One of the most common and most reported problems with the Chevy Equinox 2006 model is that the heater blows out cold air. Other problems include the key not turning in the ignition, the engine starting then cutting out and the engine not turning over.
While other Chevrolet Equinox models have had problems, the 2006 model has had the most. Other models that have experienced problems include the 2005, 2008 and the 2011 models.
The reason an Equinox's heater sometimes blows cold air is that the air temperature blend door is made with a plastic connecting shaft that often breaks after a few years. While the shaft can be repaired, as of 2014 it usually cost roughly $800 to do so.
Problems with the key not turning in the ignition tended to be reported after an Equinox had been driven approximately 63,500 miles. As of 2014, the average cost of the repair was $400. One of the most common solutions for taking care of the problem is to replace the ignition lock cylinder. Issues with the engine starting then cutting out were reported once the vehicle had been driven about 47,000 miles. The average cost of repairing the problem was $745 in 2014 and included installing a new computer, replacing the ignition switch and replacing a defective gas cap.