Notes: The 2015 GMC Canyon has a significant trend of transmission problems.

Most owners reporting transmission problems with their 2015 Canyon report sluggish shifting or other similar problems with the truck not shifting properly. Although most of these 2015 Canyon trucks are still under warranty, it's not a good sign.

The GMC Canyon is mechanically identical to the Chevy Colorado.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,029 miles

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2015 GMC Canyon steering problems

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2015 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 122017


  • 16,000 miles


The power steering assist has shut down three times making it very hard to stir. This last time it happen I was in heavy traffic and almost wrecked. My wife is 4'11" and 95 pounds and is scared to drive the truck. I am too now since the event yesterday. The truck was taken to the dealer for the third time yesterday which I was close to when it happened yesterday. I drive it without the power assist to make sure they understand how hard it is to drive. It was in the dealer 3 or 4 weeks ago for a recall for this problem. After 3 times I nor my wife want to drive the truck again. If it keeps happening we will eventually wreck. The truck has only approximately 16,000 miles on it.

- Mexico Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 072016


  • 18,500 miles
The power steering on my 2015 GMC Canyon has failed repeatedly while driving in different road conditions. In one case, I was going straight on a surface street at low speed. However, in another I was cornering through a highway off-ramp at approximately 45 mph. When the power steering fails, there is a warning chime and the power steering and stability control warning lights activate simultaneously. It becomes extremely challenging to steer, and in the case of cornering at speed the vehicle pulls in the opposite direction of the turn [ie, it pulls towards danger]. pulling over and restarting the vehicle has 'solved' the problem each time, albeit temporarily. I took the vehicle to a GM dealer to get fixed, but they could not find any related mechanical issues or GM provided sw patches that would fix the problem. So the GM dealer had me leave without fixing any of the underlying conditions that caused the power steering failure. Needless to say, this is an extremely dangerous and apparently wide-spread issue based on the number of similar complaints I have read.

- Cabin John, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 192016


  • 33,000 miles
While driving 70 mph on the highway, the power steering seized, the warning light illuminated, and a "vehicle servicing and drive carefully" message was displayed and a chime was heard. The vehicle was very difficult to steer and turn. The vehicle was stopped turned off, restarted and drove to dealer without issues. I see that other owners have experienced this same issue. It is only a matter of time before this issue causes an accident..

- N. Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012015


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2015 GMC Canyon. While driving 40 mph, the power steering seized, the warning light illuminated, and a "vehicle servicing and drive carefully" chime was heard. The vehicle was very difficult to steer and turn. The contact parked the vehicle and, after a few hours, restarted and drove the vehicle without issues. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000....updated 02/08/16

- Quepadau, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 022015


  • 7,458 miles
The contact owns a 2015 GMC Canyon. While driving approximately 60 to 65 mph on a four lane divided highway with the cruise control activated, the power steering failed. The vehicle was pulled over to the shoulder, turned off, and restarted. The power steering pinion, gear, and electronic brake control module were all replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 7,458.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 202015


  • 9,385 miles
Entering on to rte 50 (my left side) in Maryland, my power steering and stability control lights illuminated and both functions stopped working. I struggled to pull over to the side of the road and turned off the engine. I restarted it and both systems appeared to be working and no lights illumined. I drove for a few miles to get home and when I made a right turn the power steering fault light went on and I lost my power steering again. I was very fortunate that traffic was light and I was not involved in a collision. Had my wife been driving I do not know that she would have been as fortunate. It was extremely difficult to maneuver the truck safely without power steering

- Kutztown, PA, USA

problem #3

May 052015


  • 5,800 miles


While driving on a two lane narrow mountain road stab/track light illuminated and power steering went off. Pulled over to side of road to assess the situation. Turned ignition off and when I turned it back on problem went away. Next day while driving on a straight road same warning light indication and power steering failed. Put transmission in neutral turned ignition off then back on and problem went away. Took vehicle to dealer several days later for repair. Dealer told me four software updates were incorporated. Problem occurred again about four weeks later while driving on a straight road about a half hour after encountering a moderate rain squall. Returned vehicle to dealer three weeks ago and they still have the vehicle in their shop. I have received no information as to the status of the repair effort. I consider this phenomena extremely dangerous. I am 6'3" and weigh 250 pounds. When the power steering fails it is all I can do to keep the vehicle under control.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #2

Jun 242015


  • 3,314 miles
1. purchased this vehicle new form dealership. 2. on date I listed while driving a straight rural road (about 15 minutes of driving) the "service" indicator light came on with message stating that power steering was not working, along with several other indicator lights- tire pressure/traction control"?" 3. my concern- if you are going straight car/truck can be steered with effort. It becomes almost impossible for me (6'0" 180 lbs) to steer when turning or maneuvering. I hope the danger is apparent to you from what I have stated. When I got to my destination (drove slow and very controlled on rural roads, 15 minutes) I did some errands with the plan to get the truck in for service. When I came out to leave, started truck- everything was back to normal- like nothing ever happened. 4. today, June 26, out doing errands- same scenario occurred- no warning except for "service" indicator in middle of my drive- no power steering. Again- very difficult to steer and maneuver. Everything is fine, back to normal, when I stopped and re-started the truck. 5. GMC said their power steering is new on the this vehicle- "electronic" no belt, etc. 6. almost seems like a computer issue, like a re-boot on the system, when the engine is turned off and then re-started. 7. if this situation would occur to others- people could die as the result of accidents. Please check into this and see if there may be a problem with the electronic steering/computer on the GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 242015

Canyon 6-cyl

  • 800 miles
Steering wheel rattles and is distracting to driver. Took to dealership and manufacturer is aware of the problem with no current solution as of 4/27/15. I have to drive with my hand pressing down on the steering wheel airbag cover/horn to prevent the rattle. The problem started within a week of buying the vehicle. (a 2015 GMC Canyon sle long bed 4X2) driving with a distracting noise in the vehicle can be dangerous and pressing your hand over the airbag cover is also dangerous if the airbag deploys.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

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