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Chevrolet Equinox, SUV
Sep 24, 2005 (6:20 am)
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Oct 02, 2005 (4:24 am)
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.
#1873 of 2276 Re: BAD NOX [mike104]
Oct 02, 2005 (10:48 am)
I recommend turning off your CAPS LOCK. People tend to ignore postings written in ALL CAPS.
Oct 04, 2005 (10:04 am)
1st time poster, hard to know if it's even real.
#1875 of 2276 my new 06
Oct 05, 2005 (12:50 pm)
I finally picked up my new 06. It is FWD, LT2, everything but the XM radio. I love it! It is so comfortable to drive. The 7 speaker sound system is awesome. Everything about it just suits my needs (two kids in college). I only have 300 miles on it so I will be monitoring the gas mileage, as this seems to be of some issue. It is Black Amethyst Metallic. Some say it looks black, some purple, some like "chocolate". The color does change with different lighting. Anyway, I hope it serves me well for the next few years. Noxon
P.S. Thanks to all who posted. I read them all and enjoyed and learned. I hope to contribute again.
#1876 of 2276 Looked at the '06 Nox
Oct 08, 2005 (5:30 am)
I currently own an '05 and decided to take a look at the '06.
I also notice no '05's left on the lots.
Not a whole lot of changes to the it other than the way options and price is structured.
Two things that stood out were change in color of the front dash panels from grey to black and fan, heating & A/C controls.
I think that the original grey panels gave the dash a better look and the original center counsol was better laid out.
The black panels make the dash look too dark.
I also didn' see the leather shifter on '06 either.
The Equinox is still a nice overall looking vehicle even for 2006.
but, I think I'll keep my ' 05 Nox.
#1877 of 2276 Re: Looked at the '06 Nox [jim_dandy]
Oct 08, 2005 (8:14 pm)
General Motors decided to color code the side mirrors for 06. I like the blended look. It also makes for an easy distinguishing mark between 05 and 06 at a glance. noxon
#1878 of 2276 Re: Looked at the '06 Nox [noxon]
Oct 09, 2005 (3:14 pm)
Congrats on your new Nox!
Let us know your fuel economy.
I have a FWD Silver LT.
I've been getting 20 mpg combined (50/50) and 26 mpg on the highway.
Thats a nice touch on the mirrors.
I also noticed a difference in the rocker panels too.
#1879 of 2276 Equinox - Review
Oct 10, 2005 (8:33 am)
Just wanted to get my 2 cents out there for any potential buyers (I donít expect any change)
1) Why the Equinox? Well, I just boat a 16 foot, 1500 lb. fishing boat and my 1999 Subby outback 4 cyl wasnít cutting it. Was really straining to pull it on the hiways. So I needed a 6 cyl. I really loved my Subby but Subaru America simply priced me out of that model. Nothing below 30K! What a dumb move on their part.
So my buddy, who researches everything, told me how much he liked his new Equinox (though he did warn of bad blind spots). I Test drove a 1 year old used 2005 with 14k miles on. The dealer, a family friend gave me a GREAT trade value on my Subby so I had to do the deal. It drove fine, room enough for the kids in back, same (or very close) MPG as my aging Subby, and a great deal. Whatís not to like
2) Well....there is apparently a lot not to like. I though I would transition better to the difference in creature comforts and layout but so far, not so good.
a) Trunk: The cargo space is considerably smaller than the Subby, surprising since itís nearly the same dimensions. The wheel wells consume a lot of cargo area.
b) Cargo shelf. What seemed like a good idea, turned out to be useless. When the shelf is up (highest setting) I logically place things on it. However, those things slide to the back when driving. Because of a gap between the rear of the shelf and the tailgate, when you open the gate, everything falls out! It takes plastic man to reach under with one hand to prevent falling, while lifting the gate with the other. And if your cargo is heavy, close the door, squeeze into the back seat and pull the load off the door, other wise itís all over the ground
Also, the cargo area is small when compared to the Subby. Who would have thunk?
c) Shelf - part II: When the shelf is up, there is no light under the shelf so you canít see anything. Simply a dumb design. Put a light under there GM
d) Passenger handles: above-the-window grips. How much could it possibly cost to install these? $10 each. Címon GM, get on the ball GM. And why no floor mats. Please a little respect for us.
e) Center console. Nice to have to large cup holders in the Console. However, because the holders are on the flip-up arm rest, you canít flip it up to get to your stuff (wallet, directions, purse etc) with full drinks. Duh.
f) Site lines: I live in the city and do A LOT of parallel parking. I am not too proud to say I am very good at it. However the site lines on this Equinox, make it v difficult to park this car. Example: the rear/cargo side windows are 1) obstructed by the second row head rests and 2) are not large enough so that you can see the tail of the car on which youíre basing your ďcutĒ. Itís pure guess work.
g) Radio: Whatís the deal with always reverting to the ROCK equalizer setting. I prefer the brighter JAZZ preset, yet every time I change stations, it reverts to the bloated rock sound. And the general design of the unit is awkward. It amazes me that after about 60 years of putting radios in cars, we havenít arrived at radio interface that at the very least is logical?
h) Headlights: Whatís with these Day Light Running Lights. What an awful idea, because I can never turn my lights off. At the risk of sounding creepy, there are times where I want my headlights off while I am pulling over (e.g. maybe I have to pee on the road side, or I donít want the light blaring in my mothers face when I pull up to her house.)
k) Door Locks: why, when I use my key to open the door, does the car start beeping and pinging louder & louder until the horn starts blaring? After all I used the key to enter the car, not a sledge hammer. I thought I turned off this ďfeatureĒ but it always comes back on. I have to hurry and start the car to avoid the noise.. Who does this benefit.
l) beeps, boings & bings: I canít find a pattern in the sounds the car makes when the drive door is open. Sometimes silent, sometime noisy. Doesnít matter if key is in ignition, or lights are on, or neither. It has a mind of its own. Again, an over-engineered ďfeatureĒ
m) Headlights: You mean to tell me the headlights donít turn off when the car is off. WTF?
n) Minor point. Does any one really use the nickel & dime holders? What parking meter takes nickels and dimes? Make them all quarter-holders.
o) No navigation lights. If I need inside light, there is only the over head light, which when on waked my sleeping children.
p) Sun visors: you can not push them all the way fwd to be against the windshield, they flop down, thus greatly * dangerously limiting your view. I have to slouch down when I use them because they cut off too much of the horizon.
q) Brake pedal is too high. Cant drive barefoot because only my big toe reach the brake pedal, and I am a size 12 Ĺ
a) very decent gas mileage for a SUV. Both Hwy & City are in the 20 mpg
b) roomy in the front
c) decent power, no issues pulling the boat.
anyhow, thanks for listening