I bought my 2006 salsa red Chevy Equinox AWD new in 2006. It has been extremely reliable and has needed no major repairs. I have been changing the oil every 3-5k miles. Last year I needed to put in shocks and struts due to normal wear and tear on the vehicle. Tires have been changed very couple of years due to normal wear and tear. We have not needed snow tires because it is all wheel drive, which I highly recommend. I live in NY and we have had a lot of snow in the last couple of years and I have never gotten stuck. The heat and air conditioning has always worked great. I have had to have to alignment adjusted once. Other repairs and upkeep have been brakes, rotors, fuses, but nothing major. We are a family of four and fit very comfortably in the car, with plenty of room in the back for groceries, luggage, etc., we have gone camping and fit all of our equipment in this car! And we now have a dog and he fits very comfortably in the back! There are 110k miles on the car and is still runs great. I am hoping to get as many miles out of it as possible. It starts everyday even in the cold weather. We have always bought Chevy vehicles, and will continue to buy Chevy vehicles because of their reliability and of course because the vehicles are made in America. Both the cars in our household or Chevy vehicles. I will most likely buy or lease another Chevy Equinox in the very near future.
Short person approved, smooth drive, and great cargo space.
Overall I have really loved my Equinox! I love that it feels lighter and smoother of a ride compared to Jeep s that I grew up with. I wished mine had the option to switch into AWD from front wheel drive in the winter but I can get 355 miles on a tank doing highway driving so the mileage is pretty reasonable for an SUV. I love the shape and feel of the seats as some seats can feel to constructive for anyone who is not super skinny! I am only 5'3" so visibility while driving is very important to me and I have had no noticeable issues with blind spots or windows being too high to see lower cars. I also love that the backseat is adjustable to move forward/backward and that the back of the seat can fold down in two pieces as I often have a car seat for my son but need to haul larger/longer items at times. The cargo space is great! I road tripped with 3 other women halfway across the country for a week long convention and while it was cozy it was totally doable. I really love my Equinox and am sad it is getting older and higher mileage already!
2006 Chevy Equinox review: the car continues to experience problems as it ages.
The car gets a new problem every time you fix one. The brakes, oil, radiator, battery, and wheels have all given me problems. I do not know a lot about cars so I just take it to the shop and they fix it. The most annoying of these problems is the battery. At first when I bought it there was a new battery in it but within one year the battery was completely dead so I bought a new one and then within 9 months that battery was completely dead. I cannot keep putting in money for it to be repaired but at the same time I like the car because it still has a smooth ride and picks up speed quickly and that is what I like in a car. The car is fine when there are not problems with it but I just feel like it is aging really quickly.
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