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5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,444 miles

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1998 GMC Jimmy miscellaneous problems

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 012006

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while driving 60 mph on the highway, the spare tire under the vehicle fell off due to a rusty cable. The dealer was informed. Updated 10/18/2006 -

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Aug 192002

(reported on)

Jimmy

  • miles
Last week truck lost all power and I could not get my key out of the ignition, once all power was back key came loose.I have had a problem with muffler since 1st month sounds like a hole in the exhaust and makes a loud ping sound, dealer just told me I needed to replace muffler.when in reverse and backing out of driveway a loud clunk sound from front passenger side.have lost power 2 times while driving down the street.have also noticed that when I turn anything on in the car I am losing a significant amount of power.this includes blinkers, radio, A/C, if they are all on my volts drop to almost 11.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 112001

Jimmy

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Ignition switch failed three times, causing vehicle to automatically shut off. Consumer states that engine soon light illuminates, driver?S window motor failed and window will not go up or down, all dash lights and gauges will stop working, muffler has hole in it and makes loud noise, muffler and pipe exhaust system replaced, and when crank sometimes backfires and shifts hard, servo making bang shift, installed servo and 2 synolids.

- Fayette, AL, USA

problem #5

Jul 112001

Jimmy

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ignition switch failed three times, causing vehicle to automatically shut off. Consumer states that engine soon light illuminates, driver?S window motor failed and window will not go up or down, all dash lights and gauges will stop working, muffler has hole in it and makes loud noise, muffler and pipe exhaust system replaced, and when crank sometimes backfires and shifts hard, servo making bang shift, installed servo and 2 synolids.

- Fayette, AL, USA

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problem #4

Jan 172002

(reported on)

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #3

Oct 202001

Jimmy 4WD

  • miles

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

Engine check light on intermittently. SUV accelelerate slowly, rpms reach 3000 before vehicles moves. Instrument panel lights going on and off, including the fuel gauge indicator. Over head dash light won't work. Took my SUV to the dealership on a Friday 11/09/01. All problems were occuring at that time and they could see for themselves. I was informed the the diagnosistic test showed 5 trans codes. And that wire to the transmission was loose and they reconnected that wire and all codes were now clear. The very next day my SUV began doing the same thing all over again. I called the dealership and reported the problem on Monday 11/12/01. I was then told that the problem may be caused be a wire leading from my ignition to transmission. And that I might need an ignition switch. And that to do the work it would cost me $400 to $500. And that they didn't think that the fuel gauge problem was related to this problems. There are time that I am unable to control my windshield wipers. I have read over 12 simular compliants & incidents. GMC need to repair these malfunction before someone is seriously injuried. I have almost been rear ender several times because my SUV won't accelerate properly. And to be driving along and suddenly have your instrument panel fails, this is distracting and unsafe. Also, my emergency brake will not hold. S.O.

- Southfield, MI, 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

Mar 221999

Jimmy

  • miles
The car while driving at a high speed, lost power, the transmission dropped into low gear, and would only proceed at a slow speed, this happened more than once, the service engine malfunction light came on and stayed on.I was told by the dealer that they could not detect the problem. The problem occured near, for the third time, near coral springs GMC and I took the car into them immediately and they came up with transmissions codes on the computer. I was told to take the car back to king since the other dealer did not have a tranmission mechanic. King was contacted and I was told to bring the car in later, the engine malfunction light went off and it drove normally. The day I brought the car to king it occured again, and this time the symptoms were the same, but the instrument also went dead. King reported to me that the problem was not the transmission but the ignition switch which caused the computer to loose power, creating the transmission to downshift and, the car to loose engine power, and the instruments to fail. At high speed this creates some concern as you can imagine. They indicated it has happen on other vechiles. I contacted General Motors since I considered it a safety problem. I feel owners and other dealers should be notified, since apparently it is not easily recognized. Thank you.

- Weston, FL, USA

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