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Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? #5361577 02/27/20 03:13 PM
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We're looking to purchase a used suv and have been looking at the equinox and terrain.. someone on another forum said there were oil consumption issues on the 10-13 models (2.4 liter)... but google shows me some are saying all the way up until 2017? Anyone have any solid information on this? It's hard to find a v6 with decent miles around here and we prefer no turbo (personal preference). Please dont turn this into a chevy bash, I literally just received the pre approval for a loan right before finding all this out (we were looking at 2015 and later models)

Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361648 02/27/20 05:35 PM
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do not buy! they never fixed anything. engine continued to be problematic right till the end of the run. buy at your own risk . many other far better options like a Mazda or Toyota. . do more research and you will see the 2.4 is a bad engine in any year it was made.


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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: super20dan] #5361658 02/27/20 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by super20dan
do not buy! they never fixed anything. engine continued to be problematic right till the end of the run. buy at your own risk . many other far better options like a Mazda or Toyota. . do more research and you will see the 2.4 is a bad engine in any year it was made.


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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361663 02/27/20 05:54 PM
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I have a 2011 GMC Terrain 2.4 EcoTech and had to have the extended warranty engine rebuild to fix the oil consumption problem. The main culprit was bad piston ring design that they fixed in May 2013 so after that there really has not been to many reports of that problem. However it was also discovered that there is a major flaw in the PCV system that if driven in very cold weather, like single digit cold, it can freeze up and blow the rear main seal. All in all I have to agree with the other posters, don't buy the I4 of any year Terrain, get the V6 if you can find one, or look for a something more reliable like a Toyota. You can find all the problems and reason not to buy the 2.4 over at https://www.terrainforum.net/

Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361664 02/27/20 05:55 PM
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Don't do it, they are modern PT Cruizers, big economy cars with problems that cost far too much to maintain for what they are. You want:
1) Toyota Rav4
2) Mazda CX5
3) Pre Earthdreams Honda CR-V

Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361671 02/27/20 06:05 PM
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The bulletin covering oil consumption due to pistons and rings is #13-06-01-003J and covers a number 2010-2013 vehicles with the 2.5L. There are no bulletins for later model vehicles with the 2.5L.

FWIW, I owned two Equinox from that generation, a 2012 and a 2016. Neither had any oil consumption issues. My brother has a 2011 with 150,000 miles that doesn't consumer any oil. It blew out the rear main last winter when the PCV port froze, so not all roses, but it's never consumed oil.

For the PCV port freezing, GM makes a vented oil fill cap [GM p/n 12589430 or AC Delco p/n FC219] that has a one-way valve to prevent over-pressurization of the crankcase if the PCV port freezes. At $10, it buys some cheap peace of mind if you get a 2.5L.

Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361771 02/27/20 08:23 PM
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My wife has a 2015 Equinox 2.5 L 135,000. We are the orig. owner. I change oil at 30% on OLM and filter. Whatever Syn. is on sale at Wally World. My wife is a realtor she drives it hard. No oil consumption no other problems. Just follow maint. in owners manual.

Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361848 02/27/20 09:24 PM
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My parents recently Purchased a 2017 Terrain with 50K miles. I did lots of reading pre-purchase and it seems few have issues past the 2015 model year.


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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: Matt1980] #5361893 02/27/20 10:10 PM
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Just installed a long block in a customer's Terrain for exactly this. Parts and labor, including a control arm and a brake caliper, $8200. No thanks.


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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: MrHorspwer] #5361895 02/27/20 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by MrHorspwer
The bulletin covering oil consumption due to pistons and rings is #13-06-01-003J and covers a number 2010-2013 vehicles with the 2.5L. There are no bulletins for later model vehicles with the 2.5L.

FWIW, I owned two Equinox from that generation, a 2012 and a 2016. Neither had any oil consumption issues. My brother has a 2011 with 150,000 miles that doesn't consumer any oil. It blew out the rear main last winter when the PCV port froze, so not all roses, but it's never consumed oil.

For the PCV port freezing, GM makes a vented oil fill cap [GM p/n 12589430 or AC Delco p/n FC219] that has a one-way valve to prevent over-pressurization of the crankcase if the PCV port freezes. At $10, it buys some cheap peace of mind if you get a 2.5L.


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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361897 02/27/20 10:12 PM
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the 2.5 and 2.4 are 2 different motors . the 2.5 NEVER went into the equinox


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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361901 02/27/20 10:16 PM
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I'm not aware of the Equinox ever getting the 2.5L??

The Direct Injected 2.4L (LEA) is a POS, Even if GM fixed the oil consumption issues.....It will need a Timing Chain before 200,000 miles.

I'm still on the fence regarding the 3.6L (LFX), The few I've done Timing Chains on were obviously neglected. Still not nearly as prone as the LLT 3.6L!!


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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361904 02/27/20 10:19 PM
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Had a 2010 equinox bought july 2009. Had 2.4. Yes, it was very early production. But stay away. Had the oil consumption issue, rust after 6 years (in Ky, and I kept it washed and waxed), and a huge engine repair at 56k under warranty (high pressure fuel pump, valves, lots of other stuff). I think they eventually fixed the cylinder liners for the oil consumption, but I think the fuel pump issue and dirty valves of the DI design never got changed.

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Had to replace the timing chain on mine @ 110K miles. The oil was changed every 3 to 5K miles and the engine was clean inside. Outside of that nary an issue. I'm still driving it, changing the oil every 3K to 3.5K miles now. It uses a good 1 to 1.5 quarts of synthetic oil every 3 to 3.5K miles.

My next similar vehicle will be a Mazda CX-5 or CX-30 for the wifoid and younger family members. Though I love my 2006 5.3L Silverado, I'm not planning on another GM product. A Ford gas truck and Mazda SUV's are in my future... perhaps even a Hyundai. I like the sound of a new F-150 with a 5L Coyote.

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Re: Equinox/terrain burning oil.. 2015 or later? [Re: sh40674] #5361947 02/27/20 11:07 PM
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Wifes 16 Equinox with the 3.6 has been excellent with no oil consumption between OCI.


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