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#25 of 123 I WAS thinking about an 05'Equinox!
Jan 05, 2011 (11:11 am)
I was thinking about looking at an 05'Equinox if it is still available in a few weeks(as of NOW it still is) but after reading some of your posts I'm wondering if I should just pass on it. It has approximately 104K on it and is the AWD model. That sound system issue really doesn't make any sense and is further made worse by repeated replacements that don't work for whatever reason. But the potential head gasket problem is what really gets me. I don't have piles of money laying around to fork out to KEEP the thing going. The asking price for this Equinox is 8 grand and it comes with a 90 day/4500 mile warranty. It's at a small used car lot about an hour from me. I see that you, glodato, seem to feel that the coolant issue is one of, or perhaps the main cause for the head gasket failure. I have worked on a lot of cars, never professionally in my day and years ago we didn't even HAVE pre-mixed anti freeze. YOU did the mixing yourself. Now I think you're talking about Dexcool antifreeze, yes? I was under the assumption that this was an extended life mixture and just about all the manufacturers use something like this in their vehicles. Do you mean to suggest if your Equinox had regular antifreeze, like say Prestone or any Auto part store brand and NOT this brand of extended life coolant, the head gasket would NOT have blown? And I'm wondering if Holdn5's problem with having to frequently change thermostats is related to this Dexcool coolant. I've personally never heard of such things, but then again, not being employed by a Chevy dealership is probably why.
You would think GM would do all necessary to stop this madness. What have they done, if anything, to stop this radio and blown head gasket and thermostat issue from happening in later models? They are still making the Equinox so now I wonder seeing how you have no faith in the 2005 model how did the 06', 07', etc model years do and was anything specific done to eliminate these problems that would have made me want to drive the thing through the Dealership window! So I guess what you all are saying is, "Run, don't WALK away from any 2005 Chevy Equinox, or as you say, "EquiJunk"? I thank you all for your candor.
#26 of 123 Re: I WAS thinking about an 05'Equinox! [shopdog97]
Jan 05, 2011 (4:58 pm)
It's up to you...but I would change my mind if I where you and think of buying something else.
In all my years of driving (36 yrs) and always a loyal GM customer (my 2005 Equinox being the 7th GM vehicle) the Equinox was the worse. It was really unbelievable to say that it was a Chevrolet.
I traded it for a 2010 HHR and this is a fun to drive, reliable, economic vehicle to drive...I adore it.
It's a good thing that I got rid of it or else I'd be ruined today.
P.S. All my cars where bought new and I'm a conservative driver and always follow the maintenance schedule religiously at a GM dealer.
#27 of 123 Re: Thermostat/Heating Issue [holdn5]
Jan 07, 2011 (4:05 am)
Took the car back to a mechanic (NOT A Dealership) I'd much rather give my hard earned $$ to someone local. He hooked it up to something (sorry, I'm going to be a girl here) for 24 hours and found no leak in the head gasket!! The lines were flushed again and wouldn't you know it, we have heat, but the question is for how long? He said the lines did not appear to be blocked though? What's causing this problem, the mechanic is at a loss!! It seems to fix the problem for a few weeks but then we're back with no heat. Mechanics suggestion was to trade it in before 100K - currently 93K.
FYI- I did go round with GM and their 1800 customer service. Spoke to 3 district specialists and was told that it's out of warranty. We're at a loss, we were hoping to keep this car for another 5 years!!
If we do end up trading it, I can guarantee it will NOT be for another GM. So sad, we've always driven one but to get swept under the rug after having it in for the same problem 3 times under warranty, I'm done, I don't care what my husband says!
#28 of 123 Re: I WAS thinking about an 05'Equinox! [shopdog97]
Jan 07, 2011 (4:09 am)
I would pass also we have an 05'! I LOVED my equinox up until GM started to screw us. We don't have any problems with ours besides the heating system, but that's enough for me to say NO NO NO and is $$ to fix.
I love the size, cargo room, gas mileage is decent, but I can't get past the way that GM is screwing us. I wouldn't risk it if I were you, there have been too many problems documented with this vehicle for me to waste my money on!
#29 of 123 Re: Thermostat/Heating Issue [holdn5]
Jan 07, 2011 (4:23 am)
Hey! Woa Nelly.
I am a loyal GM customer since 1977 and "YES" I traded my 2005 Equinox after 5 years of owning it...I was fed up (not of GM, but of my Equijunk).
I traded it for a 2010 Chevrolet HHR 2 LT. I didn't like the body of the HHR until I test drove one and I got slowly in love with it.
What a marvelous machine, fun to drive, reliable, economic, spacious (as much as the Equinox), well equipped and after 9 months and 10,000 K TROUBLE FREE. (my Equinox was in the garage 800 miles with radiator hoses problems). Go figure!
The 2010 HHR has been my 8th GM vehicle that I own (bought everyone of them new) and by far...the best one.
Do what I did....don't throw the whole apple basket out because of 1 bad apple.
#30 of 123 Re: Thermostat/Heating Issue [laserblue]
Jan 07, 2011 (4:55 am)
To each their own I've had enough problems with most of my GM vehicles in my short life of car buying (I'm 30, so I've been purchasing cars for 14 years) and this one broke the camel's back! I'll be glad to list:
1994 Camero Z28, bought brand new in 1994
-Clutch went after 2 years, I realize it's a HP sports car, but still.
-Leaky water pump after 3 years.
-A/C quit after 4 years
-CD player quite working when I traded it in 1999
1997 Chevy Silverado purchased in 2001 USED
-The tranny went after 1.5 months, of course we had a 1 month warranty on it. so it had to be rebuilt.
-Fuel Pump went in 2002
-water pump went soon there after.
but had a heating system like no other
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora
Bought brand new by my parents and we purchased from them in 2006, soon there after we started having all kinds of problems with it. At the time it only had 35K on it because my dad always had a company car.
-sun roof doesn't open and if it does, it sounds like it's going to shatter
-Transmission hits hard every so often, diagnosed as a MAJOR electrical system problem that we refuse to pay to fix. Happens every few months and then stops when the car shuts off.
- A/C quit a year ago, we went the whole summer without it cause I'm not dumping any more money into the car.
-Service engine light soon light stays on has something to do with the electrical system.
2005 chevy equinox-Major heating system problem which GM refuses to fix.
-paint on dash rubbed off after a year
-stereo overheats and on occasion quits working (not often though)
-has a constant smell of running hot
Enough said, all of these vehicles when purchased were in excess of $20K and while I realize some of the issues are from normal wear an tear, most are major issues!
I'm done handing over $20-30K to GM for shotty products. My parents just purchased a new ford edge and I'm in love!!
The only vehicle we've ever purchased from GM was a S10 that was just a small truck we purchased for yard work, etc..a back up vehicle and it was a great little truck!
#31 of 123 Re: Thermostat/Heating Issue [holdn5]
Jan 07, 2011 (10:24 am)
Well...I'm 54 and driving since I was 18 so that gives me 36 yrs experience with cars/trucks and vans.
My first car was a used 1973 Dodge Swinger (will never buy another Dodge).
Then all the rest we're bought new...
1977 Chevelle Malibu Classic (very good, no problems)
1983 Blazer S-10 (very good but a bit lazy on take off)
1990 GMC Safari LS (very good, but slippery in winter)
1994 Blazer S-10 LT (Very good, no problems, one of my best)
1999 Venture ST (very good, no problems, loved it alot but demolished by a hurricane in florida)
2005 Equinox LT (worse pile of s*** ever owned)
2010 HHR 2LT (very good, no problems, best so far, economical, fun to drive, handy.
Ford isn't bad, lots of my friend own or drives Fords and they like it.
No offense my friend.
#32 of 123 Re: Thermostat/Heating Issue [holdn5]
Jan 07, 2011 (10:34 am)
i know maybe right now it looks good and maybe you;re will hold, but i was just to a friends of mine who does heads one cars, and the last one he got he found 18 cracks in it. the problem is the dexcool antifreeze clogs everything up enough to cause all these problems, and i know mine started with heat problems first too. wish you luck....
#33 of 123 05" Equinox issues
Jan 09, 2011 (11:52 am)
I went over to a local Chevy dealership this week to see what they had on their lot, and to ask the service advisor about this model. I have to say, meeting this guy for the first time that he was NOT about to badmouth or admit that the 05' Equinox was bad, or that just certain numbers of them were bad, etc. He was rather non-committal about the subject. You'd expect this from him, of course, since he WORKS for a Chevy dealership. I guess he knows which sice his bread is buttered on! I asked if there was any TSB's on this model(Technical Service Bulletins) and he started scrolling through them, but not zeroing in on any one thing in particular. I mentioned your above comments on replacing the thermostat multiple times, or issues with Dex-Cool antifreeze and I thought he was somewhat vague in his responses. He said something like, "Well, did this person use a genuine GM replacement thermostat"? Now how would I KNOW something like that? I would ASSUME that if you bought an aftermarket one and it didn't work right, the next one would have been a genuine GM replacement. He really seemed aloof about the whole ordeal of me picking his brain for info. When I asked him if you HAD to use Dex-Cool antifreeze, he said no, you CAN use Prestone regular or 50/50 mix, but that it is imperative that you flush ALL the Dex-Cool out as it is NOT compatible(so HE says) with other mixes.
Long story short, I may PASS on the '05 Equinox AWD, but I have a lead on an 06, 07, and an 08. And if I do buy one, I'm gonna be sure to see if I can get an extended warranty with it to protect ourselves. Thanks for all your imputs!
#34 of 123 Re: 05" Equinox issues [shopdog97]
Jan 11, 2011 (11:28 am)
i;am glad you went ready if all the right questions, and just so you know i always used gm parts. you can also show him all the letters on commsumer affairs .com on where some states are now working on class action lawsuits so i;am glad i helped....