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#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.....
#39 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [pkw3]
Jan 26, 2011 (12:20 pm)
I had NO problems with my 05 Equinox until Saturday when the check engine light came on. I was gone and thought I would tell my husband about it when I got home the next day. On the way home, I had heat then poof, it turned to cold, (was 15 degrees out) I had no power and the engine coolant light came on. My husband told my son to check the radiator and it wasn't leaking water so he said to not turn on anything and drive the 60 miles to get the car home. We went 60 mph and when we did get home, my husband went to open the coolant cap and it started fuming and bubbling. He said it was hot and needed to wait until it cooled down. I went to get gas which is a block away and only the check engine light came on at that time. We took the car to our mechanic and he called this morning to say it had a blown head gasket due to the coolant being low. My husband went to mechanic school and last month changed the oil and he checks everything including the coolant so I know it was fine then. My car only has 62,000 miles on it. It has been interesting as it was "my fault" for mishandling the car. I am so glad I came on here to look for any recalls. I can not believe there has not been a recall on the cars or the dex cool yet. I am waiting to hear from the mechanic with a price to fix the car and then the salesman who sold the car to me who is a good friend. He is going to get an earful! Thanks for posting the messages!
#40 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [db80]
Jan 27, 2011 (4:27 am)
Same thing here...blown head gasket happened on my 2005 Equinox 2 yrs ago 30,500 miles.
The reason for a blown head gasket is not driving with a low oil level.
I do all my maintenance religiously and check all my levels every 2 weeks and when it happened my oil level was right on the level mark.
Could it be the 3.4 L engine? My previous vehicle was a 1999 Chevrolet Venture with a 3.4 L engine also and the head gasket blew on that one to 59,000 miles.
For the cost mine was 1,275.86 $
#41 of 123 2005 Nox.
Jan 27, 2011 (12:18 pm)
I owned an early Equinox (built Sep 2004) purchased as a dealer Demo in July 2005. Experience with some early Noxes was marred by defective cooling system hoses from China which, as was extensively documented in contemporary posts on this forum, were apparently unsuitable for use with GM's proprietary coolant. My 2005 Nox Demo had done 6900 miles with the dealership and I had no coolant issues.
Maintenance history during my 5 year ownership was limited to:-
Oil and filter changes at approximately 10 month intervals.
Front strut plate replaced under warranty at 10,128 Miles.
Front brake rotors machined twice - last time at 19,700 miles at which time the engine was tuned and fuel system and carburetter flushed.
The coolant system was drained, flushed and refilled after 5 years as recommended by GM.
Lastly, the electric power steering failed to activate one time. The dealership technician checked fuses but found nothing wrong and the system self corrected when the vehicle was restarted. If you find yourself with this problem, turning off the ignition then restarting the engine may solve it.
Overall I had no complaints with my 2005 Equinox which for my relatively light usage after 24,000 miles had given good service. It averaged 17.44 mpg (13.49L/100k) overall but Winter fuel consumption was considerably higher.
I did test drive a 2010 Equinox but felt that GM's new engine technology, especially the 4 cylinder, might need more time in service to be proved reliable. So, in July 2010 when my extended warranty was about to expire I traded the Nox for a Mitsubishi Outlander ES. Production of the Outlander's 2.4L MIVEC engine began in 2005 and comes with a 10 year, 100,000 mile drive train warranty.
#42 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [db80]
Jan 30, 2011 (2:55 pm)
hi, sorry to hear your car died before you got to read about the dex-cool, i;am glad for you that you know it wasn;t your fault. trust me the cost to bebuild will not be below a few thousand, if the head is sent out to be tested, they will find alot of cracks in it, and you will need a new one. and they will not recall because the government owns gm since the buyout, and they don;t want them to look bad....
#43 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [laserblue]
Jan 30, 2011 (2:59 pm)
no, it;d the dex-cool, all you have to do is checkout consumer affair.com and type in your car and yr. and you will see all the info on it. it;s a costly fix and they will not say it has anything to do with them....good luck
#44 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [db80]
Feb 01, 2011 (10:04 am)
I apologize for your experience. Please keep us updated.
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