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2011 GMC Terrain Engine Problems and Repair Histories

2011 GMC Terrain repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 163 repairs.

2011 GMC Terrain engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (86%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 7 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 GMC Terrain

Engine not specified

4000 mi Twice the car would not start. Had to have road service twice. 

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2011 GMC Terrain 4dr SUV

264-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

30380 mi Purge Valve system was rattling up against the firewall creating noisy rattling at idle. There is a GMC 'silent recall' on this issue. 
5019 mi Starter stays engaged still not fixed Transmission jerks when at a stop and take off. Was told its the memory in the transmission would stop at 5000 miles however when told we were already over 5000 miles! Still doing it to this day.  
2000 mi Vehicle prematurely bumping rev limiter in first gear, causing hesitation during WOT. Software reflash fixed the problem. 
5000 mi The power control module failed. The car had to be towed to the dealer. The module was repaced. 
10000 mi The car -- for whatever reason -- went into "theft" mode and locked out the ignition. They had to reprogram the computer. 
12084 mi L0618 SENSOR, FUEL TANK PRESSURE-RPL 13500745 SENSOR 12641740 PUMP,FUEL 
23400 mi CC was shot, had been since day 1. 
26683 mi INSPECT AND REPORT FOR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON. DIAG 1.0 IF CP CUSTOMER BELIEVES THAT IT MAY POSSIBLY BE A CAT CONVERTER. WAS IN FOR SAME ISSUE ON RO# 1009189. CAT CONVERTER ORDERED 4050880 Catalytic Converter Replacement - Left Side 2 15032594 NUT 1 20893953 GASKET 1 25800997 CONVERTER 1 25801015 GASKET replaced bank 2, (left side) catalytic converter 4050880 

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2011 GMC Terrain 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

28000 mi Engine would shut off as I was driving in parking lot. There was a problem with emissions. Had it repaired under warranty. 
70700 mi

US $1100
Engine would idle roughly and shut off when stopped at traffic lights. 
12000 mi engine oil smelled of gasoline, fuel pump confirmed leaking and replaced. 
36000 mi Replace timing chain and tensioner or guides retrieve broken guides from oil sump replace oil 
29700 mi It was a sensor. Car started fine, but kept stalling. 
41000 mi Makes funny noise on acceleration like it was gasping for air, dealer could find no issues, still makes the noise, there was a warranty recall for the same issue for other Terrains but not my model. The dealer was totally unhelpful. 
63000 mi Engine check light 
77300 mi Car turned off while in drive 
2000 mi Engine sputtered and vehicle cut off while coming to a stop in parking lot. Towed to dealer who reset engine light (reported engine control system error) but could not replicate issue. Returned after 12 days replacing intake cam solenoid. 
15000 mi Engine head pulled and clogged oil port cleaned due to oil starvation. Fiber from skinless oil filter was causing an oil starvation/pinging. 
47000 mi Earlier repair: an engine port clogged and required the dealership to pull the heads due to oil starvation. 
24800 mi timing chain and seals and water pump replaced 
40000 mi solenoids on camshaft were faulty. replacement under engine warranty 
6820 mi 6 weeks ago started noticing carbon where vehicle is parked & started several times a day & gas mileage has gone up. Was told this is normal & given printouts from GM. Don' think they did anything. 
7740 mi Gas mileage poor & carbon where parked & started. Dealer kept car 3 days & drove it. Adjusted muffler/exhaust. Advised to keep eco button on & monitor. If still problem to bring back. 
3000 mi thought I smelled gas in oil. dealer tested, said no contamination present. changed oil, request return visit in 30 days. 
9000 mi excessive ticking noise. insulation shield installed. 
6000 mi Check Engine Lite Intermittant. Dealer upgraded software. Light went off and has stayed off so far. 
1100 mi Service Soon Light On (check engine). Found lean codes in memory, inspected engine for vacuum leak S. found dip stick tube not sealed properly. Repaired and road tested vehicle 
2000 mi SES Light IS On J5672 .8 OHL .9 DIAG SMOKE TEST EVAP, FUEL SYSTEM. INTAKE GASKETS. NO LEAKS DETEC. RELPALCED MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR. REPLACED THE SENSOR AND ROAD TESTED VEHICLE. 
20000 mi Vehicle bought back due to diesel-like engine noise, gas in oil that kept coming back despite about eight repair attempts. Replaced oil pump and timing chain, performed TSB for actuator. 

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2011 GMC Terrain 4dr SUV

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

16600 mi rattling noise on startup..couldnt dupicate. ordering parts to do a tech bulletin. parts installed (actuators-cam) still have the same issue check engine light,rough idle. stalled once. 
18000 mi GM called me that they had a repair for the Rattling startup noise that I have had for 6 months and 4 past unsuccessful visits. Said it was the Oil pump and needed to replace. Dealer replaced the oil pump per GM..the rattling came back. 
20000 mi rattling startup noise issue still..in the repair shop at dealer for Final repair attempt per the lemon law, with GM 
29000 mi Received financial settlement from GM. Kept the Terrain, living with the noise. Update: traded it for a 2012 with the V6. reoccurring check engine light several times in the last week of ownership (codes related to cam/rattling startup) 
77000 mi Vehicle was consuming oil along with timing chain noise. New pistons and piston rings were installed to include the replacement of the timing chain. 
102896 mi

US $344
the intake cam solenoid went out dealer relpaced 
12300 mi Recall for rough idle 
75000 mi Replaced catalytic convertor. 
110000 mi

US $115
Said it was the timing change streched and it damaged the engine. My extended warranty paid for a new engine. 
27000 mi Camshaft actuator solenoid replaced 
32300 mi Open circuit in throttle position sensor - replaced throttle body 
50300 mi

US $311
Throttle position sensor failed, pedal position sensor, replaced pedal position sensor. 
62000 mi Timing chain replacement, special warranty. 
12380 mi At -20C after being garaged in my garage, the car has on several occasions stopped and blown cold air into the vehicle. They supposedly fixed it but we haven't had similar weather. Dealer attempts to twist the truth baffles brains. 
19220 mi Still having problem with vehicle computer, got rid of it. 
12400 mi Engine light on; rough idle; severe jerk at times. The mechanic told me I needed to change oil more often and drive train needs replacing 
14260 mi Same as before. Rough idle, almost stalling at times, kicks on acceleration. 
21260 mi step on gas, hesitation then forward thrust. Not as much power on acceleration. 
40300 mi The rough idle/jerking/surging was never resolved. The dealership said they could not find anything wrong. It was definitely a problem and thats why we got rid of it. We were not happy at all with the vehicle and considered it a lemon. 
17860 mi

C $80
Loud rattle on cold start. Sounds like a diesel starting again. Occasional loss of power. 
7000 mi Service engine soon light came on. Same rattling noise. GM tech support still does not know how to fix cleared code and reprogramed computer for start up fuel to air mixture. 
8000 mi Engine stalling. GM didnt know how to fix, replaced cam actuator. Makes rattling noise when it starts. 
8408 mi Gm cant figure out how to solve problem. Loud rattle from motor when it starts. Sounds like a diesel engine starting. car stalls out on trip. GM cant fix and cant get to replicate 

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2011 GMC Terrain Engine Problems

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