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.


Joseph L. said
59 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
59 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
56 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..
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
27 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
7 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!

3 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
1 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.

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