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#68 of 204 Re: 2012 Equinox LS [rustywer]
Nov 25, 2012 (10:09 am)
Congratulations on your new Equinox, Rusty! Wishing you many safe, happy miles!
In regards to your Fuel Economy Mode questions, I found the following information in the manual for you (section begins on 9-31). I hope that it's helpful!
"When Fuel Economy Mode is on:
. The transmission will upshift sooner and downshift later.
. The torque converter clutch will apply sooner and stay on longer.
. The gas pedal will be less sensitive.
. The vehicle's computer will more aggressively shut off fuel to the
engine under deceleration.
. The engine idle speed will be lower.
. Driving performance is more conservative."
I think some of these bullet points correlate to the questions you had had. We're available to you if you should have any further questions on vehicle function or want anything looked into further. Please contact us at socialmediagm.com (please include your name and contact information, as well as the last 8 digits of your VIN, with your inquiry).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#69 of 204 Re: 2012 Equinox LS [gmcustsvc]
Nov 25, 2012 (10:26 am)
Sarah, thank you for the feedback. It does explain/clarify the issues. I am concerned about the idle surge. In earlier model year vehicles, idle surge is normally associated with the idle control valve sticking due to carbon buildup or restriction of the air bypass passage in the throttle body. Have there been other reports of idle surge or fluctuation as I have described? If so, would cleaning the throttle body help?
Again, the direct feedback is very much appreciated.
#70 of 204 Re: 2012 Equinox LS [rustywer]
Nov 25, 2012 (2:27 pm)
We can certainly understand your concern, Rusty. Unfortunately I am quite limited in my access to technical information and while I would love to provide more information publicly I have reached the end of my resources.
As you are well within your factory warranties, it may not be a bad idea to get the idle checked out by a technician with one of our dealers to see if it is normal or not. They would be better equipped than I to make that judgement. If you would like for us to work with you through that process, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at socialmediagm.com.
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#71 of 204 Re: 2012 Equinox LS [rustywer]
Nov 25, 2012 (3:13 pm)
Everything you are asking is normal in ECO Mode. We have 2012 LT2 Equinox inline 2.4. ECO Mode drops idle to save gas. Car will shift faster to get you in a higher gear to save gas. We have found ECO Mode works best on the road not in town.
#72 of 204 Re: 2012 Equinox LS [rustywer]
Nov 26, 2012 (7:17 am)
I owned a 2010 1LT, and currently own a 2012 1LT Nox. and my father owns a 2011 1LT Nox...each one of these cars has a rough idle when the ECO is turned on. My 2010 really felt like it was going to stall several times the RPMs got so low. The engine would start to stall, then 'catch" itself and rev up again. Your RMP numbers are exactly what mine were.
I went to my dealer and talked to several of the techs their. Each one of them laughed and said that they have heard the same complains from a lot of owners of ECO equiped cars...not just Nox owners. They all felt that GM was a bit to agressive in "fuel econnomy" in ECO mode, and bsically are starving the engine of gas.
Since talking to the techs neither my father nor myself run our Noxs in ECO mode...and both idle quiet and smooth.
#73 of 204 Satisfied to date:
Nov 30, 2012 (6:48 am)
Bought our Equinox 6 months ago. Primary user is my wife who drives approx 30 miles to school each way. Her trip is approx. 70% highway and 30% stop and go. She is very aware of MPG and keeps good records of cost and distance. She is averaging over 30 miles per gallon for her commute. When buying the Equinox I was a bit skeptical about the claim of over 30MPG highway considering 4cyl. and size/wt. of the car. We both really enjoy the ride. It is a tight vehicle and attractive.
#74 of 204 Re: Rough Idle [bryan5589]
Dec 03, 2012 (10:25 am)
Bought 2012 Nox 4 cyl .... 2 weeks ago!.Ticking noise in engine.Sounds like a diesel. Its in right now getting a new actuator.. they say that will fix it.I had severe vibration a couple times at stop lights and they say they could not detect it..I felt it right through my seat and up my back...not a comfortable ride .I felt like I was on a tractor...I hope I dont have a lemon..G.M. does not need a bad rap right now.Problems already? I cant believe this.So I know what you mean about the VIBRATION.
#75 of 204 Re: Rough Idle [worried8]
Dec 03, 2012 (11:22 am)
Congratulations on your new Equinox! We're sorry to hear about the engine noise you're experiencing right now; it looks as though you've been working with your dealership but they are having trouble recreating the condition? If we can follow up with them for you, please contact us via email at socialmediagm.com (include your name and contact information, a brief recap of the situation, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and the name of your dealership).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#76 of 204 Re: 2012 LS 6 Month Report-4cyl [tomsfiretruck]
Dec 07, 2012 (9:53 am)
We bought the 3.0L v6 equinox 2lt on feb 28th of 2012. It has been fantastic, we now have over 14000 miles on it in 9 months and it is one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. It gets anywhere from 25 to 29 MPG on the highway even though it is only rated at 24 and it steadily gets 18 to 20 in the city even though it is rated at 17. I am a big fan of them now, I would recommend it to anyone shopping for a small suv, the handling is great, it is quiet, the touchscreen is amazing. Love it!!!!!!
#77 of 204 2012 Equinox V6 - P0300 - Misfire
Dec 19, 2012 (2:25 pm)
Equinox purchased new earlier this year, approximately 10,000 miles on it currently. While driving home on I94 last night at 77 MPH I noticed a slight jerk. I then noticed that the service engine light was flashing, the flashing stopped and the light went off. This morning I contacted one local dealer to tell them what happened. The service rep. said - bring it in right now it may stall on you and you won't be able to restart it. Well that was great to hear after I just drove the NOX 35 miles to the next town. I contacted the local dealer where I was at in Valley City, ND. The service rep. told me the same thing, bring it down right away as it may stall.
I did so, several hours later the service rep. called me to tell me that a P0300 engine misfire code was found in the 4th cylinder. They checked the plug and coil and claimed all appeared to be ok. They test drove my NOX and the code didn't reappear - go figure.
I have read numerous forums and chats, while doing other research. Is this the beginning of something worse to come?