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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,858 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 brakes problems

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 152010

Sierra 1500

  • 130,000 miles

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

Do not know if it was the front or rear brakes that were lost when driving. Drove carefully to dealership and had a corroded brake line replaced that had a hole or holes in it.

- Cotuit, MA, USA

problem #12

Feb 012008

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500. The cable stop has fallen off the emergency brake release cable. The contact stated that he has been driving without an emergency brake ever since. The dealer stated that there were no recalls for this failure. The failure mileage was 33,000. Updated 06/03/10 the consumer also stated the ABS activated when it shouldn't have. Updated 06/04/10.

- Ijamsville, MD, USA

problem #11

Nov 082004

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Since the vehicle was new, the parking brake pedal has been soft (goes to the floor when pressed), and parking brakes have failed to hold vehicle on inclines of greater than 25 - 30 degrees. I have had the vehicle in the shop and have spent hundreds of dollars trying to fix with adjustment and new parts; all resulted in little or no success. One occasion the truck actually rolled down a hill with the parking brake set. Fortunately, no damage or injuries. I don't trust the P-brake at all; I always chock the tires when parked on any incline.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #10

Jan 302007

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Premature brake failure due to rotors rusting, rear rotors rusted and wore pads out front brake pads worn out on inside only, parking brake worn out on drivers side inoperable on passenger side. All pads and rotors needed to be replaced, rotors too delaminated to turn, parking brake pads replaced too. All parts available. 800 dollars to repair.

- Avon, MA, USA

problem #9

Jul 242001

Sierra 1500

  • miles
My parking brake never worked.

- Philadelpia, PA, USA

problem #8

Oct 252006

Sierra 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles
: the contact stated when the gears were shifted into drive; the parking brake would not stop the vehicle from rolling forward. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed the vehicle was not included in a recall.

- Forney, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 102006

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,854 miles

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

Parking brake fails to hold vehicle from rolling. Dealer stated parking brake pads were worn and damaged rear rotors of disk brake system. He stated that there was a recall for this problem but not for my vehicles VIN.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 092005

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to use the parking brake, the vehicle started rolling. The dealership determined the parking failed due to the friction material on the parking brake being worn away. The parking brake eroded the rotor to the point where the rotor needed to be replaced. There was a NHTSA recall, # 05V161000 regarding the parking brake. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 292003

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The caller stated the parking brake did not hold. There was a recall on the vehicle with a manual transmission, but not on the automatic transmission. Dealer said they would look at it, and they would change the parking brake with one that has been designed differently. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. Caller indicated that the problem has been getting worse over the past three years. Inspector told caller he needed to get problem fixed or next year it will probably not pass inspection. Truck is a Sierra C15.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #4

May 102005

Sierra 1500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,300 miles
Parking brake failed to hold vehicle. Ref: NHTSA campaign id number# 05V161000

- Festus, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 042004

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The emergency brakes on my truck have only been actually used 4-5 times. They do not hold and I'm told will not pass my annual safety inspection. I have been told by several mechanics ( and confidentially by a service rep at a dealer) that the design of the GMC and Chevrolet emergency brake system is poorly designed and whether engaged or not, the brakeshoes are continously in contact w/the drums, causing them to wear out very quickly - becoming completely useless and very expensive to repare and replace - not to mention very dangerous.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 062004

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Parking brake failure.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 242002

(reported on)

Sierra 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states while parked on an incline, the parking brakes failed to hold, vehicle rolled forward, parking brakes shoes were worn excessively, metal to metal, causing damage to rotor.

- Sapulta, OK, USA

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