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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Was at my local Chevy dealer and took a 2019 2.0 Equinox for a test drive. I wanted to see how the stop/start works. Only had it out for about 10 minutes but the stop/start did not engage once during my drive. Questioned the sales guy and he told me that ther are a whole list of conditions that must be met before it will engage. So I still don't know how bad it is. My question to current owners, does stop/start usually engage during your drive and just how bad is it? Do you ever get used to it?
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Was at my local Chevy dealer and took a 2019 2.0 Equinox for a test drive. I wanted to see how the stop/start works. Only had it out for about 10 minutes but the stop/start did not engage once during my drive. Questioned the sales guy and he told me that ther are a whole list of conditions that must be met before it will engage. So I still don't know how bad it is. My question to current owners, does stop/start usually engage during your drive and just how bad is it? Do you ever get used to it?
Yes, I assure you it works after all the systems stabilize.

It does work fairly seamlessly; its just annoying to some of us because of the inability to turn of that feature.

I dislike the stop/start mainly because of the unnecessary frequent starter engagements that obviously over time will necessitate premature starting system component repair/replacement.

When I start the engine, I want to be the one who decides when it turns off.

As for getting used to stop/start; I haven't yet as I still say naughty words out loud every time it happens!

I do the work arounds by using the manual mode, or slipping into neutral, or doing a rolling stop if possible. $150.00 will buy a module to disable the stop/start, but negatively affects the remote start function.

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2017 Chevy Malibu; 1.5 - LT - Pepperdust - Purchased 8/2017; Green Chevrolet, East Moline, IL
2009 Chevy Silverado; 5.3 -LT - 4WD - Ext. Cab - Granite Met. - Purchased 02/2009; Green Chevrolet, East Moline IL
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If it's cold outside it will take longer for the start stop to activate. Same is true if it's really hot. Go back on a mild day and when you pull back into the dealer lot stop and sit before putting it in park and it will likely activate. For the most part I am accustomed to it. The only time I make an effort to turn it off is if there is a lot of traffic that is slowly creeping forward. I too am slightly concerned about the wear and tear but it will not do it every time you come to a stop. I suspect there is a max allowable cut offs in a given time frame. I wouldn't let it prevent me from buying the car if I otherwise liked it. If I had two that I liked equally it might would sway me towards the non s/s model.
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One of the sensor it uses is how much the battery is charged. So if its not fully charged to a certain point it will not turn off. That's why at a long light it will turn back on after some time of being off.

Regarding the life of the starter everyone keeps worrying about this. I have yet to hear or see in any forum or online of starter issues with cars with auto stop. I had a 2016 GEN2 Cruze and it never had issue and no one in the forum with over 50k miles have had a issue. Every thing I have read from every manufacture says they are heavy duty starters and will last as long as a traditional one or longer.

it I don't know of anyone my friends who have some vehicles with over 150k and 10 years old have to replace a starter. They don't go out much anymore. The batteries on these cars are also better batteries designed for the auto stop.
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Was at my local Chevy dealer and took a 2019 2.0 Equinox for a test drive. I wanted to see how the stop/start works. Only had it out for about 10 minutes but the stop/start did not engage once during my drive. Questioned the sales guy and he told me that ther are a whole list of conditions that must be met before it will engage. So I still don't know how bad it is. My question to current owners, does stop/start usually engage during your drive and just how bad is it? Do you ever get used to it?


it does engage, not much in the winter and not a whole lot in the summer when the ac is working hard. iíve always been performance oriented and thought i would absolutely hate start/stop. i was lucky enough for the dealership to let me take an equinox on a test drive for 2 whole days... in that time i learned that while i wasnít fond of start/ stop, i could deal with it by using manual mode. after a year of ownership i rarely notice start stop at all


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The stop start feature works well...it's my choice to negate it due to my ability to choose.

We don't currently have to prove why we like or dislike anything.

At least for now until we are taken over by a dictator (#45?) we still maintain that privilege.
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Good post. But really we do have a choice of any other vehicle too. When a car maker shoves stuff down our throats we usually send them a message with our next vehicle selection. I'm almost there.
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Good post. But really we do have a choice of any other vehicle too. When a car maker shoves stuff down our throats we usually send them a message with our next vehicle selection. I'm almost there.


agreed! for the first 12 years of my driving life i was a chrysler/ mitsubishi /jeep person... once the partnership with mitsubishi ended i feel like mitsubishi has gone down hill and since chrysler got bought by fiat i feel like chrysler/jeep / dodge has gone down hill, we have several rams at work ranging from 2010-14 and all of them but the 2010 have had endless electrical problems..iíve never been a ford person and i know several people who have major problems with the escape so thatís what drove me to but my first equinox in 2015 and i was totally satisfied with it... actually what drove me to gm was a cruze... had a 2013 for just over a year and loved it... but on to the 2018, comparing it to the 2015 it feels cheap and rides terrible. i love the infotainment system and all the other vehicle features but at 25k miles it rides like a vehicle with 100k miles thereís an odd shake/ vibration at different speeds that vacant seem to be figured out. overall i wish i could just get rid of it but the value of it is soo low that i canít afford to trade it in... 55-60% depreciation in less than 2 years and 25k miles is crazy. my 2015 was 3 years old and had over 60k miles on it when traded it in and i still got 50% of the original value on trade

the dealer said with all the stuff going on with gm closing plants and the new equinoxís being built pin mexico itís really hurting resale value


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that’s what drove me to but my first equinox in 2015 and i was totally satisfied with it... actually what drove me to gm was a cruze... had a 2013 for just over a year and loved it... but on to the 2018, comparing it to the 2015 it feels cheap and rides terrible. i love the infotainment system and all the other vehicle features but at 25k miles it rides like a vehicle with 100k miles there’s an odd shake/ vibration at different speeds that vacant seem to be figured out. overall i wish i could just get rid of it but the value of it is soo low that i can’t afford to trade it in... 55-60% depreciation in less than 2 years and 25k miles is crazy. my 2015 was 3 years old and had over 60k miles on it when traded it in and i still got 50% of the original value on trade

the dealer said with all the stuff going on with gm closing plants and the new equinox’s being built pin mexico it’s really hurting resale value


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I have to agree with your assessment of the 2nd gen vs the 3rd gen Equinox. My 2016, 3.6 AWD LTZ is a substantially better built vehicle than my 2019, 2.0 FWD Redline. The 2016 is heavier, and appears to have been manufactured with higher quality components.

I like both for different reasons, and the 2019 is my daily driver. I like the 2019 for the better handling, sportier look, and the explosive power of the 2.0, all while getting better fuel economy.

The 2016 is the weapon of choice for long distance road trips; better comfort, a little more room, better ride quality, and a bullet proof power train with a naturally aspirated 3.6 engine. It doesn't handle as well, but eating up miles on an interstate highway, handling isn't an issue. An added bonus: NO STOP/START

Both of mine are built in Canada.

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2019 Chevy Equinox; 2.0 - LT - FWD - Silver Ice/Redline - Purchased 10/20/2018; Mills Chevrolet, Davenport IA
2016 Chevy Equinox; 3.6 - LTZ-AWD - Black/Black - Purchased 7/7/2016; Mills Chevrolet, Davenport IA
2017 Chevy Malibu; 1.5 - LT - Pepperdust - Purchased 8/2017; Green Chevrolet, East Moline, IL
2009 Chevy Silverado; 5.3 -LT - 4WD - Ext. Cab - Granite Met. - Purchased 02/2009; Green Chevrolet, East Moline IL

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Well I pulled the plug and leased one. Decided on the Terrain Denali instead of the Equinox.
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