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#65 of 119 Re: 2005 Equinox blown head gasket [tb1701]
Sep 07, 2011 (7:48 am)
hi, just so you know, i have a friend who builts custom engine to a die check on one of the 05 engines, it had cracks all over it. it;s from the dexcool, and since the government bailed out gm, they do not have to fix or recall anything, and ford is the same, my say in this is get rid of the car, buy toyota or bmw, i did after being a gm man for 40+ yrs.
#66 of 119 Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox!
Sep 07, 2011 (6:23 pm)
So far, wife and I put 74,000miles on our Equinox since purchased Jan 2005. Still looks good, runs and drives great! No problems to date other than regular maintenance.
My brother currently has almost 200,000 miles on his 3.4L, 94' Camaro. It is a good engine design, that's easy to work on, and has a timing chain which lasts the life of the engine.
The best part is I save $500+ every 60,000 miles, since I don't have replace a timingbelt/waterpump.
I also think that GM did a nice job with mating nice smooth Jap transmission with
Also, there are a lot of Equinox's running around the Chicagoland suburbs here by us.
After I saw this blog stating "common" head gasket problems, I started to ask around.
I do my own car repairs and I've talked to a lot of mechanics at independent shops and GM dealerships in my area. According to them, this is not a large scale problem. None of the Dealerships or Auto Shops in my area have seen an Equinox with this "common head-gasket problem".
Therefore just because you own an Equinox, doesn't mean you own a "head-ache"
(A little Nox humor!)
So far, the Equinox is a keeper for us.
#67 of 119 Back with my junker!
Sep 09, 2011 (10:04 am)
So I'm back after continuing to get notifications from the board regarding issues with this vehicle. Once again (albeit, normally it's a heat/cool issue, this year it's turned into an overheating issue)!
This car is a piece of **it! We are looking to trade it in as we speak. About a week ago, it started to overheat and then the air went out on it. It went back into the shop and it was recommended to us for the 4th time to change the thermostat. Yup, we've already changed the thermostat 3 times. On top of replacing the thermostat it was recommended that we change the head gasket. Our local mechanic ran a test on the head gasket and said that it was losing anything so he's not sure why they've recommended replacing it!
GM is a joke these days and I will be so happy to get rid of this headache because that's exactly what it is! Never again, will I purchase another GM vehicle after being treated like this. They just put a band aid on the problem while it was under warranty and now that it's out and still having the same problem, they won't touch it!
#68 of 119 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Sep 10, 2011 (4:35 pm)
So what you're saying is, "I haven't had this problem, so it's not a common problem." Trust me: It is.
#69 of 119 Re: Back with my junker! [holdn5]
Sep 11, 2011 (6:52 am)
hi, sorry about your car, i know only to well, i had the same one, and it;s a dexcool problem, this stuff cracks the heads, and anything else it goes through, and since the government did the payout on gm, they don;t have to recall, so after being a gm guy for 40+ yrs i;am driving a toyota, sell you car and move on, good luck
#70 of 119 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Sep 11, 2011 (7:00 am)
hi, i wish you luck, no it;s not just me, if you go to comsumer affair.com and type in you car and year you will see all the others, it;s the dexcool this coolant if you look at the tank where it goes in, see if it looks brown, it almost turns to mud, maybe when they did the waterpump, they got rid of it, i;ll bet it was one of the problems that lead to the pump . but it;s not just me, there are states looking into trying to get a class action going. i wish you luck, maybe it won;t happen to you....but check out the tank if it;s a blue color they changed it.. if not you may want to flush the system good...
#72 of 119 Chevy Equinox..craponox
Sep 17, 2011 (2:42 pm)
I won the Equinox lotto...bad abs, bad hub, badd wiring harness, squeeky left front, grinding...the triple knock that sounds like a flat tire and to top it off...a bad heater core with cracked casing. First bround of repairs two months ago cost me over $1500.00 and this one is up to $1900, while I still owe $9500 on the used 2005 Equinox that I purchased with no problems. It ran great til it hit 100K...and now it is the biggest LEMON i have ever owned....I had a chevy malibu that was a terd too...its really sad that our American Made cars have no long term stability....I don't have the money to keep fixing this car and I can't trade right now because its upside down. GM and Chevy won't back their product...so what to do?
#73 of 119 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
Sep 24, 2011 (9:57 am)
Sorry to bust you worldly none factual bubble, but my wife and I are totally happy with our Equinox, as well as a lot of other Equinox owners I have talked to. (Details on my previous thread)
I just love how this "Social Media World" attacks people who have something good to say about American products.
Here is a car factoid for you that the social media doesn't talk about:
There were 3.3 million 1997 through 2002 Toyota and Lexus vehicles with 3.0-liter, V-6, or 2.2-liter four-cylinder engines, that owners where notified about the sludge issue.
I had no problems with getting 200,000 miles on my GM cars with a push-rod engine.
Having a "Toyota Sludge" engine is a different story.
#74 of 119 Re: Totally Happy with my 2005 Equinox! [jim_dandy]
by steve_ HOST
Sep 24, 2011 (11:24 am)
And there's plenty of social media about the Toyota gel problem too. We had lots of posts in the Toyota forums here about it (and still do).
But this discussion is about Equinox problems - please note the title.
Check out the main Chevrolet Equinox discussion for general talk about the Nox, good and not so good.