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#350 of 1111 Re: Equinox 2011 4cyl [sumr616]
Sep 02, 2011 (8:41 pm)
Thank you sumr616 for reply.. I finally got my 1st recall letter from GM Chevie yesterday. Called dealer told him recall stated to replace valves. He said he would call GM Tues (holiday Mon.) still questioning whether he needs to replace valves & then I read sentence to him again. Then I called 800# on letter and talked to Nino for an hour. He called dealership while I waited on hold. Nino said someone from GM-Chevie will be calling me on Tues.(holiday Mon.) also. I now have a file and he gave me file # and mentioned a possible trade for a 6 cycl. Eq. adding that my car was now considered a "used" car "if" they did do what he suggested. I quickly told him I considered my car a "new car" (I wish I had said a "lemon car"). I have not even started questioning some of other things that I read on here(ie: metal shreds in oil filter etc) I am not even sure if I want another Eq. now. I am 60 and usually keep a car til it dies of old age. I still have my 03 Tahoe 300,000 m.- my husband bought me bfore he died that yr., but bought Eq. because it is hard to climb up in Tahoe now and minor problms--AND I thought Eq. would be better for gas m.-boy was i wrong. In 2005 popo threw out stopsticks behind me and guy they were chasing (on I40) hit me at 130mph. my neck was not even sore the next day. (I had slowed to 40mph when he hit me)-he stopped in frt. of me & popo shot him. They had been chasing him on I40 for an hour. He had no ins. and stolen car and dead. My no fault ins. fixed my Tahoe. -maybe i will just start driving my ole safe Tahoe instead of worrying about stall-outs in my new Eq. -lol. Just thought I would add that because not ALL Chevies are bad. !!! My 1st car was a 68 camaro-still have it and drive it some. I will keep ya'll posted on my Eq. THANK u Edmonds again! and Thank u God for computers!
#351 of 1111 Re: Equinox 2011 4cyl [jujud]
Sep 05, 2011 (4:13 pm)
Please be weary of the latest recall, we have been dealing with ongoing Equinox issues on our 2011 for the past month, the "recall" was done to my vehicle before I ever had the paper in the mail and it only made my vehicle run worse, it stalled on me in the middle of intersection the very next day! We have had the timing tensioner, timing chain, cam shaft automaters, valves and solenoids all replaced on a vehicle with 3000 miles! It has been in the shop more than on the road, after being so disgusted with GM customer service and a service dept that could care less, we have had no choice but to get an attorney to file a lemon law case. After the stall out the day after the "recall", the service department "reprogrammed" the transmission, the fuel mileage has dropped drastically since they did that, every time they touch it, the performance is worse. We are waiting to see what action they take now that we have an official lemon!
#353 of 1111 2011 Equinox 4 cyl
Sep 05, 2011 (8:09 pm)
We picked up our vehicle on 6/2/2011. From the time we took delivery we have had problems with hesitation and very poor gas mileage. We were told by our sales person that the hestitation was normal. Starting at about 4800 miles we began experiencing stalling. We now have our vehicle in for the 4th time for repair. It was in 2 wks prior in which they performed the most recent recall for this problem. We will now be going through the process of persuing the lemon law. My question is does anyone know if the 6 cylinder engine has had similiar problems or has this been an issue with just the 4 cylinder?
#354 of 1111 Re: 2011 Equinox 4 cyl [denise444]
Sep 07, 2011 (4:14 am)
Good question Denise! I would like to know about 6 cyl. also because Chev. rep. and dealer talking about trading my 4 for a 6., but implied I would have to add some $ to trade because mine is "used" car. No way...had a no win conversation with Chev rep. yesterday-they called & said they had done all they were required which is only updated computer on car. Said my 15 mpg. was in "range" with what i should be getting. *^%*!!!! Going back to dealer today with my recall letter! Calling lawyer if i get nowhere. Engine really hesitating bad and stalled again in Reverse. P.S ...hearing that high pitched noise for about 1 min. after I cut car off....like some people have posted. Think that is least of worries right now.
#355 of 1111 Re: 2011 Equinox 4 cyl [denise444]
Sep 07, 2011 (7:14 am)
I've been watching these threads for about a year now looking for any compelling reasons to consider a 2010/11/12 Equinox purchase. From the information posted here the 2.4L seems has valve timing issues which don't seem prevalent on the 3.0L V6.
Engine design details are not easy to find but the following quotes from available internet sources gives background information which you may find helpful:-
Equinox2.4L DI details
The new 2.4L DI engine delivers an estimated 180 horsepower (134 kW) 6700 rpm and 172 lb.-ft. of torque (232 Nm) 4900 rpm. It uses technology based on GM's other four-cylinder direct injection applications, but with unique features designed for its specific application. This includes an 11.4:1 compression ratio that helps build power, slightly dished pistons that increase combustion efficiency and injectors with an application-specific flow rate.
GM benchmarked the best fuel system and noise attenuation products to provide customers with quiet operation.
3.0L DI details
The new 3.0L DI engine is a variant of GM's family of high-feature DOHC V-6 engines that also includes GM's 3.6L DI engine in the Cadillac CTS – an engine named to Ward's AutoWorld's 2009 "Ten Best Engines" list for North America, for the second consecutive year.
The 3.0L is rated at an estimated 255 horsepower (187 kW) and 214 lb.-ft. of torque (290 Nm), for an impressive power-to-displacement ratio of 85 hp per liter. (Output will vary by model.) The 3.0L DI features an isolated fuel injector system that reduces the direct injection high-pressure fuel system pulses for quieter operation. Rubber isolators are used with the fuel rail to eliminate metal-to-metal contact that would otherwise transmit noise and vibration from the high-pressure fuel system.
Along with direct injection technology, both the 3.0L DI and 2.4L DI engines use variable valve timing to optimize power and fuel efficiency across the rpm band, as well as reduce emissions.
There was a little problem with the 3.0-liter V6 that was the base-level engine for the 2010 LaCrosse, at the model's launch. The 3.0-liter, which is simply a smaller-displacement version of the 3.6-liter V6 that was also available, provided slightly worse highway fuel economy than the much-more satisfyingly torquey 3.6.
That left us wondering what exactly was the point to the exercise. GM was apparently thinking the same thing, so for 2011, the 3.0-liter will be stripped from the LaCrosse's spec sheet. The new entry-level motor which begins production soon is the 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four cylinder (look for a drive story on that version soon). That engine brings 19 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway compared to the 3.0-liter LaCrosse's 17/26 mpg fuel efficiency. But it will clearly make the base LaCrosse a slower car than before. The LaCrosse will still be available with the 3.6-liter.
But the under-performing 3.0-liter isn't completely dead. The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will still offer the small V6 as their upgrade motors and the Cadillac CTS line will still use it as its base motor.
#356 of 1111 4 cyl. issues
Sep 07, 2011 (11:36 am)
We now have 13500 on our 2011 Equinox 4 cyl. and have not had any issues with the engine. Is there a common thread about these issues? What type of oil or gas is used?
#357 of 1111 Re: Loud noise on startup [sumr616]
Sep 08, 2011 (6:26 am)
Yes!! I purchased mine in Sept. 2011 - this has happened twice!
I just got it back and they tell me it is the "Camshaft regulator".
#358 of 1111 Equinox - Is is a lemon?
Sep 08, 2011 (6:42 am)
I own a 2011 Equinox.
Loved the look of the car... just wondering if I made a bad choice.
Two times since I bought this car, it has been in the shop. I know some may crucify me for saying this... but, I owned a Kia prior to this, and I loved that car. But, I felt bad for not buying "American"..... so, I bought the Chevy (though my Equinox was actually made in Canada - go figure).
1st time - running rough for a week or so, engine light comes on, stalls, and then to the shop it goes. The dealership blames me for not checking my oil at every fuel up. The car was almost two quarts low. So, when I tell them that you should not have to check oil in a NEW car, they come back with "well, this car might burn more oil than other vehicles" Right! I told them I have owned several new vehicles, and NEVER have I had to add oil between oil changes to a NEW car.... They finally admitted the prep people might not have checked the oil prior to me picking it up... who knows?
2nd time - running rough for a week or so, making a grinding noise (sometimes) when I start it, engine light comes on, stalls. Dealership gets an ear full......
Is the "Camshaft regulator"......
Honestly, IMO when you purchase a new car, you expect it to be RELIABLE. I am very disappointed in this car.
Nice looking car, bad interior (mesh seats).... wish I would have gotten the leather, runs rough all the time, loud knocking engine (sounds like an old beater), bad gas mileage (I drove mostly city), and TERRIBLE in the winter!
If I could trade this crate in and not take a beating I would do it... But, I am at the mercy of the dealership. Seems like they market the heck out of this car, and yet they slap it together...