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While the GMC Terrain and its twin the Chevrolet Equinox are not bad vehicles, the competition has left them in the dust. They split the difference between small SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and midsized models like the Ford Explorer. While they're nice and roomy inside, the Equinox and Terrain are less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs and burn as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models.
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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 2016 GMC Terrain has been recalled 1 time 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 2016 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“system did not operate when backing up”

G C., FL (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The whole center console has intermittent failures & affects everything or parts of the console. Electrical issues in general happen. Restarting the car works most of the time”

Kim M., MN (2016 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“There have been times when the vehicle blind spot monitor stays on for miles without any vehicle in the blind spot. The dealership has looked at the issue 2x times now without any luck in repairing it”

Scott B., GA (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Multiple times the screen has gone blank and stops working for no reason. It usually resets when you turn off the vehicle and turn it back on, but one time it did not reset until about 4 power cycles”

Scott B., GA (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“VOICE RECOGNITION DOES NOT WORK”

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Bad connection”

Juan M., TX (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

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

Gauges

“The main display on the infotainment center went black. Luckily everything continued to work but it was a lot harder to know what was going on. They diagnosed the issue as the main screen was bad. It was replaced and it has been working since the replacement”

Edward H., PA (2016 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The dash lights go out when entering a tunnel. Sometimes the lights are to dim to see the speedometer, etc. We ad a similar problem with a 2012 Terrain (but it was worse)”

Anonymous, OK (2016 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 a/c was erratic at best and never cooled the cabin properly. The compressor was found to be defective on the second service call and it's been fine since then”

Edward H., PA (2016 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“60 degrees outside and the heater comes on automatically when all indicators are off”

Anonymous, FL (2016 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“It locked up and couldn't move, in a dangerous position in the middle of the road, under warranty, but a pain, GM Care was called and the dealership was close by”

Anonymous, WI (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Transmission failed at 1700 miles. Fixed under warranty”

Ronald H., AZ (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 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

Electrical failure

“The whole center stack console does not light up, buttons for heat and such do not work. Nothing works or part of the stack work. The issue is intermittent, so it keeps me from reporting this to the dealer”

Kim M., MN (2016 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“A gasket in the driveshaft was pinched at the factory and was leaking oil the repair was covered on the warranty”

Ed L., NJ (2016 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“GM forgot the clips to keep the window from rattling, poor quality controls, dealer fixed these on the driver's side, but now the passenger side is getting close to fixing”

Anonymous, WI (2016 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“during installation, an O ring got rolled. It kept triggering the exhaust sensor”

Michelle M., AR (2016 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

Rotors

“Vibration from rotors, were replaced on warranty”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 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

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.

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.

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.

Transmission Minor

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

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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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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TIRES
Jun 21 2016
If the information on the certification labels is incorrect, the operator may install incorrectly sized tires or rims or may improperly inflate the tires, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles manufactured October 16, 2015. The certification labels may have incorrect tire/rim size and cold tire pressure information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the certification label, free of charge. The recall began on July 14, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1050, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 46600.
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: 16V449000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17
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