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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,374 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 GMC Envoy brakes problems

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2005 GMC Envoy Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 192016


  • 120,000 miles


Takata recall, early morning, my power steering stopped working, so I filled it and it started working again, as I was driving down a busy road turning onto my own street, the power steering and brakes failed resulting in me crashing into a pole, and the air bags did not deploy and the seatbelt did not lock, so I flew into the steering wheel, breaking my hand. The damage was so severe it was considered totaled.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 082015


  • 85,200 miles
Accelerating while entering a freeway, took foot off the gas and the vehicle continued to accelerate. Applied brake but vehicle continued to accelerate. Put vehicle in neutral to try and slow down and again applied brake. Vehicle began to spin to the right and we hit the guard rail, hitting the passenger rear bumper and the driver's side front bumper. Side air bags deployed. Car spun into the middle travel lane and began to spin around. Car was slowing down and was able to turn car off. Fortunately no other cars were involved. An off duty sheriff's deputy stopped and said he noticed smoke and thought the car was on fire but no fire occurred. When state police arrived they asked us to move the car to the break down lane. Was able to put car in reverse and backed car to breakdown lane. Tried to put car in drive but car wouldn't go forward.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 142014


  • 18,661 miles
When I went out to start my car it wouldn't start so I took the key and my dad my be I need a jump he said no if that was the case the car wouldn't even turn over. I went back out to try it again but still nothing so I began to turn the key back and fourth and eventually it stared. A few minutes the cigarette outlet caught on fire so I unplugged my car charger.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 012011


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Envoy GMC. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled on numerous occasions. The contact was concerned that the fatal may result in a fatal injury. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on several occasions where it was diagnosed that the air boot and vacuum seal needed to be repaired additionally the vacuum booster on the brake line and cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Kansas City , KS, USA

problem #3

Apr 262012


  • 104,000 miles
The SUV has shut off on me three times in the last 2 1/2 yrs (the time I have owned it. ) each time I was just driving on the city streets going about 30 mph. All of a sudden the car just shut off and all lights, etc just turned off. I am concerned wondering if perhaps there is a problem with the 2005 Envoy ignition switch as well" no, it was not the battery or anything to do with the servicing of the SUV. I take care of the vehicle and I don't drive 200 miles a month. I guess I am lucky that each time I was not gong fast and the SUV just slowed down and came to a stop, on the side of the road. However the 2nd time, I had 2 little girls in the car with me and it concerned me a great deal.each time the SUV started back up and I was able to resume driving after about 2 minutes. What if I had been going faster " what if I had been on a highway etc. If there is an issue with the ignition, please lets fix it before someone dies. I will make sure everyone in my family know about the shut off problems I have had with the car. Just in case something happens while I am driving it.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 212013

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 106,756 miles
Fuel light came on, speedometer stopped working, engine cut off. Before that, the muffler started making rumbling noise. I had just fueled the vehicle. Findings by aaa: ABS bad had to be replaced 1056$ and realignment. 2. exhaust manifold and pipe replacement 400. Don't know about fuel system yet brakes /ABS is 3rd time since buying the car in 2006. 2nd time for engine issues. Car started overheating on beltway this week and blower motor not working right. Also have issues with window passenger side front wont work now and rear wiper stopped working. Holy you know! think I got a lemon!

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 132013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy denali XL. The contact stated ABS and service brakes light illuminated on her instrumental panel. The contact took her vehicle to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated the ebcm would need to be replaced however, only an authorized dealer would be able to perform the repairs and because a system update would need to be reformed as well. The vehicle was taken to an authorized GMC dealership. The dealer stated the part was on national back order and it would be unknown how long it would take reproduce the part needed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000. The current mileage was 123,000.

- Clearwater Beach, FL, USA

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