really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,836 miles

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1998 GMC Jimmy windows / windshield problems

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1998 GMC Jimmy Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

May 212009


  • 141,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 GMC Jimmy. While driving approximately 75 mph in rainy weather conditions, the front and rear windshield wipers would not work when activated. The driver experienced extremely limited visibility and had to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road. He had to wait until the rain slacked up before driving the vehicle to his destination. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 141,000.

- Roswell, NM, USA

problem #30

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 #29

Dec 152004

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,485 miles
Noted issues with my 98 Jimmy (purchased 12/97)that I have had to repair which I believe were defective parts: 1) 10/00 mileage=57248 replaced faulty ignition switch due to dash board lights not working 2) not repaired to date: Wipers have had occasions they did not work. I usually can get them working by turning them on/off a few times. Intermittent mode takes a long time(3-10 seconds) to start running in best scenario. 3) both front reclining seat levers broke off(brittle metal rod)within first 3 years of usage. I have not replaced due to cost of replacing complete seat assemblies is only fix. 4) 12/04 mileage=129,518 throttle choke plate assembly disintegrated partially and jammed throttle open. This almost caused an accident as could not come to a complete stop while car was running. After broken piece worked its way past the valves I needed $1900 in cylinder head repairs.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #28

Jul 232004


  • miles


Complaint received via E-mail. My windshield wiper blades hung randomly during a down pour. The control wheel on the left blinker shaft did not move them. This almost killed me while driving at 60 mph on the freeway. The dealer said there was no recall on my particular vehicle, but there was on others. Another GMC consumer that came into to dealer had windshield wipers replaced 3 times, but was still having problems. There must be something terribly wrong with this design.

- Pleasanton, TX, USA

problem #27

Nov 152004

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,435 miles
Windshield wipers will quit working. They will quit for a while then start back working.

- Russell Springs, KY, USA

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problem #26

Oct 292004

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
03 V 159 000/GM windshield wiper motor: The wipers worked intermittently during inclement conditions. The dealer was notified and they informed the consumer that the vehicle identification number was not included in the recall.

- Bonne Terre, MO, USA

problem #25

Aug 252004


  • 49,000 miles


Windshield wipers malfunctioned. Windshield wipers suddenly went out of line and off the track while engaged. This failure almost resulted in an accident because consumer was driving in a rain storm with reduced driver's visibility. Dealership was contacted.

- Cushing, TX, USA

problem #24

Aug 032004

Jimmy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Windshield wipers worked intermittently. Manufacturer stated there was no recall.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #23

Jul 272004

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 1998 GMC S-15 Jimmy. I've had a periodic problem with my windshield wipers not working. Sometimes they won't come on at all when I need them; at other times they're working and stop working while I'm driving in the rain. This is extremely dangerous and has left me stranded in places waiting for them to start working again. At other times I've had to continue driving without wipers until I could find a place to pull over. I see from internet forums that this appears to be a common problem. In fact, GM recalled 1994-1997 models to replace the circuit board. However, the 1998 model has the same parts and the same problem, but they will not do anything. The dealer will not acknowledge that there's a problem with them, nor will GM customer service. I'm having this repaired at my own expense, but that does not address the issue of a known problem that could have more serious consequences before a person has an opportunity to get it repaired.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #22

May 262004


  • 100,000 miles
While driving in rainy weather, the front windshield wiper failed to work.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #21

Jun 302004

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


On my way to work, my windshield wiper keeps failing. It's almost 100% guaranteed to fail during any rain. It also fails when using the windshield washer. This is very dangerous, as I do only highway driving every day. I know that previous years had the recall, yet the 1998 has not been recalled for fix. I realized this was a problem during the first rain after I purchased my vechicle 2 1/2 years ago. I hope GM is willing to fix this problem soon. I am sincerly considering converting to another maker.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Dec 062003


  • miles
When windshield wipers are on intermitent wipe they will automatically just keep wiping as if they were on low/no intermitent. When I try to turn them off, they just keep on going for a good 10 wipes, or sometimes even more. Vehicle has 50,000 miles on it.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #19

Dec 012003

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
When windshield wipers are on intermitent wipe they will automatically just keep wiping as if they were on low/no intermitent. When I try to turn them off, they just keep on goingfor a good 10 wipes, or sometimes even more. Vehicle has 69,000 miles on it.

- Lawrence, MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 152003

Jimmy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
Windshield wipers work sometimes when its dry out. Never work when raining or damp. Recall stops at 1997 for GMC Jimmy, but I have a 1998 and have problems. Recall should include 1998 and any other years that have problems. You would think that General Motors would have solved this problem a long time ago. It seems as they almost do not care about their customers safety.

- Ostrander, OH, USA

problem #17

Nov 182003


  • miles
1998 GMC Jimmy has faulty wipers, and through some research, there are many others with this problem. GMC should have recalled more than just the 1997 model.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #16

May 222003

Jimmy 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles
Windshield wipers would stop during heavy rains.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #15

Sep 032003

(reported on)

Jimmy 6-cyl

  • miles
Windshield wiper works intermittently in heavy rain. The windshield wipers stopped in heavy rain which made it impossible to see. The dealer fixed the problem. There was a known defect with the wiper boards 97 models which were recalled.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #14

Aug 292003


  • 112,000 miles
When driving at various speeds and without warning windshield wipers would work intermittently, causing a distraction to consumer's view during rainy weather.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #13

Aug 072003

Jimmy 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
While driving in the rain, the windshield wipers failed. This was the same unit wiper motor as the 96' Chevy astro that was recalled.

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #12

Jul 292003

Jimmy 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
While traveling in inclement weather, the windshield wipers worked intermittently. GM recalled the 1994-1997 Jimmy's, however the consumer's vehicle was not recalled, even though the vehicle experienced the same problem.

- Keyport, NJ, USA

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