Class Action Lawsuit: Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain Oil Consumption Issue

August 14, 2017 Last Updated on October 9, 2019

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A settlement has been reached. Scroll down to learn more.

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Update – October 9, 2019 – Judge Asks for “More Robust” Settlement Proposal, Delays Final Approval

United States District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg has held off on granting final approval to the Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain oil consumption deal and has requested counsel for the plaintiffs and General Motors submit a “more robust” settlement proposal that states explicitly whether total engine replacements are covered.

Head over to the blog for a write-up on the proceedings.

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May 17, 2019 – Judge Preliminarily Approves Settlement Deal

The Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain settlement deal has been preliminarily approved by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg. The parties involved will now prepare a notice to be sent out to those eligible for the settlement. The notice is expected to be mailed no later than 30 days after the settlement administrator receives the list of VINs covered by the settlement.

The hearing for final approval of the settlement will take place on October 4, 2019. You can read Judge Rosenberg’s order here.

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May 9, 2019 – General Motors Consents to Plaintiffs’ Settlement Motion

Counsel for General Motors submitted on May 9 the company’s formal consent to the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of the proposed settlement.

The General Motors court filing can be read here.

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April 29, 2019 – Attorneys Submit Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement; Details Released

On Friday, April 26, plaintiffs' attorneys submitted to the court a motion for preliminary approval of a proposed settlement to resolve the litigation surrounding excessive oil consumption in certain Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs. That document can be read here.

The settlement covers 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles equipped with 2.4-liter Ecotec engines.

For a complete breakdown of the proposed settlement, head over to our blog.

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April 23, 2019 - Settlement Reached

First, the good news:

A settlement has been reached to resolve the class action litigation regarding excessive oil consumption in Chevy Equinox vehicles. The joint notice of settlement, which can be read here, was submitted to the court on April 22. With a deal in place, the plaintiffs in the proposed class action filed in Florida have voluntarily dismissed their case.

Now, the bad news:

There will be just a bit more sitting and waiting. According to the settlement document linked above, counsel for the plaintiffs anticipate they will file a motion for preliminary approval of the settlement no later than Friday, April 26, 2019. 

Please note that April 26 is just the deadline for all parties to submit their request for approval of the deal to the judge. It may be a while before class notices are sent out and people can claim their piece. has no further details on the settlement at this time, nor do we know what the settlement could mean for owners/lessees of GMC Terrain vehicles.

We’ll bring you the full rundown once the details are made public.

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April 12, 2019 - Extension Granted

As we noted over in our blog post covering the settlement talks, the parties involved in this lawsuit have been granted an extension to resolve this case. The parties now have until Friday, April 19, to square everything away.

While the court’s original deadline was April 5, U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg granted an extension request after the parties reported “very significant progress” in their settlement talks. In fact, the attorneys hammering out the deal expressed to the court that “very few issues remain.”

According to the court document linked above, the parties are finalizing settlement notices for class members and a motion for preliminary approval of the deal—all very good indicators that things are moving along nicely.

We anticipate that a settlement is just over the horizon. We’ll keep you posted and have a full rundown of the settlement once we know more.

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February 12, 2019 – Settlement Talks Underway 

Settlement talks are now underway to resolve the litigation over excessive oil consumption in certain 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox vehicles. The parties involved in the proposed class action filed in Florida informed the court in early December 2018 that mediation sessions had led to a tentative settlement agreement that would resolve all three class actions regarding the apparent oil problem. At this time, it’s unclear whether the settlement would also cover GMC Terrain vehicles. Read more about the talks on our blog.

Below you’ll find general information on the lawsuits and their allegations. 

At A Glance

Who's Affected?
Anyone who owns or leases a 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox or GMC Terrain and has had problems with their 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. A class action lawsuit was filed over the Equinox vehicles and now attorneys are hammering out the details of a settlement.
How Could a Class Action Help?
A class action lawsuit could help Equinox and Terrain drivers 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.
How Can I Join This Lawsuit?
For just about every class action lawsuit, there's nothing you need to do to join the suit. Class actions generally take a good deal of time to work their way through the legal system. As for claiming your piece of the settlement, we'll update you on the specifics once a deal is reached.