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2017s, have the shifting issues been resolved?

Anyone has any shifting issues with the 2017s?

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Enjoying my 2017 Colorado LT 3.6L 8-spd.

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I have zero experience driving the 2015/2017 Colorado or Canyon so my perspective is 100% with the 2017 Canyon V6/8 speed.

I really do love this engine/transmission combination. I've owned the Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier, both Gas V6 autos and this is the most powerful and smoothest shifting.....almost all of the time.

I've noticed only a few times; pulling the truck out of the garage in the morning, maybe letting of the gas at slow speeds, a ..... I won't call it a "clunk", but rather a hesitation. It is an oddity and if I could, I'd at the very least check the Transmission fluid level. I understand that it is a closed system and the manual simply tells me to take it to the dealer. Before that, I'm going to find a repeatable situation to show the mechanic instead of "sometime it does this"....which isn't often very helpful for them to diagnose.

To be clear, I've only noticed this maybe 5 times in 1000 miles....but it was noticeable.

I hope this insight is helpful.

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I have zero experience driving the 2015/2017 Colorado or Canyon so my perspective is 100% with the 2017 Canyon V6/8 speed.

I really do love this engine/transmission combination. I've owned the Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier, both Gas V6 autos and this is the most powerful and smoothest shifting.....almost all of the time.

I've noticed only a few times; pulling the truck out of the garage in the morning, maybe letting of the gas at slow speeds, a ..... I won't call it a "clunk", but rather a hesitation. It is an oddity and if I could, I'd at the very least check the Transmission fluid level. I understand that it is a closed system and the manual simply tells me to take it to the dealer. Before that, I'm going to find a repeatable situation to show the mechanic instead of "sometime it does this"....which isn't often very helpful for them to diagnose.

To be clear, I've only noticed this maybe 5 times in 1000 miles....but it was noticeable.

I hope this insight is helpful.

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On cold start ups, these run really rich, until they get up to a certain internal temp, then switch over to normal running parameters. You may be feeling that switch while moving. I've felt it too, rolling out of the drive on cooler mornings, with a 1 minute start to moving situation. Kinda like a momentary system reset.
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A few early "burps" on the diesel but I really like the L area on the tranny as it gives me 1-6 shift options with the push -/+ of a button. Code does force the shift a bit early when in auto and other than the L shift position it seems a trans tune would be the only way to change those shift points that seem a bit low...fuel savings regime.

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A few early "burps" on the diesel but I really like the L area on the tranny as it gives me 1-4 shift options with the push -/+ of a button. Code does force the shift a bit early when in auto and other than the L shift position it seems a trans tune would be the only way to change those shift points that seem a bit low...fuel savings regime.
If shifts occur early to you, the TOW/HAUL option might shift the shifts into a range you prefer?
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Have to see...completely forgot that! Thx.
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I have zero experience driving the 2015/2017 Colorado or Canyon so my perspective is 100% with the 2017 Canyon V6/8 speed.

I really do love this engine/transmission combination. I've owned the Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier, both Gas V6 autos and this is the most powerful and smoothest shifting.....almost all of the time.

I've noticed only a few times; pulling the truck out of the garage in the morning, maybe letting of the gas at slow speeds, a ..... I won't call it a "clunk", but rather a hesitation. It is an oddity and if I could, I'd at the very least check the Transmission fluid level. I understand that it is a closed system and the manual simply tells me to take it to the dealer. Before that, I'm going to find a repeatable situation to show the mechanic instead of "sometime it does this"....which isn't often very helpful for them to diagnose.

To be clear, I've only noticed this maybe 5 times in 1000 miles....but it was noticeable.

I hope this insight is helpful.

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I have this too...it is pretty consistent on cold start ups backing out of my driveway, putting into gear and pulling away. If I give it just enough gas to get in moving and coast to the stop sign then go light on the throttle it does not do it, otherwise it will do it every time. I just chalked it up to one of this trucks quirks. Once you are going and warmed up it seems to always be in the right gear.

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Engine and transmission are outstanding. Love the new V-6, smooth and plenty of power. Don't be afraid of the engine and transmission!!!
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And many don't have problems with the transmission in prior years either...my 2016 is smooth as silk...don't fall victim to car forums where a minority of people having problems appear to be the majority of owners.
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I had/have the following:

2016 GMC Canyon V6 6-speed transmission, 7000 miles-no issues with transmission.
2017 GMC Canyon Denali V6 8-speed transmission, 1000 miles-no issues with transmission.

Quite frankly, I can't tell any difference on shifting between the two.

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I wouldn't say it's butter smooth 100℅ of the time, but it's a truck not a luxury car and no shift yet has ever left me in the wrong gear.

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My '17 Canyon is incredible as far as shifting goes. It's very smooth throughout all 8 and the downshift is great, too. But I'm personally having to get used to it. I've driven quick sticks my entire life and this is my first automatic vehicle and first truck. When the truck shifts up, I love the feel. When it shifts down, it catches me off guard at times. It's a very smooth downshift, it's only the shortness of gears that cuts the "coasting" feeling when coming to a stop light/sign. I find myself needing to pedal a bit to my stops because the low gears are so short and will slow you down pretty damn quick. For me, it feels premature - even compared to other automatics that I've driven of family members' over the years. However, this isn't so much a truck issue as it is an issue that my brain needs to be rewired from down shifting on my own the past 13 years. My only "want" is a more response on the gas pedal. Seems like the PC would fix that but I'll wait a month or two before pulling the trigger on that mod.

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Sounds like the new 8 speed is a sweet transmission.

FWIW, I am really pleased with my '17 diesel and the 6 speed. Very smooth and nothing weird about it. Perhaps GM's latest programming on the 6 speed is finally good. Wondering about pre '17 gas truck guys with the 6 speed, and hoping that the latest code fixes the problems for those who are having them.

Literally, the only "defect" I found and corrected in my Canyon was a loose ECM that made a deep rattling noise at times. Stuck a dense thin layer of closed cell foam I had laying around from mounting a lithium battery in my dirt bike to the back of the ECM and remounted it, problem solved. Other than that, the truck has literally been perfect
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Nice to hear the 2017 transmission has been improved. Does this by default imply there continues to be a problem with the 2016 models?

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Nice to hear the 2017 transmission has been improved. Does this by default imply there continues to be a problem with the 2016 models?
No, just a standardized progression for cost savings, since they are already putting the same in other models. Cheaper to make more of one part, than less of several different parts.
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My '17 Canyon is incredible as far as shifting goes. It's very smooth throughout all 8 and the downshift is great, too. But I'm personally having to get used to it. I've driven quick sticks my entire life and this is my first automatic vehicle and first truck. When the truck shifts up, I love the feel. When it shifts down, it catches me off guard at times. It's a very smooth downshift, it's only the shortness of gears that cuts the "coasting" feeling when coming to a stop light/sign. I find myself needing to pedal a bit to my stops because the low gears are so short and will slow you down pretty damn quick. For me, it feels premature - even compared to other automatics that I've driven of family members' over the years. However, this isn't so much a truck issue as it is an issue that my brain needs to be rewired from down shifting on my own the past 13 years. My only "want" is a more response on the gas pedal. Seems like the PC would fix that but I'll wait a month or two before pulling the trigger on that mod.

You're describing the feeling and transmission performance of a 2014 and up Dodge Ram, Hemi. It's fantastic. (its' also made by Mercedes)......If my next truck (Canyon/Colorado) has that tranny in it, I'll be as happy as a piss puppy.

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I have had no problems with the transmission. Feels very smooth and plenty of Power where my 16 Tacoma felt gutless

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Quote: Originally Posted by mummel View Post
Nice to hear the 2017 transmission has been improved. Does this by default imply there continues to be a problem with the 2016 models?

No, just a standardized progression for cost savings, since they are already putting the same in other models. Cheaper to make more of one part, than less of several different parts.

-->i disagree the 15/16 powertrain was already used in other models. GM had to know there was shifting issues 2 yrs in row and changed the powertrain. why didn't they know before the 15s went into production?
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