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Chevrolet Equinox, Auto Repair, Transmission, SUV
#801 of 1111 Re: Starting My 2011 Cheverolet Equinox [uncfan]
Jun 08, 2012 (7:34 am)
"No further repairs are to be made or attempted?" Is this your decision, the dealers, or Chevrolet's? The car is under warranty - all possible attempts to remedy the problem MUST be made. I hope you keep us posted on your progress.
We had all this work done at month 2 of ownership and knock on wood, one year later (our Equinox 4 Cylinder) is a year old today. I read this column every day to see what this car is doing to people. Never again with Chevy!
#802 of 1111 Re: Starting My 2011 Cheverolet Equinox [firstnox]
Jun 08, 2012 (7:49 am)
This is the instruction per the PI (dated April 2012) which is from GM. So, I guess you'd say the decision was the dealership's per GM. Certainly not mine...
This was my first brand new Chevrolet since 1994. Very disappointed and not sure I'd buy GM again. Feel like I made a very expensive mistake.
#803 of 1111 2010 or 2011 V-6 Equinox Issues???
Jun 08, 2012 (4:42 pm)
I am in the process of buying my 17 year old a car and she loves the Chevy Equinox. I have owned Tahoes for many years and couldn't be happier.
Am I safe with the EQUINOX 6 cy. or has anyone had issues as well??? Is it just the 4 cyl???
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
#804 of 1111 Re: Starting My 2011 Cheverolet Equinox [uncfan]
Jun 08, 2012 (6:12 pm)
This is the identical story I heard this week after the dealer replaced my cam actuators again. No timetable on the reprogram that will supposedly ensure that the cams return to the zero position at start-up ... per the service manager, the fact that they're not zeroing is supposedly the root cause of the start-up noise. So, to me it sounds like replacing cam actuators doesn't fix anything -- it's just a delaying tactic that might help muffle the noise while making it seem like they're doing something.
#805 of 1111 Accelerating
Jun 08, 2012 (7:22 pm)
I was driving my 2011 equinox last week when I lost acceleration. I had to coast into a parking lot, put the car in park, tried drive again, nothing. I shut the car off, turned it back on, and it was fine. Three days later, I lost acceleration again. This time, everytime I tried to accelerate, the car stalled. Kept restarting it, nothing. Had to have it towed to dealership. They got it, said it worked great, and could find nothing wrong with it. Started a case with GM, and they are terrible! The first girl told me they could probably get me a rental, since this is a safety issue, then they decided it hasnt happened enough to warrant help. Mechanic said it sounds electrical, but they cannot find a problem. I have been lucky enough to have been in a aprking lot, or small road, but I do mostly highway driving and I am terrified to drive it now!
#806 of 1111 Re: 2011 Air Conditioner Issue [speedracer0506]
Jun 09, 2012 (5:01 pm)
I just had this happen to me today. It was 90 and it kicked off the air and when I stopped and turned it off and on it finally started too work. I have nothing but poblems since I bought one year ago
#807 of 1111 Re: 2010 or 2011 V-6 Equinox Issues??? [pfac]
Jun 09, 2012 (8:41 pm)
Stay away from the Equinox or Terrain, both 4 and 6 cylinders. Unless you're planning on buying another full-size sport utility (Tahoe, etc.), then stay away from GM (i.e. Equinox, Terrain, Acadia, Traverse). They're all problematic, both 4 and 6 cylinders.
#808 of 1111 Starting My 2011 Cheverolet Equinox [uncfan]
Jun 11, 2012 (5:16 pm)
Our 2011 Equinox 4cyl has under 10,000 miles and usually has the starter noise on a cold engine. The dealer will not hear the noise unless the car sits before starting. We were also given the line about replacing the actuators but we knew it would not correct the starter problem. It is just a waste of time and money for GM to even insult their customers with this as a solution. I would like to know how long before GM corrects this problem. How long have they been working on correcting this problem. I started having this problem about 6 mos ago and there were complaints then. Anyone with an engineer degree have any ideas why the starter grinds and what damage it is doing to the engine?
#809 of 1111 Re: Starting My 2011 Cheverolet Equinox [dljw]
Jun 11, 2012 (6:35 pm)
Just like yours and mine and many others out there with this piece of crap they messed up and they can't figure it out. So now we are stuck with this garbage. I have driven GM over 20 years now and this is the worst vehicle I have ever had just like the rest of the people on this forum and the people who are not on this forum I'm trying to get them to switch my vehicle to a V6 but it's like pulling teeth my fuel economy is very poor they say it's my driving habits looks like we all have the same driving habits. Then there is Sarah on GM customer service who makes it sound like she's trying to help but nothing seems to happen
#810 of 1111 Re: Starting My 2011 Cheverolet Equinox [dljw]
Jun 12, 2012 (2:54 am)
We are talking the same noise here???
Mine sounds VERY much like the sound of a diesel engine and is from within the engine. Does not sound like a "grind" and although it is heard at start-up it is not from the starter.
My ultimate fear is down the road this leads to a serious and expensive engine repair... past warranty of course. The other fear is once the problem is commonly known, I'm stuck with a lemon no one wants in trade in. Remember the Chevrolet Vega !!!
BTW I'm sure Sarah from GM Customer Service is just a false identity... much like "Peggy" from the charge card commercial. Probably a roomful of Sarah's trolling the different GM forums promising customer service... cheaper than actually fixing the problem?? Or worse... "What problem?"
Do I sound a bit testy... probably because my startup noise is back and happening more frequently after 4 to 5 month absence! I even like my dealership but I still remember their look of puzzlement when I mentioned the noise to them nearly 9 months ago. Never even made it to the work order?