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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-23-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Common problems and reccomendations

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I'm in the market for either the NOX or Terrain. Either works for me but the Terrain has my eye. I'm wondering about common problems and stuff to stay away from. Looking to buy used, probably around a 2010 or 2011. I could do a 2009 for low miles. I see the I4 is a bit fussy for 2010 and 2011. Oil consumption and timing chain. What else are the common problems on these? I want FWD only so any known seal leaks?
And, if anyone is a mechanic or works on their own, How's the maintenance? Trans fluid change, Thermostat, PCV, cooler lines that kind of stuff. I'll do all my own work so any info up front would help. I see the TSB section but anything significant?
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New to the forum. Thanks for having me.
I'm in the market for either the NOX or Terrain. Either works for me but the Terrain has my eye. I'm wondering about common problems and stuff to stay away from. Looking to buy used, probably around a 2010 or 2011. I could do a 2009 for low miles. I see the I4 is a bit fussy for 2010 and 2011. Oil consumption and timing chain. What else are the common problems on these? I want FWD only so any known seal leaks?
And, if anyone is a mechanic or works on their own, How's the maintenance? Trans fluid change, Thermostat, PCV, cooler lines that kind of stuff. I'll do all my own work so any info up front would help. I see the TSB section but anything significant?
Thanks in advance
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-23-2013, 12:07 PM
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Re: Common problems and reccomendations

Get a '12.

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Go with the v6.

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Re: Common problems and reccomendations

Agree with Darkside, get the V6 in 2010-2011 models, not all I-4s have problems, but why chance it. You don't say what your budget is or how many miles is the upper limit you're looking at.

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Re: Common problems and reccomendations

I'm not married to a budget. Just know I'm buying used, between 2009 and 2011, with 30-40k miles. I'm aware the 2009 and 2010 are different beasts. Leaning towards 2010 on. Really trying to get a sense of the issues, like my 2007 cts has known trans cooler line failures and oil consumption. That kind of info would help. Any feeling people have about fuel filter (in tank?), pulling an intake stuff like that. I always put the car on a lift and check it over that way before I buy. I'm leaning v6 if 2012 or later, if I can afford a 2012 that it. They run 4-5 k more from what I see listed locally. Thanks again.
Oh, and do the 4 cyl in 2012 have the same oil and timing chain issues as 10-11?
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Re: Common problems and reccomendations

We had an 08 Equinox before we traded it for the 2012. The wife drives most of the time now, she liked the 08 little better than the 12 but that's mainly because that was her baby before some jacka$$ rearended us.

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Personally, I'd avoid the Terrain/Nox. Just spend a bit of time on these forums - they're turning out to be quite the problematic shitwagons. I'm one of many who sold their Terrain after just a few years of constant battles with their units.

That said, if you must, avoid the 2010 and 2011 at all costs. The 2.4L is turning out to have aweful reliability and major issues (odd, considering it's one of GM's common engines), and the old 3.0L V6 was not all that inspiring. The new 3.6 looks somewhat promising, though not overly well reviewed.

I don't want to poo poo on the parade, but seriously, they're not the most reliable cars on the planet. Move on. The Terrain/Nox is not GM's finest hour.

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Personally, I'd avoid the Terrain/Nox. Just spend a bit of time on these forums - they're turning out to be quite the problematic shitwagons. I'm one of many who sold their Terrain after just a few years of constant battles with their units.

That said, if you must, avoid the 2010 and 2011 at all costs. The 2.4L is turning out to have aweful reliability and major issues (odd, considering it's one of GM's common engines), and the old 3.0L V6 was not all that inspiring. The new 3.6 looks somewhat promising, though not overly well reviewed.

I don't want to poo poo on the parade, but seriously, they're not the most reliable cars on the planet. Move on. The Terrain/Nox is not GM's finest hour.
Not to rain on your parade, but I have a 4 cyl. '10 Nox and would do the same thing all over again in a heartbeat.

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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-24-2013, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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I know I'm just fueling the fire...Neighbor's got a Nox and he couldn't be happier. Had it for years.

I'm aware of some issues, but not all. That said people slam and praise all makes of car depending on forum. So, I take it all with a grain. Thanks for the opinions though. Again, anyone take their Terrain/Nox apart? Ease of access to the spark plugs? Intake removal?
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