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Chevrolet Equinox Maintenance and Repair

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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Oh ya that advise you gave to that guy with a 2006 Malibu...

    I think it's a bit of a stretch to call it "advice" when one offers that the problem "might be the cv joints." And, of course, if you think the original poster in the Malibu Forum has been led astray don't you think it would be more productive to educate him rather than chastising someone in an unrelated Forum who was trying to help? :)

    We'll stick with discussing the Equinox here.

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  • My Equinox is up to about 29,000 miles. I have not had any of the major problems discussed above. The plastic chrome piece on the rear lid bubbled and the battery just went out. Both were replaced under warranty. Looks like some of us have had the battery go at about this point.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I didn't trace back that other discussion through its entire history but we agree it would have been helpful to apprise the original poster. :)

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    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    OH Boy!
    By the way I see it, you criticize and you're saying that you didn't like your 05 Equinox at all?
    You got rid of your 05 Chevrolet Equinox for a 08 Pontiac Torrent?
    You must not know the difference between 4 quarters and 1 dollar.
    The Pontiac Torrent is the same thing as the Chevrolet Equinox.
    You've just changed a red apple for a green apple.
    I hope you got a good apple this time.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Yes my NOX 2008 LT AWD was sitting on the lot for eleven months before we purchased the vehicle. Gm replaced the battery with an A/C del co battery same as the original , if it goes out might just squeeze a spiral type battery, optimum ( red top) . About twenty to thirty dollars more but better capacity build quality, around 135 - 145 dollars compared to 110 for an interstate battery.
  • john1965john1965 Posts: 7
    My tire pressure gauge light is still illuminated after filling the right front tire. The indicator did show the right front needing air. I filled the tire upto the approatie pressure and the indicator is still illuminated. The vehicle info system showed
    the pressure of the that tire still at 24 lbs. But after checking the pressure of that
    tire , it showed 30 psi.

    Anybody have an idea before I call dealer?
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    I believe they are battery powered and transmit a frequency that's picked up by a receiver in the car. Gm has been having problems with them.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    There's a a tool (J 46079) to re calibrate the TPM sensors in each corner of the vehicle. This has to be done when you rotate the tires so the RCDLR sends the correct sensor location signal to the IPC and BCM computers in the car. This seems to be the only way to find out if the TPM sensor in the rim is bad or needs to be re calibrated or replaced.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    One problem there laser light, never said I didn't like the truck nor did I say I drove it. The truck belongs to my wife and even though there was problems with the truck she loves the way it drives and it's verseatility, besides the lease deal on the Torrent was off the wall way less than the Nox four years latter, better looking and less problematic.

    I know they are the same, they are or were both built in Canada one of the better plants GM has or had, I'll bet you didn't know the the standard V6 engine in this truck is built in China. And I'll still bet the cv joints on that BU are shot.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    The TPM receivers are in your wheel valves, have it replaced and it will go away. By the way I built model airplanes when I was a kid.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I know more about the Equinox than you think because some of my family members work at Cami Enterprise that's where the Nox is assembled by the way.
    The place is called Ingerstoll, a city 155 km. (95 milles) west of Toronto. You are right, the engine is built in China by Shanghai G.M. and it's a LNJ V-6. The transmission is foreign to it's manufactured in Japan, it's a Aisin AF33 and all the plastic components (interior) are from Taiwan. So... I'll say it's assembled in Canada.
    Everything arrives in Vancouver B.C. by ship and then put on trains all the way to Ingerstoll, Ontario.
    The 2008 "Equinox Sport" engine is manufactured in the U.S.
    Many nice changes (body and performance) for 2009 but the biggest changes (interior) are to come in 2010 models.
    I visited Cami Enterprise in 2006 and they are well build with love and care.
    Anything else you'd like to know?
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Yea, does T Horton's still make great doughnuts.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Sure does and the coffee at Tim's is great too.
  • I noticed that a leading consumer magazine in its annual auto issue said that according to its poll (survey) results that the Equinox is one of the cars the survey responders would be least likely to repurchase.

    I also noticed that Edmunds says nice things about the Equinox but never lists it as a competitor to look at when reviewing other crossovers (Rav4, CRV, Santa Fe etc.) But here people seem to be mostly happy with their Equinox (especially post 2005 models.) Based on my experience this is a good vehicle at a good price but it certainly does not get a lot of positive exposure.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    It's mazing at what certain magizines say are poor to great vehicles.

    Consumer report had my 1990 beretta GT rated as average to below average , i still haveand drive it with 318 000 km and no major problems, engine ,tranny, suspension, with it and that's why we have purchased two more GM's in the past four years. Great value with low cost for maintenance and low operation cost. I don't see many 19 year old toyota's, honda's or hyundia's driving around in my city.I do see some Beretta's of the same age as mine though!!!

    Every manufacture has it's pros and cons but if you do regular maintenance the Equinox will last longer time than the competiters. Just my experience's with GM cars.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Almost the same thing here.
    My sister has a 1998 "Chevrolet Lumina" with well over 260,000 km and no big problems with her car either and she still loves it as much as the day she bought it.
    You must see all the Chevrolet Lumina on the road that are own by taxi companies around here and they surely do lots of millage.
    I've own G.M. products since 1977 and I still bought one in 2005 "Equinox" and my next will probably be a G.M. again.
  • I also see a ton of Impalas and Trailblazers around with high miles on them. It is a shame that GM does not do a better job of advertising just how many cars they sell and how happy most people are with them. I think that part of the problem is that GM sells so many cars that there are always going to be more with problems just because of sheer numbers. Also the people with problem cars (of any brand) are more likely to make noise. So when you look in consumer magazines that rely on people to self report problems, or on internet comments about cars most people that do not have problems do not bother to report on their cars. Rather like the nightly news it distorts reality towards the negative.
  • Yep the big GM cars like the Park Avenue and Bonneville are known for running forever as well. I still see lots of Luminas around. Also a fair amount of Grand Ams and Grand Prixs with well over 100,000 miles on them.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Just came back from the auto show and GM did a good job with their vehicles. They had a 2010 Camero SS with the LS3 v-8 nice looking not enough head room a poor blind spots visibility.
    I was disappointed, no new 2010 Equinox and there and the excuse was that no one would buy the older model with the new 2010 model being displayed. I guess there is alot of 2009 models that aren't selling that well in my area of the country....... it would only cause more problems for the dealerships. Heck GM didn't even a V series model in any of their Cadallic's in western Canada to show ...wow..
    Yes there are alot of Impala's and Grand Am's a few Park Ave's on the road around here.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Just read that the Five speed Asian Automatic uses GM DEXRON IV Transmission fuild not the new DEXRON VI tranny fluid.
    If the two are mix you WILL have transmission failure says service info . Interesting the Asian five uses an older version of tranny fluid IV, FYI.
    To check the level you have to unbolt the dipstick from the front of the tranny and then check the level. Seems GM doesn't want anybody that isn't mechanically inclined or who can't turn a wrench to service and check the fluid levels of their cars. ....interesting.
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