hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,296 miles

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2008 GMC Envoy electrical problems

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2008 GMC Envoy Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 192016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that there was a random electrical short and the low beams failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who changed the low beams, relay, switch and checked the fuses, but the low beams continued to randomly short without warning. The contact was unable to prevent the random failure. The manufacturer provided no solution. The failure mileage was not available.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 292016


  • 227,000 miles
Campaign id 14V-755. My VIN does not fall under this campaign or GM recall. I am having this exact same issue with the low beams shutting off at night and has happened twice. Vehicle was in motion.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 012014

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
There are times when I don't know if my vehicle will start. I put the key in and sometimes it starts right up and other times, I have to keep turning and turning and wait until it will catch on. There were times where I had wait up to an hour for my car to start. I never know when because I don't have an indicator when the vehicle will decide to start. There have been times when it would work fine for one month with no incident, then it will not switch on. Seems like when I take it to the shop, that is when the car decides to act right. And the service stabilitrac light has been on since I purchased the vehicle only to find out that I need a rack and pinion. I really think the ignition switch should be recalled. I contacted the dealer and they informed me that my vehicle was not on the recall list. Updated 09/15/15

- Inkster, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 132012


  • 73,984 miles


The contact owns a 2008 GMC Envoy. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch and the fuse box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,984.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #10

Dec 172014

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
On or about Dec 17, 2014, we were leaving a school function around 7 pm. The low beam lights went out unsuspecting; we only had access to high beam lights. We stopped several times to check connections but no result. We also turned the vehicle off/on to try and reset but no result. Have not had another occurrence. We learned via news that a recall has been issued for this problem on 2006-2009 GMC Envoy. Colonial auto center GMC dealer (charlottesville) is advising there is no recall...they were called on 01/21/15. Also, a "service stibi control" message always appears. It has been checked by a couple dealers. Colonial changes a booster and message continues to come on...

- Zion Crossroads, VA, USA

problem #9

Dec 272011

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Cpsc: 2008 GMC Envoy. Consumer stated that this is the third ignition switch on the car and all three were disabled.

- Shelby, MI, USA

problem #8

Jun 012014


  • 84,265 miles


I will be going down the road and my car would just shut off on me.I would have to keep trying to start it and after a few times trying it would start.I have to keep turning the key over and over a few times to get the ignition to start.it has stalled on me 5 times.some times it will crank right up and other times I have to keep turning the key over and over for it to crank.when I turn the key it doesn't do anything no sound at all.but if I keep trying it would start up.I had the starter and battery checked but those were fine.

- Wilmer, AL, USA

problem #7

May 032011

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 48,600 miles
Driving along street and all engine lights went out and engine stopped. Lost power steering and had to fight to get over to side of street and safety. This has happened 3 times since the first time each time the ignition switch required replacement.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 182014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 100,717 miles
Engine stalled when making a turn. Lost all powder the dash panel had no light lit up.I had no power steering and no power brakes. Was able to control due to low speed. Turned key off and the it restarted when key turned back on. On March 19, 2014 took it to benntt Chevrolet burick for check. They found faulty ignition switch and it for $259.88. The 2008 Envoy were not on the recall list and someone should check all 2008 Envoy still on the road.

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 062009

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 14,579 miles
Driving on highway in rush hour traffic @ approximately 55mph. Suddenly noted loss of power without warning, with no check engine lights on ( until managed to get car to side of highway and put in park, then multiple icons lighting up). Had towed to dealership, they almost immediately told me a faulty ignition switch was the most probable cause. Of note, car went on to have ignition switch needing replaced @ 74,218 miles. This time I was again driving on the interstate at approximately 65mph, but this time suddenly felt car losing power, and no check engine light once again. I managed to get to berm, put in park, with multiple icons then lighting up, as if "shorting out". shut ignition off, took multiple attempts to restart, had towed. -at 105,162 miles, again replacement of same part, after having fully lost power without any warning this time, though this time occurred while going down my driveway. ******* note, I do not have a "heavy" key ring nor was there jarring from rough roads on any of these 3 occasions.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #4

May 302008

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Our SUV has been in the shop so many times for stability trac control electrical window switch, two steering columns out side temp reading, new shock, new converters.

- Franklin, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 262010


  • 30,000 miles
Speedometer has weird sounds like birds flapping wings. The speedometer has been replaced three times. GM usa claims that it is a defect that they cannot repair. The Envoy is still under warranty. Really isn't acceptable. Makes one wonder if the readings on mileage, and speed are accurate.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 222009


  • miles
I having problems with my stabilitrak system the engine lights comes on and I just had the thermostat sensors change which took them three time to find the problem and my drivers window sensors was replaced and there a sudden thumb when you brake as thought you have been hit from behind.

- Folcroft, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 192009


  • miles
I purchased a 2008 Envoy denali 7/08 during the middle of November while drive the temp gage drop to the lowest point and started cutting off hesitating to start. I then contact on-star they stated it was the cooling system and should be taken to the dealer on 10/19/09 I went and was told it was the temp senor which was replace that Tuesday. Thursday the same issue Accord again I notified on-star they stated this time it was the transmission Friday I went to the deal to be told they could not work on the car until Monday. As I ws speaking to a tech they stated it sounds like the trans and the mgr approached and stated I am handling this and directed me toward the desk and stated he had a rental for me and arranged a ride for me. I truly believe there is something wrong with this car and to make this worse my navigation system has failed me twice as well.

- Folcroft, PA, USA

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