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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,499 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 212006

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The engine continually misfires. There is a tsb bulletin #00-06-04-003B. Deposit buildup on popped valve ball &/or seat, causing it to stick. There is a recall because of this but only in California. I live in Alaska. I got an estimate of $1200 bucks to fix this problem. Because of this, I only get 5-7 mpg, and have little power. Also, my ABS light turns on and the ABS activates at low speeds on dry ground. My electrical system is totally messed up. My right clicker just the sound not light) goes off when driving. It is completely erratic and unpredictable. My speakers turn off and on sporadically. My driver side seat adjuster broke off with little pressure. My steering wheel continuously pulls to the right. This many problems in a vehicle is ridiculous. What a lemon. Especially since I have seen the same exact complaints all over this sight about this specific vehicle.

- Kodiak, AK, USA

problem #10

May 102002

Jimmy

  • miles
Manual recline bar on both driver and passenger front seats broke. The first incidence happened on driver's side seat before vehicle was purchased (pre-owned vehicle). Vehicle was under warranty and so bar was replaced. The driver's side recline bar broke a second time approximately 3-4 years later. The passenger's side recline bar also broke approximately 6 months to a year after that. Because the seat was in an upright position when the recline bar broke on any of the occasions, had the seat been in a reclined position, the seat possibly would not have been usable. The recline bars on both side have not been replaced, as the cost is over $200 for each part.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 152004

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,485 miles
Noted issues with my 98 Jimmy (purchased 12/97)that I have had to repair which I believe were defective parts: 1) 10/00 mileage=57248 replaced faulty ignition switch due to dash board lights not working 2) not repaired to date: Wipers have had occasions they did not work. I usually can get them working by turning them on/off a few times. Intermittent mode takes a long time(3-10 seconds) to start running in best scenario. 3) both front reclining seat levers broke off(brittle metal rod)within first 3 years of usage. I have not replaced due to cost of replacing complete seat assemblies is only fix. 4) 12/04 mileage=129,518 throttle choke plate assembly disintegrated partially and jammed throttle open. This almost caused an accident as could not come to a complete stop while car was running. After broken piece worked its way past the valves I needed $1900 in cylinder head repairs.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 082001

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger seat handle broke on my 1998 GMC Jimmy. I understand this is a common problem on GMC Jimmy/chevorlet Blazer. Seat handles should not break; a recall is in order. There are safety issues; if the seat falls it can effect the driver and/or crush rear passengers.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #7

Dec 052002

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Front wheel bearing

- Stockton, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 012002

Jimmy

  • miles
1) instrument cluster intermittently shuts off while driving, then pops back on. On two occasions, it happens while crossing traffic lanes and also lost power - almost struck by oncoming traffic. Service engine light also comes on after such an occurence 2) exhaust noise during accelleration. Gets more pronounced as vehicle comes to normal operatoring temperature (3) driver side seat recliner lever broke off without much pressure being applied (4) air conditioner compressor went out during family vacation. Compressor squeeked for months before it finally quit (5) alternator died.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #5

Sep 202001

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Seat recliner handle broke off while returning seat to normal upright position.

- Hatfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Auto transmission in twice before failed, battery leak damaged elec sys, rear defog stopped working (glass had to be replaced), dealer unable to stop front suspension popping noises, pass seat recliner handle keeps breaking off.

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #3

Jan 012001

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked and consumer's wife went inside of vehicle to adjust seat, lever recliner level snapped, and driver's seat went back. There were no injuries. The lever mechanism are constructed of brittle material and easily snap off. The manufacturer pointed out that the failures are common but not recalled.

- Monticello', ME, USA

problem #2

Nov 151999

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles
Drivers seat slid forward forcing my knee into the dash. I sustained a cut to my left eyelid, which may have been caused by hitting the stearing column. The air bags did not deploy though I hit the rear of another SUV, a Blazer. Seat belt did not seem to hold me in place or restrain me.

- Klamath Fallls, OR, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seat latch failed. Nlm

- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

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