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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,083 miles

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2005 GMC Canyon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 052017


  • 225,379 miles


Air bag comes on display and stays on after starting vehicle

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 042013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Canyon. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Kalkaska, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 122015


  • 50,000 miles
I got a safety bulletin from GMC #14609 stating that there is a problem with my air bag light, . it can go on due to wires in the rear door breaking, the air bag can go off also. This is a safety issue with the air bags, I have the problem with the air bag light on. They said they would fix it or reimburse me if I paid in the past to have it fixed. Well they said I was off of warranty 1-15. This is a safety issue, the dealer will not fix it for free. Why did they send me this bulletin with my VIN number attached? I have had nothing but problems with this GMC truck, you name it it has had a problem. Mostly electrical system failure. The air bag issue should be fixed by GMC free of charge which they state in the letter, there telling me I am a few months past the 10 year dead line. That is a disgrace this is a safety issue and should be covered by GMC if it is a design problem like all the other problems I am having. They are getting away with this and the air bag can go off while driving and cause an accident. I am holding them liable for this problem. What can I do about this they are not helping me with this safety issue. Thanks, tom

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #4

Mar 032015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Canyon. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle slid on black ice and crashed into an embankment. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained back and abdomen injuries, which required medical attention. The passenger also sustained bruises to the face, eye socket, and broken rib injuries, which required medical attention. The contact and the passenger sustained concussions. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 052013


  • miles
Air bag warning light on dashboard comes on intermittently.

- Allentown, PA, USA

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problem #2

May 042012

Canyon 4-cyl

  • 169,700 miles
After getting my truck washed the airbag light came on and would not go out. I took the vehicle to GMC today, May 8, 2012, and they found a wire under the carpet in the rear passenger area broken. This vehicle has never been in an accident and very seldom has passengers in the rear seat area.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #1

May 012011

Canyon 4WD 5-cyl

  • 55,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Canyon. The contact stated that the air bag light would illuminate upon starting the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,500.....updated 12/03/12 the consumer stated the wiring harness in the vehicle failed to keep the air bag working due to normal use of the door. The wiring disconnected after opening and shutting the door over time. Updated 01/11/12

- Coralville, IA, USA

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