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:
44,742 miles

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2005 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 172010

Canyon 5-cyl

  • 53,960 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Canyon. The contact stated that the rear brakes lights failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall id number: 06V139000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 53,960. Updated 01/03/11

- Cheyenne , WY, USA

problem #7

Jan 202010


  • 40,527 miles
My brake lights were malfunctioning. The brake light switch had to be replaced.

- Culpeper, VA, USA

problem #6

May 262008


  • 52,000 miles
This is regarding continued issues with NHTSA campaign id 06V139000 and NHTSA action number: PE05065 and the faulty brake lamp switch on this vehicle. The brake lamp switch originally failed around 2005 and was replaced under warranty. It failed again around 2006 and was replaced via recall. This switch failed a 3rd time in October of 2008 and the dealer would not fix under warranty as they claimed it had already been done so I paid out of pocket for the repair. This same brake switch lamp failed again on 05/26/2009 after less than 8 months and fewer than 8,000 miles, again leaving me without functioning brake lights. I will return to the dealer to have it replaced again, but that is not an acceptable outcome. It has become painfully obvious that GM has failed to fulfill its obligation to fix this dangerous situation in that it not only leaves me without functioning brake lights making it very difficult for other drivers to know that I am stopping, but there is no warning that this failure has occurred! I risk my life every time I get behind the wheel of this vehicle because the engineers at GM seem incapable of perfecting a $5 switch that is part of an automotive technology that has been in existence for nearly 100 years (brake lights). General Motors may have conducted a recall, but they have not fixed the problem. After getting the lamp switch replaced for the 4th time I will request the faulty part and will gladly supply it to the NHTSA if requested.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Dec 162008


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Canyon. In 2007, the brake lights were not working and the contact took the vehicle to the dealer for repair. The contact assumed that the repair was made under the warranty and was not informed of a recall at that time. On December 16 2008, the contact realized that the brake lights failed again after someone almost rear ended her vehicle. She returned to the dealer and was informed that the previous repair was performed according to NHTSA campaign id number 06V139000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). The dealer stated that the diagnostic would cost $98, plus parts and labor to repair the failure again. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 212008


  • 51,250 miles
Apparently a continuing problem with defective brake light switches on my 2005 GMC Canyon. Brake lights cease to work as does the cruise control. I am complaining against GM, and D&J automotive in louisburg N.C. this is the third time that the switch will be replaced. The first time was under warranty, the second under recall, and as of now, there is no guarantee that I will not have to pay for it this time. Unacceptable!!!!!!!!

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

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problem #3

Jul 112006

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles
Brake light switch failed on my 2005 Canyon (brake lights would not shut off). Complained to dealer when it was taken in for inspection a few days later. They "adjusted" switch passed the truck in inspection. A week later problem occurred again. Was never notified of a recall. Had to find that out in personal research. Had to buy the part myself since no one would acknowledge the recall and did not have parts.

- Elizabeth, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 092006

Canyon 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked over night the brake light remained illuminated. The next day the battery was jump started before the vehicle started. During inspection the dealership determined the driver side rear brake light lens was melted however, the brake light switch continued to function. There is a NHTSA recall, # 06V139000, regarding the brake light switch. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 252005

Canyon 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Brake light/cruise control switch failure. Second time in 30,000 miles replace switch each time.

- Katy, TX, USA

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