definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,600 miles

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 072005

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,600 miles


: the contact stated while driving in normal conditions, the vehicle pulls to the left or right. The vehicle was taken to the local independent repair shop for alignment. The repair personnel discovered the upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced on the front of the vehicle. Both the upper and lower ball joints were replaced after the first incident. The problem returned two additional times, but only the lower ball joints were replaced during these incidents. Updated 3/9/2006 -

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 052005

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a used 1998 GMC Jimmy with no warranty from fort wayne Nissan/infiniti on January 4, 2005 for my 17 year old daughter. I had surgury on my right hand and could not drive it for about 5 weeks afterward. When I did drive the car, I told her it needed a front end alignment and to get the oil changed. Of course, mom (me) ended up taking it into monroe muffler and brakes, where we always get are cars routine maintenence taken care of. They called me about an hour later and asked who I bought this car off of. I told them. They said they could not believe they sold me this death trap. 3 of the 4 balljoints holding the front up where broken and the pin cracked. Plus he thought there was a recall on them. I checked with GMC and they stated there was no recall on the ball joints for this vehicle. The mechanic said these ball joints were way to small to support this kind of vehicle. I took the ball joints and have thenm now as proof. My daughter, son or I could have been hurt or worse-which was very possible probability in the shape the under body of that car was in. We were very luck we did not have a major accident. I called the Nissan company and talked to bruce bright. He sounded very concerned and would call right back after checking into it. He never called and it has been a week. I called today and left a message. Still no call. My question and complaint to you, is it legal for a car company(a major named company) to sell a car that is very unsafe to a person" I am a woman who doesn't know about cars, and my daughter doesn't. my ex-husband came to help, but he doesn't know either. That is the reason I did not go with some off the wall company. Do I have any protection from this" thank you.

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Feb 242003

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


Purchased new tires and went to have the front alligned, and they advised they could not align due to the needed replacement of the lower ball joints. The vehile had around 64000 miles and I returned it to the dealer who said it did not nned the repair only allignment.prior to allignment the vehicle always drifted to the right side of the raod if the steering was released, it always seemed to be a strugle from drifting or pulling even with both hands of wheel to the right. The dealer alignment took care of the problem for about a month or two, but the problem has returned. Now I am wondering if the front end ball joints and arms are worn. This is a 1998 GMC Jimmy 4WD 2 door sport utility it now has 77,000 miles has there been similar complaints?

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 112003

(reported on)


  • miles
The lower control arm was defective, which caused the vehicle to sway to the right.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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problem #1

Dec 192002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving the ball joint came off causing the front right wheel to collapse. Please provide any additional information.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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