really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,622 miles

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2005 GMC Envoy steering problems

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2005 GMC Envoy Owner Comments

problem #8

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 #7

Sep 012015


  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. While driving at approximately 70 mph, the contact smelled an unusual odor under the dashboard. The contact also heard an abnormal noise coming from the steering column when making a turn. The check engine warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jul 282014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 65,222 miles


On July 28, 2014 I was going down a hill and the engine shut off completely. Fortunately I was only going approximately 5 mph and was able to coast across the main street and was able to coast into a parking spot. I tried restarting my Envoy with no luck so I had the truck towed to the local GMC dealership and was told that the ignition switch had gone bad. I hate to think what would have happened if I was going faster or going down a steep mountain because where I live I am surrounded by mountains. I am not sure if anyone else experienced this problem with a similar vehicle. I do know that other GM cars and vehicles are being recalled for this same situation but was told that mine is not under a recall at this time.

- Williamstown, PA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Apr 152012


  • 69,700 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel began to steer on its own to the left and right. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the front driver's side wheel bearing, the outer tie rods, and the upper ball joints would have to be replaced. The tie rod and the wheel bearing were replaced. Also, whenever the contact drove over an uneven surface or turned, a clunking sound could be heard coming from the rear end of the vehicle. There were no further repairs performed. The approximate failure mileage was 69,700.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007

Envoy 6-cyl

  • miles
Repeat problems since car was purchased brand new at dealers. Air /O2 sensors defective/replaced. Defective fuel pump/fuel sensor/electronic gas gauge; flickering/dimming headlights; freezing/inability to control driver's side seat and controls. 1/4 of front instrument panel lights out; drivers side seat control lighting 1/4 out; check engine light and low fuel light on continuously since 1997. Tie rods both replaced as well as both front sway bars. Immediately following vehicle purchase, check engine light would continuously go off. I would call onstar at which point I was told to take car in for repair w/I 7-10 days (often told a problem w/powertrain or transmission). At dealers service dept, told over and over again after tons of worry, concern and time spent, that electrical system on this car tends to trip/trigger check engine light and they would just reset it so after awhile, I began to disregard the light as I was in the dealership almost weekly. Approx 2 yrs after purchase, filled up gas tank and fuel light showed "low fuel". went back up to full, dropped to 1/2 and back to empty. Went back to full after car was turned off and continued to do this. After about 2 weeks, constantly stays at empty. Called repair shop and was told approx $700-800 to drop tank and replace fuel sensor which I could not afford and began to track odometer and refill tank after 200 miles driven after fill up. Have been doing this for 5 years. Jan 29,2011, I go for emission test. Fail D/T low fuel and check engine light being on. Go to mechanic, approx $950 repair. Check engine light goes off...and back on next day. Read thousands of posts online and am finding many, many Envoy owners experiencing same problems as mine. These are safety issues and GM should issue a recall on entire fuel and electrical system. Please call for questions/clarification.

- Broadview Hts, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 292011


  • 45,300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Envoy. The contact stated while driving 35 mph the power steering feature malfunctioned. The contact was able to control the steering wheel but with some difficulty. The following day the contact took the vehicle to a dealer. The dealer discovered a broken metal tube thats connected to the power steering pump. The contact noticed NHTSA recall campaign number 05V455000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections) but due to the VIN number the vehicle did not apply. The contact stated with the power steering malfunctioning a fire could have occurred or even resulted in a crash. The failure mileage was 45,300.

- Lorton, VA, USA

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