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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,767 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 GMC Jimmy brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 012005

Jimmy

  • miles

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

This may not be a huge complaint or important. Nonetheless, I own a 1998 GMC Jimmy. I read the description of what happens with the antilock brake system. That is exactly what is happening with my truck. My question is, how can I get my truck looked at or fixed without any cost to me?

- St.Paul, MN, USA

problem #14

Jan 012005

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
I was driving in Mexico last Nov 18th 2004 -Jan 1st 2005 I was driving on bumpy roads and high usage of brakes on poor roads. ABS failed and when I hit paved roads the brakes came back to like new system, then in July of this year I was driving down dirt road and went around a corner and it was like I had no brakes again I want the ABS removed from all of my cars now it is a bad system. I am a trained driver I have sub contracted to kelly haze as a ABS recorder for new vehicle.

- Conway , MI, USA

problem #13

Aug 062005

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The contact stated ABS brakes were doing the exact same thing as mentioned in recall 05V379000. While driving 10 mph the ABS kicked in, causing a delay in stopping. She noticed that this happened about one month ago. It was random, but now every time she goes 10 mph or below and stops the ABS kick in.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 192005

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles

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

GMC Jimmy 1998 cars reached 34000 miles anti- lock brake light comes on. At low speed sometimes (5-10 mph) anti-lock comes on and truck take a while to stop. This problem is same as NHTSA campaign id number : 05V379000 GM recall no. 05068 and should also include 1998 GMC Jimmy also. Spoke to GMC and was told this car is covered for this recall.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #11

Apr 292002

Jimmy

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When braking, pedal will go to the floor, braking distance is extended. Vehicle has not been inspected by dealer.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 152000

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles
This has bee an ongoing problem with dealership and there service department I have also contacted GMC about this. If someone could help me out.I would like to speek to someone to find out what I can do please call me at work 989-793-5900 or home 989-893-4354 so I could explain all of the problems we have had thank you. No safety defect mentioned.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #9

Apr 272001

(reported on)

Jimmy

  • miles

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

When applying brakes pedal goes to floor, causing extended stopping distance.

- Mukilieto, WA, USA

problem #8

Mar 272001

(reported on)

Jimmy

  • miles
Wheel hit a bump and font brakes and back brakes released, resulting in extended stopping distance.

- Toddville, IA, USA

problem #7

Mar 262001

(reported on)

Jimmy

  • miles
When applying brakes in a panic stop brake pedal gradually goes to floor, causing extended stopping distance.

- Mukilteo, WA, USA

problem #6

Dec 152000

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles
Ignition switch: Gauges went to zero, all idiot lights came on, car would not accelerate pulling into traffic on busy highway, narrowly escaped accident when gauges came back on, idiot lights went out, and engine accelerated normally. Did this again in our driveway twice the next week. Took to dealer, mack brown Inc., in boone, nc, not the selling dealer, car was under warranty at the time. They kept it several days and called to say it was fixed. When went to pick up vehicle, I asked what they had replaced, and they admitted they had done nothing, and said the diagnosis computer showed so many potential problems they didn't know what to replace first. I told them to keep it until it was fixed, that I wasn't putting my kids in it until it was fixed, and got in my older and higher mileage Mercedes which has never had a single problem, and left. They kept it a couple more days and decided to replace the ignition switch, which they said had caused similar symptoms in many full size GM pickups they had seen, but they had never seen a Jimmy with the problem. They said the ignition switch in both models was the same part, though. The car has never had the problem since. Unrelated brake problem, brake pedal would suddenly be hard, as if with no power assist. Back to mack brown, Inc., who diagnosed it as a clogged PCV valve. Problem has not recurred. Also, for a year the emergency brake will not hold the vehicle on even the slightest incline, despite mack brown, Inc. And two independent garages adjusting it on three different occasions.

- Newland, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 292000

Jimmy

  • miles

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

ABS light illuminated, consumer states brakes felt funny, dealer diagnosed left front wheel sensor was faulty and parts had to be ordered, however vehicle was safe to drive, consumer had 3 more brake failures, one resulting in a minor accident with property damage, dealer replaced the sensor and brake booster.

- Timmons, Ontario, CN, USA

problem #4

Feb 032001

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front wheel bearings failed. This caused wheels to become loose. Vehicle made a loud terrible grinding noise. Took vehicle to mechanic who indicated bearings could have sheared off. ABS brake failed. Also, U-joint failed causing grinding noise and vibration.

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 172000

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle at repair shop to replaced the right front wheel bearing when ABS light came on. Dealer said that the ABS needed to be replaced at owner's cost. Owner believes that while repairs were being made something happened to trigger the light. Dealer denies responsiblity.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 131999

(reported on)

Jimmy

  • miles
While driving the vehicle on highway brakes locked up without application. Also, dealer replaced the parking brake assembly.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 231998

(reported on)

Jimmy

  • miles
When appled the ABS brakes on wet pavement the system locked up, causing loss of vehicle control, resulting in the vehicle rolling over.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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