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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 GMC Sierra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 GMC Sierra Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 172015


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Sierra. The contact stated that the driver side air bag deployed when the vehicle was shut off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #4

May 032012

Sierra 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Power steering stops working on slow right hand turns. I sometimes need to back up in order to complete the turn. I also end up crossing into oncoming lanes if no traffic is comeing towards me. If there is traffic I need to stop in the middle of the turn until the traffic clears. The "check airbag" light came on at 85000 miles after the battery discharged from the vehicle sitting to long without being driven.

- E Tawas, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 052014


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the air bag sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 128,000 and the current mileage was 138,000.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012008


  • 53,000 miles
Within 4 months of purchase, was driving at approx. 25 mph when transfer case shifted into 4 high on it's own. Shut off vehicle, restart and able to put back into 2 wheel drive. Happened on and off for a little more than a month when it went to 4 lo while driving at 30 mph through town. Unable to reset. Limped it the 2 miles to dealership for diagnosis. Cost me $1200 to have the transfer case rebuilt. Smoked the clutch pack, burned out 2 bushings and bent shift shaft. Had second issue of shifting on it's own, May 15th, 2014. This time it cost me $500 for the shift motor to be replaced. Second problem, speedometer reading incorrectly or not at all. Been going on for about 3 years sporadically (apparently the little drive "motor" on the back of the instrument cluster, $300 replacement or, found a company to rebuild with new "motors" for under $200). Passlock issues started in Jan 2014, has left me stranded a couple times now. Can't get a good answer from dealer as to how to repair other than "bring it in and we'll hook it to our diagnostic system" (I.e. pay us lots of money). Also having issue with check engine light on constantly. Intermittent engine miss on multiple cylinders. Rough idle, crappy mileage, but not down on power. Miss seams to go away off idle and not noticeable under load. New plugs, wires, etc, etc, etc.... haven't figured this one out yet. Same answer from dealer (pay us more money please). Lastly, air bag light came on in Dec of 2012. Never crashed or bumped but had to replace left front air bag sensor. Love the truck, currently has 154000 miles but I'm getting frustrated with all the little electrical "glitches" and the dealer won't help a bit without the normal answer, "bring it in and we'll hook it to our diagnostic system". it's dang near $200 (diagnostic charge) just to get my truck in and out without even getting anything repaired!

- Junction City, KS, USA

problem #1

Mar 022008

Sierra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Sierra. While making a left turn at 5 mph, another vehicle driving 60 mph crashed into the front driver side of his vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The bumper, radiator, engine, and transmission were damaged. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. There were no injuries. The current and failure mileages were 9,000.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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