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Chevrolet Equinox, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#14 of 202 Re: Chevrolet Equinox: Real World MPG [steve_]
Jan 18, 2007 (6:38 pm)
I just purchased a used 2006 Equinox with 15,000 miles. Looks like new. I've had it almost 3 weeks. The first time I put gas in it I didn't check the mileage but I knew the gas gauge seemed to go down pretty fast. So last Friday I filled it up and decided this time I would check the mileage. I live in oklahoma and because of the ice and sleet storm we had last weekend my equinox only had 22 miles put on it this week. (I work just a few blocks from home) On Monday I did let it warm up for about 45 minutes, Tuesday - Thursday maybe 10 minutes in the morning before I left for work. To make a long story short, I could almost see my gas gauge move right in front of my eyes. I was down to 3/4 of a tank and had only gone 22 miles since I filled up. I filled it up today and I had gotten about 5.5 mpg. I'm just sick and afraid I have purchased a lemon or there is a major problem with these vehicles. I called the dealer that I purchased it from and they said they would look at it. Does anyone have anything information, advise, or history they can share with me.
#15 of 202 Re: Chevrolet Equinox: Real World MPG [oklahomadee]
Jan 19, 2007 (4:59 am)
You have spent most of your time and gasoline idling. At least 55 min. This is where most of your gas has gone. You are getting zero mpg. when idling. Also your trips are very short. The Equinox probably never gets into 5th gear. Wait till the weather clears and drive at least 200 miles of mixed highway and city driving. Avoid excessive idling. Check your mileage. It should drastically improve.
#16 of 202 Re: Chevrolet Equinox: Real World MPG [bdyment]
Jan 20, 2007 (8:57 am)
Thanks for your reply. I'll be patient and after the unusual weather that we are having here clears up maybe I'll get a more accurate picture. Now can you help me with something else, please. The day I checked my gas mileage I also started smelling a nasty odor in my car. I've read all the postings about that problem. First thing I did was check my spare tire well because the soury, dead animal smell seemed to be coming from the back seat area. I couldn't believe it. Under my spare time is soaking wet. There is a foam pad under the tire (I guess that's factory)that is soaked and sour smelling. The other problem I read about was the smell from the coolant and the hoses. If I had to guess I say the water is what is causing my smelly problem but if I have a coolant and hose problem I need to address that problem also. My equinox is a 2006 model. Most of the posting about these problems seemed to be 2005 models. Have any of these problems been taken care of by GM on the 2006. Please help me out. I love my nox but it seems there have been a lot of problems that I wasn't aware of. Thanks for the forum as it helps you not feel like you are crazy and feel like you have some proof when others are sharing the experiences too. Please anyone reply!!!
Apr 19, 2007 (5:27 am)
I have an 07 nox, after the repair I had done some hose came off "long story" I'm averaging 16.00 for short trips of aprox 20 miles each day. It gets up to around 18.1 when driving the 60 miles Rt to MY fienocess GP's house and thats 20% city and 80% turnpike at 60-80 mph so it gets pretty good gas mileage, Full tank gives me 338mpg per tank. I have the base 07 LT, as far as comfort goes its a ok comfort, kinda a truck felling. Handling is great as well as acceleration and breaking. The stock tires MUST be replaced however as there awful when it comes to water, Hydroplaning is a BIG problem with them. Still for the price its not bad, Id defiantly get the upgraded radio if I had the option, the stock dosent play mp3 and its cd player is very sensitive to bumps vibration or even the slightest smudge on the disk. allin all a 7/10
#18 of 202 Re: 07 nox [heroshima]
Apr 19, 2007 (10:33 am)
I think you neeed to look at gas mileage for other comperable small SUV's. Around 20 is what you can get out a full sized truck with a V-8 driving the same way. My worst average has been 13 and my best has been 20. I am deffinately not pleased with this vehicle. By the way, check out the other NOX subjects to get a real feel for your selection.
#19 of 202 Re: Chevrolet Equinox: Real World MPG [jtnox]
May 06, 2007 (6:34 pm)
What city you live in, because driving in NYC my 2006 EQUINOX 2WD with 7K miles at best gives me 240 on a tank.
#20 of 202 Re: mileage [shallwechat]
May 25, 2007 (10:35 am)
I have a 2007 LT with AWD.
For a full tank, you should get 300 miles.
The lowest mileage you should get is 18 mpg.
I have been averaging about 19-20 for mixed driving over two weeks. Pure highway, I have gotten 25 mpg.
Factors that hurt mileage:
2) Driving with windows open while speeds are over 30mph.
3) Outside temperature. Cold weather forces refineries to reformulate gasoline to a mixture that produces 10% less fuel economy. Your best economies will be between Memorial day and Labor day.
4) Speed.Speed.Speed. The Equinox, like most vehicles, gets 10% less fuel economy for every 10 miles per hour over 55 mph. In other words, at 75 mph, you get 20% less fuel economy than driving at 55 mph.
5)Weight. If you load the vehicle up with 4 people and drive it on a long trip, you will get a little less economy than if the car had just a driver. (not a big factor).
6)Heavy acceleration. Leaning on the gas pedal kills fuel economy. You know you do this if your breaks are getting replaced after 40,000 miles.
#21 of 202 Re: mileage [g089372]
May 25, 2007 (3:37 pm)
You're so right. Can you believe and to my surprise mine gets 26 mpg highway driving (in excellent weather). May I kick in my 2 cents for gas economie... use your cruise control for highway driving, keep your motor well tuned, check your tire pressior and please...no idling.
#22 of 202 update on MPG
Sep 02, 2007 (10:44 am)
Ok, I have been getting a little better gas millage, I put in 87oct, I recently had the car in for an oil change and tire rotation, was I ever surprised. Im getting around 17.2 for city and 18 for highway, I recently drove from Ft lauderdale to Disney land, Most of it was 65-80mph. I got around 18.5 but still no where near what I should be getting, Also the car seems to have quite a loss in power in the 70 mph and up. All in all I cant say id buy another one but it is a decent vehicle and for the price I think you can get a better choice with a difrent vehicle.
#23 of 202 2006 LT AWD mileage
Sep 29, 2007 (8:53 am)
5W-30 Mobile One oil
I consistently get:
19 mpg mixed driving.
23 pure highway at 70 miles per hour.