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 1 of 4)

problem #69

Oct 252016

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 192,000 miles


As I was driving down I-75 at 10:30pm my headlights just randomly went off! I was driving approximately 70 mph and I was in an area that had no lights alongside the road. I slammed on my brakes to attempt to move to the side of the road. After I slowed enough to move over, my headlights went back on. I was so shook up, I'm not sure if my rear lights went off as well. This type of incident happened again this past weekend and I had to pull to the side of the road and actually shut off the engine and re-start my car twice before my lights went back on.today, on my way to work, in the dark, just before I was pulling into our parking lot, they went off again. I also have noticed that when I press on the automatic window buttons, my lights dim and then brighten. Another issue is the dash light for the gas cap turns on and off randomly while driving the car. In addition, my air bag light has been on for several months, does not go off and yet, it not included in the recall of the dangerous airbags going off randomly and causing accidents and injuries. All of the above issues have occurred while the vehicle was in motion.I'm not sure if these are related or not. All of the issues are very serious safety issues and need to be addressed.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #68

Nov 252015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #67

Nov 252014

Envoy 8-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled more than once and, after a brief moment, the vehicle was able to restart. The contact was unable to determine when the failure would recur so the vehicle remained parked at the contact's residence due to the failure. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (electrical system and exterior lighting), but the repair was still not available for longer than two years. The contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 153,000.....updated 07/05/16 the consumer also stated there was loud popping noise, that would come and go, the lights, heat, air and back windshield wiper would come on and go off by themselves. Updated 07/21/16.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #66

Nov 052015


  • 114,597 miles


The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 15V599000 (visibility) exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The headlights failed while the vehicle was being driven. The dealer stated that the part was not available for repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 114,597.

- Hartford, VT, USA

problem #65

Aug 012015

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
I have 2006 GMC Envoy, whole door panel went out before recall, so we paid $2000 and had fixed, when recall came out, they reimbursed us. But because recall wasn't out yet I am thinking they put old part in, this was around 2008. You cannot drive a car safely with nothing working on driver door, I have kids in back I need window lock, can't open my door or window if emergency happened. Very frustrating. I got a letter in August 2015 stating that recall #12180 driver door switch short circuit recall had not been done on my car yet. And approximately a week later it went out, I had been getting these cards but because I had it done in 2008 I assumed it was fine, but now doing exact same thing, so the GMC recall card says take to garber GMC in green cove springs, fl and will fix for free, first time I took it up there they said part not listed on computer so can't do it cause GMC won't pay them back, then got service mgr involved and he said bring it up and he will charge me $90 to diagnose it, I said I don't have that kind of money. He waived it to see if it was the recall part, when I called to check on it the service man that handled it said it was that part but the recall had closed, my car had too many miles on it, etc.. what does that matter? I know it is the same part, it is doing the same thing. Then I get from service manager we will do for $500, when first time cost us $2000, my husband said no, we have card here saying this is recall and you will fix for no charge, now they are saying it isn't that part, I have had several stories, but if it was recalled they need to fix it. Whether or not it was done before the recall came out. They probably put old part in then, because recall had not been put out yet. Please help me get my car fixed, very frustrating, dangerous as well. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #64

Jul 172015


  • 153,645 miles
While servicing my vehicle at an authorized GM dealership, I was notified of the recent recall regarding headlamps which get hot and can fail. It has been nearly 8 months since that recall was issued, and yet there remains no identifiable remedy or solution as to how they will resolve the issue and repair / replace the defective components.. entitled to safe vehicles, I am unsure as to how or why GM would believe that 8 months to not even have announced a solution is an absurdity. At this point, the period of time in which the manufacturer has had to develop and implement a solution is simply unacceptable as a consumer. I am under the belief that their solution to the problem is simple, they are going let the vehicles age a few more years and hope by that time, additional vehicles requiring repair will no longer be on the road and the issue will magically go away. As owners of this vehicle, I am entitled to the remedy as promised under recall GM 14291, and I do not think that it is acceptable for manufacturers to sit on open recalls for vehicles currently on our roadways which have been already been identified as having a safety defect in need of defect replacement or repair.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #63

Jul 142015


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. While driving approximately 60 mph, the front driver side window rolled down intermittently and the power switch shorted out. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #62

Jun 182014


  • 83,000 miles
Low beam headlights have stopped working.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #61

Apr 042015


  • 77,000 miles
Ignition switch failure at speed causing loss of power to fuel pump which ultimately meant loss of power to vehicle at freeway speeds. Was told by GM that there is no recall on this particular ignition switch at this time.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #60

Feb 182015

Envoy 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 6/8/15 updated 06/18/15

- Kinston, NC, USA

problem #59

Mar 102014


  • 65,000 miles


The low beam headlamp does not work, there is no power going to fuse box to get to the fuse no power from source! I have saw were others have had fuse box issues! headlamp assembly ok, lamp ok, fuse ok no low beam headlamp because no power source! there are many complaints on line about lighting and fuse box! thanks [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Spencer, IN, USA

problem #58

Mar 132015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that the front driver side window stopped working. The contact determined that the window module needed to be replaced. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 13V248000 (electrical system); however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #57

Feb 192015

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The ac blower resister overheated and melted. This is the second time in 3 years this has happen. The fan control usually goes out on all speeds followed by a strong smell of electrical wire burning. A online forum at trailvoy. Com has numerous threads of people complaining about this sane issue on their vehicle. One thread has 71 pages and is still growing (forums.trailvoy.com/showthread.php?T=32751). This is a fire hazard!

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #56

Jul 312014

Envoy 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 GMC Envoy 360 driving at night, the headlights cuts off. The power door locks, power windows switches and headlights function intermittently or may stop working, the air suspension won't raise to its normal level. The vehicle had to be jump started, because it would not start. The consumer attached recall letter 14V404000. However, the parts were not available.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #55

Apr 012014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that upon entering the vehicle, the front driver side interior door and dashboard were found to be burned. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. However, the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 12V406000 (electrical system, visibility). The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #54

Sep 232014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
Was driving and my car shut down.had no control of brakes, steering.lucky I was going straight.this is the second 3rd time this has happened.

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #53

Feb 032014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Envoy. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The repairs performed were unknown, but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle remained at the dealer awaiting parts. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Apple Valley , CA, USA

problem #52

Mar 202013

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 100,450 miles
While driving my headlights have begun to cut off for about 5 to 10 minutes, then come back on. If not for my fog lights I would not be able to see.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #51

Aug 112014


  • 117,000 miles
I was driving about 65mph down I-35 in austin, Texas and suddenly my car dropped to about 40mpg and the "stabilitrak off" message appeared. A definite safety hazard because someone could have, and almost did, rear-end me. I had to get off the freeway and turn my car off for about 10 minutes. Restarted and made it home ok. Today, August 28, the same thing happened again.. it happens without any warning. There should be a safety recall on this. I'm surprised that there has not been a major incident when this happens.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #50

Aug 012014


  • 83,000 miles
To start off, when you go in drive and start to move the truck lost power to the motor but still stayed running. Seemed like the truck didn't know if it wanted to be in 4X4 or 2 wheel. I took my foot off gas and min later it was fine. Keeps happening. The driver seat back support felt like it started to over heat the motor on it, now not working at all. And sometimes as I use my brakes and come to a stop easy it feels like I lost brakes as if ABS keeps going nuts.

- Indinana, PA, USA

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