really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,750 miles

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1998 GMC Jimmy seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 062004

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The front and rear windshield wipers began to intermittently work. This was over a period of three months and later stopped working all together. Consumer did not take the vehicle to a dealer for any repairs because it was no longer under warranty. The transmission did not shift properly after acceleration for a period of about thirty seconds, and then it shifted into gear. The ABS was delayed when applying brake pressure. The brakes locked, and then the vehicle slid. The brakes pads were replaced every three months, this has been ongoing for the last two years. The steering wheel pulled to the right continuously, an alignment was performed a year ago but it did not correct the problem. In January 2004 the vehicle was involved in an accident, it struck a parked car at a speed of about 30 mph and the air bags did not deploy. This was front impact. The consumer has numerous complaints about the vehicle..

- Seabrook, NH, USA

problem #3

Mar 172004


  • miles
Consumer stated while traveling 25-35 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Two passengers sustained injuries. Consumer was told by insurance company to call NHTSA.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #2

May 112003

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was in an accident with my 1998 GMC Jimmy. I T-boned a little Volkswagen going appx. 35 mph. Neither my driver side or my passenger side air bags deployed. I was informed that the air bags should have deployed after 15 mph. I bought the vehicle used in 2002, and I was not informed about any recalls or any thing. I felt that the impact was severe enough to deploy the air bags. Instead I ended up smacking my head on the steering wheel.

- Clarence, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 072003

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
1998 GMC Jimmy was involved in a frontal impact at 6:35 a.M. on Friday, February 7, 2003. The vehicle impacted an embankment at approximately 55 mph, causing it to roll twice and eventually rest on the passenger side. The vehicle's air bags did not deploy at the time of impact.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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