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 1 of 7)

problem #129

Jun 012016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the vehicle randomly stalled more than three times. The dealer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Ririe, ID, USA

problem #128

Jun 262016


  • 140,000 miles
Car was parked for 10 minutes when we noticed smoke coming from the interior upon opening the car door we realized the dashboard was engulfed in flames.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #127

May 012016


  • miles
Reading numerous complaints that compare to mine the fuel gauge, oil gauges, air conditioner are all malfunctioning in my car and I'm very upset because all of this should have been recalled. I purchased my car brand new in 2005 and I will never buy a GMC car again for this reason it's one thing to recall repair parts that were broken that to repair malfunction parts. Very disappointed. In short my gauges don't work, my air conditioner only works on one side and now my headlights low bean don't work. GMC needs to recall and repair.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #126

Mar 282016


  • 143,000 miles


Front passenger side door panel caught on fire while parked in the driveway.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #125

Feb 022016


  • 120,000 miles
Service airbag light goes on and off randomly. While driving the speedometer reads 0 oil pressure guage reads no pressure, all guages read 0, then speedometer reads random speeds.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #124

Jan 102016


  • 1,310,000 miles
Problem with both headlight low beam malfunction; going on and off. Problem started on 1/10/16 and continues until today despite replacing both headlight low beam fuses and relay.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #123

Jul 202015


  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving, the contact noticed that the front passenger side headlight flickered and failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the headlight and fuse; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to an independent mechanic, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

- Lasayette, GA, USA

problem #122

Aug 072015


  • 133,000 miles
I was driving down the highway after dark and my low beams completely went out. I could only get my high beams to work. Currently only one low beam is working and the other will not work even after changing the bulb or the fuse. I believe this is a huge safety concern especially having a young child. It was very scary going down the road at night and have your lights completely just go out. I have noticed that there are issues with 06-07 Envoy but I wanted GM to be made aware that 2005 models have been affected as well.

- Lafayette, GA, USA

problem #121

Jul 012015


  • miles
While driving my 2005 GMC Envoy my speedometer will stop working and register as 0 mph even when I am moving. It also has shown me travelling at a much higher speed at times. There are many issues with this that I've found while searching the web. It is unnerving and dangerous to not know the speed you are traveling. I have started to use a gps system when I drive to show my speed.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #120

Jul 072015


  • 77,000 miles
Vehicle intermittently stalls/stops.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #119

May 272015


  • 130,300 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving 50 mph, the contact discovered a burning odor. The contact attempted to lower the window and noticed that the power switch from the window was hot. The contact disconnected the power switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed as a switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and referred the contact to call NHTSA. The failure mileage was 130,300.

- Melbourne Beach , FL, USA

problem #118

May 252015


  • 117,400 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving at 45 mph, water from the rain entered the door module resulting in a short in the circuit board. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The contact confirmed that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V406000 (electrical system, visibility). The vehicle was taken to the dealer who refused to perform the recall repair. The dealer stated that the contact needed a notice that was addressed from the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 117,400.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #117

Dec 032010

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 111,500 miles
As I was driving the vehicle, the dashboard lit up and the odometer and all the information systems went to zero. This has happened often over the years. I took it to two GMC car dealerships and the first one said it was the kill switch installed by a buy here pay here dealership. The kill switch was removed and the dashboard continued to flicker. Then the car would not start, I took it to another dealership and was told they couldn't find anything. The car began to tribble, again I took it in and was told that I needed to clean the fuel injection system. I did that and bought a battery but that didn't help. The tow driver said it seems to be something electrical but the car dealership can't find a solution. Have you had this complaint before? not to confuse the complaint, I have several issues. 1. dashboard lights up and the information panels shut down (all are at zero) 2. the odometer goes to zero and the instrument cluster is black 3. tribble underneath while driving feels as if the car is shaking thank you for any assistance you can provide.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #116

Jan 012013

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
This is a recurring problem with not just my vehicle, but after a very simple web search a vast number of these GMC Envoy vehicles. When traveling normally the speedometer decides to either drop its speed by 20-30 mph or raise it even as high as 120mph. When traveling in the city or hwy where the speed limit zones vary rather frequently and in heavy traffic, the driver naturally reacts to the needle unaware that the speedometer is actually faulty. I have therefore braked hard to reduce my speed when in fact I was going the speed limit. That can result in an instant to a rear end crash based on normal reactions. GM obviously are aware of this issue as there are multiple on line complaints for this same issue and indeed they issued a recall for similar GM trucks. They however continue to ignore the Envoy problem and leave the owners "live or die" with the problem. How this cannot be considered a high priority safety issue is a mystery to me. Even 10 mph variations in heavy traffic mean potential accidents from bumper hugging drivers behind. This issue is more common in the extreme cold weather and thus I am of the opinion that there is a definite testing validation problem.

- Shelby Twp, MI, USA

problem #115

Jan 132015


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the electrical components in the vehicle failed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Homewood, CA, USA

problem #114

Jan 102013


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the automatic door locks failed to lock and unlock the vehicle. In addition, the rear hatch door failed to unlock when initiated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- East Freetown, MA, USA

problem #113

Dec 122014

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 114,400 miles
I was driving about 25 miles per hour @ night when all the warning lights on the dash came on and all the gauges read zero except the speedometer and tach, transmission gear selector wasn't indicating what gear I was in & radio also killed. Headlights, wipers & directions were still functional. I only had a mile to drive to get home. Parked vehicle in garage and shut off....only to discover that power locks had failed and I was locked in car, power windows were also out! removed key from ignition and fortunately the remote key fob unlocked the door. Had this been an emergency situation, I would have no way to exit the car nor would any passengers. Anyone else having this problem? I contacted dealer to apprize them of this new problem and was advised that if it's intermittent they would have problems fixing it. The vehicle seemed to reset in the morning and all dash warning lights back to normal!

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #112

Oct 282014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. After turning the key in the ignition switch, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Roselle, NJ, USA

problem #111

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 #110

Mar 012013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shut off and the heater fan continued to operate. The contact had to unplug the battery terminal in order to turn off the vehicle. In addition, the contact noticed that the fuse box was melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician replaced the fuse box and other parts that were damaged; however, the failure persisted. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on the first attempt and the gear shift would not shift gears. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Eatonton, GA, USA

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