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How Does the GMC Lemon Buyback Law Work?

GMC lemon law buyback applies to new and used vehicles with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty. It covers the following GMC vehicles:

  • SUVs, trucks, pick-up trucks, vans, and cars
  • Vehicles bought or leased for commercial reasons
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators
  • Cars are bought for personal, household, and family reasons
  • The chassis, chassis cab, and drivetrain of a motor home

According to California lemon laws, if a manufacturer or dealer can’t fix a significant warranty defect after a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts, the manufacturer must either:

  • Replace the defective vehicle or
  • Refund its purchase price.

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Vehicle Defects that Qualify for GMC Buyback

A vehicle should have been bought with a warranty and possess a significant defect to qualify under GM lemon buyback. The lemon law also considers a defect any significant malfunction that impairs the vehicle’s use, value, and safety.

If your GMC is under warranty and you’re experiencing any of the following persistent defects, you may be eligible for buyback under the lemon law.

  • Brake failure
  • Defective airbags
  • Electrical defects
  • Loss of power steering
  • Engine defects
  • Fuel system defects
  • A defective transmission
  • A defective air conditioner
  • Exterior lighting issues

Although lemon law protects vehicle owners who buy vehicles with persistent defects, a few exceptions remain.


GMC vehicle problems not covered under lemon law include:

  • Any malfunction caused by the owner’s negligence
  • Defects due to unauthorized repairs and alterations
  • Any malfunction that doesn’t impair the vehicle’s value, use, and safety
  • Defects that arise from an accident

How to File a GM Lemon Buyback Claim

Step 1: Take the Car to the Dealership.

You must take your car to a GMC-authorized dealership if your car develops a warranty-covered defect. Taking your car to the dealership gives the manufacturer an opportunity for a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts.

Step 2: Gather Relevant Documentation. 

Every time you take your vehicle for repairs, it’s important to keep evidence of the repair efforts to strengthen your claim. Ensure you keep copies of the repair order, invoice, manufacturer warranty, correspondence, receipts of incidental charges, and maintenance records.

Step 3: Speak to an Experienced Lemon Law Attorney.

At this point, you may need to speak to an experienced attorney to guide you during claim processing. An attorney will handle all legal aspects of the claim and help you make informed choices as you pursue the buyback.

Step 4: Negotiate a Settlement. 

After presenting your claim, a manufacturer will either present an offer or reject it. When presented with an offer, an attorney will help evaluate it and negotiate for a sufficient payout.

Step 5: Proceed to Trial. 

Most claims settle; however, your attorney should be prepared to litigate if you don’t agree with the manufacturer’s terms.

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The Most Problematic GMC Models— Top 5


GMC Acadia 2014, 2017, & 2020

The 2014 Acadia has faced issues like faulty airbags, transmission failures, and widespread electrical malfunctions. Consumer complaints often highlight unexpected stalling and transmission slipping, particularly over 50,000 miles.

This model year is notably problematic with frequent complaints about engine failure and cooling system issues that lead to overheating. Additionally, the 2017 Acadia has faced recalls related to seat belts and airbags not deploying in crashes.

The 2020 Acadia has encountered problems such as malfunctioning infotainment systems and recurring faults in the electronic stability control system. Consumers report navigation systems freezing and significant delays in touchscreen response.

GMC Yukon 2003, 2007, & 2015

  • Common Defects of GMC Yukon 2003: GMC Yukon 2003 Denali XL is one of the problematic Nissan models to avoid. Numerous consumers have complained about its electronic stability control, electrical system, power train, and service brakes. According to a specific customer in Hanover, PA, the brake pedal on the GMC truck blew out; luckily, it was on the driveway.
  • Common Defects of GMC Yukon 2007: GMC Yukon 2007 has high ratings for comfort, performance, exterior style, and performance. Even so, many consumers have complained about specific issues, such as defective airbags, electronic stability control, structural defects, and linkages. For instance, after a driver lost control and hit black ice, her daughter hit the windshield with the head, but the airbag didn’t deploy.
  • Common Defects with GMC 2015: 2015 GMC Yukon is one of the problems to avoid, with approximately 900 NHTSA registered complaints and ten manufacturer recalls. Common consumer complaints include exterior lighting issues, a defective propulsion system, power train defects, and service brakes.

GMC Terrain 2010-2013, and 2018

GMC Terrain is a top-ranked compact SUV with impressive reliability scores. They’re known for their modern appearance, comfortable interiors, and outstanding assistive technology.

Nonetheless, consumers who bought the GMC Terrain 2010-2013, and 2018 models expressed disappointment in several features. Here are the top complaints related to the above GMC series:

  • Engine Defects: Defective engine components is a significant issue with the GMC Terrain 2010. Numerous customers have complained about lousy engine timing chains, defective rings, engine cracks, and excessive oil consumption.
  • Defective Airbags: Airbag defect is a major setback for the 2012 GMC Terrain SUV AWD. For instance, a driver was driving at 35 MPH and could not stop when two vehicles collided. The brakes malfunctioned while the airbags couldn’t deploy. On May 24, 2018, General Motors recalled certain 2018 GMC Terrain models due to a faulty sensing module that might not shut down properly.
  • Defective Wipers: A wiper is a crucial visibility accessory that comes in handy when it’s raining. Unfortunately, many consumers who’ve bought or leased the 2013 GMC SUV AWD complained about defective wipers. There are several reasons behind a malfunctioning wiper, including torn or faulty motor, a clogged washer nozzle, or a burnt fuse.

2015 GMC Sierra 1500

With over 20 recalls and approximately 700 registered complaints, the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 PU/CC RWD has proved a problematic GMC model to avoid. Here are the common consumer complaints:

  • Defective Airbags: Most consumers complained about the manufacturer’s failure to effect a recall repair. Consumers felt manufacturers exposed them to road hazards and were forced to incur extra expenses to find safe alternatives.
  • Exterior Lighting Defects: Common complaints about exterior lighting defects include poor headlights, dim lighting that lead to low visibility at night, and malfunctioning turn signal.
  • Other complaints include power train defects, structure issues, electrical systems, and defective seat belts.

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Common GMC Defects—Top 5

There is no perfect car or truck— similarly, not every car is made equally. GMC vehicles are known for adequate storage and capacity, sleek looks, top-of-the-range accessories, and reliability. Even so, GMC cars have problems that lie beneath their shiny look. Here are the top problems of GMC cars.

Engine Defects

Some GM models with defective engines include GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, and GMC Acadia. Many consumers have lodged complaints about engine issues which have diminished the quality of their vehicles and increased the cost of their maintenance.

The common complaints surrounding engine defects include:

  • Cylinder Head Problems: A defective cylinder head problem causes high oil consumption, ineffective fuel mileage, and engine overheating.
  • Timing Belt Problems: You will only drive your car when the timing belt works properly. If it breaks while the car is in motion, it damages rocker arms, push rods, or valves. GMC vehicles with defective timing belts display problems such as engine misfires, difficulty starting, or produce a ticking sound from the engine.
  • Defective Head Gasket: A defective head gasket means the engine will work harder to generate enough power to propel the vehicle. It creates problems in your GMC, including engine overheating, low coolant level, running roughly during idle, and contaminated engine oil.

Poor Quality Headlights

According to Reuters, GMC issued a recall for over 825,000 trucks and SUVs over defective headlights. The daytime running lights do not deactivate when headlights are on, causing excess glare, a safety hazard. The affected GMC models include Cadillac CT4, Buick Envision, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, Yukon XL vehicles, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

In addition, some GMC vehicles had a melting headlamp driver module. Consequently, many mid-2000s GM models had excessive heat build-up under the hood. The heat build-up caused the headlamp driver module to melt. As a result, low-beam headlights and daytime running lights stop working.

Excessive Engine Oil Consumption

If ignored, excessive oil consumption causes major damage to your engine. The general rule of thumb dictates that if an engine requires a quart of oil every 3,000 miles or less, that indicates excessive oil consumption.

Excessive oil consumption causes damage to valve guides, piston rings, or vehicle overheating.

Some GMC vehicles with an excessive oil consumption problem include:

  • 2010-2014 GMC Sierra
  • 2010-2014 GMC Yukon XL
  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2010-2014 Yukon
  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Suburban

Excessive engine consumption may occur when worn valve stems and seals allow oil to seep into the combustion chamber. Worn-out components contribute to oil consumption issues if neglected for an extended period— ultimately, they cause a major engine problem.

Transmission Problems

A functional transmission helps change gears depending on the car’s gear and acceleration input. It keeps the revolutions per minute ‘rpm’ as low as possible, enhancing fuel efficiency and avoiding engine overload.

GMC vehicles with defective transmissions will likely produce check engine lights, noise when in neutral, grinding or shaking, and unusual sounds. The clutch may also drug with gears slipping more often.

Common GMC models with transmission defects include:

  • 2022 GMC Sierra
  • 2015 GMC Yukon
  • 2016 GMC Yukon
  • 2017 GMC Yukon
  • 2015-2019 GMC Sierra
  • 2017-2019 GMC Canyon
  • 2016-2019 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2016-2019 Cadillac ATS, CTS, CT6, ATS-V, and CTS-V

Here are the three common causes of transmission failure:

  • Low Transmission Fluid: Low transmission fluid may cause transmission issues such as overheating, delayed gear engagement, and trouble shifting gears.
  • Clogged Transmission Filter: A clogged transmission filter disrupts the flow of Automatic Transmission Fluid(ATF). A manufacturer may cause unusual clogging or failure to observe the recommended serving of your transmission. As a result, you may encounter grinding gears, gear slippage, or delayed response from the transmission.
  • Defective Solenoid: A solenoid controls the flow of fluids throughout the transmission. A solenoid may malfunction when the vehicle has electronic defects or low fluid levels. The vehicle’s transmission is likely to slip without any signs of leaks.

A Defective Air Conditioning Unit

A serious defect in the air conditioning unit may cause the refrigerant to crack or leak, lose pressure, and fail to function properly in providing cooled air into a vehicle. As a result, it may cause significant repair costs and incidental costs related to hiring alternative means of transport.

GMC Vehicles with defective air conditioning units include:

  • 2015-2017 GMC Yukon
  • 2014-2017 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

GMC Recalls

2023 GMC Canyon Recall

Units Affected: 55,755
Issue: Similar to the Chevrolet Colorado, the front camera may incorrectly detect obstacles and engage the emergency braking system unexpectedly, increasing the possibility of a crash.

2020-2024 GMC Sierra Tailgate Recall

Units Affected: 323,232
Issue: Similar to the Chevrolet Silverado, water intrusion may cause the electronic gate-release switch to short circuit, potentially causing the tailgate to unlatch unexpectedly.

2020-2023 GMC Terrain Recall

Units Affected: 668,187
Issue: Overcoating on child seat LATCH bars could hinder the proper installation of child seats, failing to meet safety standards and heightening the risk of injuries in accidents.

2017-2019 GMC Sierra Fuel Tank Recall

Units Affected: 22,132
Issue: The rear fuel tank may collapse, blocking the fuel flow to the front tank, potentially causing the engine to stall and increasing the risk of accidents.

2022 GMC Terrain Fuel Pump Recall

Units Affected: 23,164
Issue: The fuel pump module may not deliver adequate fuel to the engine, potentially leading to engine stalls and heightened crash risks.


GMC issued a recall on 10 July 2017 to cure defective airbags and seatbelts. The recall affected certain GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models, 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse, Silverado 2500, and 2015-2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500, among others.

According to the recall notice, the front airbag or seatbelt pretensioners may fail to deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger. The recall allowed dealers to reflash the SDM software with vehicles with previous airbag deployment and have their SDM replaced.

2015 GMC Sierra 2500 PU/CC 4WD

The 2015 GMC Sierra has been recalled 17 times for various reasons, including airbags, defective electrical systems, a malfunctioning power train, and seat belts. Below are details of a recall affected in July 2021 under NHTSA number 21V504000:

On July 1, 2021, GMC issued a recall notice affecting certain 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500,2500 and 3500 trucks.  According to the notice, the roof-rail airbag inflator may detach or sidewalls rapture resulting in other components being propelled into the vehicle, creating an injury risk.


On January 28, 2015, GMC issued a recall notice to cure defective tires affecting approximately 9,000 units. According to the recall notice, if the tire treads crack, the vehicle can lose tire pressure with a possibility of tire failure, increasing the risk of an accident.

The recall affected certain GMC models with P255/65R18 Fortera HL tires, including:

  • 2015 GMC Acadia
  • 2015 Buick Enclave
  • 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

What Does “Reasonable Number” of Repair Attempts Mean?

Lemon law protects consumers who buy with persistent defects that manufacturers cannot solve. While it issues rights to consumers, it obliges consumers to notify the manufacturer and give them a reasonable window to fix the defect.

In a claim dispute, a question always arises whether a manufacturer made a reasonable number of repair attempts to repair the lemon car. Whether a manufacturer made a ‘reasonable number’ of repair attempts depends on the prevailing circumstances.

If the defect is a safety defect likely to cause injuries or death, a manufacturer should have made at least two unsuccessful repair attempts before you submit a claim. Four defects can be deemed sufficient if you’re dealing with a defect that annoys you.

A repair facility approach to fixing the defect also plays a role. If it takes many days to discover the defect, the judge or arbitrator will also consider that. Ultimately, no magic number defines a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts.

Even so, California’s lemon law presumption offers the following guideline to determine if a manufacturer has made a ‘’reasonable number of repair attempts’’:

  • The vehicle’s defect could cause death or severe injury if driven, and the manufacturer or dealer hasn’t made at least two unsuccessful repair attempts.
  • The vehicle has been in the repair shop for more than 30 days— not necessarily consecutive— for a warranty repair.
  • The manufacturer or the dealer hasn’t fixed the defect after four or more attempts.

The California lemon law presumption applies if the defect occurs within 18 months of the purchase/lease or 18,000 miles. It’s important to note that the presumption law offers guidance— the ultimate decision of whether a manufacturer attempted a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts lies with a judge or an arbitrator.

It’s also important to consult a lemon law attorney whether your claim complies with a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts.

Determining if your Vehicle is a Lemon

Here how you know
  • Is your vehicle 2017
    or Newer?
  • Have you had multiple
    repair attempts?
  • Did the problem start
    in the first 60,000 miles?

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