really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,152 miles

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2005 GMC Envoy Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #109

Oct 072014


  • 83,900 miles


The oil pressure gauge is reading above 80. Had oil changed immediately. Was told that there have been complaints regarding the mis reading of the instrument panel. Contacted GM and was told that at this time they are not covering the repairs and that it is the consumers responsibility to replace the engine sensor system. GM has some of the rudest and nastiest customer service representatives. I had to call 3 times in one day. They even hung up on me. I spoke with [xxx], [xxx] and [xxx]. I asked about the safety of the vehicle and other potential problems, such as engine fire or entire system shutting down and not responding. They had absolutely no answer for me other than they are not covering the cost of the repair. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #108

Jun 022014


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While attempting to stop the vehicle, it stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #107

Sep 012014

Envoy 4WD 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Drivers side window module became inoperable. While traveling on the highway a lot of smoke started coming from the panel causing us to pull over, open the door and turn the engine off. It never started fire but heavy smoke came out for about 10 mins and left a strong electrical smoke odor for hours. Window panel is now completely inoperable.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #106

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 #105

Jul 282006

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 GMC Envoy. Consumer writes in regards to concerns that vehicle has not been included in the ignition switch recall. The consumer stated the vehicle suddenly stalled, while driving 70 mph. The speedometer went to zero, and all the lights went out. The consumer was unable to steer the vehicle. According to the repair invoice, the ignition switch dropped out voltage.

- Lake Waccamaw, NC, USA

problem #104

Jul 012014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Speedometer is staying ON100 miles per hour, will not move or go back to 0. are all GMC like this.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #103

Aug 052014


  • 136,460 miles


Fuel sensors affecting proper read out on fuel gauge. Window an door lock switches on driver side door does not work properly. Works when it wants to. Clips on headlight an grill assembly constantly coming loose.I have contacted GM. About wrong fuel readings they told me the problem is fuel sensors in the tank but will not pay for repairs due to closed recall. This problem has resulted in running out of fuel multiple times. Even though this problem and other problems has just recently started.the cost is over $600 dollars that I should not have to pay.....

- Elkton, KY, USA

problem #102

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 #101

Aug 052011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 69,776 miles
GMC Envoy shut down completely, with out warning, on the express way. Auto repair diagnosed the cause as a "faulty" ignition. Ignition was replaced. Another complaint has been submitted for the same vehicle. Two years later, the ignition switch was replaced, due to the same problem.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #100

Sep 152013

Envoy 8-cyl

  • 89,734 miles
GMC Envoy shut down while driving. All power lost. Vehicle came to a complete stop just a few feet before an intersection. Dealer replaced ignition switch, due to "multiple codes stored in the ECM." Ironically, almost 2 years prior, same issue with the vehicle happened on the express way. We were lucky to be able to get to the side of the road before the vehicle came to a stop. Ignition switch was replaced during that incident as well. Two ignition switches have been replaced in the same vehicle over the course of 2 years. I'm surprised that this vehicle isn't part of the GM ignition recall!

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #99

Feb 072014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles


The first day we had the truck the speedometer displayed the wrong speed and has been that way. It works occasionally. Then a week later the low beam head lights went out while driving. They came back on after a few mins. This happened again a few days ago. The fuel gage is in accurate as well. I took it to a shop and they said the instrument cluster needs to be replaced but found no issues with the head lights but there is definitely an issue with the headlights and that is very dangerous.

- Faith, NC, USA

problem #98

Jan 162013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated while driving, the speedometer failed to display the actual speed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000. The current mileage was 118,000.

- Sunman, IN, USA

problem #97

Dec 092013

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 100,914 miles
At lees than 1/4 tank of fuel the gas gauge is close, after refueling, the fuel gauge goes way past full and will stay like that until fuel is below 1/4 tank. Last time the truck took $19.85 gallons in a 20 gallon tank until it started working correctly again. One tank it worked fine and next fill up it was way beyond full again. At the same time when fuel gauge is wrong, the speedometer will be off. Many times freezing at 35mph while traveling 65mph. After many resets of ignition, the speedometer will come back. Also when all of this is happening with the speedometer and fuel gauge, the radio has no audio. Every now and again, the radio will come back and work on one speaker. Most of the time it is out. When weather is warmer, all 3 functions seem to work regularly. Below 50 degrees, all malfunction.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #96

Dec 312012

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The fuel sensor on this vehicle fails prematurely.

- Brooten, MN, USA

problem #95

Aug 142012

Envoy 6-cyl

  • miles
Initially the amp gauge pegged out followed within a month by the speedometer giving up or sometimes reading 120 mph while sitting at a red light. I was told that this was a common problem and could be repaired at a cost of about $600. Not being able to afford that at the time, I installed a gps unit so I would have some type of speedometer. Within 2 mos. Time the car stalled upon takeoff from a light with ringing bells, the dash warning lights dimly lit and the tachometer bouncing from 500 to 2500 rpms while the engine was stopped. The car would not re-start until the key was turned off once or twice and the warning lights lit brightly. This problem has been recurring more and more frequently sometimes at highway speeds over 65mph. I'm told GM is well aware of the problem but refuses to issue a recall because it is not mandated as a "safety problem". I drive the interstates for a living and have nearly been rear ended numerous times already. How can this not be a safety issue and how can a company which took millions of taxpayer bailout money not be forced to deal with this issue.

- Churchton, MD, USA

problem #94

Jun 172013

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
A recall has just been issued for GMC Envoy. Driver side door panel shorts out and may cause a fire. Recall for 2006 and 2007 model years. My car is a 2005 and the driver door controls have been shorting out for about a year. I have not yet had a fire but why was my model year not recalled and what steps can I take to have this model year included in this recall?

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #93

Feb 202013

Envoy 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 GMC Envoy bought in February of 2011. A few months later the fuel gauge only registers as empty regardless of how much fuel was added to the tank.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #92

Apr 052011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 79,032 miles
Fuel gauge stopped working in April 2011. Showing empty even when full. Took to dealer. Mentioned I heard trailblazers also having issue. Was told no recalls. Had to pay for repairs. Finally got notice can get portion of money back. It took months to get portion of money back. I had to keep following up even though they confirmed they had my paperwork. Strike 1. had car in for 100,000 mile service, 9/24 - 9/25/2012, only to go back later because of car seeming to now have issues accelerating and car was not reset after oil change. Told needed engine mounts. Disputed this as seems strange car was running and sounding fine before 100K mile service. Went back and forth with dealer.took car back to have master tech check and also because oil gauge stuck in one spot. Went in 12/31/2012. Was quoted repair price for oil sensor and now repair quote not only has engine mount replacement but also quoted trans mount replacement. Really....refused repair. Strike 2 and 3. btw, also needed new tires. I went to other dealer approximately 35 minutes away instead to get tires. On 3/5/2013, on way home notice speedometer showing about 90 miles even though gps says I'm only doing about 67. Exited interstate, shut car off and turned back on. No change. Got home, turned car off. Speedometer stuck at 20 miles. Morning of 3/6/13, started car, speedometer stuck at 7 miles. Worked full day. Got home and it was back to zero after turning car off. Current odometer is approximately 106,102. These people need to own up to their mistakes and errors. We spend enough money with them. Grass may not be greener with other make vehicle but customer service goes a long way!!!!! will take a lot to get me to buy another GMC or similar vehicle.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #91

Dec 212012

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
In December of this past year (2012) my 2005 GMC Envoy began to have issues with the speedometer. I would be traveling down the a busy road at a traffic light barley moving and the speedometer would read 80mph. The needle would fluctuate anywhere from 20 mph all the way up to 120 mph and peg there. One occasion the speedometer would go back to normal 0 mph and work normally, but now that is an extremely rare occurrence.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #90

Apr 022011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
As I was driving on the highway, I noticed that the speedometer was no longer measuring my speed, and was stuck on 70mph. The needle remained there, occasionally lowering itself in 5mph increments after restarting the engine, but then getting stuck again when driving. The needle generally buries itself at 120+ and does not readjust even by small increments anymore. My fuel gauge is also not working, reads on E regardless of how much fuel is in the tank, I wonder if these two problems are connected?

- Mint Hill, NC, USA

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