hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,638 miles

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2001 GMC Sierra 3500 engine problems

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2001 GMC Sierra 3500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 132011

Sierra 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


Exhaust manifold bolts broke on driver side, back two. These bolts are far too small for the job and this exposes heat and exhaust gases to the environment. Creating a fire danger too.

- Depew, OK, USA

problem #3

Aug 242009

Sierra 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,500 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Sierra 3500. The contact stated that intermittently the engine stalled; however, he was able to re-start it immediately or after a cool down period. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a technician replaced the crank shaft position sensor at an expense of $400.59. He then added that because the VIN number was excluded from recall# 07V521000 (engine and engine cooling), he was ineligible for a free remedy. The manufacturer was notified, but no assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 65,500 and the current mileage was 65,550. Updated 10/13/09 the consumer stated while going through his files, he discovered the cam cam sensor was replaced in August 2004. At that time, only the check engine light was on. It was repaired under warranty. The crank sensor was replaced in September 2009. Updated 10/14/09.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 302008

Sierra 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,500 miles
The contact owns a 2001 GMC Sierra 3500. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact noticed that the ses warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. Afterwards, the vehicle stalled and typically restarts. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V521000 (engine and engine cooling), although the failures were identical. The contact would have to pay over $400 to have the vehicle properly repaired. The failure and current mileages were 52,500. Updated 12/30/08. The dealer replaced a faulty crank shaft position sensor. The consumer was informed the repair would not be free of charge because he was not the original owner of the vehicle and also because of the age of the vehicle. Updated 01/05/09.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 272005

Sierra 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,550 miles
About April of 2005 my truck started shutting off while I was driving down the road. At this time it would restart automatically with no other problems. Took it in to the Chevrolet dealership and they stated that the truck was missing a stall code and that they had updated it. In September it started to do it all over again, I had asked some mechanics I know about the problem and they said it sounded like an ignition problem. We started checking all ignition connections, fuses, grounds etc. It stopped for about a month and started doing it again. It has gotten to the point were it will shut off three and four times per trip. While myself and two other passengers were working in lugoff SC it shut off on us in the middle of a busy highway, nearly causing a major accident. I have taken it back to the Chevrolet dealership and they stated that they did not know what the problem was and that if it did it again to call them and they would send a service tech out to look at it. I think this is a major safety concern that GM needs to look into.

- Bishopville, SC, USA

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