The Canyon seemed promising when it replaced the Sonoma in 2003. Since then, a number of better competitors have come on the scene. The unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its Chevrolet Colorado twin, lacks punch and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over competing V6s. It had to work hard to make power in our tested Colorado crew cab. Handling is sound but unexceptional.
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.

Overall Reliability
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The 2005 GMC Canyon has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 2005 GMC Canyon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

12V power plug

"The battery died"

Anonymous, WA (2005 GMC Canyon 2.8-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"my cruise stopped working because of the brake light interlock switch that I found out had a recall but I was not notified in time to have it fixed before the recall deadline"

Larry S., IL (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"It stopped working. Have not asked yet about fixing it."

Dennis B., WI (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Gauges

"Emission light & we live an beach so no DEQ emission testing done for smog. Other is tthe eletric windows on drivers side quit working"

Anonymous, OR (2005 GMC Canyon SL)
Headlights

"replace 2 times in 3 years"

Kevin C., FL (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"day light driving lights don't work. over 50% of Canyon and Colorado trucks have this problem. this is a safety devise on all trucks, BUT NO RECALL TODATE. NEED RECALL FROM GM"

Anonymous, AL (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Interior lights

"dash board lights don't turn on at times or come on then blink off, sometimes coming back on which makes driving at night difficult to see the speed which one is driving"

Anonymous, MD (2005 GMC Canyon)
Keyless entry

"After replacing the battery the keyless entry, power window would not function"

Anonymous, OR (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Warning lights

"ABS fault"

Anonymous, MA (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The problem was finally fixed by the dealer after others had been repeatedly unsuccessful."

Brian L., ME (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"abs warning light. driver' side/front repaired at dealership @approx.$800.00"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"ABS alarm comes and goes. Suspect faulty wheel sensor(s)"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Calipers

"Rotors, calipers, everything prematurely rusty and needed replaced TWICE in it's lifetime so far"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The parking brake stuck"

Ron S., PA (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors, calipers, everything prematurely rusty and needed replaced TWICE in it's lifetime so far"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The front rotors needed replaced due to wear. The wheel bearings both needed to be replaced due to wear/rust"

Blaine J., MT (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The auto matic climate control with out causing the blower not to work."

Joel M., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"once in a while it will blow hot air in place of cold air. Then will wok as it should Thi happens about 3 to 4 times a year."

Joel M., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower on two occasions just stopped working. Had to purchase a new control both times."

Joel M., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"blower motor for heat/ac inop. replaced motor @ $750.00"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"No air conditioning because of a refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, ON (2005 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

Air or water leaks

"Sun roof leaks when it rains. I've tried some caulking but it needs a new weather seal."

Anonymous, KY (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Unable to find where the water is coming from. Driver side very wet"

Ivey F., ME (2005 GMC Canyon 2.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"squeaks and rattles in body"

Ed B., NY (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Shifter cable snapped at connection to transmission"

Ed B., NY (2005 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

Radio

"Radio won't work, CD player still works"

Anonymous, MS (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The driver's side window was inoperable. The cruise control is inoperable."

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"After recall work, I got only 20,000 mIles before total engine failure On recall GM would not explain what work they did"

Gilbert C., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 2.8-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"was a recall replacement for the 5 cylinder motor"

Kevin C., FL (2005 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"fuel system burps when filling"

Tracy P., SC (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"The fuel cap did not seal. The tank would overflow when filling"

Brian L., MA (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 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

Alignment

"Alignment issues where not identified until tire wear revealed it GMC dealer aligns vehicle but tire wear remained the same, I take vehicle to another repair shop where I'm told that alignment can't be set to specs posted in shop manuals due to a factory part or issue which the dealer refused to address as did GMC in fact the problem still exist today"

E D., (2005 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 interior trim or moldings

"wind sheld mold rolled up"

Robert M., NC (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 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

Drive System

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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.

Transmission Minor

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

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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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