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Chevrolet Equinox, SUV
#2069 of 2276 Re: Happy with your engine? [philw]
Apr 06, 2008 (10:28 am)
I know what you're talking about. Before my 2005 Equinox I owned a 1999 Venture almost the same as your Montana but it's a Chevrolet and "Yes Sir" do I ever miss those heated mirrors we sure need those up here with our winters and the automatic level control suspension on the Venture was great. The engine in my Venture was a 3.4 L but I didn't have any problem with it but I noticed that the Equinox is a bit more expensive on gas.
You're right my Equinox is a LT, heated leather seats, sun roof, inboard computer/compass, aluminium 17's wheels they told me "fully loaded".
Fully loaded without heated mirrors? NAH!
#2070 of 2276 Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox!
Apr 08, 2008 (5:40 pm)
So far, wife and I put 34,000miles on our Equinox since purchased Jan 2005. Still looks good, runs and drives great! No problems to date. The 3.4L is a strong proven GM design which is assembled overseas. I have no problem with GM saving some money by out sourcing the assembly of their V6.
The 3.4L has been in GM cars since the mid 1990's. My bother currently has over 100,000 miles on his. It is a reliable engine design, thats easy to assemble, and has a timing chain which lasts the life of the engine.
The best part is I save $400+ every 60,000 miles, since I don't have replace a timingbelt/waterpump.
I also think that GM did a nice job with mating nice smooth Jap transmission with
So far, the Equinox is a keeper for us.
#2071 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Apr 09, 2008 (3:51 am)
Right on! Jim Dandy
Bought my LT, FWD in May 2005 and so far so good. I love it. Purrrrs like a kitten.
#2072 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Apr 09, 2008 (4:49 am)
well then obviously you havent drove other vehicles. this was the worst vehicle i ever bought. i had significant problems after the first few days of owning it. check engine light came on periodically....took many visits to figure out that something clogged the vent hose off the gas tank. if that was even the problem. they replaced the computer..stilll had problems. the evap canister was cracked. the turning radius on these vehicles was worse then my full size truck...had to make many more 3 point turns. brakes were shot after 20,000 miles. the gas mileage sucked. i was lucky to get 18 miles to the gallon...mostly averaged around 15. the snow build up on the front windshield was terrible due to the inset windshield, and tough to clean off. and then finally the loud backfiring noise that they couldnt figure out. after many attempts...gm put out a tech bulletin saying that this was normal operation of the evap sensor selenoid..and they refused to do anything about it..and believe me i contacted everyone from the dealership, to a high executive officer at gm , and they still wouldnt help me. all they did was pass the buck...its not the dealers fault because it should be under gm waranty..yeah right...its not gms fault because the dealer is responsible because they actually purchased the vehicle from gm, so its their problem....blah blah blah..ive heard it all , but after 6 months and filing a complaint with the better business bureau under the lemon law( free by the way)..and after 3 offers by gm to avoid arbitration, gm finally agreed to buy my vehicle back from me. just so this wouldnt be made public information. the only thing i liked about it was all the room on the inside....but the 30000 dollar price tag wasnt. thats why i bought a toyota and i will never buy another gm product again!
#2073 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Apr 09, 2008 (6:23 am)
I have to differ with you on the 3.4L engine. I've had two of them, and they have both failed me. The one in my 2000 Olds Alero has breeched the intake manifold gasket, and is leaking coolant out onto the ground. The one in my 2001 Chevy Venture just over heated because the cooling fan relay is faulty. Now coolant is in the oil and the engine is knocking. I fear the engine is toasted. Only 79,000 miles on the Venture, and 80,000 on the Alero, and no, I don't neglect them. Not impressed with the 3.4L ChiCom assembled engine, nor with GM in general, though I have plenty of their cars.
#2074 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [bob171]
Apr 09, 2008 (9:30 am)
For the bad gas mileage it always depends on how you drive, then some poeple are harder on brakes than others, the turning radius is reasonable and quite understanding for a 108 inches wheelbase vehicule (this you should have known before buying it) it's not G.M.'s fault, the snow build up is obvious I could see the problem even though I bought mine in may and about that loud? backfirering noise... they all do that and yes it is normal.
I've owned G.M. products since my first vehicule ( 8 in all ) since 1975. My first car was a used car then the rest were all bought new. Can't say a word about bad quality, maybe I was lucky? Sure I had some problems with my cars but mechanic will always be mechanic, you'll never get a perfect car. And my next vehicule will still be probably a G.M. again.
I'm not the type of guy who throw a dozen of eggs in the garbage because one of them was cracked.
#2075 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Apr 09, 2008 (10:57 am)
Were you aware the of engines orgin? I n the sales guide it says not to say anything about it unless asked. There appears to be a slip it in if you have to, but don't bring it up unless you really have to. Thanks for your imput.
#2076 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [bob171]
Apr 09, 2008 (5:51 pm)
Wow! I'm just minding my own business,
thinking life is great in my trouble free Equinox,
cruzin down the hi speed digital highway, then BAM!
Crap! a "Hit and Run Blogger"
Oh what a feeling!
Hey Jim, do ya think we can convert him?
No it's too late, he's gone to the Dark Side.
#2077 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Apr 10, 2008 (7:54 am)
Crap! a "Hit and Run Blogger"
Hey, I still have the Venture, and a GMC Sierra right now as well, so I'm not exactly on the Dark Side. Just not thrilled with this 3.4L ChiCom lightweight motor.
#2078 of 2276 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Apr 13, 2008 (4:33 am)
"Obviously" I have driven alot of cars in my time and the Equinox is a great vehicle.
All car manufactures have seen there share of problems, even Toyota.
Google "Toyota Sludge" and you will see what I mean.
The Equinox is a smooth running SUV.
No complaints here.