The Canyon is the replacement for the Sonoma compact pickup truck and is a twin of the Chevrolet Colorado-the S-10's replacement. Both are available in regular-, extended-, and crew-cab versions. ABS is standard. Four-wheel drive is optional, but it's only a part-time system, unsuitable for use on dry pavement. These new trucks are powered by either a 2.8-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter five-cylinder.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 GMC Canyon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Front rotors were replaced old bearings reused but the bearing has a censor for the ABS system that came on and ABS was ineffective. They tried to save a new bearing cost ($320) each but failed ,bringing the code up so had to be redone with new beari"

Dennis H., AB (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The ABS system has failed, with the message ABS brake failue message on the dash. I have not been able to retrieve the diagnostic data assicuated wutg tge nessage dye ti fybdubg ussyes,"

L C., FL (2004 GMC Canyon)
Master cylinder

"The breaking system has developed a series leak in the hydraulic system. I am awaiting funds to effect needed repair"

L C., FL (2004 GMC Canyon)
Squeaking

"Rear brakes locked up and squeaked. I would have to back up and down the street to get them to unlock"

Mike M., IA (2004 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Door locking system did not work, needed new control box. Approximately $400.00 repair"

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Canyon 2.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"fog light burn out in 12 months"

Anonymous, VA (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Interior lights

"lights do not always come on when you enter, or after driving when you turn the key off turning the key on again solves the problem until the next time. has been doing this since new"

Peter M., FL (2004 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"For 36 hours the locks wouldn't lock when engaging the truck in drive, nor with the key fob and the windows would not go up or down from the driver's console. It fixed itself as I was on my way to the mechanic"

Lynne N., NE (2004 GMC Canyon)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"had to be replaced. was leaking. has worked fine since"

Alan R., PA (2004 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Operates intermittently. Problem when truck was new - evidently a design problem. Plug has melted on truck side making it difficult for new part to make proper electrical contact"

Anonymous, TN (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"noise replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The electronic fan speed control failed. I replaced the part myself for less than $25.00. Works fine now"

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 2.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I saw no issue with this, but the mechanics kept telling me it was an issue so when they said that was the sound of the rattling I was hearing I had it fixed. The part was hard to come by in Omaha. The rattling noise still exists so it wasn't the li"

Lynne N., NE (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"does maintain alignment causing uneven tire wear"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Problem came on suddenly with a noise and then a minor erratic steering problem. Within 15 miles the hub had broken and was flaming. Luckily I was able to find a secure place to pull off. However major damage had occurred and cost me $2,000 to rep"

Anonymous, WI (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"all 4 exterior door trim moldings fell off or became loose this year; very difficult to find body shop willing to replace or reattach"

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Rust

"Severe rusting on suspension and frame."

Anonymous, IA (2004 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Optima red top battery replaced after 9 years"

Todd W., FL (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"The fuel cap was defective and the solenoid for the fuel tank gases was bad as well creating a check engine light"

Carl H., FL (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Speakers

"Not thrilled that the speakers were tinny for years and no one believed me. Then the new songs with all the base came out and it was like finger nails on a chalkboard. I fear the same thing with the new speakers, but I went with the cheap model"

Lynne N., NE (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Exited vehicle with key fob; unable to re-enter with fob, mechanical lock failed as well, many items on single relay including lighting but most frustrating door lock failed probably having been used a total of 3 times"

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"It is an old truck and there is a rattle we can't find. Too costly to pay the dealer to try and find it."

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Dealers not knowing their product well enough to repair correct item. e.g. thoUSnds of dollars spent on wrong electronic componets , when problem was broken fork in front axle, used to engage 4 wheel drive.Many owners had same problem"

Farrer A., BC (2004 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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CHILD SEAT
Nov 18 2010
BOTH NHTSA AND GM DISCOURAGE PLACEMENT OF A CHILD IN A FRONT SEAT. NEVERTHELESS, THERE ARE INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAY REQUIRE PLACEMENT OF A CHILD IN A RESTRAINT IN THE FRONT CENTER SEATING POSITION OF THIS VEHICLE THAT DOES NOT OFFER A REAR SEAT. LACK OF ACCESS TO THE TOP TETHER ANCHOR AND A LACK OF INSTRUCTIONS AS TO HOW TO USE IT, MAY RESULT IN IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF A CHILD RESTRAINT. IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF A CHILD RESTRAINT CAN RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN THE RESTRAINT'S PERFORMANCE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH AND AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH TO THE CHILD SEATED IN THE RESTRAINT.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2011, CHEVROLET COLORADO, GMC CANYON, MODEL YEAR 2006, ISUZU I-280/I-350, AND MODEL YEAR 2007-2008, I-290/I-370, REGULAR CAB VEHICLES AND EXTENDED CAB VEHICLES WITHOUT A REAR SEAT AND EQUIPPED WITH A FRONT 60/40 SPLIT BENCH SEAT. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." THE TOP TETHER ANCHOR FOR THE FRONT CENTER SEAT IS NOT ACCESSIBLE AND THE OWNER MANUAL DOES NOT INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING HOW TO USE THE TOP TETHER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL CUT A HOLE INTO THE BACK PANEL TRIM COVER TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE TOP TETHER ANCHOR FOR THE FRONT CENTER SEAT POSITION AND WILL PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION AS TO USE IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727 OR VISIT GM'S WEBSITE AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
GM SAFETY RECALL NO. 10367 AND/OR 10407.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V575000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 192676
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Jul 29 2009
THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE SIMULTANEOUS LOSS OF ALL BRAKE LAMPS OR CAUSE ALL OF THE BRAKE LAMPS TO STAY ON CONTINUOUSLY. BOTH OF THESE CONDITIONS COULD FAIL TO WARN OTHERS OF THE DRIVER'S INTENTIONS AND COULD LEAD TO A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 185,903 MODEL YEAR 2004-2009 COLORADO, GMC MODEL YEAR 2009-2004 CANYON, MODEL YEAR 2006 I-280, I-350, MODEL YEAR 2007-2008 I-290, AND I-370, PASSENGER VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ALABAMA, ARIZONA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, PUERTO RICO, SOUTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND UTAH. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A BRAKE LAMP SWITCH THAT MAY NOT WORK AS DESIGNED DUE TO CONTAMINATION IN THE SWITCH.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS AS SPECIFIED IN THE RECALL BULLETIN FREE OF CHARGE. GM ANTICIPATES THAT PARTS WILL BE AVAILABLE BY JUNE 2010. A SPECIAL COVERAGE FOR VEHICLES REGISTERED IN ALL OTHER STATES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE SAME TIME FRAME. IN THE INTERIM, OWNERS WHO EXPERIENCE THE FAILURE CAN OBTAIN A FREE REPAIR, HOWEVER THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO RETURN WHEN THE NEW DESIGN PART BECOMES AVAILABLE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 09049.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V310000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 185903
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Apr 27 2006
A FOLLOWING DRIVER MAY NOT KNOW WHEN THE BRAKES HAVE BEEN APPLIED, AND A REAR-END CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.
Summary:
CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS MAY EXPERIENCE THE PERMANENT LOSS OF BRAKE LAMP FUNCTION OR BRAKE LAMPS THAT ARE ILLUMINATED AT ALL TIMES. THE CENTER HIGH-MOUNTED STOP LAMP (CHMSL) IS AFFECTED IN BOTH INSTANCES. ALSO, IF EQUIPPED, THE CRUISE CONTROL WILL BECOME INOPERATIVE. ANY TRAILER BRAKE LAMPS WHICH ARE CONNECTED TO THE VEHICLE'S BRAKE LAMP WIRING WILL MIMIC THE VEHICLE'S BRAKE LAMPS WHEN EITHER CONDITION OCCURS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE LAMP SWITCH ASSEMBLY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 5, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 OR ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 06030.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V139000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 404733
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