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Chevrolet Equinox

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  • Hi, Steve, Host.

    I did read your link. Thank you.

    You've confirmed what's been written elsewhere that it IS the additives that make the difference between name brands.

    As for me, 5,000 miles before changing additives will take forever. So far, I average around a 100 miles a month :D

    As has been said in someonelse's signature tag line: "Your mileage will vary."

    J K F
  • Does anyone know if it is possible to track the status of a factory ordered Equinox? My company ordered me one in June. I've received a notice telling me it will be shipped soon and I have the VIN number.

    I called the dealer where it is being shipped to and they said they had no way to track it because my company ordered it through our fleet management company. The guy there actually seemed put off by the situation, as he said "I'd be able to help you more if you had ordered it through us directly." I work for a Fortune 500 company that has hundreds of lease vechicles, so that is not an option, as we have a fleet management company that handles this for us. I realize he won't make much $ on this deal, but my company sends quite a few vehicles to this dealer, so you'd think he would want to be a little more helpful.

    I thought there might be a website where I could put the VIN number into and see the status. Any ideas?

    Thanks.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    Full Test: 2006 Pontiac Torrent AWD (Inside Line)

    Talk about it in the Pontiac Torrent discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • frost1frost1 Posts: 1
    I have found my Equinox to have a lot of play in steering plus front passenger wheel shakes going over small bumps at slow speed. I don't feel I have total control over the vehicle
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I like the dash / wheel of the Torrent. I wish it was a little more different over all than the Equinox though.
  • Researched the Equinox today. Mileage is not too good with the old 3.4 engine. I wonder if they used the "new" 3.5 engine that's going into the new Impala would mileage increase 3 or 4 mpg?
  • Purchased our New LT FWD Equinox Jan 31. MFG date: 1/05. Equipped with Sunroof and Leather. After over 5000 miles and about 6 months I am happy to report no problems. I'm impressed with the paint, build, fit and finish. It is a nice looking vehicle. Received lots of compliments. My wife loves it. I'm impressed with the ride, handling, and acceleration. Transmission is smooth and responsive. Currently getting about 20 mpg combined and 26 highway. Yes, 26mpg.
    My past GM vehicles ran 180,000 miles before selling them in VG condition.

    The RAV 4 and Honda CRV looks outdated when parked next to our Equinox.
    Their spoilers looks like an after thought!

    Sales are topping 17,000 Equinoxes a month!!!

    "What makes it even better" Equinox problems are much less than the 2004-05 Lexus RX330. Brake Failures and Transmission problems are occurring. Equinox problems are also much less than the 2003-04 Nisson Murano's CVT transmission problems and leaks. Power steering problems. Oh, by the way, if the Murano's alternator fails, it will leave you stranded. It's been a common occurrence. Most vehicles will get you to a safe location with a failed alternator. Check it out, it's all posted at the NHTSA web site (complaints and recalls) and on Edmunds Postings
    Now, I am glad that I did not buy a Lexus RX330 or Murano.

    Luv my Nox :D
  • I totaly agree with you about our little Equinox. I have the lazer blue and I get alot of compliments. I liked the style of the Murano and the Lexus. However, I think the lexus was a little pricey for me so I stayed with the Equinox. Since I have had mine I compare it with the Lexus and I would not trade mine for the world.
    I just sold my Cougar last year in May when I bought this car. I had 72,000 miles on it. That car gave me absoulutely no problems. It was a 1987. The reason I sold is was obvious I WANTED A NEW ONE . LOL LOL .
    My husband drives a GMC Yukon. He loves that too. Mine has the moon roof also and a 6 cd player along with the heated seats and leather. I do not think I could ever go back to a reg. car again after driving this. By the way mine is an AWD. I had alot of fun with it this winter .
    I just love this SUV :) :) :) :)
  • What's the deal, with my research on th '06 Equinox continuing, I have noticed that the fuel economy ratings have been changed?! How can an engine/transmission combo that does not change from 1 year to the next be rated lower? Here are the stats:
    05 AWD FWD/AWD: 19/25..........06 FWD:19/24 AWD: 18/23.
    Maybe GM decided to lower the ratings due to the uproar over actual mileage customers were getting on the '05's were mid teens.
    I checked the gear ratios on both years, yup the same? Is this fair to everyone that bought an '05?
    I realize AWD will always get lower mileage (due to more wheels being powered), but who am I to disagree when Chevy/EPA says either drivetrain option would result in 19city 25highway. Well reality showed it's ugly face and it proves that original theory right, 18/23! maybe I'll check out the Saturn Vue (So long as their fuel economy doesn't change!)
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 225
    I don't think you can blame it on GM, as it's the government that decides the gas mileage ratings that are put on the sticker.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    "In the 1980s, an EPA study found that drivers were typically achieving lower fuel economy than predicted by EPA laboratory tests. As a result, EPA required the laboratory-derived city and highway MPG estimates posted on the labels of new vehicles to be adjusted downward by 10 percent for city estimates and by 22 percent for highway estimates to better reflect the MPG real-world drivers can expect."

    Fuel Economy Guide

    Steve, Host
  • I'm in the market for a new car. I currently drive a Tahoe and obviously need/want something with better gas mileage. Have 2 kids and am used to the space of a large SUV. Anyone out there hauling around kids in an Equinox? Just wondering if it's family friendly.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    2 kids are fine but you won't have nearly the space in the back of a NOX vs a Tahoe. As long as you are ok with that.. should be fine.
  • babyblue, in addition to what vanman1 said, don't forget that the Equinox rear seat(s) WILL slide forward and backward about 6-7 inches which is alot more than what some vehicles can say.

    J K F
  • I have an 05/AWD. I am getting 19-20 straight city driving (between 20-21 combo) and 25-26 hwy. My vehicle has comfortably settled into these figures. It currently has 7200 miles on it. Now if my husband drives it...you can substract some MPG from these figures. He tends to be more of an aggressive driver and my Equinox does not like that. Even though it has some issues, I am happy with it. I checked out the Vue and knew it would get better MPG but it was SO cheap looking (expecially the interior) that the Equinox won over. I did go thru some doubt the first couple of months but it now has earned "a pat on dashboard" every morning when I get out in the morning when I go to work. The only other vehicle got that was my Subaru. I do feel that this vehicle is very sensitive to how it is driven. My husband has proved that and this may be what is going on with those who are getting lower fuel economy.
  • RE: "pat on the dashboard".

    My father's `98 Chevy Lumina (Betsy) likes to have her dash patted after having a hard time. :D

    If she's contrary about starting; she gets called "Ford". Talk about Betsy starting promptly at the next key turn! LOL

    I also Internet researched Saturn's VUE vs Chevrolet Equinox. However, I don't really "need" 250 horses for stop and go city driving in my neighborhood.

    `Am enjoying my easy ingress and egress seating.

    J K F
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    If you have, please reply to pr@edmunds.com no later than Tuesday, September 27, 2005 with your daytime contact information and a brief description of your recent crossover/sport wagon purchase experience.

    Need help navigating? kirstie_h@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • I HAD A NEW 2005 LT AND GOT RID OF IT SINCE I WAS TIRED OF HAVING TO MAKE FIVE IN WARRANTY TRIPS TO THE DEALER. THIS THING WAS THE WORST INVESTMENT I HAVE EVER MADE AND I AM GLAD THAT IT IS NOW GONE. I EVEN TOLD GM THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE IT BACK TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY ARE MAKING.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I recommend turning off your CAPS LOCK. People tend to ignore postings written in ALL CAPS.

    tidester, host
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    1st time poster, hard to know if it's even real.
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