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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,507 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 GMC Sierra 1500 engine problems

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 152015

Sierra 1500

  • miles


Lifter failure! expensive repair! common issue on afm 5.3 V8 engines. Driving down hwy. Just had had low oil pressure issues and made necessary repairs the very day before (cleaned small screen that picks up oil to send pressure to dash guage) changed oil at dealership, only to drive truck less than 75 miles and loud knocking in engine occured, truck went into "limp mode" had to be towed to dealership for a full lifter replacement. Again, common problem that should of been recalled/repaired before drivers are left stranded facing huge expensive repair bills.

- Bham, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 022014

Sierra 1500

  • 74,259 miles
Excessive oil usage, have had it monitored 3 times per GM. Uses oil every 2 thousand miles, they are aware that these 5.3 V8 are doing so. There is a service bulletin out on this problem, this problem needs to be investigated by our government.

- Tusegee, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 032016

Sierra 1500

  • 142,000 miles
I have regular maintenance done on vehicle from certified GMC dealership. However, a few days ago while driving the vehicle both the engine light and traction control lights came on, causing the vehicle to display low engine warning and losing almost all acceleration. Took it in to dealership, and was charged nearly $800 for repair.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 102016

Sierra 1500

  • 87,000 miles
I have the engine with active fuel management and as I was driving down the instate the engine goes in to failure mode. Lifter collapsed tearing the cam up as well. Spent about 3000 dollars having issue fixed with new GM parts only to have it fail again. Called GM and they said they were aware of the problem but it's from faulty parts and it was the customers problem. The engine smokes bad and burns oil and raw gas sits on the piston without being burned off properly.

- Wiggins, MS, USA

problem #1

Nov 292012

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 34,276 miles
Driving only 20 mph in the process of stopping. Check engine light came on. Very difficult to stop. Engine ran very rough. After stopping the vehicle would only accelerate up to approx 25 mph. Stopped again and turned off engine. Re-started engine and was able to drive to a Chevrolet dealership with the check engine light still on. Dealership replaced sensor ki.

- Rocky Face, GA, USA

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