Notes: While the 2005 GMC Canyon doesn't show any major complaint trends, it's mechanically-identical counterpart is the Chevy Colorado which has some engine problems.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,200 miles

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2005 GMC Canyon drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 022006

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2005 GMC Canyon 4WD cc P/U. this P/U was purchased new in May 2005. The window sticker clearly lists an auto locking differential under standard equipment. In November 2005 GMC sent a letter to me which stated that this vehicle does not have a auto locking differential. As of this date (2-2-06) GMC admits that the window sticker is wrong, but other options were added to make up the difference. I don't know how this could have been done. GMC also is not willing to do anything to correct this mistake made by them.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 242005

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,400 miles
While driving approximately 40 mph, the front wheels inadvertently locked. This caused the vehicle to spin. The pan on the front diffrential hangs down 1/8 inch and the diffrential oil leaks out.

- Gilbert, WV, USA

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