hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,869 miles

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problem #36

May 182019


  • 122,250 miles
About 4 years I noticed my low beam headlights sometimes would not work at night, forcing me to drive with my high beams on, blinding other motorists. This was reported to the dealer's service manager and he said it may cost $500 to determine the cause. I could not afford this expenditure. I try to avoid driving at night and only recently I had to drive at night and again my low beams would not work, forcing me to again drive with my high beams on. My fiancÉ did a google search and learned this is a common problem with this fuse/relay. We learned we could pull out the high beam fuse/relay which is identical to the low beam and switch them. Upon doing so, the low beams once again worked.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #35

Aug 312018


  • 235,000 miles
I had just drove my truck the night before headlights worked fine. I went to leave the next night and no headlights at all. So vehicle was stationary when I realized I had no headlights. I have to drive with my brights on at night. I have no regular headlights at all. Then my passenger side window just quit working as well.

- Columbus Grv, OH, USA

problem #34

Aug 012018


  • 140,000 miles
While driving, low beam headlamps will turn off without warning...high beam headlamps still function

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #33

Jul 012018


  • 116,295 miles
A while back, we noticed while driving down the interstate at night that our lights seemed to be flickering (low beams). It would do it occasionally, but we never knew when it would happen. Since then, we have had the lights go completely out while driving, and had to turn the fog lamps on to have headlights of any sort. Tonight, the lights went out, and I pulled into my driveway and was going to have my husband come out and see what was going on if he could. While I sat there with the car running and in park, after about 3 minutes, they came back on. I have read that there was a recall on the light modular for 2006+ Envoy, but mine is a 2005, and having the same problem that I heard the recall was for. I have also heard that the 2005 trailblazers were included in the recall, but not the Envoy"??"

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #32

Nov 152017


  • 130,000 miles
The low beam headlights went out while driving 50mph on a highway because a relay in the fuse box overheated and melted the fuse box. I know there is already a recall on the trailblazer from the same year because they are the same car but there is not one for the Envoy.

- Colbert, WA, USA

problem #31

Oct 162017


  • 108,000 miles
Low beam headlights go off without warning. High beams still work. This has happened when moving on city roads and highways. The next time I drive the car the low beams may or may not work.

- Lake St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #30

Sep 012016


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the exterior low beam headlamp failed without warning. The dealer was not contacted. The contact previously replaced the headlamp relay independently, but the failure occurred approximately three times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,000.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #29

Jul 172017


  • 1 miles
The vehicles headlights keep going out at night will driving. I have been dealing with this problem for about 2 years, I am a certified mechanic and I believe the problem is the headlight relay that is overheating. This is the same GM part that is being recalled in other GM vehicles. GM part # 15016745. So why has it not been recalled in 05. The problem happens at random the light will go out while driving or parked it does not matter.

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

problem #28

Feb 142017


  • 149,000 miles
I've had my 2005 Envoy for a little over a year and had my headlights flash on and off while driving on the road and freway. On one occasion while driving on a two lane highway ay night the lights went out completely for a few seconds. I was so scared wss really glad for no one behind me or on coming traffic. On another occassion I had to pull over on city street as my lights were going on and off and I could see the car ahead was a cop and I didnt want him to think I was flashing for help especially at 2 in the morning. Ive also had to exit the freeway because my lights started going on and off and on and wasnt sure if they would just go out completely while I was driving and since it was night time I didnt want to take the chance of causing an accident and hurting someone else or myself. I have a teenage daughter and am afraid to Transport her and her friends in my car.

- Stocktion, CA, USA

problem #27

Apr 102016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving at any speed, the exterior lighting failed. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 15V599000 (visibility). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Saucier, MS, USA

problem #26

May 012016


  • miles
Reading numerous complaints that compare to mine the fuel gauge, oil gauges, air conditioner are all malfunctioning in my car and I'm very upset because all of this should have been recalled. I purchased my car brand new in 2005 and I will never buy a GMC car again for this reason it's one thing to recall repair parts that were broken that to repair malfunction parts. Very disappointed. In short my gauges don't work, my air conditioner only works on one side and now my headlights low bean don't work. GMC needs to recall and repair.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #25

Jan 012015


  • miles
Lights go off and won't come back on for 2 hours. You can smell something burning but cannot find where it is coming from. I have replaced all bulbs 3 times. And nothing changes.

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #24

Jul 202015


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving, the contact noticed that the front passenger side headlight flickered and failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the headlight and fuse; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to an independent mechanic, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

- Lasayette, GA, USA

problem #23

Aug 072015


  • 133,000 miles
I was driving down the highway after dark and my low beams completely went out. I could only get my high beams to work. Currently only one low beam is working and the other will not work even after changing the bulb or the fuse. I believe this is a huge safety concern especially having a young child. It was very scary going down the road at night and have your lights completely just go out. I have noticed that there are issues with 06-07 Envoy but I wanted GM to be made aware that 2005 models have been affected as well.

- Lafayette, GA, USA

problem #22

May 012015

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 125,600 miles
I was driving on a curvy 2 lane road in the country and the sun was just setting and I couldn't get any lights on my car. My lights are automatic and I just assumed that I had bumped a button and accidentally turned them off, so I started turning the switch to turn them on and it wasn't working. I almost drove off the road several times trying to get some light on. I then hit a section where tree lined curved section that was pretty dark. There had been no shoulder or anywhere to pull over there or for several miles. I could get bights lights, but no dim. I ended up driving with my fog lights, unknowingly at the time. We had just replace the bulbs 5 months before but we tried new bulbs and fuses to see if this would fix the problem. Unfortunately, it didn't. I have noticed a recall on lights for the Envoy years 06-07 for what seems like the same reason and mine is an 05.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #21

Dec 032010

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 111,500 miles
As I was driving the vehicle, the dashboard lit up and the odometer and all the information systems went to zero. This has happened often over the years. I took it to two GMC car dealerships and the first one said it was the kill switch installed by a buy here pay here dealership. The kill switch was removed and the dashboard continued to flicker. Then the car would not start, I took it to another dealership and was told they couldn't find anything. The car began to tribble, again I took it in and was told that I needed to clean the fuel injection system. I did that and bought a battery but that didn't help. The tow driver said it seems to be something electrical but the car dealership can't find a solution. Have you had this complaint before? not to confuse the complaint, I have several issues. 1. dashboard lights up and the information panels shut down (all are at zero) 2. the odometer goes to zero and the instrument cluster is black 3. tribble underneath while driving feels as if the car is shaking thank you for any assistance you can provide.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #20

Nov 242014


  • 103,750 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the low beam headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who diagnosed that the relay switch for the low beam headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07E014000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,750.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #19

Apr 032007


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that while driving with the head lights activated, both lights would intermittently become dimmer and then increase brightness. The contact indicated that the defect was repeated each time the head lights were turned on. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #18

Feb 072014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
The first day we had the truck the speedometer displayed the wrong speed and has been that way. It works occasionally. Then a week later the low beam head lights went out while driving. They came back on after a few mins. This happened again a few days ago. The fuel gage is in accurate as well. I took it to a shop and they said the instrument cluster needs to be replaced but found no issues with the head lights but there is definitely an issue with the headlights and that is very dangerous.

- Faith, NC, USA

problem #17

Jul 142013

Envoy 6-cyl

  • miles
We were driving at night and the head lights went out leaving us in the dark. We have checked the fuses but they are all fine. The fuel gauge does not come off of empty even though we fill it up.

- Paris , IL, USA

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