3 Most Common GMC Canyon Problems Reported by Hundreds of Real Owners

Previous generations of the GMC Canyon fit into the premium allure of the GMC brand. There’s a new 2023 GMC Canyon in the mix, but all we can gather for this new mode is predicted reliability. The most common GMC Canyon problems cover the previous two generations of this midsize pickup truck

Most common GMC Canyon problems

RepairPal gathered data regarding the problems reported by real owners. Only the first more than 100 owners reported one. This should put the GMC Canyon high on the reliability scale. These top three problems are:

  • AC blower inoperable due to failed resistor – reported by 194 owners
  • Worn valve seats may cause engine misfire – reported by 73 owners
  • Check engine light due to gas cap issue – reported by 52 owners

With the low number of reported problems, we can surmise the GMC Canyon is a mostly problem-free truck.

When you lose one or more HVAC blower motor speeds, what should you do?

The most common GMC Canyon problem is the loss of one or more blower speeds in the HVAC system. Owners experiencing this problem should replace the blower motor resistor. This typically occurs at 90,000 miles or more, costing $67-$79 to complete the job.

The second most common GMC Canyon problem is a bit more serious

If the engine misfires due to worn valve seats, this could mean the cylinder head needs to be replaced. Once the check engine light comes on, it’s a good idea to ask a certified mechanic to check the truck. This problem typically appears after 107,000 miles.

The gas cap issue is a pretty easy one to solve in the GMC Canyon

Its commonly known that a worn or loose gas cap can cause the check engine light to illuminate. If you suspect this is the problem, take your midsize pickup truck to an auto parts store and ask them to check the code before paying for a diagnostic test. If the problem is the gas cap, this is a cheap and easy fix.

Is the GMC Canyon a reliable midsize pickup truck?

Front angle view of gray 2022 GMC Canyon pickup truck, the cheapest new GMC car
2022 GMC Canyon | GMC

The GMC Canyon receives a reliability score of 4.0 out of 5.0 from RepairPal. This places the Canyon second out of seven models for the midsize pickup truck class. This ranking is based on three factors which are:

  • Cost – The GMC Canyon’s average annual repair and maintenance costs are $548 compared to $584 for midsize pickup trucks
  • Frequency – Canyon owners bring their vehicles to the repair shop for unscheduled repairs 0.18 times per year compared to 0.2 for the class.
  • Severity – The probability of severe repairs for the GMC Canyon is 12% compared to 13% for midsize pickup trucks

Is the GMC Canyon a good midsize pickup truck?

Front angle view of red 2023 GMC Canyon pickup truck, which is better than 2022 model with its redesign
2023 GMC Canyon AT4X | GMC

The 2023 GMC Canyon is an exciting new pickup truck that takes on a whole new persona. This new model is an off-road champ at every trim level, leaving the premium qualities behind to venture into the wilderness. J.D. Power rated this new truck second among midsize pickup trucks for 2023.

Next, check out how much this new Canyon wants your attention, or learn more about the 2023 GMC Canyon in this video below:


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