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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,474 miles

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2004 GMC Envoy XL electrical problems

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2004 GMC Envoy XL Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

May 012010

Envoy XL

  • 60,000 miles


2004 gmac Envoy - the speedometer is erratic. When you drive down road, it is all over the place. I went to dealership and they said no recall. I would have to buy a new cluster - $600 plus labor! interesting there are 4 other people I know that own GM SUVS and they are all doing it as well. I have since replaced the cluster and that has fixed but with all the people in my little circle. There is a overall problem with the GM/gmac cars. This could be dangerous and expensive for the consumer.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #22

Mar 152009

Envoy XL

  • 65,000 miles
In the spring of 2009, we began noticing problems with the instrument panel and electrical system of our 2004 GMC Envoy XL. The speedometer was not consistent. The gas gauge became unreliable. We have also seen problems with the oil gauge and most recently the reading for the exterior temperature. Currently, it has been almost a year since the start of the problems, and the gas gauge, speedometer, and the exterior temperature readout are never correct. We contacted the GMC dealer where we bought the vehicle and were told that several complaints had been logged regarding similar issues with these vehicles and that the problem was the instrument panel cluster. I believe the cost to have it fixed was going to be $400-$500. If so many of these vehicles are having the same problem, why will GMC not issue a recall and have this problem fixed?

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #21

Jan 212010

Envoy XL

  • 80,500 miles
For the last few months the check engine light would come on and go off after a few days; we took it to our mechanic who ran a diagnostic and they said there is nothing wrong, probably a faulty sensor, not harmful. So, last night while driving, using cruise control and on the interstate my speedometer stopped working. When I came to a stop at an exit I noticed the speedometer was reading 42 mph but I was at a complete stop. I do not even want to imagine what might have happened should it have begun to work while I was doing 60+mph while on cruise control!!! this is extremely dangerous! so I came home and did some research to see if this is a known issue with my 2004 GMC Envoy XL and low and behold this is an issue to all GMC SUVS from 2002-2005! I am disgusted at the information I found that states GMC isn't willing to take ownership of the recall/repair when this is already a known issue!! please act on this with due diligence and recall this faulty instrument panel before someone gets hurt or worse!!!!

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #20

Jun 102009

Envoy XL

  • 80,000 miles


Speedometer went completely out while driving a few months back, though it will jump around from time to time.

- Paw Paw, MI, USA

problem #19

Jul 012009

Envoy XL

  • 57,000 miles
Bought my 2004 GMC Envoy in May 2009. After about a month and a half of driving it, all dash gauges started working intermittently, and the warning bell would go off, and all warning lights started flashing. Shortly after that began, all gauges quit working all together every other time I would start the vehicle. Took the vehicle in for repair, they replaced ignition switch and half way home from the repair shop, it all started over again. Been doing it ever since.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 152009

Envoy XL

  • 57,600 miles
Speedometer stuck at 54 mph, regardless of speed. Moved to 95 mph and stuck there. Moved to 120 mph and stuck there. Moved back to 95 mph and stuck there.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jun 262009

Envoy XL

  • 125,000 miles


Speedometer is acting erratically.

- Pilot Point, TX, USA

problem #16

Apr 122009

Envoy XL

  • 30,125 miles
04/12/2009 the speedometer jumped to 110 mph while only driving about 25 mph. Turn the car off and it stayed at 110. Turn on again and while drive about forty mph it shows 150 ish. Call the dealer and replacement is over $400 to replace the part (assuming that this is the fix). Extensive research and the amount of complaints on this site, this is a rather large problem that has effected a large quantity of GM owners. This seems to be a defective part that happens generally right after the warranty runs out. Go figure.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Oct 212008

Envoy XL

  • 65,000 miles
My 2004 GMC Envoy speedometer and gas gauge has gone bad. It will not zero out and operates erratically.

- Osage Beach, MO, USA

problem #14

Jul 142008

Envoy XL

  • 65,000 miles
My 2004 GMC Envoy speedo is not working correctly. The fuel gauge is acting up too.

- Osage Beach, MO, USA

problem #13

Nov 262008

Envoy XL

  • 69,891 miles


Speedometer quick working. Dealer diagnosed instrument cluster failure. Repair estimate for parts and labor in excess of $600. Potential loss of all gauges while driving prior to repair.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #12

Nov 032008

Envoy XL

  • 74,000 miles
Our vehicle has a speedometer that intermittently reads many mph over the actual speed. The internet forum that referred us here has many people with the same trouble. The dealer does not have our make of vehicle on the letter that covers this issues on many other makes.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 302008

Envoy XL

  • 59,523 miles
During normal driving conditions and with no warning both the speedometer and tachometer topped out and have not worked since.

- Charles Town, WV, USA

problem #10

Mar 102008

Envoy XL

  • 58,000 miles
Speedometer stopped working properly. $500 to replace. GM will not help, even though they are aware of the defective units that are on the streets. They have recall on pickup trucks for same problem.

- Tall., FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 242008

Envoy XL

  • 90,368 miles
After getting an oil change the technician went to pull the car out of the bay and the car just died. It appeared first that the battery may have died. There was no power at all. Next after letting the vehicle sit for a minute we attempted to turn on the ignition and all the gauges went crazy, registering as if I was driving. Then as in the another complaint, upon attempting to start the vehicle, all the dash board warning lights and turn signal indicators came on and stayed on. All the gauges started acting erratically and all the needle indicators started jumping at random. The next time I tried to start the vehicle again the vehicle did the very same thing as mentioned above (gauges acting erratically, etc.). I attempted to start the vehicle several more time each time with the same result. Prior to this experience the oil gauge had stop registering and had malfunction about one year earlier. After my favorite mechanic came to rescue me hot wired the fuse box to allow for me to drive the vehicle home. He said that the fuses were not getting the 12 volts need to operate the vehicle. I'm now waiting on the diagnosis.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #8

May 022008

Envoy XL

  • miles
I had to have the instrument cluster replaced for a faulty speedometer.

- Fairless Hills, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 182008

Envoy XL

  • 72,000 miles
We were just driving down the road when the speedometer suddenly read 120 mph. We were driving about 40 mph. The speedometer is now stuck at that position, 120 mph.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 312007

Envoy XL

  • 79,650 miles
The cluster in my car has gone out and my speedometer is no longer working up on taking it to the dealership I was informed that this is a common problem in the Envoy. They stated the at least received 4 to 5 vehicles a day with the same problems.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 222007

Envoy XL 4WD

  • miles
Driving down the road our speedometer went haywire and then quit working. I called GMC and they said our vehicle is not covered under the current vehicles that are covered and that our vehicle has not been reported as a vehicle experiencing difficulties. We own a GMC 2004 Envoy XL.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #4

Dec 272007

Envoy XL 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical problems. I have had both rear tailgate sensors go out at the same time. I have the speedometer acting erratically off and on off and on. I have had the starter switch go out twice.

- Tecumseh, MI, USA

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