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#731 of 1675 Forums are full of valuable info:
Mar 12, 2006 (2:48 am)
I have been reading Edmunds web site for 5 months and have found it to be most usefull in saving me money and time in making my decision in purchasing a 2006 Ford Freestyle. I had reduced my selection of vehicles down to 5 before I even test drove one. The Equinox was one of them, solely because of its good looks and price. The Torrent,RAV4,Highlander and FreeStyle were the other choices. I have owned 3 Chevy trucks in my life so far and never had any problems, other than normal wear and tear. What I really would like to know is what happened to Chevy, they used to be king of the hill! After reading the Forums on the Equinox, many new owners are just livid about their new purchases! If it wasn't for Edmunds web site I believe I would be driving one too! Best of luck! Marshall2.
#732 of 1675 King of the Hill
Mar 12, 2006 (4:47 pm)
No matter who becomes king of the hill they'll sooner or later come falling down. If the critics are sure that Toyota will someday surpass GM then they too will be beaten..maybe by KIA or Hundai. As for the livid people owning Equinox...their expectations of what the Equinox should be didn't satisfy them...that is a individual thing...to come in here and post to say a piece of junk..that's their belief. It may be the way they handle the Equinox..it may be that they tire so easily and want something new..don't let their comments influence you in either buying or not buying a Equinox/Torrent.
#733 of 1675 Re: King of the Hill [equinoxc8]
Mar 13, 2006 (11:56 am)
Sooo true equinoxc8
Let me tell you 2 little stories to prove your point of vue.
1) I was going to Florida last summer with my Nox 05 Fwd (round trip 2800 milles). I talked to someone in a restaurant that had a Nox exactly like mine, he told me that he was doing only 11 mpg on highway driving and he was mad. I told him "That's strange I average 24.5 mpg on highway driving with the cruise set at 70 mph". At my surprise, 30 min. later the same guy was coming down the highway driving like crazy, he was doing at least 100 mph or more passing everything in sight. How can you get a good mpg driving like that?
2) One of my friends has a Nox and tells me he has struts and suspension problems and he has rattling sounds from underneath. Sure, why not he drives it like a tank and goes off road every weekend. The Nox is NOT built for off road driving.
Be nice to your Nox cause it's a great machine. Before I purchased mine, I saw all the complaints on the forums and it did not change my mind. Lots of people are ruff on there vehicule. So who's to blame? The vehicule or the driver?
#734 of 1675 Re: King of the Hill [equinoxc8]
Mar 13, 2006 (3:32 pm)
so you are telling me that my 06 nox that only has 400 miles and wont start at times is just MY belief that its a piece of junk? I am not coming on here to put the car down, obviously I bought it for a reson. I will tell you this, knowing what I know now I would never make the same mistake again and purchase this car. 400 miles on my car and it has been to the dealer twice because the car won't start. " cannot duplicate " is what I get back so I just have to smile and drive off. I was informed that "hopefully" the problems becomes more severe so they can actually see whats causing this but you are right, its my belief the car is a piece of junk.
p.s. I am also hearing noises that should be not heard in a brand new car such as the thumping in the gas tank. I guess when I am driving down the freeway and I blow up you guys can stick to GM
Mar 13, 2006 (3:38 pm)
well matt I guess you are yet another victim. I guess we just have to wait for recalls and see if they can fix these problems.
#736 of 1675 Re: King of the Hill [pueblosunidos]
Mar 13, 2006 (5:42 pm)
The term JUNK I used was in reference to post 725...the fellow there mentioned the front aprons had been repaired and the washer bottle was broke..he said "EQUINOX=JUNK."
When you said your car won't start...you mean it NEVER started or has a 3-5 second cranking time? I don't know if you've read your Owners Manual..if not go to page 2-17..it'll tell you what to do if your engine doesn't start. If it never starts at all then you have a blown fuse. If it delays a lot then sometimes it can be the gas you use or the temp of the engine. Are you sure the noise is from the gas tank or the back end? If it is the back end does it happen shortly after a cold start or has been running a little? Then it may be your exhaust solenoids doing the OBDII emmissions diagnostic...have your dealer look at this info
Normal EVAP Vent Solenoid Operation #04-06-05-009B -
(May 26, 2005)
#737 of 1675 Re: King of the Hill [grosloup]
Mar 13, 2006 (5:53 pm)
In 8 times out of 10 the driver's at fault..sometimes they are misinformed of what the Equinox can do..having AWD does NOT mean to go off roading..and I wonder why Pontiac puts that in their TV ad for the Torrent..sheesh.
Some people just carry over their driving habits from the previous vehicle they've owned. Some people see the Nox as a SUV..it is NOT it is a CUV..it LOOKS like a SUV but has the handling features of a CAR. That is what's happening in the auto sector..more CUV's coming out.
If people want some speed and be able to pound the heck out of the Equinox then wait for the SS model...bigger engine, more horsepower, stiffer suspension and ZIP.
#738 of 1675 Another new problem!!! Brakes?? 16,000miles replaced????
Mar 14, 2006 (9:07 am)
I have had too many problems i can even remember.. My back window got stuck down the first day i had it (in a snow storm on vacation), Had them replace it. Stearing column need reaplcing now the whole thing shakes and is all over the place (its there now for oil change) they say i prob need new Brakes it only has 16,000 miles!!! There is this Clunking noise in the back everytime I am braked at a light i am thinking the muffler or something. they say they dont ever hear it... The seats have weird water stains and if a little water gets on it it stains the seats(tan). I can go on and on and on with the dealer problems as well..
#739 of 1675 Re: Another new problem!!! Brakes?? 16,000miles replaced???? [cckegan]
Mar 15, 2006 (11:03 am)
Our Nox has has a number of problems too. The steering column was replaced at approximately 10,000 miles. It would make a bunch of noise when encountering bumps in the road. The replacement solved the problem. The radio had to be replaced due to a broken CD changer. The new radio still works. The front brake rotors were re-surfaced at approx. 10,000 miles. Now they are a mess again. The vehicle brakes pulsate a bit at low speed, quite alot when speed is 60mph or higher. The dealer is hoping that a rotor replacement will solve the problem. Maybe in the the short term, my concern is what will happen in another 10,000 miles when the vehicle is out of warranty. The front console cover piece (where window switches etc. are) was replaced, the paint was coming off around the window switches. Hardware on the rear door was rusting, I had them replace the pieces. We also had a great amount of paint problems where the rear doors seal against the body along the rear wheel wells. The dealer re-painted the area, and applied a plastic sheet, much like the one on the outside of the vehicle ahead of the rear wheel wells. Weekly, we clean the rear door gaskets to help reduce the wear. Overall, I am very dissapointed with the quality of the vehicle. I like driving it and it really fits our family's needs. I would be hard pressed to buy another, or another Chevy at this point. (I have owned Chevys prior to this one!) If the brakes don't get fixed, and stay fixed, we will replace this vehicle.
#740 of 1675 '05 nox
Mar 15, 2006 (2:27 pm)
I haven't had many problems with my equinox. I am nice to it. My hubby is rougher on his vehicles so if he had driven it there would have more problems, I'm sure.
It does the thump thump thump noise, the dash rattles a bit over bumps, and the gas mileage is about 18mpg combined. Mine was the first model year for the equinox so I understand they are still working out the bugs. I plan on getting another new one when my smartbuy is up. I think it is a good vehicle.