hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,607 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 electrical problems

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 112010

Sierra 1500

  • 72,151 miles


Speedometer sticking and going crazy, cluster lighting in/out then gauges stopped working then whole cluster shorted and had dash fire.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #9

Oct 252011

Sierra 1500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,250 miles
Started vehicle in morning and noticed no readings from any gages, (oil press., temp., tach., fuel, speed) nor could I read odometer. Surrounding dash lights functional. While driving, I hit a bump in the road.... everything began to work. At end of day leaving work, no problem..... stopped on way home, restarted, problem returned. Turned steering wheel, problem gone. Arrived home, turned vehicle off..... restart, problem back again. Search on net says it is the instrument cluster. What is the cost for new/used cluster" is it easy to install"

- Pittsburgh , PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 102011

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
This is a complaint about you, not listing a recall by GM on the dash board cluster mine has failed, the speedometer no longer works -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GM parts bulletins & information - to Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC dealers subject:bulletin gmp07-174 - special coverage adjustment #07187 instrument panel cluster gauge needle functionmessage #:vsu20071575 campaign - instrument cluster warranty extended # 07187C: Special coverage adjustment - instrument panel cluster gauge needle function - (Mar 20, 2009) I looked in your website and found nothing related.

- Terrytown, LA, USA

problem #7

May 072009

Sierra 1500

  • 80,000 miles


My 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 speedometer doesn't work. It shows high speeds after the truck is shut off. It seems to work in warm weather but doesn't work in cold weather. Not sure when the speedometer is accurate.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 012003

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
2003 GMC Sierra truck, steering, has a clunking noise started about 5,000 miles, told by mechanic to take to a dealer, was not the first time he had heard of this problem and was not something he wanted to undertake due to liability, another problem with to much play or (slap) in the drive shaft, took it to dealer they replaced drive shaft, did not solve problem, so apparently they did not know how to solve problem and basically were grabbing at straws, I still have problem, front running lights keep burning out (electrical problem).

- Mt. Hermon, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 142009

Sierra 1500

  • 158,000 miles
Vehicle repeatedly goes into "reduced engine power" without warning. Very dangerous when you are on the highway and suddenly lose power. Has been happening infrequently for the last two years. Now happens almost daily.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #4

May 022009

Sierra 1500

  • 66,667 miles


My 2003 GMC 1500 extended cab pickup's instrument cluster is not working. Speedometer doesn't even work. This is not safe. I have to park my truck, or even get it taken for speeding. Not to mention if there is an accident because GM has a faulty part. That is not fair. I and thousands of others have complained to them but no solution. Plus I have less than 70,000 miles on my truck.

- National City, CA, USA

problem #3

May 012000

Sierra 1500

  • 100,000 miles
Speedometer and instrument cluster shut off on its own all guages and warning lights fail.

- Lisbon, ME, USA

problem #2

Nov 172006

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
While going down the road my speedometer was showing 120mph and I was only running 75mph. When I stop and shut off my vehical the speedometer reads 45mph instead of 0mph. If you switch the ignistion off and on several times it will eventually go back to 0mph. I was doing some research on it and found this web site www.topix.net. I found out pretty quick this is nothing new. There were so many listings on there for the same problem that it was unrealistic. I have always owned Chrysler products unitll I purchased my GMC. I have done nothing but bragg about howw I don't never have problems with this truck but now seeing all of these complaints for the same thing I kinda feel like an idiot. This is a very big safety issue exspecially when traveling the interstates. This could cause some prety serious wrecks when your showing your running 100mph and only doing 60mph. Thats asking for a major rear end collision. If any one is listening and is conserned about the consumers safety then something needs to be done pretty quick. I have read where consumers have spent thousands of dollars to make this repair. With as many complaints I have read there should be something done pretty quick before someone gets injured or even killed. So if any one cares do something about it.

- Selma, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 182006

Sierra 1500

  • miles
Speedometer does not work correctly, sometimes shows over 100 mph when the vehicle is stopped.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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