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#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....
#35 of 123 2005 Equinox blown head gasket
Jan 19, 2011 (9:53 am)
I am also another "proud" owner of a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with a blown head gasket requiring a new engine to fix the problem.
At the first signs of any problems with the vehicle, I took it to the dealer and after close to $400.00 later they diagnosed it as just some clogged fuel injectors and bad spark plugs.
I then picked it up from the dealership and on the way home (in 10 degree weather) it overheated on me.
I then had it towed to the dealership the next day. They called me back and told me that it was a blown head gasket and would need a new (or rebuilt engine) at he cost of $2800.00-$3800.00.
This caught me off guard since I had all of the prescribed (recommended) maintenace done on this vehicle. I the nproceeded to call GM/Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center where they rudely told me that they would not be able to asssit me with the cost of this matter.
After 2 weeks and 2 calls back to the customer service number they told me that the only assistance that they would able to offer me would be a GM Loyalty certificate in the amount of $1500.00 towards the purchase of my next GM Vehicle.
After being treated so horribly and by the lack of help offered by GM/ Chevrolet, I am now in the market for My first Import Vehicle.
I have previously owned nothing but Chevrolet vehicles but due to this situation I am nol onger loyat to Chevrolet since I feel they they were not loyal to me during this horrible situation (which was not due to anything on my part but due to shotty design on GM's part.
I would not recommend this model year vehicle to anyone (unless you want to become good friends with a mechanic and can afford to do so)!!!
#36 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [pkw3]
Jan 19, 2011 (10:26 am)
I know what you mean, I owned a 2005 Equinox (bought it new) and the maintenance was always done religiously. Same thing...blown head gasket at 30,500 miles without talking about a long list of repair (lucky for me, mostly on warranty) but not the "Head Gasket".
I am a GM loyal customer since 1977 and traded my Equijunk for a brand new 2010 HHR 2LT last year. What a marvelous little truck, fun to drive, economical and realiable, not comparable with the Equinox.
My HHR has 12,000 miles and nothing wrong with it since I bought it.
My Equinox was towed at the dealer with only 800 miles on it because of "over heating" they had to change all my hoses because my coolant had turned to a brownish color, sludgee and stinky.
When I traded for the HHR GM gave me automatically, without asking anything a 1,000 $ rebate as a "Loyalty Rebate" because I was buying another GM vehicle.
I'd say the HHR is the best car/truck I've ever owned in all my years of drive that totals 7 GM vehicles...Cars/Trucks/S.U.V./Vans.
#37 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [pkw3]
Jan 19, 2011 (10:43 am)
My advice to everyone out there:
DON'T RELY ENTIRELY ON MECHANICS TO SERVICE YOUR CARS PROPERLY. **YOU** NEED TO BE THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST CATASTOPHIC FAILURES LIKE THE ONE MENTIONED HERE.
It starts with the instrument gauges and knowing what's NORMAL for your vehicle so that you can detect abnormal trends when they start to occur.
For example, my Taurus is ALWAYS at mid-scale on the temperature gauge. My Impala is ALWAYS just below mid-scale on the temperature gauge. Over the last year or so, I noticed the temperature on the Impala routinely starting to creep over mid-scale. I knew this wasn't normal, but the car wasn't in any danger of overheating so I let it ride. But then I started noticing the coolant level in the plastic tank being chronically low (and needing refill). I knew I was losing coolant. Well, I kept filling it until I found the source of the leak (turned out to be a pinhole in the radiator side tank). But if I wasn't paying attention to the gauges and didn't know what was NORMAL for my vehicle, the coolant would've run down until the gauge spiked into the HOT range and that would've likely been it for my engine!
So at a minimum, watch the gauges and check your fluids periodically. And if your car doesn't HAVE a temperature scale and only has a light, you better make sure you know which light (or message) it is so you don't continue driving along while your coolant is draining away.
Same goes for oil. An engine without lubrication or cooling fluids is a dead engine.
#38 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [pkw3]
Jan 19, 2011 (11:24 am)
hi, yes i know how you feel, and like i said before if you look at consumer affair.com you we see it;s happened to alot of people and some states are working on going after them in court, see the catch is once the government took tham over in the buyout, they don;t have to do recalls, it woulg make the government look bad, and than no new cars would sale, funny who the government went after toyota, well i can tell you after 40yrs of gm, i now own a toyota.....