING, THE BACK HATCH WILL SUDDENLY UNHOOK. IT DOES NOT OPEN FULLY BUT UNLATCHES ENOUGH TO TELL THE CAR THAT IT IS OPEN. THIS ALSO HAPPENS WHILE I AM DRIVING, CAUSING ME TO PULL OVER TO SHUT IT AGAIN. THE BUTTON TO OPEN THE HATCH IS NOW NON-FUNCTIONAL (CAN'T OPEN THE HATCH AT ALL) BUT THE HATCH IS STILL POPING! I AM AFRAID THAT THE WHOLE WILL OPEN WHILE IN TRAFFIC AND CAUSE A CRASH.

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