really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,102 miles

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problem #14

Jan 042019


  • 264,124 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Canyon. The contact stated that while attempting to start the vehicle, the vehicle failed to start-up. The security warning light was illuminated. The contact stated that after waiting an hour, the vehicle restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed with a security system failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure persisted. The local dealer was not made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 264,124.

- Augusta, MI, USA

problem #13

Feb 172007


  • 126,000 miles
I have a 2006 GMC Canyon and the issue is the car switches into security mode a for no reason vehicle will not start or won't crank at all and it only gets worse there are a few youtube videos showing how to bypass security system, but I feel GM should send out notices to customers on how to fix or disable this problem

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #12

Aug 062018


  • 25,000 miles
Cranks but no start intermittently. GMC dealer states that there is not problem. Must wait 10 mintures, then try and it always starts. Not isolated...google, 2006 Canyon won't start and there are multiple descriptions of the same problem. Some have speculated that it is a 'relay', problem with the ignition system or the "passlock". I am not aware of any accident but if avoiding an accident and it won't start it is just a matter of time. This has been an ongoing problem for at least 3-4 years, occurring at least once per month. Others recorded the same history. (xxxx) parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Steilacoom, WA, USA

problem #11

Dec 072017


  • miles
Brake light switch recall NHTSA recall campaign number 09V310000. This is a reoccurring malfunction affecting 187,000 vehicles, model years 2004-2009. The repair GMC performs is only a temporary fix and presents a safety danger to owners. Many owners have had the same malfunctions over and over again. I have repaired my GMC Canyon three times to date.

- Whiteville, NC, USA

problem #10

Oct 202016


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Canyon. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled in the middle of the road. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after ten minutes. Prior to the failure, there was a recurring issue with the vehicle not starting. The vehicle power failure and security theft warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact left a voicemail with the manufacturer regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 182015

Canyon 4-cyl

  • 74,839 miles
It appears my ignition switch is defective. The passlock system engages for no reason and shuts off/disable ignition switch. If the folks reading this complaint researches ignition problems/passlock system on the internet, the dot will discover more information about this defect. I am available to help. Contact me anytime at H. (770) 631-0294. It appears there ignition switch may corrode and/or have defective contact that short out the switch. GM says my defect is rare and would not help me with the costs. I paid for the repair in order to avoid a tragedy, like my wife of 31 years or my grandkids dying in my defect Canyon. Thank you

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #8

Feb 102012

Canyon 4-cyl

  • 75,378 miles
Brake pads wear out prematurely. A/C only works on high. Have had to replace brake pads 3 times over a period of 5 months. Mechanic mentioned that GMC is aware of the brake wear problem and offers various solutions. None of which work. Why is this issue not made clear when purchasing the vehicle!

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #7

May 122010


  • 20,000 miles
I noticed that, a lot of people are having problems with the ignition, sometimes if these vehicles don't start the first time you would have to wait 15 minutes and you have to step out and get back in, if you stay inside waiting for the 15 minute period, it will not start and you have to wait another 15 minutes. This is annoying specially if you're in a hurry.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 152013

Canyon 5-cyl

  • 72,400 miles
HVAC fan motor resistor & connector overheats melts and burns with temperature exceeding 300 deg F. chronic frequent problem with GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado pick ups.

- Chester, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 102011


  • miles
The truck will start sometimes and it won't sometimes. When the truck does not start I can usually wait about 15 mins and then it will start.

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 192011


  • miles
Sometimes the truck will start sometimes it wont, lights on the panel fade in and out, sometimes half will be on and the other half out. We took it to the mechanic, he said its an electrical problem somewhere, hes working on it now trying to figure out where its coming from. I've looked on line and seen where several are complaining of the same problem, I've also called GMC.

- Bearden, AR, USA

problem #3

Nov 182010

Canyon 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
2006 GMC Colorado, 5 cyl. Automatic. Defogger does not keep windows clear making visibility seriously reduced.

- Zanesville, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 012007

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31 miles
I have a 2006 Canyon and in the last year I have had to replace tail lights, three sterios,4X4 buttons, windows, wiring has been repaired severial times, the truck is excessivly hard on gass, and as soon as my inline five cylinder engine hit 31.000 km I had to take it back to the dealer once again, this time for a new engine. Apparently there only good for thirty thousand and then need to be replaced. Hard to believe this truck cost me almost forty thousand dallors. Dont get what you pay for with a GM.my next truck will be a Toyota and this Canyon has convinced me to never buy another GM product again and hopfully I can save some people from making the same mistake I did.

- Darmouth, 00, USA

problem #1

Jul 242006

Canyon 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 650 miles
Vehicle caught fire for no apparent reason while parked in the driveway and was completely destroyed. We believe there was an electrical problem in the steering column because we had slight difficulties with the ignition switch.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA