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#187 of 320 2011 Chevy Equinox - Fuel Economy and Comfort
May 14, 2011 (11:05 am)
Picked up a new LT2 with 4 Cyl. in early april. Have accumulated ~ 2000 miles. Latest FE around town, mixed hwy and city = 26.5 MPG. Mostly Hwy with no wind and going Speed Limit = 31.9 MPG. We have 2 small kids and they are happy. The kid seat anchors are easy to access. The moving backseat is extremly handy for moving stuff. We also got the leather to try and avoid stains. This decision, has so far panned out well. We took a 200 mile trip last weekend and found the seats really comfortable.
Acceleration is fine for most driving. The 6 speed seems to offer really good gear ratios because the launch is great for a 4 Cyl. vehicle of this size and "presence". We bought the vehicle for the style, comfort and FE, and we are really happy with our decision so far. Our understanding is that GM Engineers are implementing additional powertrain upgrades to make this vehicle even better, but we could not wait for the 2012s.
#188 of 320 Re: Tranny [bob2560]
May 14, 2011 (9:39 am)
Just wondering if you have the 4 or 6 cylinder. The transmissions are different for each. That being said, they are both based on the same power flow and basic controls architecture. The controls are set up to monitor shift speeds and will adapt to driving conditions. The Transmission Control System (TCM) will send a signal to the shift solinoids to increase pressure to the clutch to keep shift times at the desired level, ie; quick and clean shifts. These newer six speeds employ clutch to clutch shifting, instead of Friction to One Way Clutches that were used in the older 4 speeds, so the calibrators may add some time space between the offgoing clutch while the ongoing clutch comes on at cold temperatures (more viscous oil), to avoid a "tie up" in the planetary gear system (which is bad). If there is a detrimental long shift occuring, the TCM will trigger a code.
#189 of 320 Re: Noise in A/C System [eegreen]
Jun 21, 2011 (11:12 am)
I am experiencing the same noise. Mine occurs every 10-12 seconds. The noise seems to be triggered by the air conditioner kicking on and off every few seconds. I was also told that this noise was normal. However, I drove a friend's Equinox and it definitely did not make that noise.
#190 of 320 Re: Tranny [overtheedge]
Jun 22, 2011 (12:28 pm)
I have the fwd 4 cylinder. Everything is working well. Thanks for the info.
#191 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [wingroot]
Jun 22, 2011 (4:57 pm)
Got a 2011 LTZ in feb/11. 4cyl.
I have owned Chevys for over 16 years. Stopped buying FORD back then. I dont want to buy a car from a foreign owned company. So when I down seized from the TAHOE my options were (self) limited.
My view of the Equinox: it has a plastic look and feel to it, what I mean by that is its cheap. The best mileage I have got is 24 mpg. (way off from the sticker). I popped for the NAV unit ($2,000). Its not designed well, the steering wheel has only one function button and to use the NAV or Radio you have to take a hand off the wheel, the buttons are so far from the wheel that you have to reach way over and lean up. Not a safe thing to do, plus it becomes a lot of work. There is no voice command that is useful, it has like maybe 10 things you can do by voice, and thats for the radio and NAV. Then you have to pay extra to XM radio, for things that come standard in every car I know of.....traffic and weather on the NAV.
I went to get my first oil change. You have to use synthic oil, so expect your oil service to go from $25 to $105.
The car does have an O.K. ride, the pick up is better than I expected from a 4 cyl, and the cabin is quite at low speeds, the stereo has good sound. I like the look (if you can get over the plastic feel).
We will see how well the car does with things breaking it only has 4k now.
Over all I would say that I'm not impressed, it is not an inexpensive vehicle after all the bells and whistles, so I expected more.
I dont hate the car though.
Would I buy another? NOPE dont think so................
#192 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [flatline13]
Jun 23, 2011 (4:57 am)
My father has a 2011 Equinox and I have a 2010. We have never used synthetic oil. Who said you had to use synthetic oil?
#193 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [ronwel]
Jun 23, 2011 (11:41 am)
I too have a 2011 Equinox LTZ and my last oil change done by the dealer the truck was purchased from cost me $33.92. I'm sure they didn't use a synthetic oil.
#194 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [ronwel]
Jun 23, 2011 (12:00 pm)
The 2011 models ALL have to use the Dextro oil which is half regular and have synthetic. Don't know on the 2010's. If you don't it cancells out your warranty on the engine. Read the Manual. Thats why they spend millions of dollars printing them.
#195 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [dmathews3]
Jun 23, 2011 (12:52 pm)
I get my dealership to do the oil changes every 5000km....they have never used sythetic oil yet. Cost me around $30.00-$40.00. Since the 2010 and 2011 use the same engine, I have to believe that they would have the same oil requirements.
I'll check with my dealership next time to see what they are doing.
I know my manual inside and out...plus I'm in the printing business...so I encourage GM to spend millions on printing!
***Just read my 2010 manual...does not say anything about Dexos oil. The recommended oil is SAE 5W 30. I'll check my fathers 2011 manual tonight to see if there is a difference. (Maybe a Canadian vs US regulations thing???)
****Just read the 2011 manual. The manual does reccomend Dexos oil, but does state "you may use substitute engine oil displaying the API Starburst symbol and of SAE5W-30 viscosity grade." So...it does not sound like you would void your warranty.
Just got this from the Dexos website...
"It is specified in the owner's manual for all 2011 and later model years, with the exception of Europe where dexos™ is specified starting in model year 2010."
#196 of 320 Re: 2011 Equinox [ronwel]
Jun 24, 2011 (5:55 am)
all 2011 gm cars in the us must use dexos oil or engine warranty may be voided. most oil change places and dealers probably havnt caught on to this yet but eventually will.