Notes: While the 2006 GMC Canyon doesn't show any major complaint trends, it's mechanically-identical counterpart is the 2006 Chevy Colorado which has some engine problems.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,562 miles

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2006 GMC Canyon engine problems

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2006 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 212011

Canyon 4-cyl

  • 67,500 miles


I bought this 2006 GMC Canyon in December of 2011. Yet they mysteriously couldn't give me tags for it until April 2012. They knew there was an on going recall for bad valve seats and seals and sold the truck to me anyway. I immediately began having engine problems as soon as I got it and had the truck back to motor city GMC here in bakersfield, ca. Three times under the limited 10,000 mile warranty missing three day's of work each time. Every time they never diagnosed the problem and told me all three times, 'we had a service adviser drive the truck around and couldn't find anything wrong with it.' And yet!!! as soon as the 10,000 warranty was up they suddenly will be glad to diagnose the problem for over a hundred dollars. How convenient. Now it will cost over $3000 to fix this truck that they would not fix under warranty. They should be investigated and sued by the county, the state and very unhappy consumers such as myself.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 042014


  • 128,497 miles
The 2.9 4 cyl. Engine in my 06 GMC Canyon dies intermittently. When it does, "reduced power" displays in the driver info center and the truck will not restart. The power is cut to the starter and fuel pump but all accessories still function properly. After a few minutes the system seems to reset and the truck will start and operate normally. Until the next time it decides to go out. I would say that under no circumstance should an engine die unexpectedly on the highway or at a red light and not allow restart for several minutes. This is extremely dangerous.

- Kileen, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 012011


  • 53,800 miles
Check engine light came on, I used a code reader and P0300 came up. I replaced the appropriate sensors and reset it. Truck ran fine. One week later the check engine light comes on again and this time I get a P0017 code. I replaced two of the sensors and replaced oil filter with a oil change. Now the truck is hard to start and when it does start it idles rough. I have it in the garage right now and mechanic doesn, T know what is wrong with it. From what I have been reading on here these engines in the Canyon and Colorado pick-ups are bad engines that wont last. I have the 4 cylinder engine with 53 thousand miles on it that I bought used with 19 thousand on it. I feel GMC should fix these motors for free even though im not the original owner and that they know that these motors are bad. Id like tho know how much more bad stuff is out there from GMC that they know about and refuse to fix, knowing that it is there fault from the start. I have paid to much money for repairs from other GM products that I have bought. This will be my last GMC product that I will ever bye and if I can convince others not to bye their junk so be it.

- York Haven, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202013


  • 96,453 miles
Engine will crank but not turn over. Upon multiple attempts the engine will get close to turning over and then cut itself off in the anti-theft security manner. Waiting 10-20 minutes will most times allow for the engine to then turn over successfully. Numerous websites and vehicle owners, have posted complaints and had no real solution, even after visiting local dealerships who try to investigate the source of the problem, with no one solution or fix. Owners try trouble shooting the problem through sensors, key weights, battery connection, and the throttle body, all with no fix and continuing random recurring incidents. The safety issue of this complaint is that you are leaving drivers in a potential stranded situation.

- Buellton, CA, USA

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