definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,064 miles

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 brakes problems

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 072007

Sierra 1500

  • 31,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. While driving approximately 5 mph and attempting to make a complete stop, the ABS would shut off. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact repaired the vehicle himself and stated that it was identical to the failures mentioned in the 2005 Sierra K1500 recall. The failure mileage was 31,000 and current mileage was 32,580.

- Hicksville, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 012008

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500. While decelerating, the brakes make a strange noise and the vehicle takes a long time to reach a complete stop. The dealer wants to charge $85 to perform a diagnostic; therefore, the contact will not have the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer informed the contact that he would receive a call back. The current mileage was 46,000 and failure mileage was 44,000. Updated 04/23/08. The consumer stated the ABS activated when braking at low speeds.

- Olcott, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 012008

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
My ABS activates too on dry pavement. Have not taken to the dealer yet. Way too many problems with this vehicle. Only 60,000 miles on it.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 142008

Sierra 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


2003 GMC Sierra 1500 with 70K miles. Have had problems on different occasions with the anti-lock brakes at low speeds. Had to replace sensors on all 3 occasions. Also, brake line busted which resulted in a near crash into a home. After further investigation, all brake lines leading in the antilock brake component were severally rusted. All brake lines needed to be replaced at a very hefty price.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 232007

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Brake problems, at slow speeds, on my 2003 GMC Sierra result in near crashes even though all brake components were very recently replaced. Vehicle only has 20,000 miles on it.

- Cherry Valley, MA, USA

problem #6

Nov 102007

Sierra 1500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. While applying pressure to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle, the ABS engaged automatically. This caused the vehicle to jerk dramatically instead of stopping. The dealer stated that his vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:anti lock). The vehicle has not been repaired. He filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. The current mileage was 53,000 and failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 01-11-08. Updated 12/31/07.

- Ossipee, NH, USA

problem #5

Jul 142007

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,200 miles


Anti- lock brakes on my 2003 GMC Sierra are chattering and not stopping properly at low speeds. This is the same defect that is subject to recall but only up to the 2002 model. I would like to have my vehicle included in this or subsequent recalls.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 162007

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. While driving 5 mph, the antilock brakes activated when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. Recall # 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock) does not include the 2003 model. The contact felt that his vehicle should be included in the recall. The current mileage is 26,000 and failure mileage was 25,500.

- Manlius, NY, USA

problem #3

May 012007

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact heard a grinding noise coming from the front driver side of the vehicle. The noise was heard when the vehicle was shut off. He also felt a vibration coming from the ABS unit. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle to determine the cause of failure. The contact stated that he was unable to deactivate the windshield wipers. The dealer stated that the wiper pulse module should be replaced. The dealer made the replacement and no other failures have occurred. The current mileage is 34,025 and failure mileage was 33,000.

- St Charles, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 182006

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle brake anti-lock engages at low speed. 1 occurrence of loss of brakes while slowing on steep hill. This is a constant problem every time I stop at a traffic light, stop sign or parking. My model year is not included in a recall for the exact same problem in earlier model years.

- E. Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152005

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
: the contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing unwarranted antilock brake system (ABS) activation. This condition is more likely to occur in environmentally corrosive areas. The vehicle is registered in Michigan. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on 12/15/06 who determined that the vehicle could be repaired at cost. There is a NHTSA recall #05V379000, regarding the service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Boyne City, MI, USA

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