really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,000 miles

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1998 GMC Jimmy brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012010


  • miles


ABS activates at or below 5mph on dry roads/pavement while attempting to stop vehicle. Occurs often while attempting to stop at stop signs/lights or parking areas posing danger to other vehicles.

- Newaygo, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 052007

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 GMC Jimmy. While driving less than 15 mph down a steep, wet road, the brakes failed and the vehicle crashed into a guardrail. The bumper and headlamps were damaged. The vehicle is currently at the body shop and will be taken to the dealer for an ABS diagnosis. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 97V218000 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). The dealer information was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 113,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012006

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's right rear brakeline cracked. The contact expressed they would not take the vehicle to a service dealer because the repair work would not be covered under a recall. The contact stated the fractured brakeline was visible.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 302005

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I haven't gotten into any accidents, but I'm affraid I will. The recall out there right now having to do with the ABS and brake system, I feel the same is wrong with my vehicle, but since it's a 1998 with 96000 miles on it, no one will help me out. My vehicle does the exact same description that the recall describes. I unfortunately can not afford to fix it at this time and it's pretty scary having to drive out there knowing that it's possible I might cause an accident. I was pretty disappointed that GMC would not help in solving the issue. Even just to help out in the cost a little bit would be helpful.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 112003


  • miles
Consumer states that van is giving her problems. When she drives the vehicle sometimes she hears a loud noise. Then the light comes on, the dashboard with says "security." Also, brake failure. She took vehicle to dealer, and was told that the ball joints had no grease on them, and had a lots of play, if she hit a hole in the street, she could have an accident because of the alignment and the ball joints. She took vehicle back to the dealer, and he wanted to sell her another van, and she has no money. Please help.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

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