General Motors named in class action lawsuit over defect in 2010-2017 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles which leads to excess oil consumption

General Motors

 

 

 

GM designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed, sold, and leased Model Year 2010- 2017 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles with 2.4-liter engines (“Class Vehicles” or “Vehicles”) to Plaintiff and Class Members.

As alleged, prior to 2010, GM knew that the Class Vehicles contained one or more design and/or manufacturing defects, including, but not limited to, defects contained in the Class Vehicles’ engines that cause them to be unable to properly utilize the engine oil and, in fact, to improperly burn off and/or consume abnormally high amounts of oil (the “Oil Consumption Defect.”)

The Oil Consumption Defect is a safety concern because it prevents the engine from maintaining the proper level of engine oil, causing excessive oil consumption that cannot be reasonably anticipated or predicted. Therefore, the Oil Consumption Defect is unreasonably dangerous because it can cause engine failure while the Class Vehicles are in operation at any time and under any driving conditions or speeds, exposing the Class Vehicle drivers, their passengers, and others who share the road with them to serious risks of accidents and injury.

Because the Oil Consumption Defect can cause the Class Vehicles to consume unacceptably high amounts of engine oil, the rate of oil consumption for some Class Vehicles can be as high as one quart of oil per 1,000 miles driven. The Oil Consumption Defect thus requires the addition of substantial amounts of oil between scheduled oil changes and can even result in engine damage. As a result of the Oil Consumption Defect, its potential safety hazards, and GM’s refusal to acknowledge and fix the problem, many consumers have resorted to purchasing an extra supply of oil and carrying it with them at all times when driving.

The complaint claims GM knew of and concealed the existence of the Oil Consumption Defect contained in every Class Vehicle, along with the attendant dangerous safety problems and associated costs, from Plaintiff and Class Members at the time they purchased or leased their Class Vehicles and thereafter. GM’s concealment caused Plaintiffs and Class Members to experience the Oil Consumption Defect throughout the life of the Class Vehicles, which includes use within the warranty period.

Despite notice of the Oil Consumption Defect from various internal sources, GM has not recalled the Class Vehicles to repair the defect, has not offered all of its customers a suitable repair or replacement free of charge, and has not offered to reimburse all Class Vehicle owners and leaseholders who incurred costs relating to the defect, including, but not limited to, costs related to inspections, diagnosis, repairs, and unreasonably frequent oil changes/additions between scheduled oil changes.

As a result of their reliance on GM’s omissions and/or affirmative misrepresentations, owners and/or lessees of the Class Vehicles have suffered ascertainable losses of money, property, and/or of value of their Class Vehicles.

Complaint


Joseph L. said
151 days ago
i'm having the issue. was told by chevy my vin # was one of the problem cars my car has 43000 miles now doing oil consumption test. first time test 1 quart low now going on second 1000 mile test.


Joseph L. said
151 days ago
i'm having the issue. was told by chevy my vin # was one of the problem cars my car has 43000 miles now doing oil consumption test. first time test 1 quart low now going on second 1000 mile test.


Davy P. said
148 days ago
I have a 2012 GMC Terrain with the 2.4 engine and got the letter about oil rings. It was using more and more oil 1 qt in less than 1000 miles and just when I was going to take it in due to the letter it got to where it wouldn't idle anymore. When they did the diagnostic it indicated timing problem. Estimate $1900.00+. Whoa NOW I am UNHAPPY.
I look on youtube and find this.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEEuyunUhgs&t=11s
This mechanic posted how he finds LOTS of timing chain defects causing excessive oil consumption in that same engine.
That post was 2 years old. I think they are covering up that defect.


David A. said
119 days ago
I am currently paying off my My 2012 Chevy Equinox, the Manufacturers warranty has expired since the summer of 2017 I currently have been experience experiencing my car stall whenever the breakers applied and it’s constantly jerking. My oil changes have been up to date as I never go over the suggested mileage provided by the Mechanics. Most recently My engine light on my dash board has turned on. I have dropped off my car at my local mechanic and await a diagnostics report


Jennifer W. said
99 days ago
I am experiencing this same issue with my 2013 Chevrolet Equinox! I thought it was the oil change place fault but it had started doing the same thing again!


NICHOLE D. said
95 days ago
I own a 2010 chevy equinox. At 80,000 miles my transmission blew on the interstate, at 85,000 I took it in for excessive oil consumption, at 89,000 they had to replace timing chain, piston and rings, at 106,000 miles it happened again and it was replaced again, now at 134,000 (with 29 more payments left on my loan) the timing chain has broke again and the dealership said it is so bad, that I need a new engine at the cost of $7,300. I am fighting with GM now to get them to foot the bill. It is at no fault of my own. The engine is garbage, timing chains should last the life of the engine.


Sara B. said
93 days ago
I’m having the same issues. I have a 2012 Equinox and I have had to get work on my transmission twice now because of issues he oil consumption. I constantly have to check my oil and add oil. Then a few days later I notice the shifting issue. Definitely sick of it.


Andre T. said
82 days ago
I havwa 2010 Check Equinox with a 2.4L engine. It has oil consumption problems. I'm having to put oil in it even before my next oil change, which is about 2000 miles away. I plan to take it to the dealership this week.


Marie W. said
72 days ago
I have a 2011 Chevy Equinox that has many mechanical problems. I have recently found online that GM has a recall on excessive oil consumption and there have been lawsuits filed. There have been numerous recalls on my car by GM besides the oil consumption problem including the high pressure fuel pump and some other issues. Due to this ongoing problem and other recalls with my vehicle, I have had to replace the high pressure fuel pump (twice), ABS Traction System, Catalytic Converter, Suspension for leaking struts, lower & rear control arm bushings, transmission and now just recently the throttle body.


Richard D. said
69 days ago
2011 Equinox. Oil consumption excessive. Timing chain problems twice.


Danielle V. said
67 days ago
2013 Equinox with excessive oil consumption.


Alfred T. said
63 days ago
I also have a 2010 equinox LT that has extremely oil consumption.
Many times under warranty I complain when I took for service at general motor dealer. I was told nothing was wrong. Every 4 days I had to buy 2 quarts of oil. Eventually I had to replace the engine.
GM has failed to address the issue causing me to fix this has been very costly.


PAMELA T. said
52 days ago
I have 2011 Equinox same issues


Frankie T. said
52 days ago
I purchased a 2013 Equinox in 2016. I am on time every 3000 for an oil change and I noticed everytime I'm ready to go out of town there is little to no oil in my car and no indication light came on. Fast forward to now.. My engine locked up due to low oil and now I have to pay to get it fixed. I know many others with the same car and the same problem with their Equinox.. The tow truck guy told me when he came and got my car that he had just picked up a car just like mine that same morning with the same issue.


Eric B. said
50 days ago
I had the same problem. Looking at $7,600.00 to repair.
My wife and child was almost KILLED on the interstate due to the problem.
I was never informed of the problem or aware.
Lost all oil on the interstate and car blew the rear main seal, i am so mad.


Tracy H. said
48 days ago
I have 2012 Chevy equinoxtjat is being monitored by local dealer under recall for my oil consumption which there is something wrong with having to check all the time. I have had GM cars in the past and all have never had therefore issues. I also have had issues with the intake and exhaust camshaft solenioids which made my car stall out at a light and engine light come on, replaced in July and started having same issue last month, had 1 replaced which probably did not need it because it was found I need my actuator replaced which provides to the solenoid. I will not have dealer do that because they want to charge an arm and a leg,.
My sister has a 2012 equinox and has the recall done for her oil and still consumed a ton and now needs her motor replaced which dealer /gm is not taking responsibility. So she is getting a lawyer and filled out paperwork for class action lawsuit,


Tracy H. said
48 days ago
I have 2012 Chevy equinoxtjat is being monitored by local dealer under recall for my oil consumption which there is something wrong with having to check all the time. I have had GM cars in the past and all have never had therefore issues. I also have had issues with the intake and exhaust camshaft solenioids which made my car stall out at a light and engine light come on, replaced in July and started having same issue last month, had 1 replaced which probably did not need it because it was found I need my actuator replaced which provides to the solenoid. I will not have dealer do that because they want to charge an arm and a leg,.
My sister has a 2012 equinox and has the recall done for her oil and still consumed a ton and now needs her motor replaced which dealer /gm is not taking responsibility. So she is getting a lawyer and filled out paperwork for class action lawsuit,


Jennifer G. said
48 days ago
2014 Chevy Equinox had regular oil changes no problem just driving on the road and the car stopped looked under the hood anf the all oil pouring out engine is now blown at chevy dealer with ni help from gm .


Jeffrey M. said
46 days ago
My car shut off I brought it to a garage they checked it my motor is shot 2013 equinox


Jeffrey M. said
46 days ago
My car shut off I brought it to a garage they checked it my motor is shot 2013 equinox


Jill O. said
43 days ago
Our 2010 Chevy Equinox motor was ruined from low oil! No warning signs! We purchased in March 2015 with 66,000 miles on it and have only put 12,000 miles on it. Regular oil changes and checked. Neither GM or dealer notified us of a “oil consumption” problem, or help in replacing the motor! Our vehicle is not paid off yet and was worthless at that point, so we had a “rebuilt” motor put in by the dealer. This whole ordeal cost us over $8,200! Please help all of us affected to hold GM accountable for reimbursement and to get these motors looked at for safety. Thank you!


Randy B. said
42 days ago
2013 with blown main seal pcv freezing issue,. Was told my Vin # is not included in the extended warranty. BS. They know this issue is with all 2.4 engines. I've read hundreds of hundreds of complaint s. We need help. Getting them to repair.


Ashley W. said
39 days ago
Same problem- now I'm having to attempt to trade my vehicle, but I've had so many problems that no one will offer me even remotely what I need to not be really upside down which is making my payment on any new vehicle unbearable. I can't drive my car and am paying an arm and a leg for my car payment still while having to constantly borrow family member's autos to get me to and from work. My vehicle is only 3 yrs old, it should not be doing this! They (local Chevy dealership) claimed it was my battery and catalytic converter and tried to charge me $1800 to fix it. But I confirmed with an independent auto shop that it's neither, it's something with the motor and it's burning oil faster than I can keep it in. Chevy needs to recall immediately!!!!


Ashley W. said
39 days ago
Addition to my previous response- my vehicle is a 2014 Chevy Equinox 1LT.


Ashley W. said
39 days ago
Addition to my previous response- my vehicle is a 2014 Chevy Equinox 1LT.


Tom d. said
38 days ago
I have the same problem, 2014 equinox burning oil, rings and pistons replaced under warranty, then the timing chain, lower seal and bearings at my cost!!!, got the car back on Friday, towed back to the dealer on Saturday, and today I was informed that that piston that recently was installed has now exploded!! Now waiting to see what GM is going to do!1


Carolee M. said
36 days ago
my 2012 chevy equinox has excessive oil consumption since the day i purchased it and chevy refuses to fix the major oil leak caused from the clogged part causing pressure which caused the leak. Same issue as bullitan 14882 which my car is not covered under they say!?


Wesley n. said
33 days ago
2012 equinox 107,000 miles always has burned oil problem caused
Rear seal to go and gm won't admit fault. Need to pressure with class action.



Rachel K. said
32 days ago
Since I've bought this car 3 years ago, I've put over 12000 into repairs including a brand new transmission at 84k miles.


Daryl M. said
31 days ago
2010 Chevy Equinox(118K KM, currently), bought CERTIFIED Pre-Owned from a GM dealer in Dec 2013, have excessive oil consumption, timing chain/idling issues. Somehow my vehicle is not on their list of ones have extended coverage for this known issue. Looking at $5000 to get it back on the road. This is an absolute lemon of a car.


Kristen N. said
30 days ago
I Bought my 2011 GMC Terrain new. Have had many issues with oil consumption. I have taken it to the dealer and he immediately checked th oil. Told me I was low, refilled it and told me to check it every 2-3 has fill ups. I had a similar issue last week. Shortly after, a light came on. While driving it to the dealer, I get engine power reduced and my car dies on the side of the highway. Towed to the dealer. Timing chain issue. Said it may be a cheap fix but labor getting in there will be over $2500, and not sure it will solve th issue. I’ve had so many issue with my car 🤬🤬🤬


David H. said
29 days ago
I own a 2012 Equinox and for the past 2 years I have fought with my dealer and GM concerning this oil consumption which eventually lead to having rings and pistons done, but engine still not right and now had to replace intake and exhaust cam actuators and just this week timing chains.
Costs have now risen to about $3000 and my personal mechanic says the next thing that will fail will be the catalytic convertor because it can't keep cleaning the exhaust fumes from the oil burning. Also, I have documentation from all of these trips to the dealerships and repairs.


Leon F. said
28 days ago
Yes I'm having the same problem, using oil and car cutting off


alba g. said
24 days ago
I own a 2012 Equinox and for the past 8 months i have been dealing with my local Chevy dealership concerning this oil consumption. Had pistons and rings replaced but still having problems with rattling engine, had to replace intake and exhaust actuators and now and and now catlytic converter needs to be replaced as a result of all the burning oil. GM does not cover under the extended warranty and my motor does not work as a result of being run with no oil. since this vehicle would not notify it was low on oil and oil changes were always done within the required mileage. I purchased this car with 10,000 miles and since then i noticed it was consuming lots of oil, there were several times that it will lose power in the freeway, once i was trying to cross a street and the car wouldn't respond, almost got hit by a car.


alba g. said
24 days ago
I own a 2012 Equinox and for the past 8 months i have been dealing with my local Chevy dealership concerning this oil consumption. Had pistons and rings replaced but still having problems with rattling engine, had to replace intake and exhaust actuators and now and and now catlytic converter needs to be replaced as a result of all the burning oil. GM does not cover under the extended warranty and my motor does not work as a result of being run with no oil. since this vehicle would not notify it was low on oil and oil changes were always done within the required mileage. I purchased this car with 10,000 miles and since then i noticed it was consuming lots of oil, there were several times that it will lose power in the freeway, once i was trying to cross a street and the car wouldn't respond, almost got hit by a car.


Donna M. said
24 days ago
Have a 2010 Chevy Equinox had the oil problem first and took to a Chevy dealer where they repaired the lower unit that was at 79000 miles where they only replaced the lower unit and not the upper unit, now at 150000 the engine blew the connecting rod out the side and left me stranded on the highway. We now have purchased another motor and was told that this one will do the same thing. Cars are not cheap to purchase, and I thought that this would be the last car that I would have to buy. NOT!!!! I had to buy another car with no trade in. While having friend and families looking for a new motor found out that Chevy Equinox with "W" in the VIN where in the Chevy Cavalier, a small economy car not and SUV and can't with stand the strain of the weight or strain. We have always changed the oil at 3000 miles


Randy B. said
23 days ago
I am one of the many who own a 2013 equinox with the known issues PCV valve plugged blown main seal now oil is coming out the tail pipe as it runs. Good old GM says they don't have that issue with the 2.4 l8tr engine in mine pet vin# but yet can't explain the cause of the issue. Poor design 61000 miles and I have a car that is junk. I hope to check that this gets pursued and not just talk. Been back and fourth with GM and getting nowhere, it's pretty bad when the dealer service depths agree there is no difference in the engines but corporate America again gets to screw over the consumer. GM quality site has gone back to the 70s


Dan M. said
21 days ago
My 2013 is using excessive amount of oil. I called GM and they say my vin is not covered.


Kay E. said
21 days ago
I have a 2012 and 73,000 and my engine blew because of the timing chain. It was just out of warranty so I had to pay out of pocket to put a new engine in it.


Barbara W. said
20 days ago
2011 Equinox. Torque seal, housing seal, axle seal leaking oil. Replaced torque conver seal, torque convertor housing seal, and axle seal both. P0171 - system running lean due to misfire on start up and air leak. Repaired leaking vacuum system at intake. All done while under warranty...now warranty is done. Guess what?!!! Transmission just died. In traffic. Something about wave plate issue? $4470.92 CAD for a GM rebuild and install. I'm still making payments on the vehicle. It was a cpo purchase.


Robert R. said
17 days ago
2013 equinox 114,000 miles, rear main seal went out do to oil consumption problem causing moisture and freezing of PCV which caused rear main seal blowout. problem is addressed by GM under service bulletin 14882 (covers cars less then 10 years old with less then 120k miles with 2.4L engine). I was told my car was not covered under that SB 14882 as my car was unaffected by this, Myself and my broken car with frozen PCV leaking oil all over my driveway disagree!!


Holli B. said
15 days ago
I bought my 2010 used a year ago with 82,000.00 miles. I just got off of the phone with my mechanic who says I have to replace the engine. It has been the worst car I have ever owned. I have put so much money into this car and still owe on it and will have to be upside down on my payoff since I have a newborn and can't afford to be stranded again on the highway after it stalls and dies.


Amy s. said
14 days ago
2012 equinox. 84,000 miles rear main seal blew causing oil to be everywhere. Bulletin 14882 says it will cover, but my vin number didnt qualify. Get it back from shop 2,000 dollars later, drive 20 miles and transmission goes out. We need help with a lawsuit. There are many of us with this problem!!


James T. said
13 days ago
We have a 2011 Chevy Equinox we bought it used in Oct 2016 it had right at 80,000 miles on it well in September of 2017 I was driving it and it shut off locked up all power steering and brakes we had our mechanic take a look at it and it needs a ton of work, 1. A new motor 2. Timing chain 3. Oil rings 4. It uses oil like crazy these are just a few of many things wrong with it! But better yet my mechanic calls GM and they are not making the motors for these cars any longer and we can’t get GM to give us a straight answer, it’s a extremely dangerous car to have as there are many close calls with the malfunctioning of this Car, I believe that GM/Chevrolet should stand behind this product and correct the problems on their dime we bought this product and it’s failed miserably!!


Richard J. said
12 days ago
I have a 2013 Equinox has used 9 quarts of oil in the last 6,000 miles between 2 oil changes. First time car start bucking at a stop sign that is an indication that their is less than 4-5 quarts of oil in the engine


Trevor H. said
10 days ago
Car shutting off, engine rattling, car shaking violently, oil being consumed rapidly. Car currently in shop for the same issue within the last two months. Chevy is trying to charge me 700 and 1800 respectively.


Chad B. said
9 days ago
I have a 2013 Chevy Equinox That has an oil consumption issue. It uses appro2-3 quarts of oil at least between oil changes. The dealership will not do the test without permission from GM.


Sarah W. said
9 days ago
I have a 2012 Chevy Equinox we noticed it was using only after a road trip. We get my oil changed every 3000 miles. The dealership we took my car to, knew my car was using oil and said most equinox's do. My timing chain needed replaced, which was under the warranty. Then my Catalytic converter went out, that too was under warranty. One day while getting gas my husband noticed there was something leaking under my car, it was oil. when it was parked, it left a HUGE puddle of oil under my car. Towed it to the shop and it was the real main seal had gone bad. Was told because of some screens in the car that when it gets real cold they clog up and that cause the rear main seal to go out. That was $1500 repair. Went to pick up my car and the mechanic said there was a noise in the motor at 1800 rpms... We started it in the parking lot and it was very loud. They called today to say that we needed a new motor. With so many people having the same issues. I feel GM needs to responsible for this. They have know since 2010 of the Oil consumption issue. That is contributing factor in the issues with these motors.


Sasha R. said
7 days ago
I have a 2011 Gmc Terrain. I have had problems with my vehicle since the day I pulled off of the Gmc lot. ALL ENGINE RELATED. Engine light came on the day of purchase. Been back and forth to dealership OVER 10 TIMES for things such as (in order) catalytic converter/ exhaust manifold, stuck actuator, tire sensors malfunction, throttle body, oil consumption ( all of this within 5 months). I last got an oil change on 1-08-18 and on today I discovered that I am running on dry and there is NO oil in the engine. I have NEVER had these type of problems with any vehicle.


MELISSA J. said
6 days ago
I.have a 2012 equinox. Engine blew at 85000 miles. GM warranty covered it, replaced it with a new engine. Still having oil consumption issues. Engine is barely a year old and I have to continuously add oil.


Valeriya K. said
1 days ago
I have a 2012 equinox and have to kerp adding oil.


Rebecca F. said
1 days ago
I was never told of any oil consumption problems. I would not have have purchased the Chevrolet Equinox if I was told of the problem. My car would just shut off while I was driving. I could also smell fumes sometimes. I had to jump start my car. My car would not jump-start. I replaced the battery it still wouldn't start. I had to have it towed and was told the engine locked up. I only had this vehicle for a little over a year and the engine is locked up. I complained to the dealership when I found at all the issues this vehicle had that I told them they should be responsible for the engine. They offered to pay half. Still not a good deal because I feel that Chevrolet and the dealership are at fault for not letting customers know of the multiple problems and not fixing the problems that were supposed to be fixed. They should be responsible because they should have fixed the major problems that this vehicle had.


Wayne o. said
1 days ago
My son had a 2012 equinox with 2.4 engine. Kept being told his was not under the recall. Well the time chain broke and took out the cylinders. Over $5200 for new engine. Tried communicating with GM to no avail. Said there was nothing they good do, right out of warranty. A week later get a letter from a GM saying I should get the oil consumption test dine, well a little too late.


Mindy F. said
17 hours ago
I own a 2011 Chevy Equinox. My vehicle has consumed excessive oil and I have to refill the oil between oil changed. This issue has caused my car to stall several times, as well as costly repairs. This week I had it at the mechanic again and found out I need a new engine due to the issue. The mechanic stated that it is a mechanical breakdown.


Michelle K. said
17 hours ago
I own a 2013 Chevy Equinox. I'm having problems with the oil consumption also. Now I have been told I need a new Timing Chain/belt. This is a very costly repair. It has only 70K miles. My car also on 2 different occasions try to start without the key in the ignition. I am very disappointed in my purchase of this car.

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