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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.
My 05 Equinox that we just bought this summer just went to the shop. My wife on her way home from work last night ended up with a bad shake when she hit 45-50 mph. She pulled off the road and was stuck in a very bad neighborhood for an hour till I could get there. Now I find this site and see all the issues with this vehicle. I am amazed of how bad this vehicle was made. Don't have thousands of dollars for transmission. UGH!
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