8.4

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$3,370
Average Mileage:
76,400 miles
Total Complaints:
91 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (44 reports)
  2. replace engine (24 reports)
  3. engine rebuild (11 reports)
  4. repair/replace rings (7 reports)
  5. replace catalytic converter (2 reports)
  6. replace timing chain (2 reports)
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problem #91

Apr 162021

Equinox LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

The engine burns so much oil that I have only owned this for two months and have had to keep putting oil in it every time that I drive the vehicle - and it's getting very pricey and ridiculous...

- Chondra R., Hanover Township, US

problem #90

Mar 012021

Equinox LX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

The 2.4L engine consumes SOOOO much oil! It is ridiculous that we have to check the oil level EVERY GAS FILL!!!!

- Albert R., El Paso, US

problem #89

Dec 222021

Equinox LT 2.4L L4 (Laf

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

My first Chevy. I just bought it. I'm poor now, I've got a car payment and I can't afford to fix it. Please help.

- Patricia L., Wichita, US

problem #88

Jan 012019

Equinox LT 2.4L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

We had to replace the catalytic converter at 60,000 miles due to excessive oil consumption and have been pouring about 2 quarts of oil between changes. The oil becomes black within 4,000 miles, prompting early changes now with 99,000 miles.

- Peter T., San Jose, US

problem #87

Aug 152019

Equinox LT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

I went to a used car lot that financed anyone and everyone and ended up getting stuck with this POS! I knew going to a car lot like I did was going to be more money, etc. However, I needed to start somewhere. I did not think I would ever be stuck in a situation like this. I have to much negative equity in this vehicle to do anything with it. I am adding oil to the car every week, multiple times a week. The transmission feels like it's slipping most days. The engine runs with the worst performance, and eats gas like no other.

I hate this car almost as much as I hate CHEVROLET! They are the real POS's here. Recall the damn SUV and be done with it. You made a defective engine, own up to it! I am a single mother of two young kids and worry daily that this engine will give out while I am driving, causing a severe accident. The special coverage states just that! Can cause severe accident if engine doesn't have enough oil. Absolutely disgusting human beings. And I was told CHEVROLET was the best option I could have chose. YEAH right! NEVER AGAIN!!!

- Ashley Z., Eastpointe, MI, US

problem #86

Feb 142021

Equinox

  • CVT transmission
  • 100,000 miles

We bought the car with 30 day warranty from dealership, and we've done 3 oil changes on it since we bought - we have to check the oil every other day. There's no leaks on the ground but oil seems to continue to end up low and oil blackening within thousand miles... its unreal. Ten thousand dollars for a car that the air was ran once and it broke on top of all the money spent on oil.

- Vicchris J., Virden, IL, US

problem #85

Oct 122020

Equinox 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,500 miles

Yes, I purchase a used 2010 Chevy Equinox from Byride in Indianapolis IN, around 110500 miles, 6 months ago and 3 week later, I had to add a pint of oil in and I been putting one in every 1 to 2 weeks. The engine light came on and it started losing pressure and stopped running. i had it toll in and told the mechanic its burning oil, he said yeah, they take 1 1/2 pints every 1000 miles. I said I didn't know this. I googled it and was really upset of what I read about the lawsuit on 2010 to 2017 Equinox. I'm still waiting on my suv for the damage on the repair.

- Melvin G., Indianapolis, US

problem #84

Jan 152018

Equinox LS 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,880 miles

I had this severe problem 2 years ago. After checking my oil consumption for 3 months, they determined that they would fix it. They installed new pistons and rings at no cost. Now I am having the exact problem!!!

I am a widow and need a dependable car. I am scared to get on the road with this vehicle. I had two mechanics tell me to trade it in and that this engine is notorious for this problem. I think Chevrolet should compensate me in some way, as I cannot sustain a loss like this.

I was also told that dealers know this exists and will not give me much to trade in. What does Chevrolet plan to do for me as a consumer?? I cannot in good faith sell a car in this condition to someone. Please respond,

Jean Fawley

- Jean F., Hillsboro, US

problem #83

Jun 012017

Equinox EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

We purchased this vehicle used. Shortly after we realized it would make noise and drive like it needed oil. We did regular oil changes and were adding oil frequently. We took it to the Chevy dealer and they told us there was a recall for excessive oil consumption, but it was only till 120000 miles and we were just past that. We currently put in two bottle of oil about every 2 weeks. And by the time we get to two weeks it sounds and drives like it has no oil. We would have paid to fix it, but we have had so much else go wrong with this car that we have spent so much money on other things. We spend several thousand every year fixing things. I wouldn't recommend the car to anyone.

- Casey W., Wells, ME, US

problem #82

Mar 012011

Equinox LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

I WAS LIED TO REPEATEDLY BY DEALERSHIP. THEY TOLD ME FOR YEARS I WAS THE ONLY ONE COMPLAINING ABOUT OIL CONSUMPTION. THEY TOLD ME IT WAS "NORMAL TO HAVE TO ADD A QUART OF OIL EVERY OTHER FILL UP. THE SALESMAN TOLD ME TO DUMP IT AFTER THREE YEARS AS IT WAS A LEMON!!!!

- Alana A., Durham, CT, US

problem #81

Jan 302019

Equinox

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,487 miles

I bought this used around six months ago and only found out about the recall yesterday. We'd noticed the oil consumption but we thought little about it at the time. Long story short, GM refused to do anything about the problem because we were 487 miles over the limit -- a limit we did not know anything about because we never received a notice about the recall and it wasn't mentioned when we bought the car. Are they technically correct in cutting us off like that? Sure, but we never pulled that kind of crap at our auto repair shop because we valued our customers and our reputation. Obviously these are not great concerns for GM so if I buy a Ford next time they probably won't care. Let's find out, shall we?

- al_no_gm, Montgomery, US

problem #80

Nov 042018

Equinox LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

This car is for my son and he’s lucky he knows where to put the gas and the key in the ignition. He is Not mechanically inclined nor can he tell one noise from another. In fact I doubt if he can hear anything because he plays the radio so loud. Sunday, November 4th he tells me there’s a loud noise coming from under the hood. To him it sounded like a belt slapping. I look, belts fine but there’s a horrendous noise coming from the engine. I check the dipstick and there’s no oil on it. I added three quarts for him to run it and get it around to my drive and on the ramps. He took my car to the store to get oil and filter. I drained out what I had just put in along what was left in the pan and later installed the new filter. He’s only put 10k on the car in the three years he’s had it. Bought it at 77k.

He bought the car as a rush job. The Chevy dealer got in the car as a trade and he was quickly called and he got the car. They told him to take it for the weekend and bring it back Monday for them to check it out since it was a quick in & out sale. Well the transmission died shortly after and the dealer made it good with a new one.

I have no idea about how often the car was serviced or treated. The dealer did change the oil/filter for him and I changed it last year. Had the engine started using oil last year? No idea. But it was still full from the time the dealer changed it to when I changed it last year. I didn’t change the PVC because I never saw the thing as to where it could be located and frankly never thought of it.

Fast forward to yesterday. I also added a can of RESTORE 4-cylinder treatment along with the oil to help cover any damage that may have occurred. The engine ran fine and he went back to his apartment.

Today, Monday, he calls me to tell me his car died and wouldn’t start. I had no car. My daughter was using mine as hers was in the shop. Future son-in-law helped out and went to the rescue. They brought battery to AutoZone and battery was good with 87% life. Ended up towing the car to the CarSmith’s and the mechanic there said the engine was seized.

Did my neglect on the PVC start this or did son’s neglect at not checking the oil periodically cause this? He goes by the oil minder. I forgot to mention that he said it was 25% when he checked but then he waited too long to tell me about it when he said it was at 9%. Too late. I’m disabled, my wife is disabled and I already have enough going on. To keep up with his car is not my job. So now what do we do?

- David M., Houma, US

problem #79

Apr 092018

Equinox LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I bought a 2010 Chevy Equinox in March 2018 from a local dealer with roughly 85000 miles on it. I was never alerted to any problems or issues about the car or any warnings. Roughly 20 days after I purchased it the a/c quit working and the vehicle started to run rough. 3 days later, the car died and would not restart. I had to have the vehicle towed 100 miles back to my house as we were at a concert.

We took it to the Chevy, GMC dealer and was told that they had an extended warranty on the oil consumption due to issues with it which cause it ti use more oil than it should which could cause it to brake the timing chain which is what happened. I spent $6500 on this vehicle and was told because I did not have a consumption test done, I could not get it covered by Chevy, GMC. I did not even have it 30 days before it stopped working nor did I know this was a problem with this vehicle. The quickest quote I got to fix this is $5095 which I don't have.

I feel that Chevy should have fixed this problem when I bought it in because they were aware of this issue. I have medical issues and not working this severely hurt me and my fiance, leaving us without a car and only one income.

- Christa G., Shelbyville, TN, US

problem #78

Mar 092016

Equinox 2LT

  • 115,000 miles

After 2-years of problems to prove excessive oil consumption, the car finally broke down and they wanted about $4K to replace, even though it was still under their warranty (they had extended the warranty because of the known problem since 2012 and sent formal letters in 2014). Finally after discussion with the dealer concerning multiple repairs in the past 6years; the dealer stepped up to help and we paid about $1500 including misc. shop cost & taxes.

- Carl A., Charlotte, NC, US

problem #77

Oct 112017

Equinox LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I have to check the oil nearly every time I refuel. This is difficult and I feel unsafe on long trips.

- Jean S., Portage, US

problem #76

Oct 012015

Equinox

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Almost one month, I need to add engine oil. It really bother sme. When I drive far to other city, I need to bring a bottle of engine oil with me.

- simonliu, Mississauga, ON, canada

problem #75

Jan 152015

Equinox LT 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,051 miles

My 2010 Equinox has been consuming way too much oil. I don't even count how much I've been spending on oil drilling change and filling up oil since I got the car 2015 November. It damaged my engine and shut down in March 2016. Replaced and covered by warranty, but now my warranty expired, so I just keep on adding oil and change oil as often an possible. The engine is even loud. This is very stressful and a waste of money. I wish Chevy could do something about it.

I've been to Chevy dealerships. They also found no leak and can't figure out the reason for this excess oil consumption. Whenever I park in the sun, I always get a sign on my dashboard about my service stability track. They say the sun is damaging acceleration sensor. I'm really going through too much with this car and annoyed when I have to pay for something that's even wasting my money and kind of unsafe.

- Nosiphiwo M., Peachtree Corners, GA, US

problem #74

Aug 152018

Equinox LTZ 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,572 miles

On 8/15/18 my car started hesitating and not accelerating while on the highway. I noticed the check engine light was on. I pulled into work and luckily we have a Precision Tune across the street. I took the car there for a diagnostic and was told by the manager that the following codes came back (P0011 & P00169). His words to me was "your engine is shot"...Of course I'm immediately in a state of panic because to replace an engine costs several thousand dollars.

So I then take it to Advance Auto the next day and have them run a free diagnostic to get the proper codes so I can compare or get a second opinion with the dealership. The codes I received from Advance Auto were (P0016 & P0017), which means there is an issue with cam/crank timing being off. The dealership also found the same codes and my timing chain is what needed to be replaced and balance the shaft chain. I had previously took my car to the dealership almost a year prior for having issues with the oil consumption. I told them I though I had a leak because the levels were constantly low. Of course they didn't find anything at the time but when all this happened, it was not to long after my warranty expired.

So to make a long story short, Chevrolet is aware this is an ongoing problem and customers should not be responsible for manufactures defect! There are so many Equinox with this same issue and unfortunately for me it was an very expensive $1805 and not cover by my warranty because it had already expired. If there is a law suit against Chevrolet, I definitely want to be included.

- Anitra L., Perry Hall, US

problem #73

Aug 212017

Equinox LX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 263,077 miles

FIRST THERE WAS A SLIGHT CATCH IN SHIFTING GEARS SO I HAD MY TRANSMISSION FIXED. THEN COME TO FIND OUT THIS WASN'T JUST THE PROBLEM, THAT MY TIMING CHAIN WAS OFF SO I HAD TO GET ANOTHER TIMING CHAIN. THE PROBLEM IS STILL THERE.

WHEN YOU FIRST TAKE OFF THE HESITATION IS STILL THERE. SOMETIMES WHEN I GO TO PASS SOMEBODY IT BOGS DOWN INSTEAD OF GOING, WHICH CAUSES ME NOT TO BE ABLE TO PASS. THIS OCCURS WHEN MY OIL LEVEL IS LOW. NOT THAT I GET AN ALERT REGARDING THE OIL LEVEL BEING TOO LOW. I JUST KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE WHEN THIS HAPPENS, I NEED TO ADD OIL TO IT. THERE'S BEEN TIMES WHEN MY I CHECK MY OIL BY REMOVING THE CAP WHERE YOU ADD OIL AT IS COMPLETELY BONE ASS DRY. I DONT SEE HOW I HAVEN'T LOCKED UP MY MOTOR. I TRY TO CHECK IT AT LEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK.

I GET THE REAL GOOD OIL THE KIND THAT FARMERS USE ON THERE EQUIPMENT THAT KIND THAT YOUR SUPPOSE TO BE ABLE TO GO 6,000 MILES BEFORE HAVING IT CHANGED, AND AFTER I GET IT CHANGED I HAVE TO STILL ADD OIL TO IT AT LEAST ONCE PER WEEK UNTIL I HAVE IT CHANGED AGAIN.

THE EQUINOX IS A GOOD RIDE EXCEPT FOR THE OIL CONSUMPTION IT TAKES IN. I DO HAVE OVER 200,000 MILES ON MY EQUINOX, BUT YET I HAVE ALWAYS KEPT THE OIL CHANGED IN IT, I NEVER GO OVER THE MILES IT ALLOWS YOU BEFORE HAVING TO CHANGE IT. BUT FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS IT SEEMS LIKE I HAVE REPLACED EVERYTHING FROM THE TRANSMISSION TO THE MOTOR. SO I FEEL LIKE I SHOULDN'T STILL BE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH OIL CONSUMPTION BUT I DO.

- jodiem, Mon, US

problem #72

Feb 022014

Equinox LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Before this, I had to replace the timing chain and went through lots of oil. Then I have gone through sensors needing to be replaced and continue to have engine light go off all the time and pour lots of oil in. The worst car I have had in 40 years. I really like this car, but all this crap! They should buy me a new car.

- monicot, El Cajon CA 92019, US

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