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Chevy Equinox Transmission Problems

Greetings, My daughter has a 2006 equinox that has about 40,000 miles, few if any problems with the vehicle up to now. Beginning recently, especially when the car is cold, driving up a hill results in the tachometer reaching 3,000 or 4,000 rpm's and the car slowing to about 10 mph. Increasing the engine speed does not increase the speed of the vehicle, it is almost as if the transmission is "slipping". Shifting into L2 helps a little. She says the problem is not always present. The Chevy dealer indicated they have not run across this problem before. Has anyone else had this problem?
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  • kerry11kerry11 Posts: 12
    Yes I have a 2006 also and just a little over 40k and I have the same problem along with many others. I will be taking mine in to the dealer to leave with them to check out my transmission along with steering and a few other things. I will keep you posted on the transmission issue and let you know what they say...
  • Just lik you guys, I have a 2006 Equinox, no problems, warranty expired at 36,000 miles, and at 39,000 I'm getting slippage in first gear. I press on the accelerator, the engine tac increases accordingly, but the car creeps forward from a standstill at one or two mph. L4 doesn't solve it, L2 works. Then the problem goes away for a couple days and returns. Kerry11, did you learn anything from the dealer? I'm taking it into the dealer tomorrow.
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  • same problem with the transmission slipping now at 90,000 miles the traction control light on my dash lights up and no power to the transmission which i have to put in park and shut off restart and car is fine today i got word that i have to change the tcc solenoid in the transmission it is malfunctioning and the root of all my problems
  • I have a 2010 Equinox LTZ AWD 6 cyl and noticed a pronounced engine down surge every time I accelerate. If I am cruising at say 35 mph and then need to get to 55, as I press the accelerator the car will dip in front and bog down for a few seconds. It will then rev high and accelerate. Same situation if I am cornering and lift off the accelerator and then resume power after the turn; it bogs down for a few seconds. Anyone experience this?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,154
    Hello,
    I am from GM Customer Service. I would recommend taking the vehicle to the dealership to have the issue diagnosed. That way you know for certain what the problem is. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • No offense but this forum is supposed to help owners/consumers with data and insight so we know a little BEFORE we go to the dealer. Not sure why GM would monitor this and offer the obvious.
  • colt_herocolt_hero Posts: 104
    Hello,
    I am Colt Hero from this forum. I would recommend taking the vehicle to the dealership to have the issue diagnosed. That way you know for certain that you need a new transmission. Thank you,

    Colt Hero (from this forum)
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    edited April 2010
    If y'all don't want to take GM's advice that's fine. But I think it's good that a rep is participating. Not many manufacturer's reps hang out on the forums.

    What else would you suggest? Disconnect the battery for 5 minutes so the computer relearns the shift points? Go to AutoZone and see if any codes are stored? Run a tank of premium?

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • If you review the other topics in this forum, you'll notice the exact same post from the "rep" directing everyone to the dealership. It's a sales scam to get customers in the door. This forum is supposed to offer insight and possible solutions or at least allow consumers to share experiences and pain. If you are a GM shill, congratulations, you got us. Otherwise, you should also be suspect of a "rep" who "participates" by directing us to the dealer (with a cut and paste no less!). Give me a break.
  • colt_herocolt_hero Posts: 104
    Well, I was just having a little fun because the input was silly. Anyone who's bought a new vehicle that is still under warranty is going to take it to the dealership for service whenever something is wrong with it. I think that goes without saying.

    A legitimate GM customer service person (and we don't know if this person is legitimate or not) COULD be helpful for things like TSB numbers, resolving issues with dealerships, or other "light-lifting".
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    AutoZone sells a lot of parts when people go there to get their codes read for free.

    Maybe GM will figure out that offering a free diagnosis will help keep people at the shop for the work to be done.

    And yes, the GM rep here is legit. :shades:

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,154
    Hello Charlie,

    I am sorry but I am not able to diagnose vehicle problems for anyone on this forum. As far as being a scam to get money for the dealership, that is not my intention. My main priority is to make sure your vehicle gets fixed so that your experience with your vehicle is a better one. I understand that the forum is here for people to share experiences and look for advice. I am from GM and here to assist customers with questions they may have regarding features or options on their vehicle, offer insight to customers regarding recall information, help with any current or previous model year product inquiries, direct a customer to a department that can assist if I am unable to and I am also able to have another rep look at certain situations if they are outside my resources. If you have any more questions feel free to send me a direct message, and I can provide you with my direct contact information. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • rocketentrocketent Posts: 60
    Mariah, I'm glad you are here.

    Thanks,
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,154
    Thank you very much! :)
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • I'm also glad your here, IMHO it shows my car company wants to interact with it's customers. This Nox is the first Chevy I have bought in 56 yrs and I'm not disappointed thus far.......
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,154
    Thank you for the compliment. I am glad that you are enjoying your Equinox! : )
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • kerry11kerry11 Posts: 12
    So i filed the lemon law on my 06 and the BBB said since my 36k warranty is out 6months ago I do not qualify, but can get an attorney to processes for me..... I will be going to the dealer where I purchased my car to talk to the CEO if he or she will not help me I have contacted the Media and News papers!! I am a single mom and bought this New car so I would have a safe and reliable car, this has been a night mare car! it has been in and out of the shop more than 30 days, power steering,struts,brakes(4) times,overflow tank,starter,bearings,anti lock breaks,visors (3) times replaced, driver window broke twice wiring, and I am sure I have left stuff out so please wish me luck because when my extended warranty runs out I am pretty much screwed (excuse me) but it is the truth then what will I do? the car is not even paid off and I have all these issues, oh and now there is something wrong with my steering! the left front!!!!!!
  • colt_herocolt_hero Posts: 104
    After servicing all of my cars myself for 25+ years, I've come to the conclusion that lemons really do not exist in the way that most people think they do. Manufacturers do not create lemons, dealerships do - through their incompetence and crookedness. Manufacturers like (old) GM DO make major manufacturing mistakes - but they are typically isolated to the failure of a particular part. When I hear stories like yours, however, with part after part being replaced, I believe the problem lies with the dealership and the quality of the people working there. I'd like to see companies like GM and Ford eliminate dealerships all together and open their own corporate sales and service centers. This way, they'd have more control over the product from assembly line to customer ownership and they wouldn't have to deal with middleman dealerships ruining their reputation.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    You are so absolutely right!
    I got to 2 different dealers in my home town, one that's near and the other a bit far but mechanics work on saturdays. Every time I went to the nearest one...crap, something else broke in the same month that they touched my Equinox (and I'm not the only one), is this a dealer's racket? But at the one further from my place....nice, good, clean dependable work and the problem is always fixed once and for all.
    For dealing on a good price when buying a car, the nearest one is always the one doing the best deals, but I think they "catch up" with their "bad service".
    So it's their way to make the dollars that they lost by giving people good deals on their cars.
  • colt_herocolt_hero Posts: 104
    I stopped going to mechanics 25+ years ago after an indicent of blatant fraud by an independent transmission shop. After that experience, I decided to do my own work and learn as I went along. 25+ years later, I've never had a vehicle go to a mechanic, and I've never had any major repair bills with any of my cars (except my '02 Impala's failed intake gaskets ... a $1300 dealer repair I did myself for $400, including far more detailed work than the dealer would've done). It's all been routine maintenance. I can't tell you how many horror stories I've heard over the years from friends and co-workers who have had multiple $400, $600, and $800 repair bills replacing just about every part under the hood while my cars are still pretty much original parts for at least the first 125,000 miles or more.

    Manufacturers need to take over the distribution and servicing of their own vehicles. Their vehicles aren't perfect, but they're a LOT better than what the dealerships service records would have you believe...
  • ksliv5ksliv5 Posts: 5
    Hello, we have a 2006 Equinox. We purchased it used in 2007 and have had several problems with it. The engine light would come off and on for about 2 years. It probably stayed on so much that the light prob blew. We took it to the Chevy lot to get it looked at, then they want 100.00 to run it through the computer, which is a big ripoff. Well now, the engine is slipping. Just yesterday, I go to get on the interstate and can't get it to go over 15 miles per hour. I had to let off the gas, wait a second for the transmission to kick in, then accerate. And yesterday while waiting at a stoplight, with my foot on the brake for several seconds, the Equinox jumped, kinda like it was just then going back down in gear, again this was several seconds with my foot on the brake. After reading all of the other posts on the Equinox's something is going to have to be done by GM. This is a big lawsuit waiting to happen, since this many people are complaining about this same problem. This is my first Chevrolet, and I think I'm ready to go back to Ford. I guess we will go and see what happens, when we take it in Thursday to get it looked at and spend a $100.00 to be told that it could one of 3 things. :(
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,154
    Hello Ksliv5,
    I apologize that you are experiencing a concern with your vehicle. Can you please let me know how it goes at the dealership? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • ksliv5ksliv5 Posts: 5
    Mariah,
    Thanks for showing your concern on behalf of GM.
    My husband just got done at the dealership and needless to say it did not go well. The mechanic is not able to look at it until next Thursday and he said that it will take a few days to take the transmission apart to even find out what the problem is. I called myself and spoke to the rude man. When I asked about getting an estimate for them to even find out what it is wrong with it, he said he couldn't give that to me and there was no one else there that could either. I understand that he can't give me a price down to the penny. (Is it going to cost under/over $500.00?) I'm not asking for an estimate to fix it yet (as noone knows what is really wrong with it), I just want to know how much its going to cost just to look at it. And why next Thursday?? This should be something they look at now or atleast tomorrow. The other day I went to pull into traffic and it wouldn't go into gear. Kinda scary when your stalled in traffic. His excuse was that he was going to be on vacation, but what about another mechanic? The Equinox only has 49,000 miles on it. IMO it shouldnt even be having transmission problems. Theres no hitch on it, so its not like were pulling around boats and campers around. We still owe $11,300 on this and I expressed my concern of price to the mechanic and he came back with, well we can try and ask GM to help pay??? Its sounds to me this is a common problem if he is already telling us that. And to beat it all off, (b/c its off warranty) I will be without a car for (he said) atleast 2 days. I count four, b/c if you drop it off Thursday, you can count on not getting it back until Monday. I have a job and kids, what am I supposed to do? I know thats the dealerships responsibility, not GM's, but I'm disgusted. I really love my Equinox. I remember when they first came out in 2005 and was so happy when my husband agreed to trade in our Ford Explorer for one. We couldn't afford a brand new one, but got this one used with 9,000 miles on it.
    As I write this my husband is now getting a second opinion at a different dealership.
  • ksliv5ksliv5 Posts: 5
    Well we took it to a Transmission Shop and sure enough its shot... Prices start at $1595.00 up to $3000.00. Not sure what to do right now. Do I wait until Thursday and take it back to the Chevy Lot to see if GM can help out or do I get it taken care of at Aamco??
  • ksliv5ksliv5 Posts: 5
    Well we have talked to the Chevy Lot and I think they are going to be able to help us out and make sure it gets fixed. I would rather have them work on it anyway, than a "transmission shop", since it is a Chevrolet Vehicle.

    I think we will be satisfied. :) :)
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,154
    Hello Ksliv5,
    I would recommend the Chevy dealership to work on the vehicle. I hope the repair goes well. Please let me know how it goes. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • I wonder if your traction light also comes on with the check engine light? I am having the same problems with my 2006 Equinox. It started a year ago, cruising on I-75. It all of a sudden just lost it's speed and I found it worked again after a restart. It happened more and more, and I've thrown all kinds of expensive parts at it with no help. Seems electrical because when it's wet out it constantly will lose 1st and 2nd gears all together which makes it hard to move at a stop light. Until it it shut off and restarted, but it can make driving it a nightmare. Dealership started right out with we'll have to tear the transmission down to find it. I am on disability so that's out of the question financially. I have a mechanic that can fix the problem, once I really know exactly what is causing this to happen. I take great care of this car, it's my very first new car I ever owned. But I am very frustrated with it at this point. Let me know what you found out if anything. :cry:
  • Similar problem to the one above. 2010 Equinox, 4 cyclinder, 2.5l, AWD. Car was slow going from R to D. Then it started bucking when engaging in gear and finally slipping when starting from a stop. For anyone out there who has this problem, what you can do to drive the car until it is fixed is use the manual mode. It didn't slip at all when manually shifting (use the button on side of shift lever when set to M). However it did shift hard into gears 1 and 2. For higher gears it was fine either in manual or automatic mode. Luckily the car is still under warranty and I have a loaner from the dealer now. I am 45 and this is the first time in my life that I ever had a transmission problem on a car that my wife and I own. I wonder what the statistics are on this problem. Nice thing is to know that I am not the only one.
  • justsum1justsum1 Posts: 3
    i had my transmission rebuilt at 19,000 miles.mine would be stuck in first gear till the rpms went up to like 5000 then it would skip second gear and get stuck in third in the shop for a week and a half.hopefully it lasts.just wanted to share this if anyone else is having same issues.
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