problems with gwm p series bakkie

GWM P Series Problems [Common Ute Issues Explained]

The P-series is a Great Wall Motors finest pickup truck first introduced in 2019, This Double cab is also known as GWM Poer and GWM Ute.

This pickup is specially designed for people who want a tough truck but at the same time, they need a comfortable ride.

I must admit in this price range the Ute/P-series is probably the best in class, however, just like any other car brand, P series does have its fair share of problems, here are the most common issues:

GWM P Series Problems

Keyless Entry Malfunction:

On some P series the keyless entry tends to malfunction after some time, The car doesn’t recognize the key and it doesn’t unlock or lock the doors.

Fortunately, this happens sometimes and it is just a matter of restarting the car. If this doesn’t work then you need to manually open the door and lock it again, this should fix the issue.

Weaker Aircon Air Flow:

The air conditioner in the GWM P-series is not that strong, especially on the driver’s side, so you will have to put up with hot weather for most of your journey, opening up your windows a bit will help with the problem.

Average Windshield Glass Used:

This is a very obvious issue with all GWM vehicles, the average windshield glass used in the manufacturing process is not up to par.

As a result, you will find that there are cracks and chips on the windshields of your double cab this happens over time.

Fuel Economy not that great:

As mentioned above, the fuel economy of this car is good but not as good as we expect from it. I have heard many complaints about this issue from other owners too. I must say for a 4X4 that is expected but it is not.

The car has a great engine and it does really well on the road, but when it comes to using that power for fuel economy, things are not that good!

GWM claims an average fuel economy of 9.4L/100km but after doing some research most owners were getting 10-12L per 100km fuel economy.

Aftermarket Parts Support

One of the biggest issues with owning a P series is that there isn’t as much aftermarket support for this vehicle as there would be for other models.

This means that if something goes wrong with your vehicle, you may not be able to get parts easily and you will likely need to go to the dealer and might be expensive because they are made specifically for this model

Towing Heavy Load on Hot Days

When towing heavy loads on hot days, many owners have reported that their vehicle engine temperature rises to an unsafe level and they need to stop and let the engine cool down before they can continue.

GWM P Series Reliability

Although the P series Bakkie has been on the market for less than 3 years, after doing a lot of research, surveys, checking what other owners are saying, and using my experience as a mechanic.

The P series is surprisingly reliable and only a few issues have been recorded and I am about to list those issues too. A few owners are yet to cross the 100 000km (62 137 miles) that crossed had major issues yet.

The Engine and Gearbox are as solid as it gets, it comes with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that produces 160 Hp and 400 Nm of torque paired with a ZF 8-speed transmission.


My Thoughts on the P Series

The P series is one of the best Doubles cabs on the market for the price, you get a lot of things as standard and when you upgrade to the LT package you get even more.

The P series is a solid workhorse, the only downside is that it doesn’t have as much power as some other trucks in its class and if you tow heavy loads on hot days then this could be a problem for you.

Overall the power is decent and has a 5-star safety rating. so far proven to be reliable with a few issues mentioned above.



4 thoughts on “GWM P Series Problems [Common Ute Issues Explained]”

  1. My P-series 4×4 Luxury 2022,13000 km ,4 months old.
    I am located in the Northern Cape and drive lot of gravel road.
    Today near Barkly Wes on gravel road i lost control .
    After specialist guy inspect my bakkie,they tell me my shocks is in poor condition.
    What is the way to sort this problem

    1. Hey Willie, sorry to hear that, looking at the low mileage I assume you are still covered under warranty and I would advise you to take your P series to the dealer. I agree shocks do wear out quicker when driving on gravel due to the bumps but with such low mileage that shouldn’t be the case with yours. All the Best, let me know if you have any questions for me. Happy to help!

  2. Hi! I drive a gwm single cab steed 5 2.2 when i shift gears to 2 5 there is a screeching sound during the drive and the mechanic tells me that the gearbox is a problem! Please help

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