hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,285 miles

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2012 GMC Terrain drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2012 GMC Terrain Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 282015


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 GMC Terrain. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was brought to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the details could not be provided. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle began to jerk and hesitate and a loud abnormal knocking noise was heard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was in working condition. The contact stated that the engine failed shortly after, making the vehicle inoperable. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Walls, MS, USA

problem #2

Feb 072013

Terrain 6-cyl

  • 17,956 miles
The vehicle has been in the shop for 10 to 12 times due to failure with the engine misfiring as well as traction control lights and stability trac as well as transmission not shifting right and loss of power while driving on major highways and brought into the dealership where they tell me they can find or make the problem reappear. But have shown the dealership service department video and have had 3 general motor techs that they hired from hp and been told the vehicle is safe and that there will be no more problems but have been in the vehicle while the problems have happened and have it on video to the point where I almost lost my life yesterday night. The vehicle is a death trap and many customers including myself on GMC Terrain forum as well as online have had the same problem and have been told the same thing that it is nothing to worry about but it is. Please help have been told by GM to keep my mouth shut they would offer me 5,000 dollars for my troubles and that my kids are worth that much from a legal advisor at General Motors legal. Have ask to be taking out of the vehicle for something safe and still I'm being told no......please help

- Easton , PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252013

Terrain 4-cyl

  • 18,900 miles
Vehicle's transmission slips and does not respond to an acceleration after a rapid deceleration of at least 40 mph. The vehicle will jerk in response to your attempt to accelerate and then will respond. This can lead to a dangerous situation if you are attempting to avoid a collision by accelerating to get out of the way.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

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