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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,719 miles

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2005 GMC Canyon engine problems

engine problem

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2005 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 192008

Canyon 4-cyl

  • 24,090 miles


Recently purchased used 2005 GMC Canyon, two days after purchase check engine light came on and stayed, the truck did not run rough or make noises. Took directly back to dealership, it was determined the oxygen sensor was bad. Replaced. Five days later the same thing happened...diagnostics determined catalytic converter, oxygen sensor and exhaust intake were all related. All repairs now complete and appear to be no other issues after driving the vehicle 3 days.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #3

May 192006

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph on a highway on-ramp, the vehicle stalled completely. The vehicle was able to be restarted after 20 minutes. A service dealer was contacted, who stated that the vehicle would have had to have been brought in before it was restarted in order to diagnose the problem. Subsequently, the vehicle was not taken in for service. Updated 12/5/2006 -

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 192006

Canyon 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,786 miles
Earlier I complained that I had to replace the cam shaft solenoid for the second time, I was mistaken in that complaint, now I am told that it could be an actuator, cam shaft problem or some other related problem. Getting the same error codes as last 2 times in the shop P014 P017 and P300. Engine is till sputtering and dying, pushing too much fuel.

- Lincoln, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 132006


  • miles
#3 cylinder lost compression and head warped. This happened March 13. GM issued a tsb on March 10 for this problem.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

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