really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 15
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,313 miles

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2006 GMC Envoy electrical problems

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2006 GMC Envoy Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #29

Apr 142012

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Drivers side power-window, door-lock, remote outside mirror control. Referring to the GMC recall of Aug 18, 2012 of replacing of the power window switch. After contacting GMC ref# [xxx], my vehicle is not in the VIN range for repair. The front windows will not go down, drivers door lock will not work, rear windows go down and up by themselves, outside mirrors change position with no intervention.bought this vehicle new in 2006. We use it extensively as we are traveling nurses. Please look into this so we can get our Envoy repaired.GM spokesman [xxx] stated that owners not living in the recall states will be covered by the recall. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #28

Jan 262012

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Gas gauge malfunctions after filling vehicle due to repeated, documented manufacturers defect in gas tank fuel sensor, possibly leading to a complete failure of indication system.

- New Richmond, WI, USA

problem #27

Jun 192012


  • 96,000 miles
This is the second time my blower motor and blower motor resistor has blown out in two months. Me and my two children had to drive from Alabama to Virginia on our family vacation in 110 degree weather without any air. SUV smelled liked melted wires. When I took it in again to have it diagnosed. Mechanic said these keep having the same problems. This is horrible. Another repair out of state will cost me $550, GMC needs to recall these damn trucks!!!

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #26

May 262012


  • 90,750 miles


Fuel gauge has stopped working properly. When tank is filled, the gauge reads empty and fuel light is on. When the fuel level begins to decrease below the full level from driving the vehicle, the gauge fluctuates between the completely full mark and the empty mark. This fluctuation can occur during a trip that is less than a few miles.

- Ellabell, GA, USA

problem #25

May 162012


  • 80,200 miles
When turning the key on the vehicle sometimes does not start and has twice from when I got it in Feb 2012 all the internal electronics have shut down while driving

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #24

Mar 222012

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 90,256 miles
Tried to turn on the air conditioning and discovered the fan did not work. After quite a bit of research and an expensive diagnosis, was informed the blower motor resistor was burned out. This appears to be a common, frequent, and expensive problem if done by the dealership. There are several potential hazards to families and children which include; the possibility of fire caused by the heated & melted wire, loss of air conditioning in the heat of the day which may cause heat stroke or worse, and loss of heat during the winter months making it impossible to drive safely without the windows icing over and inhibiting vision. A recall in order to repair the problems with the blower motor resistor is necessary. Mechanic states that both Chevrolet and GMC model vehicles from 2004 to 2007 are being repaired with this exact problem. He has repaired 5 vehicles this month in the state of Alabama. Mechanic also states that mileage is not the issue as he has seen low mileage GMC and Chevrolet come in for repairs with this exact same problem. Please respond to this very expensive safety/ health issue as a vehicle recall.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #23

Nov 112011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 56,045 miles


When I went out to my truck in the morning my vehicle was full of smoke, the drivers side electrical on the door doesn't work, door lock. Windows don't work, mirror doesn't work keyless entry either, I went to the dealer they said it was a drivers side master doorswitch failure, they wanted $350 to fix we only had the vehicle less than 30 days didn't make 1st payment yet. We saw in the newspaper that these vehicles have this problem so were hoping you can generate enough energy into this problem so we can get this fixed.

- Mount Morris, MI, USA

problem #22

Aug 272007

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact started the ignition and the fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate reading even though fuel had been dispensed into the fuel tank. While driving, the fuel gauge reading fluctuated which caused difficulty in determining the actual fuel tank level. In addition, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously whenever the vehicle was operative. There were also electrical issues which contributed to the radio not to function and the instrument panel cluster lights would not illuminate. The fuel sensor was replaced previously by the dealer and the failure recurred three years later. The vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent fuel gauge malfunction. There were no repairs performed in relation to the other failures. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 23,000. Updated 4/2/12 the consumer stated the fuel level sensor failed twice. Also, ai =R bag warning light was fixed by moving the SRS wiring under the driver's sat. The radio and dash lights were replaced as well, due to inferior parts. Updatd 04/16/12

- Ormond Beach , FL, USA

problem #21

Feb 202012

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 40 miles
When driving my Envoy home from work the window starting going down by itself and then it made a horrible noise like a grinding noise. Then the window started going back and smoke started poring out of the door locks and by the vent on the drivers side of the door. Smoke was pouring out I had to pull over and when I got out it smelled liked burnt rubber. It continued to smoke for about 5 mins. And then it stopped. The smell is still in my car but I have no electric functions on the drivers side door. My windows do not work, the outside mirror does not work, the seat controls do not work, the heated seated seats do not work.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #20

Aug 132011


  • 98,000 miles
The heat and air fan resistor caught on fire causing the electrical system to catch on fire. Smoke coming from under the dash and from the glove box. The surge had caused the head light wires to burn into. Such a mess...fuel gauge had stopped working about a year prior to that.now the power steering is having a problem. What next.....

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #19

Nov 302006

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Fuel gage stopped working. Fuel gage needle stayed on E after filling up. Stalled in left lane of interstate 80 in denville, New Jersey with my two daughters. Their ages at time of incident were eight and eleven. Almost rear-ended by tractor trailers. All three of would have been killed if the truck driver had not been alert and swerved to avoid us as I slowed and navigated to right shoulder.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #18

Sep 012010

Envoy 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The fuel gauge does not read correctly. This has caused the vehicle to run out of gas several times now in the middle of traffic due to the gauge telling me I had more fuel than I actually had.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #17

Jul 252011


  • miles
Well I have a 2006 Envoy, the battery hand bounces between 0-14 volts replaced the battery, had the alter nator checked and its fine. I talked to the guy at a GMC deal he said its the dashboard switches.. and the check engine light comes on and off, he said its a sensor or the dash panel. Who knows. You shouldn't have to go thru al this hassel. I want mine fixed.......

- Rilpey, TN, USA

problem #16

Apr 142011


  • 69,000 miles
While driving GMC Envoy wipers move by themselves. Then stop after a min. Or so! as we pull out of the driveway water sprays and windshield wipers move constantly by themselves. All of these factors create horrible visability!

- Hollywood Fl, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 252010


  • 40,502 miles
Electrical system has issues. The truck (with a new battery) need to be jumped. Occasionally it will turn without a jump, the radio and other electrical items reset. The stabilitrac light comes on.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #14

Dec 012009


  • 28,000 miles
I have had 2 problems with this vehicle. The first one was at 28000 miles, about 3 weeks after I bought the vehicle. The resistor for the heat/ac fan caught fire while I was driving at about 5 mph in heavy traffic. The fire went out on it's own by the time I had room to pull over (about 15-20 seconds). I was unable to get the part replaced right away so I had to drive around in cold and icy conditions without even being able to run the defroster. The second problem was that at about 32000 miles my gas gauge broke. I had just filled the tank and was driving at about 65 on the highway. The gas gauge needle dropped to empty and stayed there. I made sure that I was not leaking gasoline and continued on my way. It worked intermittently for a while but is now completely broken. When I fill up my tank the engine light comes on for the first 25-100 miles and the gauge reads empty with the fuel light on. I am uncomfortable with using the 4WD or towing very much because even though I keep track of miles driven these things eat up more fuel. I don't want to run out of gas in the middle of the road. I have not gotten it fixed because of the repair cost.

- Willits, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 072010


  • miles
Driving at normal highway speed, the fuel gauge would register full, then would register empty, the low fuel warning light would illuminate, and the fuel gauge would not work again. The check engine light would come on and when I took the car to a mechanic, I was informed that I had a bad fuel sensor. This is a common problem and urge the safety administration to force GM to issue a recall. The safety factor, is running out of fuel with no warning on a street or highway and no safe way to pull off the roadway out of harms way.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 182010


  • 117,450 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact stated the air conditioner was activated and there was an abnormal burning odor. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the mechanic advised that the harness switch had overheated and burned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 117,450.

- Addison, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 122010


  • 125,490 miles
2006 GMC Envoy; replaced timing chain, failure of fuel pump, oil pump, electrical system driver's side door, washer fluid pump, tailgate latch failure and rear wash fluid line failure. Replaced or fixed all issues except, tailgate latch, rear washer fluid line, oil pump issue and SUV will not hold oil pressure.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #10

May 182010


  • 64,000 miles
Driving when three lights showed up on instrument panel stabilitrak, check engine and reduced engine power light came on the Envoy completely turned it self off. I waited a few minutes then started the car. It started the check engine light was the only light on. I got home and restarted car all lights disappeared. Next day driving the same thing happen. Three more times on the way to mechanic the Envoy turned itself off. Find out the programmable control module PCM was defective. This car was purchased as a certified used vehicle 07/08. I then find out the part is readily available and not a special order. They refurbish this part with a one year warranty. I can not believe that GMC would engineer a car to entirely shut down when driving this could have been very dangerous had I been on the freeway going 65 mph, also that this should not happen as it is not a wear and tear issue. The codes that showed up were apparently not covered by GMC. With this part being readily available I must not be the only one who has had this happen. This was a costly repair, and I feel that someone should look to see if this has happen to others, before someone gets hurt or killed.

- West Hills, CA, USA

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