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4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,612 miles

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #9

May 052010

Sierra 1500

  • miles

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

I previously had to have the power steering cooler replaced because of leaking corroded lines. Just recently had to have trans cooler replaced because of leaking corroded lines. Mechanic said all lines underneath (brake, steering, etc) are terribly corroded and we will definitely pay attention to all corroded lines, etc in future oil change visits. The undercarriage of my truck is a corroded disaster. The rocker panels are gone. Corroded railer hitch was replaced. Luckily nothing has totally failed yet to cause an accident.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 192004

Sierra 1500

  • 4,500 miles
Starting at <5K miles the vehicle power train clunked when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. Now at 70K miles it clunks when shifting between all gears except final drive. The dealership replaced the output shaft on the tranny, then the U-joints, and modified the electrical shift patern. It still clunks. Power steering intermittently locks up at slow speed turns, especially when braking. Light bulbs burn out almost every three months. Had to pay ($486) for replacing the intake manifold gasket when vehicle had little over 40K miles. Brakes fade and the pedal almost goes to the floor, again intermittent. I have almost caused several accidents due to the steering and brake issues. GMC issued a letter stating "this is a normal occurance and will not cause damage." Well, it's getting worse in sound and clunking harder during shifting.

- Eden, MD, USA

problem #7

Mar 182010

Sierra 1500

  • 15,000 miles
2003 GMC half ton Sierra truck. 3 time since 2003 that I've had to take it in for clunking noise felt thru steering wheel. Lubed a couple times then replaced the intermediate steering shaft. Still no guarantees that it won't happen again. Also very hard to steer when braking and brakes don't respond well when applied quickly. The first time the intermediate steering shaft needed attention the truck only had 15,000 miles on it. The second time was 30,000 miles and the last time was 45,000 miles and occurred in March 2010.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #6

Mar 222007

Sierra 1500

  • 9,669 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. He had to replace the steering intermediate shaft when the vehicle had 9,669 miles on it since it was defective. He was concerned that he had to replace the part with since the mileage was so low. The current and failure mileages were 9,669.

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 122009

Sierra 1500

  • 26,000 miles
2003 GMC Sierra - intermediate steering shaft. Second failure of the steering shaft, truck has only 56,000 miles. Original equipment shaft failed at 26,000 miles and was replaced under warranty. Hundreds of similar complaints in various GM truck internet forums. A new, improved replacement part is now available, GM part #19153614. There needs to be a recall to force GM to replace the first generation part.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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

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

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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