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#1 of 320 2011 Equinox
Aug 28, 2010 (5:02 am)
Two weks ago put in order for 2011 Equinox 2LT. Orderd 6 cyl. for a little extra push and to get away from slloppy elecrtic steering. Have a 2008 Malibu....great car. Hope UAW has it's act together with the NOX....Wingroot
#2 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [wingroot]
Aug 28, 2010 (7:27 am)
I have not read a lot of complaints about the 6 cyl. Equinox. Most of the problems are coming from the new 4 cyl. engine.
#3 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [wingroot]
Aug 29, 2010 (8:05 pm)
Probably don't hear many complaints about the V6 Equinox because there aren't many of them out there. I always look at the V6 versions of what are primarily 4-Cylinder vehicles as a profit trap by the manufacturer. I think they offer the V6 so they can get you to pay about the same amount of money as the next-size-up vehicle (in this case, the Traverse). Most people probably see it as a poor value.
I think if you buy the Equinox, you buy the 4 cylinder and enjoy the advertised gas mileage savings. Otherwise, you buy the Traverse. Why pay Traverse money for a "compact Traverse"? They're both "new-technology" vehicles, but with the Traverse being more spacious and versatile.
#4 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [colt_hero]
Sep 06, 2010 (4:43 am)
You may have a point or two. But, try a four on the LIE or 95 on the way to Florida. Push keeps up with the pack.
#5 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [colt_hero]
Sep 06, 2010 (8:31 am)
The 4 cyl engine is the one that belongs in such a vehicle, but it does not make any sense if you have to waste money on premium gas in order to avoid the diesel clatter.
#6 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [wingroot]
Sep 09, 2010 (5:43 pm)
The Equinox is assembled at GM's plant in Canada.
#7 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [wingroot]
Sep 10, 2010 (10:12 am)
Once the vehicle is ON the expressway or interstate, unless we're talking unusually hilly upgrades (like on the Merritt Parkway in NY), ANY vehicle is going to move along well enough (4 or 6 cylinder). In '89 I drove a 2-year old 4-cylinder Escort GT (1.8L engine) from New England to Central Florida (I-95) non-stop. No problems keeping up with (or leading) the pack. However, if you have special considerations in the area where you routinely drive - like steep on-ramps merging into a densely-populated expressway, I'd really want to test-drive the vehicle in those conditions to see how it performs. Just because you're getting a 6-cylinder engine doesn't mean you're going to get the kind of quickness that you want. You may simply be paying a lot of extra money up-front (and in fuel costs over the life of the vehicle) for little or no benefit.
#8 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [rockmobile]
Sep 10, 2010 (10:46 am)
I agree. I just hope that GM hasn't pushed the envelope on these vehicles to the point where they were willing to accept some knocking or pinging in certain situations or areas of the country. Because if that's the case, there won't be an acceptable solution for these people. They will either have to live with the noise (and hope it just becomes a chronic problem that won't actually do any real damage to their engine), or pony up more money for the higher octane gas to make the noise go away (thereby defeating the purpose of buying the 4-cylinder Equinox in the first place).
Can't wait to see what the solution is. If they tweek the software, they may be able to get rid of the noise, but the gas mileage will probably suffer.
Considering that GM was trying to build the biggest small SUV on the market with the best gas mileage, the vehicle may simply be too heavy a load for the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine to handle (under all circumstances).
#9 of 320 New car search
Sep 14, 2010 (4:22 pm)
I'm in the market for a new car over the next 1 year, and the Equinox (2011) caught my eye. Any opinions from those who may have one - pros, cons, etc - would be appreciated. Thanks!
#10 of 320 2011 Equinox
Sep 18, 2010 (5:28 am)
Picked up my 2011 2LT equinox a couple of days ago. 6 cyl. and fairly well loaded extras. Met my expectations in quality and fit. Ride is excellent. The engine also did not dissapoint me. Quite, smooth and excellent pickup. Transmission is seamless. I guess it's a spill over from flying for 40 years, for when it comes to power ....always, always stay on the upside of the upside of the power curve.....end of conversation.
It's a chevy.....but what a great chevy.........Wingroot