NHTSA — Structure: Body: Tailgate: Hinge And Attachments Problems

2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,000 miles

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2001 GMC Yukon body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 GMC Yukon Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 102004

Yukon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

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

The right window hinge on the rear "lift gate" has broken after 68,000 miles and three and half years of usage. The hinge has failed due to fatigue from normal, occasional use on a well maintained, garage kept vehicle. This failure, in my opinion as a mechanical engineer, is a factory design defect. The safety issue I have with this problem is that after hinge breaks, the glass no longer seals properly and hangs ajar allowing exhaust gases to be vacuumed into the passenger compartment. This problem requires a $1400 GM or a $600 dollar after market replacement of the entire rear window. This is even more disheartening knowing that it will ultimately fail again in three years. Thanks for your ear and have a great day.

- Birdseye, IN, USA

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