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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-19-2020, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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1.5L Turbo Engine Reliability

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I am considering purchasing a 2018 Equinox with the 1.5L turbo engine. I am trying to figure out if this engine can be run up into higher mileages (i.e. 200K+) if not abused and well maintained. Most folks I talk to are telling me to stay from anything with a Turbo, but can't really provide any reason why. I have found articles on the web about "low speed pre-ignition" cracking pistons etc. Does anyone have any actual real-world advise or input regarding this engine's reliability? I suspect there is alot of misinformation on the web due to the fact this engine is relatively new.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-19-2020, 12:42 PM
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I don't think the 1.5l has been offered in the equinox long enough to know the answer, but maybe you might try the Cruze forum. I think it may have been offered longer on the Cruze, but I am not positive. In the 3 yrs that it has been available on the equinox, there are very few reported problems.

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In my opinion buy the 2.0T. go drive the 1.5 T first then do what I did drive the 2.0T. you will never want a 1.5T. 58,000 on my 2.0T no problems, except keeping my foot out of it.

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post #4 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-19-2020, 07:52 PM
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I agree with Craig above.

The 1.5T is ok in my daughters LT 2WD.

Recently I rented on a trip a 4WD with the 1.5T, totally unacceptable IMO, couldn't pull a stick out of a lard pail.

The 2.0T is awesome, other than the fuel debate, Premium in some locations around Chicago near $4 gal

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Check the poor reliability of GM's 4 cyl engines in the last decade...then run away asap.
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Check the poor reliability of GM's 4 cyl engines in the last decade...then run away asap.
Why are you on this forum?

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Why are you on this forum?
I know what you mean.
It gets old after a while with his bashing of GM's 4 cyl engines.
Granted some 4 cyl.'s have problems but not all, I have one in my Encore so I know.

He mentions Toyota a lot, perhaps that would be a better choice.
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Check the poor reliability of GM's 4 cyl engines in the last decade...then run away asap.
It's true that GM has produced many marginal quality SIDI four cylinder engines. But today your advise would eliminate the consideration of any new Equinox or Terrain.

The 1.5; 1.6 diesel; and the 2.0 engines seem to be on a different path quality wise; I wouldn't want to condemn this latest generation of four cylinder offerings unless it's warranted.
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Pre Direct Injection...GM had some very reliable 4 cylinders from 1.9L to 2.4L. Had 3 saturns from the 1990's till today...each crossed 150 K miles with not an engine issue...
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