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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,334 miles

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 282006

Sierra 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,491 miles


The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. Whenever the vehicle is driven at any speed, the contact feels bumping or banging in the steering wheel. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer; however, the failure persists. The failure mileage was 16491 and current mileage is 36,000. Updated 10/14/08 the dealer replaced the steering shaft twice. Updated 10/23/08.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 112008

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Clunking noise and vibration in steering column at low speeds on bumpy roads, especially when turning corners. Feels like serious front-end mechanical problems. Current mileage on my 2003 GMC Sierra is 60,000. I learned from GM that the intermediate steering shaft had already been replaced at 24,000 miles under warranty, but it needed replacing again. $207 for new shaft and $92 labor. New, improved part # is 19153614. If GM knew the original shaft was defective, why didn't they have to recall it?

- Red Deer Alberta, Canada, 00, USA

problem #2

Mar 032008

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
2003 GMC Sierra with several problems. Consumer states that the transmission failed. Passenger side window motor broke, speedometer failed due to stepper motor failure, truck is on the third set of front brake rotors, and upper support column bearings, and more problems. The consumer stated the dealer refused to replace the upper support bearing, but replaced the intermediate shaft instead. The rear planatery forward clutch was burnt, which caused the transmission to fail.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 252008

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,845 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. The headlights dim and the engine shuts off when the contact depresses the brake pedal. The steering wheel does not move and the contact was almost involved in a crash. The dealer could not determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer would not assist the dealer in locating the failure. The current and failure mileages were 80,845. Updated 4/2/08 the consumer stated when the engine shuts off and vehicle is still, the steering wheel becomes inoperable. Updated 04/02/08

- Witchia, KS, USA

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