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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 is 1 recall 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 2015 GMC Terrain has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Body Integrity
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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 2015 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“System does not shuffle music, but rather goes by Alpha listing”

Anonymous, CT (2015 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Even though this is a 2015 vehicle, the software was designed in 2009. The smartphones I've had did not work at all with the system. USB was incompatible with the phone. The radio could not even play now music from the phone neither thru the Bluetooth USB, or mi rophone cable”

Joseph P., NY (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It is impossible to pair. It is slow. It farts out when you restart the car and has trouble pairing up again. I don't care for Intellilink”

Anonymous, CT (2015 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Stops functioning completely. Will reboot after several minutes but nothing will work till it reboots”

Ralph S., NH (2015 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“They won't check it out unless they see it. Something new with GM dealers, we can't fix what we can't see. They don't even try to diagnosed the issue”

Joseph P., NY (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“As far as I am concerned the OnStar on GM vehicles is an ABSOLUTE JOKE. Mine does NOT work more than id does work. GM should call it that "Piece of Shit" on your vehicle rather than OnStar. I can't make phone calls, you try to call OnStar by pushing the Blue Button nothing happens. One day I pushed the SOS button and 29 minutes later I finally got a response. I asked the guy, "Do you have any idea how many people have died in the last 29 minutes?" His response was you should push the blue”

Rodney B., WI (2015 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The navigation system gets "off track" and stops giving releable directions. It has been into 3 different dealerships (becasue we travel), a total of 8 times, we sent a letter to GMC via certified mail and we have had 21 telephone calls to GMC Customer Assistance. Their answer is that the technial people are workinf on a correction and they ask us to continue to be patient. GMC acknowledged there is a problem with the navigation system in several models in Document ID: 4174284 #PIC6057A released”

Tom W., FL (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Locks up and car must be shut down and restarted to reboot system”

Anonymous, OH (2015 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

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 pumps and hoses

“Vibration and strange noise when making a sharp turn at low speed”

Peter S., FL (2015 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)
Bushings

“Bushings had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“The left rear spring insulator was distorted and the spring was out of position. Vehicle continued to sway on curves after the repair. Found out the left rear stabilizer link was broken and then replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“Wheels were out of balance”

Anonymous, MO (2015 GMC Terrain SLT 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

Fuel pump

“Fuel pump shorted out from CPU sending unit fail”

Frank D., FL (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Gas tank needed to be removed; fuel pump replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2015 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The air intake sensor failed. Remote start would not operate Check engine light was on”

Anonymous, NY (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)

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

“Using heat or air conditioner, the fan changes to half speed when the ECO button is pushed. Also, you can turn up the heat temp control with no result. Must turn it way up to have any change. Worst heat/air conditioning control system I have seen”

Anonymous, MI (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“a part went bad causing the heater to run hot even when I tried the air conditioning. The vents got too hot to touch. I called the dealer and took the car over and left it overnight for repair”

Anonymous, WV (2015 GMC Terrain Unsure 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

Locks and latches

“The door latch wouldn't work because the rear driver side door was installed crooked. Door had to be realigned”

Anonymous, IL (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Powerade tailgate failed to open completely. Lift cylinders failed prematurely - replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2015 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Lost ability to accelerate Message said powered down”

Anonymous, MO (2015 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

“Tapping sound on start up after sitting overnight.continues until engine warms up. Only does it when temp outside is 30-50 degrees”

Anonymous, KY (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 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

Squeaks or rattles

“rattles under dashboard”

Anonymous, FL (2015 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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)

“paint bubbled on back fender”

Frank D., FL (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 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

Stability control (ESC)

“Warning light saying it was not operating properly/ Turned out to be burnt or chewed wiring harness according to dealer service”

George V., MI (2015 GMC Terrain Unsure 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

Heated or cooled seats

“would not turn on”

T H., WI (2015 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Navigation cuts out and eventually the entire system shuts down then reinitializes s itself. Dealer says there is an update program that requires a service call”

Anonymous, MN (2015 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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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AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Oct 16 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of one or both of the side impact air bags, the air bag's inflator may rupture and the air bag may not properly inflate. The rupture could cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Additionally, if the air bag does not properly inflate, the driver or passenger is at an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Malibu, and GMC Terrain vehicles. The affected vehicles have front seat-mounted side impact air bags whose inflator may rupture upon its deployment.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side impact air bag modules, free of charge. The recall began on October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 01320.
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: 15V666000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 395
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