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#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.
GM Customer Service
#45 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [gmcustsvc]
Feb 01, 2011 (10:52 am)
hi, thanks for the note, but somewhat late, this should have been a recall fix, 1 i fixed mine cost alot, than after being a gm man for more than 45yrs, i traded it in and bought a toyota. i;am sorry to say but i know alot of friends who have done the same thing, now should have been the time for gm to standup and show the world it was changing. 2 you should also look into alot of your dealers, and service dept. they also need to be more honest. truely this make me feel bad, i always love my gm cars and trucks. i still have my truck, because i fixed just about everything on it, and my hotrod 70 chevelle, because my friend and i built it, so i know everything is right. i hope things change or this will just endup in the pile with the rest of your letters. but thanks for being the first on to write me, ...
#46 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [glodato]
Mar 15, 2011 (7:46 am)
Crazy to hear this is a common issue. I have had my Equijunk for 5 years now and currently paying for my 2nd blown head gasket. First one happened within having the car lesss than 6 months. There is obviously some design flaw with this vehicle and GM refuses to acknowledge this. Looking at taking action further.
#47 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [sambone]
Mar 15, 2011 (12:46 pm)
hi, yes this is a common problem, and since the government, helped out gm, they don;t have to do recalls, so like alot of us, you got the bill. it;s not a design problem it;s a coolant problem, the dexcool eat through the head. my car guys who have built custom cars and alot of race cars have seen this problem in alot of heads brought to them, and they have said like alot of others it;s the coolant. wish you luck, i gave up trying to make them pay, i know from cunsummer affair.com other states are looking in court action, as for me a gm guy for almost 45 yrs, i now own a toyota...
#48 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [glodato]
Mar 16, 2011 (3:18 am)
It could be the coolant but I owned 3 vehicules in the past (2005 Equinox included) with the 3.4 L engine and all of them got a "blown head gasket" problem. Lots of my friends and people I encounter say the same thing...that 3.4 L eats Head Gaskets.
#49 of 123 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [laserblue]
Mar 16, 2011 (6:37 am)
hi, i agree there are other ones with the same problem, gm with the same motor, yes but alot with the same coolant. i just love the way they all gang up on toyota, but not the rest of them...