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While this version of the GMC Terrain is not a bad vehicle, the competition had left it in the dust. While nice and roomy inside, the Terrain is less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs, but burns as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models. The 3.6-liter engine, shared with many other General Motors products, supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but feels sluggish in routine driving.
Alerts
There are 2 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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The 2013 GMC Terrain has been recalled 2 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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2013 GMC Terrain owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Controller for the side ve3hicle detection system went bad”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen freezes up every now and then”

Jeff W., NY (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“screen locked up. could not change fan speed, fan mode, A/C on or off, temp”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Screen will freeze, music will still be working but nothing on the electronic panel will work. You are unable to change the station”

Jennifer R., FL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“This problem was synonymous with the radio issues”

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire electronic panel will go blank for an unspecified period of time and nothing will work”

Jennifer R., FL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Upon starting the car the display screen stays black. Can not access radio, navigation, or Bluetooth. Car must be shut off and restarted to have access”

Thomas H., PA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“will not take input”

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Not up to date; GM wants $150 for new maps; features require subscriptions to either OnStar or SiriusXM to work”

Henry S., MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Loses hookup”

Anonymous, LA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Radio and screen controls went blank and became non-functional”

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“Doesn't pick up voice commands clearly. It garbles or adds things you didn't say”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Condensation right tail light”

D R., VA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Popping/snapping noise in dash. Been to dealer for correction at least 6 times. Problem persists”

L H., CA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear hatch rattle. GMC technicians have not been able to find the problem. A friend figured out the rubber stop on the hatch were installed backwards. Still have to adjust regularly to quiet noise. My terrain seem to be poorly built compare to my t”

Anonymous, SC (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“rattle in drivers side front door”

Brent W., OH (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear tail gate squeaked”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Dealership has not been able to stop rattle in dashboard”

Anonymous, OR (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Terrain has a lot of squeaks and rattles when driving , especially when on bumpy roads”

Denis T., ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rattles when I increase fan for a/c for passengers in back seat of car. car should have had air vent in rear for passengers”

Velia M., AZ (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

“The cabin wind noise is loud and I believe is getting worse”

Denis T., ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“When the security system is engaged the alarm goes off randomly”

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Rain collected in both tail lights”

Anonymous, CA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“TPS looses signal mostly for right rear and sometimes left rear. Remote control door lock receiver (RCDLR) has been replaced, tire pressure sensors have been replaced. Problem still occurs. GM wants to blame 3rd party accessories”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“System "dummy" lights would come on for no reason. The reason was because of a weak battery which the dealer and discount parts store could not diagnose”

Gregory M., GA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“wiper motor covered by warenty”

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Wiper motor malfunction causing wipers to stop working while driving in the rain”

Anonymous, TN (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“They have a recall because of corrosion replace with stainless steel”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Bubbling on the rear bumper. It showed up in the frigid weather”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rust in pass door sill”

Anonymous, VA (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on back door at the chrome plate”

Gerald B., QC (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on the rear driver's side door. The rust was "bubbling" through the paint at the pinch weld”

James H., MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“tailgate rust from behind trim”

Anonymous, ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear driver side inside door bottom seam light rust, repaired under warranty”

James B., WI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

“The air conditioning did not work the day we took delivery of the vehicle. We had to get a loaner car before we even had a chance to drive our new car. The dealer fixed it, it still did not work when we got the car back. We had to take it in again”

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Jumps back and forth to off”

Bobby R., TN (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The defrost has a mind of its own and goes from hot to very cold on its own”

Jeff W., NY (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Flex Fuel Sensor (Alcohol/Gas Sensor) I've never used Ethanol, but the sensor was out and causing problems”

Bill M., WI (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Bad fuel gauge sensor, dealer replaced under warrenty”

Anonymous, MO (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fuel Temp Sensor - went bad during a cold snap here in Chicago -25 (windchill -50). They had over 100 cars go bad at my dealership part had to be back ordered. No real drive ability problems. Just a check engine light on”

Pat A., IL (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“The dealer determined the previously discussed brake problem was due to the calipers having been warped when I did the emergency stop”

Karen E., CA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

“Had to replace rotors at 41000 km. I thought they should have lasted longer”

Gerald B., QC (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-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

Power steering leaks

“had to replace a hose”

Anonymous, MB (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“bad driver side wheel bearing”

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“This is an intermittent problem. The shifting becomes very rough and jerky”

Thomas H., PA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

“Gear selector would not move from park to drive without great effort exerted on the device and repeated manipulation of it”

James D., WV (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

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

Driveshaft or axle

“made noise, but GMC replaced drive train at no cost to me -very satisfied. Love the car”

Donald C., NY (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“We had hit a porcupine with the right front wheel and all of the speed control ESC and traction controls lit up like a Christmas tree. $600 later and the problem was solved for a whole two months. Then we the problem returned and this time we were told that it was the left side wheel sensor and that all the brakes needed replacement everything. This time the estimate was 1600 dollars, almost a thousand for parts. I purchased the parts OEM or better for $369 and four hours of my time to do the wo”

Ron M., ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“System stopped working and dealer kept car for three days while obtaining a computer code to correct the issue. They provided a loaner car and all has been fine since system was updated”

Anonymous, WV (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“the entire radio failed. no radio, cd, bluetooth, backup camera, climate control indicators”

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 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

“Rear driver side lower door seam light rust. Repaired under warranty”

James B., WI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“At times the driver's side mirror does not move when the joystick is used”

James H., MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 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

“According to the dealership a gasket blew and the car leaked out all its oil. However, it just had a oil change at that dealership so I'm still not sure they just didn't forget to fill it with oil, then made up the problem so they wouldn't have to pay for the repair”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Had a leak from an oil gasket that caused me to take the car to the dealership. The leak was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 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)

“My battery began to give off a bad smell and steam. I had to replace before it exploded”

Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transaxle failed completely - replaced under warranty. No problems since then”

Anonymous, PA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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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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VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Aug 04 2016
Inoperative windshield wipers may reduce the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the ball joints in the windshield wiper module may corrode and wear over time, possibly resulting in one or both of the windshield wipers becoming inoperative.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, dealers will repair the AIP-hole, inspect and, if necessary, replace the front wiper module, free of charge. The recall began on April 13, 2017. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 25302.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V582000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 367808
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Jul 05 2016
If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. The recall began on October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V502000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8367
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