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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,770 miles

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2005 GMC Envoy electrical problems

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2005 GMC Envoy Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #119

May 272015


  • 130,300 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving 50 mph, the contact discovered a burning odor. The contact attempted to lower the window and noticed that the power switch from the window was hot. The contact disconnected the power switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed as a switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and referred the contact to call NHTSA. The failure mileage was 130,300.

- Melbourne Beach , FL, USA

problem #118

May 252015


  • 117,400 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving at 45 mph, water from the rain entered the door module resulting in a short in the circuit board. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The contact confirmed that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V406000 (electrical system, visibility). The vehicle was taken to the dealer who refused to perform the recall repair. The dealer stated that the contact needed a notice that was addressed from the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 117,400.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #117

Dec 032010


  • 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 #116

Jan 012013


  • 65,000 miles


This is a recurring problem with not just my vehicle, but after a very simple web search a vast number of these GMC Envoy vehicles. When traveling normally the speedometer decides to either drop its speed by 20-30 mph or raise it even as high as 120mph. When traveling in the city or hwy where the speed limit zones vary rather frequently and in heavy traffic, the driver naturally reacts to the needle unaware that the speedometer is actually faulty. I have therefore braked hard to reduce my speed when in fact I was going the speed limit. That can result in an instant to a rear end crash based on normal reactions. GM obviously are aware of this issue as there are multiple on line complaints for this same issue and indeed they issued a recall for similar GM trucks. They however continue to ignore the Envoy problem and leave the owners "live or die" with the problem. How this cannot be considered a high priority safety issue is a mystery to me. Even 10 mph variations in heavy traffic mean potential accidents from bumper hugging drivers behind. This issue is more common in the extreme cold weather and thus I am of the opinion that there is a definite testing validation problem.

- Shelby Twp, MI, USA

problem #115

Jan 132015


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the electrical components in the vehicle failed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Homewood, CA, USA

problem #114

Jan 102013


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the automatic door locks failed to lock and unlock the vehicle. In addition, the rear hatch door failed to unlock when initiated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- East Freetown, MA, USA

problem #113

Dec 122014


  • 114,400 miles


I was driving about 25 miles per hour @ night when all the warning lights on the dash came on and all the gauges read zero except the speedometer and tach, transmission gear selector wasn't indicating what gear I was in & radio also killed. Headlights, wipers & directions were still functional. I only had a mile to drive to get home. Parked vehicle in garage and shut off....only to discover that power locks had failed and I was locked in car, power windows were also out! removed key from ignition and forturnately the remote key fob unlocked the door. Had this been an emergency situation, I would have no way to exit the car nor would any passengers. Anyone else having this problem? I contacted dealer to aprize them of this new problem and was advised that if it's intermittent they would have problems fixing it. The vehicle seemed to reset in the morning and all dash warning lights back to normal!

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #112

Oct 282014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. After turning the key in the ignition switch, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Roselle, NJ, USA

problem #111

Nov 142014


  • 18,661 miles
When I went out to start my car it wouldn't start so I took the key and my dad my be I need a jump he said no if that was the case the car wouldn't even turn over. I went back out to try it again but still nothing sio I began to turn the key back and fourth and eventually it stared. A few minutes the cigarette outlet caught on fire so I unplugged my car charger.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #110

Mar 012013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shut off and the heater fan continued to operate. The contact had to unplug the battery terminal in order to turn off the vehicle. In addition, the contact noticed that the fuse box was melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician replaced the fuse box and other parts that were damaged; however, the failure persisted. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on the first attempt and the gear shift would not shift gears. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Eatonton, GA, USA

problem #109

Oct 072014


  • 83,900 miles


The oil pressure gauge is reading above 80. Had oil changed immediately. Was told that there have been complaints regarding the mis reading of the instrument panel. Contacted GM and was told that at this time they are not covering the repairs and that it is the consumers responsibility to replace the engine sensor system. GM has some of the rudest and nastiest customer service representatives. I had to call 3 times in one day. They even hung up on me. I spoke with jonathan, connie and veronica. I asked about the safety of the vehicle and other potential problems, such as engine fire or entire system shutting down and not responding. They had absolutely no answer for me other than they are not covering the cost of the repair.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #108

Jun 022014


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While attempting to stop the vehicle, it stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #107

Sep 012014

Envoy 4WD 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Drivers side window module became inoperable. While traveling on the highway a lot of smoke started coming from the panel causing us to pull over, open the door and turn the engine off. It never started fire but heavy smoke came out for about 10 mins and left a strong electrical smoke odor for hours. Window panel is now completely inoperable.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #106

Apr 262012


  • 104,000 miles
The SUV has shut off on me three times in the last 2 1/2 yrs (the time I have owned it. ) each time I was just driving on the city streets going about 30 mph. All of a sudden the car just shut off and all lights, etc just turned off. I am concerned wondering if perhaps there is a problem with the 2005 Envoy ignition switch as well" no, it was not the battery or anything to do with the servicing of the SUV. I take care of the vehicle and I don't drive 200 miles a month. I guess I am lucky that each time I was not gong fast and the SUV just slowed down and came to a stop, on the side of the road. However the 2nd time, I had 2 little girls in the car with me and it concerned me a great deal.each time the SUV started back up and I was able to resume driving after about 2 minutes. What if I had been going faster " what if I had been on a highway etc. If there is an issue with the ignition, please lets fix it before someone dies. I will make sure everyone in my family know about the shut off problems I have had with the car. Just in case something happens while I am driving it.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #105

Jul 282006

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 GMC Envoy. Consumer writes in regards to concerns that vehicle has not been included in the ignition switch recall. The consumer stated the vehicle suddenly stalled, while driving 70 mph. The speedometer went to zero, and all the lights went out. The consumer was unable to steer the vehicle. According to the repair invoice, the ignition switch dropped out voltage.

- Lake Waccamaw, NC, USA

problem #104

Jul 012014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Speedometer is staying ON100 miles per hour, will not move or go back to 0. are all GMC like this.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #103

Aug 052014


  • 136,460 miles
Fuel sensors affecting proper read out on fuel gauge. Window an door lock switches on driver side door does not work properly. Works when it wants to. Clips on headlight an grill assembly constantly coming loose.I have contacted GM. About wrong fuel readings they told me the problem is fuel sensors in the tank but will not pay for repairs due to closed recall. This problem has resulted in running out of fuel multiple times. Even though this problem and other problems has just recently started.the cost is over $600 dollars that I should not have to pay.....

- Elkton, KY, USA

problem #102

Jul 212013

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 106,756 miles
Fuel light came on, speedometer stopped working, engine cut off. Before that, the muffler started making rumbling noise. I had just fueled the vehicle. Findings by aaa: ABS bad had to be replaced 1056$ and realignment. 2. exhaust manifold and pipe replacement 400. Don't know about fuel system yet brakes /ABS is 3rd time since buying the car in 2006. 2nd time for engine issues. Car started overheating on beltway this week and blower motor not working right. Also have issues with window passenger side front wont work now and rear wiper stopped working. Holy you know! think I got a lemon!

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #101

Aug 052011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 69,776 miles
GMC Envoy shut down completely, with out warning, on the express way. Auto repair diagnosed the cause as a "faulty" ignition. Ignition was replaced. Another complaint has been submitted for the same vehicle. Two years later, the ignition switch was replaced, due to the same problem.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #100

Sep 152013

Envoy 8-cyl

  • 89,734 miles
GMC Envoy shut down while driving. All power lost. Vehicle came to a complete stop just a few feet before an intersection. Dealer replaced ignition switch, due to "multiple codes stored in the ECM." Ironically, almost 2 years prior, same issue with the vehicle happened on the express way. We were lucky to be able to get to the side of the road before the vehicle came to a stop. Ignition switch was replaced during that incident as well. Two ignition switches have been replaced in the same vehicle over the course of 2 years. I'm surprised that this vehicle isn't part of the GM ignition recall!

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

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