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2010 Chevy Equinox Problems



  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,003
    Hi nox123,

    We hope you're enjoying your new Terrain! It sounds like you're on the right path to taking good care of your vehicle. Keep up the good work! If there's ever anything you have questions about please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
  • lauridsdlauridsd Posts: 15
    I have been having the "Service Power Steering Soon" DIC message and the "ECO Mode switch circuit high voltage" issues intermittently as well. I've had the issue for years and the dealer has never been able to reproduce (as by the time I come in for a scheduled appointment, the CE light and DIC message are both gone.) The did charge me once to replace the actual ECO Mode switch, which at the time I thought was bogus, since a switch would not seem to be able to cause a high voltage situation, but I let it go. I got the "Service Power Steering" DIC message again yesterday, and the CE light was on this morning, so I drove straight to the dealer with the CE light still on, and they came up with: "The electronic brake control module has a bad ground and needs to be replaced." Cost: $419!

    If this doesn't fix the issue, I am going to be...disappointed, to put it mildly.

    I will let you know how it goes.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited August 2013
    From reading scattered reports here and there (like on, it seems that a 2 to 3% failure rate for car parts is pretty good. Less is better of course, but the companies have to set aside money (in their accounting) to cover warranty costs, and higher rates affect their balance sheet.

    And like you say, 1 or 2% isn't a lot on a percentage basis but when there are lots of sales, the actual numbers seem high. And it really stinks when the issue hits your car!
  • Thanks for posting your letter from GM.
    I made a copy of it for my file, but I'm wondering if any others have gotten this letter. I have a 2010 and so far no letter from GM..
  • knw82knw82 Posts: 3
    I haven't gotten a letter on for my 2010 either. Which doesn't matter because i know these issues exist. I have had to replace the high pressure hose this year and just had the engine repaired.
  • franfolfranfol Posts: 3
    I sold my 2010 equinox and bought a Great Honda Pilot that I love so much! This is a super "luxury car that drives like a gem. As soon as I sold the Chevy I received a letter from a lemon law attorney on the 2010 equinox. I followed through and sent them all my invoices from the dealer for the last three years. I can still get a settlement without owning the car. Now just waiting to see what transpires.

    I will keep all updated on any progress.
  • received the letter but the pump issue had already occured and repaired by the dealer in 2012, mechanic said they alreasdy knew the situation back then so I am surprised that the letter comes out in 2013 only....
  • kwnoxcakwnoxca Posts: 8
    I got this letter 2 wks ago. Is this related to the engine pinging issue? my 10' equinox constantly has this issue. the dealer updated ECM approx. 1 yr ago but it didn't work. now they insists that's the inherent noise from DI engines even when I took this letter to them. I guess they'd rather wait until the engine completely fails?!
  • I also received this letter last week. I am currently on my 4th timing chain and would have loved to have this earlier. I am now past the mileage listed on the letter to have it fixed by. I am going into the dealership tomorrow for another issue (wheel bearing replacement), and will bring my letter to see what they can do about it. I really would love to get this replaced and covered by GM as I do not want to cover this out of my own pocket. My letter stated to have the repairs done by 193,000km (in Canada), but I am at 206,000 now myself (I was at 205,000km when I received the letter - they were just teasing me apparently). I am starting to get that loud engine noise again (that preceded all of my other timing chain replacements). I did have my engine replaced at 135,000km, but the timing chain and guide pins were not part of that replacement. I cannot wait to get out of this car!
  • elli2elli2 Posts: 14
    Was everyone supposed to get this? I have a 2010 and did not. My engine was already replaced at 43,000 miles and it's running okay, but I don't like the fact that pseudo-recall letters are going out and I haven't gotten one.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    I have seen elsewhere others have received the letter a various times, one today. I should imagine they will send you one also. If you have your vehicle registered at you should see the info on extended warranty there
  • cjgacjga Posts: 17
    I have not received a letter but I think I should. I had the terrible noise issue plus the HVAC issue. Parts were replaced less than a month ago, now I am seeing the need to aid oil. My oil life shows 79 % of life left. The dealer put in 4 quarts on 7/23/2013. I've filled up my car twice since then and today I added a quart and half of oil. Last week I added nearly a quart. The oil light never comes on to show low oil, but It was surely low. I have purchased four new GM cars before, but nothing like this Equinox 2010. By the way I use Moboil 1 oil.
  • I just got back from the dealer, the letter is based on 2010 and 2011 engines (2.4L 4 cylinder). When they replaced my engine with a 2012 engine, these components mentioned in the letter are changed as well. So no need for me to have these done. So if you have had the engine replaced with a 2012 or 2013 you will not have to have the repairs mentioned in the letter (according to my dealership). They actually had the mechanic go in and check (no charge to me) to double check.
  • duetsuduetsu Posts: 36
    DO NOT RELY on the oil life monitor!!!!!! I can't stress this enough... keep checking your oil. I had the same issue - contact GM customer service and get a case file going. Get your dealer to do an oil consumption test - a necessity that has to be completed to prove the engine problem and get GM to replace the motor.
    At the end, as my dealer was doing the last oil consumption test ( they were checking the oil every 800 miles for 5 different trials), the oil pan developed a crack in it. Also keep an eye on what the dipstick shows - during the last test, when I was checking the oil, there was a white, snotty type of substance on the stick.
    Its a hassle I know, but GM in the end stood behind the power train warranty and my dealer installed a new engine.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,003

    We are sorry to hear of the issues you're experiencing with your Equinox, and understand the frustration this may cause you. We would also be more than happy to contact your dealership regarding your concerns. If there's also any additional recall information we can look into for you please let us know.


    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
  • Have all the problems stated here. Loud engine, burns a lot of oil and weird throttle response - like a clunking and hesitation(at times). Gone to the dealer about it and taken it in every time we get a letter. Its a 2010, bought in 2011 with 22k on it. It only has 44k on it now. TODAY- leaving work going about 35 to get out of the complex- NO throttle response at all. speed went down to about 22 and no response from the pedal. Had to pull over, shut the car off and restart- then seems to work. Called the dealership on the way home ( and they said warranty has expired unless drivetrain. But- been there before with this issue- his response- not THIS particular issue. I said its the same damn issue just getting worse. HELP! I need a letter too!
  • My car did the same thing. I had to greet a new throttle body, which I may add is NOT covered by the warranty. It costed me $900. I needed a letter like yesterday. My car is giving me the blues. It sounds like a diesel truck, Ihave to keep putting oil in it, it stails on. . me, and now my air is going in and out. I will be doing a voluntary repo next week. Cause I went to trade it and the most anyone will give me was $5500 I owe twice as much that ain't. I can't keep riding around knowing gas is getting in my engine.
  • cjgacjga Posts: 17
    It is so odd.....all these same conditions......What went wrong Chevy????
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,003
    Hello Coolrodz,

    I certainly can understand the frustrations associated with a vehicle not operating as desired. If you would send me, your full name, address, phone, VIN and the name of the dealership you are working with to (attn: Marlea) with a brief summary of your concerns. I‘ll do my best to look into your concern and find you a satisfactory resolution. I look forward to your response and working with you.

    Marlea W.
    GM Customer Service
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    I have a 2010 2.4 engine in a Chevrolet LTZ Malibu. ----- The Malibu engine is NOT a "direct injection engine," and there in lies the problem with the Equinox engine. ----- My Chevrolet runs very well, and I am very satisfied with both the quality of the vehicle, and the performance of the 2.4 engine. ----- Too bad GM did not put the same engine in the Equinox. ----- In addition, too bad GM did not take a "proactive action," when they found out that the Equinox engine had some major problems. ------ The equinox is a beautiful vehicle, and it could have gone "head to head" with the imports, but with the "engine problems," and the lack of a "pro-active approach" to the correction of the engine problems by GM, this has diminished the "luster of the vehicle!" ----- Too bad that the management of GM was so "short sighted" in terms of customer service. ------- Since I put on a lot of highway mileage in a VERY short period of time, I am always looking for a replacement vehicle. ------ I constantly monitor Edmunds in terms of engine longevity and vehicle quality. I will take a hard look at the 2014 Malibu and the 2014 Impala 4 cylinder vehicles. ----- I believe that the 2013 Malibu has the 2.5 four cylinder, so I will be watching the reports on this engine on Edmunds over time. ------ If the 2.5 engine performs well, then I will visit my dealer for a test ride of the two vehicles. If the equinox also shares the same engine I will also include this vehicle. ------ QUESTION: ---- Why would I consider a vehicle that has "on-going engine problems" that GM refuses to deal with in a professional manner. ---- The "suits" at GM do not understand that: ----- 1.) People share information on the net. ---- 2.) People what a "high quality product" for their hard earned dollars. ---- 3.) People want to be treated in a professional manner when something goes wrong. ---- 4.) People want any warranty problem handled efficiently and without inconvenience to the customer. ----- When a problem occurs, it is the obligation of GM to get the needed information to the dealership along with the necessary parts to correct the issue in a timely / professional manner. Telling a service customer that "GM is working on a fix" does not help the customer with a problem vehicle. (They are driving the vehicle on a daily basis while GM comes up with a "fix!") ------ QUESTION: ---- Why is this so hard for GM management to understand? ----- This is not only a GM problem! ---- Ford and Chrysler are also guilty of this "poor quality of after the sale service." ----- I could purchase and / or lease any vehicle of my choice from a foreign to a domestic. ---- "After sale service" is a number one issue with me because my vehicles are my office! ------- The dealership must be able to deliver timely / professional service that is supported by the manufacturer. ---- I will purchase any nameplate that can deliver this kind of service. In return, I will give the dealership all of my service business. ------- Best regards to all! -------- Dwayne
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