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

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2005 GMC Envoy electrical problems

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2005 GMC Envoy Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #69

Oct 072009

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Instrument panel fuel level indicator shows incorrectly. At first it would show half tank or more when in fact there was less gas. Now the fuel level indicator shows empty at all times. The audible fuel warning for low fuel also rings constantly. After running out of gas in the middle of nowhere on several occasions the vehicle was taken in to the local dealership. The repair was too costly. We were however charged a $100 fee just for the GMC dealer to look at it. We now track fuel using the trip computer. Look online for some help I was amazed to find out that many, many, many people have and are having the same issue.

- Peyton, CO, USA

problem #68

Oct 012010

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The fuel gage stopped working and the low fuel light stays on. The check engine light keeps going on and off the port to check engine code does not work. The inside courtesy lights stopped working one back up light will not work the left brake light gets no power and won't work. Only 3 of the 5 speed settings on the fan work. GMC dealer says they can do nothing, and that they do not have other complaints on these problems. However I am able to find thousands of the same complaints online in various consumer sites. GMC won't even return my calls.

- Melba, ID, USA

problem #67

Oct 012007

Envoy 6-cyl

  • miles
The instrument lights regularly blink in and out on my 2005 Envoy. There have even been times when the headlights blink off and on for no known reason. Has happened a few times over the last 3 or 4 years. Scary stuff! plus, I have read on several forums that this is a common problem with these vehicles. One fellow said he took it into the shop and they could not find the problem. Recall - and now the problems with the gas gauge and check engine light. My husband was laid off from his job and we can't even afford the 1/2 that GM is offering to fix the thing in their recall. If they knew it was a failure of their equipment why are they not paying the entire amount?

- Lockwood, CA, USA

problem #66

Mar 212011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 63,500 miles


2005 GMC Envoy XL has several issues with the instrument cluster. The battery and temperature gauges are reading off the scale past their maximum readings. It should also be noted that this vehicle also had issues with the fuel gauge sending unit and the engine thermostat.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #65

Apr 072007


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the speedometer and the fuel gage sensor failed intermittently. The sensors were replaced twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted, but the vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current mileage was 131,000.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #64

Jan 102011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 79,455 miles
My fuel gauge stopped working 8 months ago, took to GMC dealer for service estimate. Service manager said these fuel gauges always go out on Envoy and the cost to repair was $578 (plus tax) - I choked and did not get repaired. 3 months later after trying to operate the vehicle without the fuel gauge - it became a nightmare to know if we had gas in the vehicle or not, I took it to an independent repair shop and they said "we see this fuel gauge problem all the time on the Envoy"... they said the GMC parts were a rip-off and expensive, they would have to use GMC parts for the fuel gauge and they quoted $408 (plus tax) for the repair. The service manager for the repair shop said he could not understand why they have not had a recall on this since they have seen hundreds of GMC's with the same problem. He said we may want to wait on the repair to see if GM has a recall. On August 30, I received a written notification from GMC stating an issue with Envoy and the fuel level sensor failure problem; however, GMC stated they would only cover 50% of the cost of repair. What a joke, 50% of a $600 repair bill for a problem they admit in writing is a scam to try and get as many people to pay for the repair ($300) before the gov't. mandates a recall. I called GMC and requested a 100% paid repair and they refused. I will be glad to forward the "fuel sensor failure" letter if you need. Can you please help? the are several hundred thousand owners of GMC Envoy that would be very appreciative - thank you in advance...

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #63

Sep 032009

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


The wipers were the first to go. That needed a control module. The touch pads for the tail gate were next. First the drop down then the swing. Then the right side passenger door inside handle stopped working. Then the left side rear door outside handle doesn't work. Then the four wheel drive doesn't work. Then the fuel gauge doesn't work. Now the passenger's window doesn't open. 5th speed on the heater stopped working. What is the matter with GMC? that is a high end vehicle and as such should not be plagued with such problems.

- Perry, ME, USA

problem #62

Aug 012011


  • miles
I purchased this car used with approximately 24,000 miles in 2006. Within a year of purchasing the car the cluster panel (gauges) stopped working. I took the car in to have it checked and was told that there was no recall and that it would cost approximately $700 to repair as the entire cluster panel would have to be remove and replaced. After talking with co-workers with the same vehicle experiencing the same problem; I later discovered that there had been a recall on this issue but you had to be the first owner of the vehicle. After having the cluster panel repaired, my gas gauge has stopped working and I am told that the entire tank has to be removed for repair and that there has not been a recall on this issue either. The window and door lock system on the front passenger door also is non-operational. This vehicle seems to have several minor electrical issues but I am most disturbed by the fact that after spending the money to have the cluster panel fixed my gas gauge is still not working properly.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #61

Jul 162011

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The speedometer does not accurately record the speed while traveling for my 2005, GMC, Envoy, slt model. It will indicate that I am traveling 20 mph or even 0 while on the highway and seems to increase my rpms while malfunctioning. This has caused several tickets as I can not personally track how fast/slow I am going while driving. This malfunction happens everyday. My oil gauge is also unable to read, it never moves and reads under the start of the meter (South) at all times, even when the vehicle is not started.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #60

Jul 092011


  • 83,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated while driving 78 mph the speedometer malfunctioned. The contact was unable to identify the speed of the vehicle which caused the contact to be cited by a police officer for speeding. The contact took vehicle to the dealer who stated the entire instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The instrument cluster was not replaced; however, he noticed numerous complaint regarding the speedometer for his year, make, and model and other GM vehicles. The failure mileage was 83,500.

- Canon , TX, USA

problem #59

May 152011


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that all of the gauges on the instrument panel began to display improper readings. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The electrical system was reset. After a few weeks, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA

problem #58

Nov 092008

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
One day my oil gauge stopped working. A few months later the speedometer stopped working and eventually every gauge in my panel stopped working. This all started around Nov of 2008. I could not figure out what was going on. I checked all fuses, bulbs and wiring. Now two days ago my head lights stopped working on low beam. Nothing was found to be the problem. I recently found hundreds of Envoy owners with the exact same issues and now know it is the instrument cluster panel. Est cost for the part only $570.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #57

Mar 052011


  • 70,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not work correctly. The reading on the fuel gauge does not reflect the amount of gas in the tank. Gauge mostly reads empty even after filling up. Sometimes it will show there is more gas than is actually in the tank.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #56

Jan 012010


  • miles
Speedometer jumps from 120 to wherever. Can never tell how fast or slow I'm going. Never displays correct speed. Oil pressure gage goes up and down. Also, headlights keep going out. Had to take to mechanic to redo wiring for both headlights.

- Iberia, MO, USA

problem #55

Apr 222011


  • 83,000 miles
Immediately after filling gas tank before heading out of town on 4/22/11, fuel gauge registered empty. Gauge has been acting erratically for the past week now. News report of NHTSA investigation made me aware that I could report this somewhere. Oil pressure gauge has also been acting similarly erratic, starting a few days before fuel gauge began malfunctioning.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #54

Mar 242011


  • 75,000 miles
Fuel gauge suddenly stopped working properly after fill up. Moves from empty, to 1/2 full, to 1/4 full to empty, back to 1/4 full, back to empty. I can't determine how much gas in may tank. This could cause me to unexpectedly run out of gas while driving in traffic and cause an accident. This is apparently a very common problem in GMC Envoy and Chevrolet trailblazers. There is no warning in the owners manual or suggestion that the gauge and sensors be replaced. I understand that this is an expensive repair - between $600 and $900.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #53

Jun 152010


  • 120,000 miles
Instrument cluster inoperative. Speedometer pegged and all other instruments except the tachometer malfunction.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #52

Feb 132011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the fuel level indicator failed and would provide inaccurate fuel levels. When refueling, the vehicle would indicate that the fuel tank was empty. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired for a failed instrument cluster. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 65,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

problem #51

Mar 042010


  • 90,000 miles
The owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the instrument cluster failed and the contact was unable to determine what speed he was traveling, the amount of fuel in the fuel tank, the oil levels, battery level and vehicle temperature, all of which the gauges failed to operate. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer stated that the entire instrument cluster would need to be replaced. The contact noticed numerous complaints online regarding the instrument cluster and believed the manufacturer should issue a recall. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Chatsworth , CA, USA

problem #50

Feb 012011


  • 79,417 miles
Fuel gauge is faulty. Will not record exact capacity of fuel in tank. This lead to the vehicle running out of gas during operation. Avoided a crash, just barely.

- Washington, DC, USA

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