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I have a 2012 Equinox LTZ and very often, perhaps 50% of the time, when the radio had been turned off it will come on automatically to the USB device when the car is started. I have a flash drive in the USB port. It doesn't matter what source the radio had been tuned to - AM, FM, or Satellite. The dealer claims to have never heard of this happening, so is of no help. This is not a serious problem, just an annoyance.
I have a 2011 Equinox that we have had issue with the Radio volume going up and down in the front speaker when you hit a bump in the road, not off or max volume, it just makes a noticeable change. Has done this since we got it in the spring 2012. Recently we stopped at the store, ran inside to get something, left the car running, came back out to find the entire cab filled with smoke coming from the dash area. Shut the car off, popped the hood and looked the car over and couldn't find anything that looked like the origin.
We got back in drove to where we had to go, left the windows down and let it air out for awhile then drove it back home. Radio does not work.
Took it in to the dealership and they looke at it.
Scan test showed -No Radio Codes- they did some more testing for the amplifier and got as far as step 13 where it said the radio is bad and needed to be replaced. Ordered a new radio and installed that one, still had an issue with the amplifier then so had to order a new amp and installed that. The report says the radio had some sticky material in it tha may have caused the amplifier to fail- unknown for sure. With the new radio and new amplifier installed everything is now running.
Total parts, labor was over $1000. With no warranty on this, that was out of my pocket.
Question that really bothers me with Chevy not covering this is how can you have 5 years and 100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain and paint, but the radio doesn't even last 4 years and that can't be covered?
For $1000 I could've put in alot better sound system than the factory version, not that I'd spent my money on that, if I was going to add accessories to this car, I think I'd put my money in move valuable things than a radio.
My wife drives this car to work, not even 10 miles a day and pretty sure she's not putting any strain on the radio in that trip.
You always have to wonder if it wasn't something simpler, like some bad wiring, that a good stereo shop could have found. I remember buying a compact car in '82 that had no radio - I got a pretty nice unit on sale for $100 and installed it myself. No issues with it for the 17 years I drove that car.
Times have changed.
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