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#2009 of 2276 Re: Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance [lupinelady99]
Feb 18, 2007 (2:28 pm)
My wife and I bought our 2005 AWD Equinox in April of 2005 and it was great until it snowed. This is our second winter with it and we are very disappointed with the awd system in the vehicle. The awd doesn't kick in fast enough and we got stuck a couple of times. It is the worst awd system we ever had. It was not worth the extra money to get the awd we should have just the the front wheel drive with the traction control it couldn't have been any worse. We had three Subarus before the Equinox and the AWD sysytems blew chevys away. Even with the sport tires we had on our 2002 impreza outback sport it went way better than the equinox. We wanted to buy a nice afforadable suv which Subaru was not offering at the time because all of there suvs look like wagons.(subaru that is)I'm not knocken all chevys because we also have a 2006 Silverado 4x4 and of course it's great in the snow just like you would expect just put it in 4 wheel drive and go.
My wife don't like how you have to lock the truck in to 4 wheel drive yourself so thats why we look for awd on our second vehicles and next time we buy one it won't be a chevy awd it might be a subaru again or maybe a honda or toyota.
#2010 of 2276 Re: Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance [msdm5a]
Feb 26, 2007 (7:21 am)
Now I'm puzzled... My wife loved the Equinox 2007 (we have a Forester 2000 that is a dream in snow), but after reading these postings I'm seriously considering not buying it. Subaru Tribeca is ugly as hell and I have read that Ford AWD systems are not that good, so I guess I'm pretty much out of options. CR-V is pricey (the new one) and RAV-4... well, not willing to pay Toyota's premium price.
Any ideas whether GM has made improvements in the Nox'07 regarding AWD?
#2011 of 2276 Re: Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance [tonicar]
Feb 26, 2007 (6:00 pm)
My experience maybe is different than yours is. I maybe jaded after driving my old manual shift 4 wheel drive S-10 blazer. Honestly, i admit that perhaps i'm a old fashioned purist when it comes to 4 wheel drive.
Temper our results and go test drive one the first chance the you can when the roads are not at their best in YOUR area. Only you (and your family) can decide how it handles compared to your experiences and conditions. You will make the final decision. I just posted to let people learn from my experience and foolishness. It was absolutely foolish of me not to have test driven the vehicle during the winter months when i live in an area that gets considerable winter weather.
#2012 of 2276 Re: Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance [tonicar]
Feb 26, 2007 (9:47 pm)
I agree about how ugly the Tribeca is my wife don't like it either and it is very expensive.
I don't know if Chevy made the 2007 Equinox AWD any better but don't trust what the dealer tells you. My wife asked the general manager at our dealership how the Equinox went in the snow and he said great. We knew not to believe him but boy was he lying. The best thing to do would be to drive it in the snow if possible or find someone who has one and ask them. If you really want an Equinox it is a nice vehicle but just don't expect Subaru winter performance with it just expect it not to go well in the snow.
Best of luck to you.
#2013 of 2276 Re: Poor Equinox AWD Snow Performance [lupinelady99]
Feb 27, 2007 (6:20 am)
Wow I had a totally different experience, I just bought a new 2006 awd 2 weeks ago right before a huge winter storm. At least huge for ohio. The traction was great. I felt unstoppable in heavy snow.
Feb 28, 2007 (8:14 am)
You seem to be in the majority.
#2015 of 2276 So Far So Good We Really Love Our 2007 Equinox
Mar 07, 2007 (8:01 pm)
We went out to check out the Equinox LS because the dealer was running a special. After seeing the 2007 Equinox and test driving it we liked it so much we purchased it. It has lots of room to be comfortable. It handled very nice and smooth. I do hope it will give us many years of being a great vehicle
#2016 of 2276 tires for Equinox
Mar 13, 2007 (12:51 pm)
There are not many choices for the 235/60/17 tires, and the choices there are aren't the greatest in terms of reviews. Has anybody tried a differnt size, for example 215/65/17 which would keep the sample overall tire diameter within 0.1 inch? I know this is a narrower tread, by a little more than 3/4 inch, but I don't know how much that would compromise ride/traction. There are more and better choices in that size.
#2017 of 2276 tires for Equinox
Mar 13, 2007 (12:52 pm)
I meant to say same overall tire diameter.
Mar 16, 2007 (2:11 pm)
Anyone heard anything about GM replacing the Equinox's engine from China with an engine from North America? I would like to buy an Equinox but do not want to own a vehicle with an engine from China.