really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
138 miles

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2016 GMC Canyon drivetrain problems

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2016 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 132016


  • miles


Vehicle bogs and misfires at rpms below 2000 causing a significant safety problem. Vehicle refuses to accelerate at low RPM unless it downshifts. Research on the internet finds multiple complaints for the same issue. I test drove a 2017 GMC Canyon and it exhibited the same issues.

- Capistrano Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 202016


  • 2 miles
Transmission hesitates dramatically between some shifts..long periods where transmission seems to be in neutral. Typically happens in lower gears, such as between 2 and 3 gears. Pressing accelerator them causes a clunk into gear. Also, on higher speeds, downshifts are slow to occur but then several gears seem to be skipped when the downshift finally occurs, with screaming engine rpms. This is a 4 cylinder model with 6 speed automatic trans.

- Shelburne, NH, USA

problem #2

Sep 262016


  • 50 miles
I bought a brand new 2016 Canyon, test drive went well, although I admit it probably wasn't long enough. Purchased on Sunday, and during the next week driving I began noticing the transmission was not shifting at the proper times. Like most people on here, the transmission appears to be very confused, especially when decelerating into the 20-35 mpg range and attempting to re-accelerate back up. It will misfire or be very unresponsive, and then clunk and jerk you forward once it decides to change gears. It also does something that I think is even more dangerous when you are going around 30-40 mpg and then simply let off the accelerator. In this instance, I feel like it down shifts instantly and it feels like the truck is being pulled back (instead of simply coasting like I would want), and then at some point it "releases" from this and the truck actually stops decelerating and speeds up a bit, even though the gas had been released many seconds ago. This is particularly dangerous in stop and go city traffic. I think the overarching problem here is the shift points that the ECM has determined (or been programmed with). You can tell this when accelerating from a stop, my truck gets to third gear by 15 miles per hour and never goes above 2K RPM's"?" I admit I am a bit light-footed on driving, which compounds the problem because I eventually am giving a small amount of acceleration to a truck in 4th gear only going 20 mph, which suck. I have also read this was a common problem on 15 Canyon (obviously read after purchase), and GMC eventually came out with a few fixes, including ECM patch updates or lower valve replacement. I imagine that many of the 2016's were already off the line by the time these '15 fixes came out (in April 15 I believe), but the dealerships have not received any of these for the 2016.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 012016


  • 500 miles
The transmission does not downshift from a high gear (5 or 6) to a lower gear when slowing down from 45 mph to 20 mph (or lower). When the accelerator is depressed to accelerate the engine bucks, vibrates, and does not accelerate. The engine RPM drops to 1,000 RPM or lower. If the accelerator is quickly floored the transmission downshifts several gears lower and jerks forward. This condition happens primarily on secondary roads while driving along the road and when pulling from one road into traffic on another road. The situation when pulling into traffic is dangerous because the truck does not accelerate as it should.

- Spanish Fork, UT, USA

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