really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
60,150 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace solenoids and timing chain (1 reports)
  3. replace vvts intake and vvt exhaust solenoids (1 reports)
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problem #3

Sep 252019

Equinox LT 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Purchased 2015 Equinox LT. Had only 52k miles when it started to intermittently stall on the road and at stop signs/stoplights. Initially in “check engine light” came on but then went out after the engine died at a stop light and the check engine light never came on again.

The engine first shuttered and died at a stop sign. Restarted car, stepped on gas and car again stalled. Every time the engine died I had to put the car in park before I could restart the engine. This did not make cars behind me very happy.

The dangerous part of this issue occurred when the car started to stall on the highway. While in rush hour, the engine would sputter every time I took my foot off the gas. If I had to put the car in “park” before starting it could have easily caused an accident if trailing cars were not observant. This routine continued several times over a couple of days before the Equinox was brought to a mechanic to be fixed. The mechanic said two engine codes were observed and replaced two (Intake and Exhaust) Solenoids. He said this issue was common with 2015 Equinoxes. He also stated this issue was fairly early (52k) in the life of an Equinox.

As I was very dissatisfied with this issue I decided to write this complaint to help others. I also hope Chevrolet will take note of my complaint and work to solve this issue in future models.


John A Cismowski

- John C., woodbury, MN, US

problem #2

Jan 302019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

My 2015 Chevey Equinox engine light came on yesterday and today it stalled at the red lights and highways while driving to work. I have to push the gas really hard once the car begins to shake before it wants to shut off. Putting it in neutral at the light makes it worse. This is really a safety hazard as I can get hit while slowing down and stopping in traffic on the freeway. This scared me and so I took it to the mechanic at lunch and they are not sure what is causing this issue. I saw this site and I see that I'm not the only one having this issue. This has been a known issue....CHEVY...you need to recall the car to have it resolve before someone gets seriously injured or killed due to the engine stall/cut off while driving.

- Janelle W., Houston, US

problem #1

Apr 252018

Equinox LT Engine

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,425 miles

My car began cutting off on me in April. I thought it was due to me needing an oil change, so I took my vehicle in and the dealership did a routine check and oil change, they found nothing. It started to cut off more often and they found something else to fix and clean out that... That didn't work... although my car did ride better, it was still cutting off.

Next day I am driving down on the freeway and my car is puttering wanting to cut off. I take it back to the dealership and they flush the gas line. Now if real mechanics existed and they didn't rely on machines to tell them if the car was faulty they would have to wait for the engine light to come on to tell them that the solenoids were faulty and the timing chain needed to be replaced. All of this within a 3 week period. The bummer is I am in a lease and my lease ends in 2 weeks... they can have this crapola back. What kind of vehicle needs this kind of work within 3 years of being manufactured!

- Carlisia H., Indianapolis, IN, US