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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 GMC Jimmy electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 292003

(reported on)


  • 58,000 miles


Consumer was unable to remove keys from the ignition. Also, the battery and trip meter light illuminated on the digital instrument cluster. Was able to drive vehicle to dealership. The mechanic had to replace the ignition switch three times.

- Mayhill, NM, USA

problem #3

Feb 012002


  • 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 #2

Aug 252000

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles
Insturment panel not working, engine light on, transmission not shifting, keys stuck in ignition. Parts failing throughout this SUV

- Interlachen, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 101999

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles
Failure was intermittent. Gauges would fail, and all dash gauge lamps would light up. Stopped at dealer and asked if they knew of the problem. I was told its a known problem but if it wasn't fixed at any time it could go, and I would be stuck. Would not be able to shift the transmission, it would fail to start and all the gauges would fail. The problem is with a bad ground in the electrical asm behind the keylock and it would cost around $500 to fix. I think this should be a call back.I was told the part was hard to come by because they had to purge inventory of the old part.if the new upgraded part is so hard to get I would suspect that the problem is larger than is being let this point I have a rental, waiting for the car to be fixed.this is similar to the Ford recall with the ignition switches that caused fires only they say this problem won't cause a fire. But what happens if it goes while driving at highway speeds, or any speed at that matter?

- East Orange, NJ, USA

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