Fuel system, electrical and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
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The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a small crossover that’s designed for today’s busy family. The company claims it is “Ready when you are,” but we find that’s not the case. Instead, it seems to have finicky engine operation, faulty electronics and issues with the fuel system. The only thing this SUV is ready for is a trip to the service center.
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Problems with the Engine
One of the newest features on many modern engines is the Auto Stop. This is supposed to save fuel and keep the motor running efficiently when it works properly. On the Equinox, there’s a lot of complaints about how it doesn’t respond and puts owners in dangerous situations.
One Edmunds reviewer wrote this, “Stay away from these vehicles equipped with Auto Stop. I own a 2019 Equinox which is equipped with this feature without any way to bypass or disable it. It is the worst feature I’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing in driving a vehicle! I have parked my Equinox until I can resell it. It’s 4 months old with less than 1000 miles on it. I am scared to drive it in town or where there’s traffic of any kind. Chevy built a decent vehicle then ruined it with a poorly designed, non effective way to save 8ozs of gasoline per year. Shame on Chevy. This vehicle is worse than a Vega!”
The automaker has issued more than 20 service bulletins discussing trouble with this engine. Among them, there is also documentation about oil leaks, excessive oil usage, stalling and poor performance. They have even outlined how to deal with the engine not starting at all. This isn’t something that owners of a new SUV should have to worry about. If they wanted a car that leaks oil and doesn’t start, they could save a lot of money buying an old junker instead. At least they would know they got what they paid for.
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Complaint Summary
|Number of Complaints
|Unknown Or Other
|Vehicle Speed Control
Problems with the Battery and Electrical System
When it comes to a car’s electrical system, everything needs to work correctly for the ultimate ride. From the battery to start the engine to the radio equipment, most components of the vehicle rely on electrical power.
This one driver took to Edmunds to talk about a problem they were experiencing related to the electrical failures. “I recently leased a 2019 Chevy Equinox , it only had 200 miles when I purchased. I been driving it but I have realized some technical problems. When I receive calls I can’t answer them over the car and it keeps ringing like if I was still receiving a call. The screen is now completely black. I can’t do anything I called to get it looked at what frustrates me is that I have to pay for this and I’ve only had the car for 3 months like that makes no sense !!!!! Please save yourself from a hassle I’m currently trying to see if any other person is having the same issues because if so they should do a recall. !!!!”
When looking at the service bulletins from the company, we see there are almost double the amount about the electrical system compared to all the trouble with the engine. This is a big warning sign that things aren’t right with this crossover. According to Service Bulletin 19NA034, it appears that the radio can change the settings for the Lane Change Assist and Cross Traffic Alert. Talk about scary. A driver can be heading down the road listening to the latest jam and find out that their safety systems aren’t working properly as a result. What will they choose – Taylor Swift or proper safety? It’s a tough call.
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Problems with the Fuel System
The fuel system in a vehicle is responsible for transferring the gasoline to the engine and making the SUV move. When there’s a problem, drivers experience issues getting the car to respond properly and might not be able to drive at all.
One person wrote this review on the NHTSA website about their Equinox. “Purchased car on 6/21/2019. On 6/22/2019 while driving, I heard a pop in the engine compartment. The vehicle had 400 miles. I lost power while driving. I took to a Chevrolet dealership. Diagnosis was a clip on the fuel injector had broken. New fuel injector line had to be replaced.”
It’s not a surprise that the automaker has several bulletins related to the fuel system as well. #17NA265 talks about a thumping or fluttering sound coming from the rear of the vehicle, while #N182199610 alerts technicians that the high-pressure fuel pump may crack and cause a fuel leak. If that’s not enough, there are multiple reports of engines not receiving enough fuel and failing to start. This just goes to prove that the Equinox is not “ready when you are.” It will only work when it wants to, which doesn’t appear to be that often.
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