2008 GMC Canyon Reviews and Owner Comments

2008 GMC Canyon owners review and rate their 2008 GMC Canyon.

2008 GMC Canyon (3 Reviews)
Body, Interior & Misc.
Drive Train
Electrical & Lights
Exhaust & Emissions
Heating & Air Conditioning
Suspension & Steering
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96548 miles as of 29 august 11

plastic parking brake handle separated from parking brake cable assy at cable plastic snap end (one of two tabs broken off). no repairable. requires cable assy change. snap end molded onto cable.

stop lite bulbs inop. found bulb wire contacts and bulb socket contacts corroded due overheat typical of high current draw.
cleaned sockets and replaced bulbs as required.

engine intermittently runs rough/hesitates at idle and sometime quits. when steady, idle at 600 rpm. during rough event, rpm drops to approx 500 rpm and recovers back to six. no problem starting / restarting after quitting on its own. occurs when engine at normal temp. changed air filter no help. suspect possible bad/ contaminated fuel load. treated twice with injector cleaner no help. replaced and gap checked spark plugs no help. checked for vacuum leaks and none found/obvious. no check engine mil lite on.
no fault coded detected.

several radio/cd select switches legend background lites burnt out.

to date no air filter available, except napa.

black plastic trim atop cab "rain gutter" disbonded at aft end where it curves down. bonding poor. plastic has high memory.
cleaned trim with mek and rebonded same but loosens again in time.

front tires worn prematurely. tire outboard tread feathered and worn thin relative to center and inbd tread section.
front end grossly misaligned. aligned same and replaced front tires.

warranty doesn cover any of above problems
Purchased new and to date w/60,000 miles this is a good dependable vehicle, good fuel mileage. The rear brakes squeak occasionally and with the high back rear seats vision is slightly obstructed.
I purchased my new Canyon in Dec. of 08.
Firstly, I am extremely satisfied with the performance, relaibility, and versatility.
It out performs any other truck in its class with great fuel mileage, and tow/haul capacity.
This truck rides nice and handles perfectly.
But it does have its faults.
1. I find that a lot of parts wear or fail too prematurely.
This I find unacceptable.
Things I had to fix or have replaced
Repaired myself - Heater resistor circuit for HVAC fan speed (connector plug was burnt)
Failed and replaced at 2010 inspection year (MVI) - Inner tie rod (front end steering part)
NOTE: If I could have had the option of using MOOG replacement parts, I would have.
All original parts are none servicable (none greasable) that is why they wear out.
Lube Oil and Filter (there is nothing to lube but the door hinges, and they don't even do the tail gate latch - I have to do that myself)