Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about 2005 Chevrolet Equinox?
Extra roomy interior--every time someone rides in the back seat they remark on it.
Height from ground.
Love, love, love! the open space between the front bucket seats and the armrest/storage bin that folds up out of the way (perfect for stashing my purse, storing books on tape, and hiding smaller shopping bags when I leave the car).
Cons: How would you improve 2005 Chevrolet Equinox?
Visibility really sucks due to over-sized posts on either side of the windshield.
Need option to fold down head rests on rear seats to help rear visibility when rear seats are vacant.
Improve gas mileage.
Noisy ride--have to keep the sound system cranked up to hear it.
Cheap looking plastic interior, paint chipping from radio knobs.
The "?running boards?" that jut out on either side of the car. My legs ALWAYS hit them getting in/out of the car so I end up with dirt, salt, or mud on whatever I'm wearing.
The 2nd year the car went through a period of refusing to start. It was totally dead--no clicking or signs of life at all. I'd tow to the dealership and it would start fine for them. They could never find anything wrong. I think they finally got fed up with me and replaced the ignition. So far so good.
Now in year 4, I'm having a problem with the key getting stuck in the ignition. I'm not talking jiggle the steering wheel and it will slide out stuck. I'm talking I had to flag down two men in a parking lot to help me stuck. One yanked on the steering wheel while pulling on the key and the other laid on his stomach across the passenger seat pressing on the brake pedal with his hands. Somehow they got the key out. Two weeks later it happened again after dark and when I was alone. I tried the same moves they did and after several minutes the key very reluctantly and with much effort came out. I ruined my key chain I was pulling so hard. Now I'm careful to pull the key out very slowly so I can stop pulling when I feel it binding up.
The newest problems are some noises while driving especially on highway exit ramps.
2005 Chevrolet Equinox Review:
I never thought I needed or wanted an SUV until I was recovering from hip surgery. I had two requirements: the driver's seat needed to be the proper height from the ground plus I needed the slipperiness of leather seats to ease entry/exit to the car. Turns out the Equinox was the perfect height plus I could get leather seats in a reasonably priced vehicle. No more stress and strain on already painful joints. Of course, it didn't hurt I liked the look of the Equinox!
Overall, this car has worked out well for me and I'm glad I bought it.
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