This car is definitely a good buy for me. I like to have a little space without having to shell out more money for a truck. It has been really reliable for me throughout the first year even though I do routine maintenance.
Stabilitrak Off/Traction Control Off/Service Stabilitrak light coming on. Can not find an issue in the vehicle even after having it taken in 3 times. Apparently this warning means about 1,000 different things could be wrong with the vehicle. I actually made it 21 miles home from leaving the service department this time before it came on. Please, please do your research on this. There are hundreds of complaints on the issue and evidently GM does nothing about it because it is a continuing issue!!
2009 Chevrolet Equinox Sport 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
I purchased this 2009 chevy equniox for my used 3 years ago with 50,000 miles on it. When we purchased it finish was starting to come off on the controls, but not bad. Everything was good for the first year then the problems started. First was the drivers door lock would not work with the fob after 2 years. You had to use the Manuel key. Then the third year the service tration control light came on. Then the service engine light. Then the trasmission started slipping. The vehicle started going down quick. Yesterday I decided it was time to trade it in @ 81,00 miles and it was such a relief. Chevy is not what it used to be. A friend that is a chevy mechanic told us that the head gasket would need to be replaced soon because that is a very common problem. The resale value is also poor. Trade in was only $2,500 -$3,500. We still owed $8,000 on it so we ended up paying Msrp to get the suv paid off. Lesson learned. I bought a new hyundai sonata and bought my wife a new kia sorento. 100,000 mile warranty and best rated for reliability.
2009 Chevrolet Equinox Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Bought this vehicle after considerable research. My decision came down to the Audi Q5 3.2 or Eq Sport. I like/ own Audis, although now overpriced. Very similar power, comparable handling, interior room, and amenities. Obviously, big difference in cachet, resale value and sticker price. Athough there are many choices in this vehicle class, these two stood out for handling and performance, without going to a Porsche or BWM (way overpriced/valued). After driving for 27 months/36000 miles, this was a great choice. Other than minor issues with bluetooth, this has been a solid vehicle, with NO problems, interior holding up well, despite heavy use/athletic gear hauling. Fuel use more than expecte
Power is right for vehicle size/use (moderate aggressive). 6 Speed transmission is pretty slick, even with occasional hunt-and-peck changes.
Solid grip with AWD.
Interior quality is OK, and holding up well.
Sound system is decent for class.
Convenient configuration for seating/adjustment.
Limited stupid extra bits to break.
Reliability has been excellent (no system failures/repairs).
Great little SUV to go to hockey, golf course, or ski hill, hauling all the gear.
My wife and teenage children are comfortable driving this vehicle.
Not an ugly SUV.
Have not had to bleed money to Stealership, unlike typical Audi Experience.
Quality/resilience of upholstery in rear hatch is poor and easily ripped with hauling bulky items. Fix this - it tears way too easily! Nice job on seats and other interior materials - why throw this crappy material into the rear?
Water ingress through sunroof is too easy in tilt position.
Fuel consumption is not as good as claimed, even for moderately aggresive driving.
Dash and console design flair is, lets say, minimalist. Could use somewhat more adventurous accents.