really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,000 miles

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2002 GMC Sierra 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 292007

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


This vehicle was involved in a single vehicle accident hitting a gaurdrail and concrete divider. The 2002 GMC sierra1 1500 ext. Cab truck has been totaled by the insurance company. There was extensive damage to the front end, hood, side panel, bed, and bumper, driver side tire, etc. The air bag failed to deploy. It also appeared the seat belt jammed upon impact as opposed to locking as it is supposed to. Even though the injuries were not severe, she hit her head on the steering wheel, and had sustained problems from the excessive impact among other things. Someone should check into why the air bag did not deploy as well as the seat belt.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 012002

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The 2002 was in need of front hubs since they were not replaced when they should have been at the time the front differential was rebuilt. This caused the truck to have excessive front wheel friction, and compromised the braking characteristics of the truck. It was difficult to drive, especially in snow, and the front wheel friction would vary based on changes in speed, road Contour, temperature, steering input, throttle input, and brake input. While braking the truck would often pitch severely to one side or the other, the ABS would activate on dry pavement. On one occasion the ABS activated when my foot was off the brake. The truck would also sway from side to side at highway speed as the friction varied from side to side. When the truck was returned to me once from culligan GMC, the power steering effort had increased greatly. The characteristics of the rear locking differential had been changed. The truck was back to the dealer, david Cadillac, many times for the same concern with the front differential. On one occasion the truck was returned to me gushing gear lube from the front axle, on another it was returned to me with the front differential empty. I was charged for a 4 wheel alignment when only 2 wheels can be aligned on this truck. The wrong oil filter was installed, the truck was driven abusively by a dealer employee (it was run beyond mechanical limits while cold as I stood in the parking lot), and when I called the service adviser after the truck had been in his shop for over a week without my hearing what it's status was, the service person screamed at me on the phone "when it is finished I will call you!!!", and he slammed the phone down.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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