Notes: While the 2004 GMC Canyon doesn't show any major complaint trends, it's mechanically-identical counterpart is the Chevy Colorado which has some engine problems.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,981 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 GMC Canyon lights problems

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2004 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 082005

Canyon 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,051 miles


Rear turn signal lights, brake lamps and head lamps experience permanent loss. Sometimes when the vehicle becomes wet the cruise control stops functioning, the power door locks stop working, the power windows stop working, and the power rear view mirrors stop working. Also there is periodic non-functioning of the remote key entry. As of 11/10/2006 the rear tail lights have been replaced twice and one head lamp at owners expense. Currently a third brake light requires replacement. On Nov. 10, 2006 I took the truck in for repair an mentioned the recall on this particular problem. The dealership said that GM has not issued a recall and that the owner would have to pay for the repairs. I am aware of the "NHTSA campaign number 06V-139" and GM's April 26, 2006 response to Mr. Daniel C. smith, associate administrator for enforcement, NHTSA. Although the recall references only the brake lamps and possibility of cruise control failure, I believe the problem is further exasperated with the other afore mentioned electrical problems. Consequences present themselves in the form of distractions to the driver when trying to drive and make adjustments to the following electrical componets when they fail to function: Door mounted rear view mirrors, lowering of windows in order to pay for highway tolls, rear brake lights and turn signal lights fail, and reduced head lamp failures.

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 092006

Canyon 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds and depressing the brake pedal, the brake lights failed intermittently. The contact replaced the brake light switch. The dealer was not alerted.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 192006

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,856 miles
Cruise control failed in June 2006. Rear brake lights failed in September 2006. Found NHTSA id 06V139000 and showed to dealer service. However, they and GMC indicate that there was no recall on my VIN. Had to pay $149.36 to repair and missed work because it took all day to get part and install. GMC would not reimburse until it a recall for my VIN is announced.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 152006

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
: the contact stated while brake pressure was applied, the rear brake lights failed to illuminate without warning. Additionally, the cruise control failed to engage. The contact referred to the owner's manual that stated the brake lights switch and the cruise control are connected by the same wiring. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer, but the dealer was alerted. There is a NHTSA recall # 06V139000 regarding the brake lights. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072006


  • miles
The brake lights on my 2004 GMC Canyon have failed 4 times since I purchased the truck in May 2004. The dealership continues to insist that the problem is a faulty break light switch. However, the replacement switches continue to fail.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

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