Anyone who owns or leases a 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox and has had problems with the car’s oil consumption.
What’s Going On?
A number of drivers have complained that their cars are burning through oil more quickly than they should. Now, a class action lawsuit has been filed over the issue.
How Could a Class Action Help?
A class action lawsuit could help Equinox owners and lessees get back money for repairs, the extra oil they had to buy, and the loss of the value of their cars. It could also force General Motors to replace the engines in the affected vehicles.
What Can I Do Now?
Tell us about the problems you had by filling out the form on this page. An attorney may then reach out to you directly to explain how you may be able to join in on the litigation.
What's the Catch?
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If you own or lease a 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox and had problems with the car’s oil consumption, you should be aware that a class action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors over the issue. Read on for more.
What’s Going On?
A number of drivers have complained that their Chevy Equinoxes are consuming oil much more quickly than they should. Some even say that the cars need one quart of oil for every 1,000 miles driven. In light of these complaints, a class action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors to help those affected by the problem.
Although the company has already been sued, more people are needed to come forward to help strengthen the class action against GM. If you had problems with the oil consumption in your Chevy Equinox, fill out the form on this page and tell us your story.
How Could a Class Action Help?
In a successful case, a class action lawsuit could help drivers and lessees get back money they spent on:
Unreasonably frequent oil changes
Oil purchased to be carried around in the car “just in case”
Inspections, diagnostic tests and repairs to their car
Loss of the car’s value
Plus, a lawsuit could order General Motors to replace the engines in the affected cars.
Were the Cars Recalled Over the Oil Consumption Issue?
Unfortunately, no official recall has ever been issued. In July 2015, however, the company sent out a service bulletin titled “Special Coverage Adjustment – Excessive Oil Consumption.”
The service bulletin concerned 2011 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles with 2.4L engines. It warned that these cars could “exhibit excessive oil consumption (less than 2,000 miles per quart of engine oil.” Additionally, the service bulletin noted that:
“If this condition is present, the oil can light may illuminate on the instrument panel or the following message may appear in the Driver Information Center: ‘Oil Pressure Low – Stop Engine.’”
The notice instructed dealers to replace the four piston assemblies on the 2011 models at no charge to the customer. No such fix, however, was ever offered for the other model years.
In fact, consumers have complained that GM’s only policy for the other models is to have the customer bring in the car every 500 miles for an oil check.
What Problems Have Consumers Reported?
Drivers have posted a number of complaints online about their cars burning excessive amounts of oil, stalling, shutting off while driving and other issues. Some of these complaints can be read below [sic throughout]:
“Excessive oil consumption has hundreds of complaints. 2012 equinox 130k miles car shuts off at stop signs or pulling out. I'm now replacing the catalytic converter and camshaft actuator. Someone is going to die before this problem is taken seriouly. Nothing but issues since I purchased 3 years ago!” — NHSTA ID NUMBER 10928729, Blythewood, South Carolina
“I have a 2012 chevy equinox that i have owned since Aug. 2015. The car uses excessive oil, two or more quarts between oil changes on my four cylinder engine. A web search found this to be a very common problem.” — NHTSA ID NUMBER 11006606, East Berlin, Pennsylvania
“While waiting at a red light, my engine turned off. I was able to start it again easily and it drove fine. My check engine light did go on, but then turned off the following morning. Took it to the mechanic that morning anyway, and they said I had no oil. My mileage was at 41,000 and I wasn't due for another change until 44,000. My mechanic said there is a known issue with some GM vehicles burning through oil very quickly, however there is not an official recall.” — CARCOMPLAINTS.COM, Nydia M., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
“I have had more problems with my 2011 Chevy Equinox, uses about a Qt of oil every 500-800 miles, went through the Chevy dealer oil consumption test which took months, and they told me it was within normal limits? REALLY are you kidding me? I have never had a car use as much oil as this one does…” — CARCOMPLAINTS.COM, jammz, Spanaway, Washington
It is believed that not only is the oil consumption issue annoying, it can also pose a safety risk as it can cause engine failure while the cars are in motion. In addition, because of the number of complaints about the issue, it is suspected that General Motors knows about the problem, but won’t recall all the affected models or provide a suitable repair.
What Should I Do Now?
Fill out the form on this page and tell us about the problems you had with your Chevy Equinox. After you get in touch, one of the attorneys may reach out to you directly to learn more about your car’s problems and to explain more about your legal rights.