really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
2,100 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. trying to reseal the windsheild, back quarter windows, doors (1 reports)
1998 GMC Suburban body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 GMC Suburban Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 121998

Suburban SLT 4x4 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles


A brand new 1998 GMC Suburban. It drove well and had all the upgraded options. It all started the first Spring I owned it. When it would rain or I would take it to the car wash, I would notice a moisture smell inside and it would feel damp for days. As the Spring went on, the problem became really bad. I opened the passenger door one Spring day to have water drain out of the floorboad. No sooner, I had all of my paper grocery bags fall apart when getting them out of the back of the Suburban. I took it to the dealer from which I had bought it and they worked on it several times. Removing the windshield and resealing it, removing the back quarter windows and resealing them, and filling the rear doors with caulking to bulk them up. This helped, but did not solve the water issues. I took it back again and when I got it back there was a fade mark on the top that was the size on a basketball. The only thing I could come up with was it was something used to remove the back quarter window. I had a spuce green suburban with a light green spot on top. I was completely beside myself and went to the dealer owner over the problem. He mentioned trading it in and getting another one. I was thinking he was going to give me a deal and then dump this one. Well, he asked for nearly $10,000 to get the same one, the same year, with the same options. I laughed and told him I did not need to pay an additional $10,000 to get another GM lemon. I was originally thinking maybe a few thousand like maybe $2,000 to $3,000 to make the exchange. I was online one day and noticed they had brought out the 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser. I called a dealer not too far away and they had recently received one and it was on the lot. I got my husband and we went to look at it. I loved it, it drove great, and it was NOT made by GM. I traded in the Suburban and bought the Land Cruiser. We had it for 5 years and the only problem we had was the wood looking trim faded, but it was a great quality vehicle that I really enjoyed driving.

- , Champaign, IL, USA

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