hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,169 miles

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 body / paint problems

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 172016

Sierra 1500

  • 76,000 miles


The dash has cracked, specifically around the passenger side air bag, which raises concern that debris upon impact may cause injury or cause the airbag to malfunction. This vehicle has never been in a collision. The cracks progressively worsen over time. GMC refuses to offer assistance for this repair because it is outside of warranty and we are not the original owners. The cracks have appeared since owning the vehicle. This happened out of the blue, overnight, while the vehicle was parked.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #5

Sep 152011

Sierra 1500

  • 14,000 miles
Cracked dash...this appears to be a known problem with GM, but no resolution has been provided by the manufacturer as of yet. This issue poses a serious concern that pieces of plastic could become dangerous projectiles in the event of a crash and/or airbag deployment.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 182016

Sierra 1500

  • 76,000 miles
Dashboard cracking, drivers side about 5" of cracks, passengers side cracked behind airbag. Truck never been in an accident, truck was stationary when discovered. Always garage kept or shaded with dash cover if in sunlight.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 092013

Sierra 1500

  • 34,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 GMC Sierra 1500. While the vehicle was parked, a loud banging sound was heard under the vehicle. Upon inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that there was a steel spring that independently fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the spare tire carrier assembly fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 34,000. Updated 8/31/15

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #2

May 052014

Sierra 1500

  • 36,015 miles
The contact owns a 2009 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that the dashboard began to crack and some of the cracks were located directly over the passenger side air bag. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 36,015.

- Davie , FL, USA

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problem #1

Aug 012013

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My driver's door lock actuator has begun working intermittently. This is the second door lock actuator on my vehicle to fail, the first was replaced under warranty and the GM mechanic told me they have replaced numerous actuators. The vehicle automatically locks all doors when driven and unlocks when stopped however the faulty actuator does not always lock or unlock. These actuators have a long history of being defective and GM is aware of it but refuses to recall the faulty actuator even though they have literally replaced thousands of these units. These faulty actuators are a safety concern because in the event of an accident a door could fail to unlock effectively trapping the occupants. The faulty actuators are also a security concern because they could fail to secure the vehicle allowing anyone access to it's contents.

- Arkadelphia, AR, USA

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