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Chevrolet Equinox, SUV
Nov 24, 2006 (9:30 pm)
I just turned 16 and have been looking for cars. My parents said they want me in an SUV because of the height and safety (conveniently, I'm paying for gas. Don't worry; I'm not complaining: A car's a car, even if gas is expensive.)
My dad has an Avalanche and my mom has a Trailblazer, and they haven't had any problems. My parents like the Chevys, so they'd be happy with an Equinox.
I've been looking through compact SUVs such as the RAV4 and CRV, but my parents like the mid-size ones better. I've looked through the Ford Escape, the Equinox and many others. I'll be getting a used one, so if I were to get the Equinox, it would most likely be the 2005.
I learned to drive on the Trailblazer, so I was wondering if it would be a smooth transition from the Trailblazer to the Nox. I've been researching a lot, and the "professional reviews" complain about engine noise, boring interior (which I really don't care about), faulty starting, and sub-par handling. It would be really great to get a user's review on these subjects and any others that would be useful.
I really like the look of this SUV and thank all of you for any help you can give. Any suggestions, comments, and advice would be greatly appreciated.
And if not the Equinox, then what else should I look into? I really like it, but I know I need to be practical.
Thanks in advance.
#1983 of 2276 Re: Need opinion! [melibell21]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 24, 2006 (10:09 pm)
Check out the Consumer Ratings & Reviews linked at the top of the discussion while waiting for responses. And have fun shopping!
#1984 of 2276 Re: 2008 Equinox [aubrey07]
Nov 29, 2006 (10:00 am)
According to this:
..... The next full Equinox redesign won't happen for a at least a few more years. They have obviously done an extensive update on the nox for 2007, especially the interior but according to that article (which is posted from the CAMI (which is the factory where the Equinox is built) the next full redo is not happening next year.
Re: Any info on what changes / enhancements that can be expected on the 2008 MY Equinox. It is my understanding that an optional engine will be available. Possibly the 3.6L w 250+ HP as is found in the Suzuki XL-7.
#1985 of 2276 Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance
Dec 10, 2006 (5:23 pm)
My Folks bought an 06 LT AWD this fall. The loved it until now. We just had our first snow 4" and they hated it. They said the rear slid all over the road and they felt very unsafe. They are so disgusted, they have made an appointment with the dealer service dept. to check it and if nothing's wrong are going to get rid of it at 6000 miles. They wanted the security of AWD but are disappointed. What can be wrong? Tires? Sensing of Slip? I've offered to get them 4 snows and wheels but the OEM tires are pretty aggressive. Can the service department bias some of the AWD load to the rear at all times (10% or so). They replaced a Subaru AWD with the Equinox and also have a Yukon XL with stabilitrak and before that an Astro AWD. What can be wrong with the Equinox? I love it but both my Mom and Dad were disgusted with it and are afraid to drive it in the snow.
Any input is welcomed!
#1986 of 2276 Re: 2008 Equinox [bbmak76]
Dec 16, 2006 (1:28 pm)
courtesy Autoweek: There is a sport Equinox coming for 2008 which has a new 3.6L engine, 6 speed trans with tap shift, lowered suspension and (sigh) the larger wheels sport versions always bring. They also chop off roof rails and lower the ride heigth. It will __not__ be called an SS.
I don't know if this model will be based on the "new" Theta platform Saturn will be using for their Vue, or the current Theta architecture Chevy now uses.
This is what the Maxx SS should have been, but never will be.
#1987 of 2276 Re: Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance [nklemens]
Dec 16, 2006 (1:34 pm)
I'd appreciate hearing about this too.
An AWD Equinox is being considered for replacing my Maxx next year, but if the AWD is not sorted out, it cannot be a contender.
The similar Saturn Vue reportedly also has issues with its AWD system - biggest problem is AWD takes too long to activate!
#1988 of 2276 Re: Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance [kurtamaxxxguy]
Dec 16, 2006 (2:35 pm)
My Nox is a 2005 LT FWD. Had fun in the snow last winter and I drove average (200 milles a week). Never got scared nor stucked and I feel very secure in it. I drive on the original 4 season tires. If you want my advice put your tires at 30 p.s.i. for winter driving and most important "SLOW DOWN" and "KEEP YOUR DISTANCE". Even if people get AWD or 4X4's that doesn't mean that it's a tank. Changing your driving habit for winter season is very helpful.
Can't wait to have some fun again this year and I've got the same tires as last winter. Last year on this date we had 1 foot of snow staying on the ground. We might have a green Christmas this year. It never happened before. Take care.
#1989 of 2276 wrt new sports Equinox...
Dec 16, 2006 (10:35 pm)
..if anyone knows whether Chevy will be offering interior colors __other__ than black (C&D claims "black" is the standard interior color), I would appreciate knowing.
Black interiors, sadly, haven't worked very well for me here in LA, CA.
#1990 of 2276 Sport version
Dec 17, 2006 (3:34 am)
I saw the sport model of the nox about 4 years ago at the New York auto show. I do not under stand why it takes GM SO long to bring the sport to the public. I do not like dodge but when they show you a concept you see it in the show rooms in a year or two. GM is also dragging their feet with the camaro.GM WAKE UP
#1991 of 2276 Re: 06 Equinox [gmhellman]
Dec 29, 2006 (9:15 am)
Looked up close to 2007 Equinox yesterday, A Pillar is far too wide to block view, sorry it was a standout negative for me. So much so that the front windshield mounting is recessed and I can only assume contributes to some wind noise. Visibility comes at a premium on the design of SUVs with all the pillars.