hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,785 miles

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2003 GMC Yukon electrical problems

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2003 GMC Yukon Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Dec 202016


  • 64,500 miles


Speedometer and other instruments are inaccurately reading. Speedometer ranges from 25 - 70 mph overstated. Fuel gauge remains well in excess of full until about 7 gallons are left in tank. Oil pressure is registering well to the right of the highest reading. Problem began during cold temperature (around 10 degrees) and improves with temperature increases but has not resolved itself. Appears to be the same problem as GM special policy adjustment 07187A. The VIN is within the category listed by the policy; however, the vehicle is older than 10 years but fits within the mileage restrictions since the vehicle has less than 64,500 miles. This appears to be a known defect which clearly impacts safety. The following link describes the known issue: www.gmspeedometerrecall.com/GMC-speedometer-settlement location of vehicle is Kansas City, ks since I am currently in the process of relocation.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #22

Mar 102015


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Yukon. The contact stated that the instrument cluster failed to function. The lights on the instrument cluster failed to illuminate and none of the gauges functioned. In addition, the digital display was not functioning due to the failure. The dealer was notified of the failure and the vehicle was to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Maplewood, NJ, USA

problem #21

Nov 132015


  • 168,500 miles
Speedometer randomly sticks, or accelerates to maximum. Oil pressure gauges max out as well. Very dangerous to drive with no concept of speed, and also very illegal. When I stop the vehicle, I can turn off the engine. If I continue to turn the key 90% (but not enough to start the engine), and let off, the gauges will drop up to 5%. after 5 minutes of resetting the instruments, the gauges will reset. However, the next time I drive I might be going through a school zone at 40 instead of 25, but my speedometer says 80. Clearly unsafe.

- Decatur, TX, USA

problem #20

Nov 102014

Yukon 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Losing power throughout my vehicle. Started with the overhead heating/cooling controls. Vehicle will lock itself without any keys when doors are shut. (it has locked me out on numerous occasions) worked its way back towards the rear losing overhead lights. Heater/ac does not work in the rear. Passenger side rear door window or seat belt does not work. Four wheel drive goes crazy. And now the main (front) heating and cooling controls are going ape [xxx] crazy. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gay, WV, USA

problem #19

Feb 152014


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Yukon. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, she noticed that the speedometer and tachometer displayed an erroneous reading of zero. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000. Updated 04/17/14

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #18

Oct 042013


  • miles
I have heard of several accidents because of reduced engine power. It slows the vehicle down and people behind them rearended them because it is a sudden drop in speed and there is no time to slam on the brakes please get this fixed before a child is injured or killed thank you.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #17

Aug 012011


  • 100,000 miles


Hello, when im driving down the road the reduced engine light comes on. This is very dangerous since it also happens on the highway. When I shut the car off and let it sit for 3 or 4 min and restart it will happen again about 2 miles down the road. GMC says they know about the issue but they do not have a fix for it. I have taken it to several shops and they say that GM says the same thing ( we know about the issue but do not have a fix for it). There should be a recall on these vehicles do to this happening and could cause a major accident. There are alot of other ppl having this same issue. Thanks

- Republic, MO, USA

problem #16

Nov 162011


  • 62,295 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Yukon. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the speedometer increased to an abnormal reading of 80 mph but the vehicle did not increase in speed. The vehicle was not taken to dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that there were no recalls for the vehicle. No assistance was provided. The failure and the current mileage was 62,295.

- Earle , AR, USA

problem #15

Mar 292011


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Yukon. The contact became aware that the speedometer failed when cited by a police officer for speeding. The police officer advised that the contact was traveling 55 mph but the speedometer displayed that the vehicle was traveling 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the speedometer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but would not assist with the repair. The failure mileage was 119,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- San Jacinto, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 032009


  • 80 miles
I own a 2003 GMC Yukon, last year the instrument dash cluster started to fail along with a continuous loud dinging from the warning bell and the air conditioning would stop working along with the windows powering off, shortly after I received a letter from GMC describing this exact defect, recently I contacted GMC regarding this issue and was greeted by a call center in the philippines, the man told me to take the car to a GMC dealership and they would take care of the issue, after I got the car to the dealership and started diagnostics I called back to let them know and they then informed me that I would have to pay for the service. I was outraged that they had actually pulled a bait and switch on a repair"?", after being left on hold for over an hour while the "customer service rep" tried to find a supervisor so they could figure out what to do, he finally got back on the phone and said I would have to keep holding, I then demanded to speak to a GMC representative in the states, while on hold for another half hour he returned and said I would be contacted in 24 hours by a usa rep. After three hours waiting for my car it was finally released to me free of charge, ( for the diagnostics) but still not fixed. I received a call from an american GMC rep, a few days later and while they danced around the issue and who should fix it, they kept calling me back to see if I found a dealership to get the issue diagnosed, I tried two dealerships and both indicated they did not want to help, I am now stuck with what is a dangerous defect on my $30,000 dollar family car! I bought this car for it's safety and comfort and now I'm afraid for my family to ride in it, can't trade it in, can't sell it and no one will fix this re-call issue.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #13

Oct 152008


  • 97,000 miles


Speedometer not working correctly, cluster is malfunctioning. Also, both heating and air conditioner boxes (front and back) are not working correctly. Vents are not opening and are clicking, so the defroster isn't working. Cd player is not working. All electrical problems.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

problem #12

Jan 012008


  • 80,000 miles
2003 GMC Yukon; speedometer and gas gauge do not work properly.

- Eureka, MO, USA

problem #11

Jul 242009


  • miles
I have a 2003 GMC Yukon. After having a daytime running light burn out, I removed the lens and found significant charring of the light bulb socket. It was burnt so bad that it mostly crumbled as I tried to remove the old bulb. I took off the other side to check it, and the condition of the socket was the same. Thus, both the left and right daytime running light sockets were burnt. The excessive heat from the bulb also distorted and ruined both of my lenses on the vehicle. I took the car to the dealer for repair and the service technician reported that these cars have lots of problems with heat on these light sockets. I'm shocked by this, and wonder how many car fires have resulted from this problem.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #10

Nov 152008


  • 140,000 miles
Speedometer on 2003 Yukon fails. GMC will not stand behind it even though there is a website www.speedometersettlement.com that gives vague details. Was told by GM that mileage too great. This is a known problem with their speedometers as evidenced by the web site.

- N. Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #9

Dec 022008


  • 63,176 miles
Left turn signal: When signaling left, the turn signal indicators (arrows) on the instrument panel display both arrows (left and right) as though the hazard button has been used. Took to the dealer and they indicated it was the turn signal switch. They replaced the turn signal switch at my expense (301.23 plus $42.50 to diagnose). Ten minutes down the road for a lane change to the left, I signaled and the same thing happened (both arrows flashing). I have no idea what the cars around me see in regards to my lights. I have notified the dealer.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #8

Nov 252006

Yukon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Speedometer reads incorrectly it just sits at zero, even at highway speeds. Very erratic needle movement.

- Lake Tapps, WA, USA

problem #7

Oct 192006

Yukon 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,950 miles
Speedometer in 2003 GMC Yukon acting erratically. Inaccurate reporting of speed on speedomoter. Truck shows 50 mph when stopped. This is very unsafe and cant be trusted. I have read on the internet where there are numerous complaints. GMC needs to issue a recall on this issue.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #6

Sep 022004

Yukon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,551 miles
I have had ongoing problems with my 2003 GMC Yukon. It started in September of 2004 with my rear air not working, it was inoperable; and, a popping noise in my steering, the steering felt loose. The rear air was temporarily fixed in October of 2004 but continues to be a problem now in September of 2005, one year later. I've never really had rear air since I bought the vehicle, it works occasionally. I still have no rear air and vehicle has been in the shop more than 7 times for this problem. It took until January of 2005 to fix the steering problem. I've also had problems with my speedometer, which quit working in December of 2004 and the part was on back order and I had to take my vehicle in and leave for the dealership to send the speedometer to California for reprogramming, this problem was fixed in January of 2005.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #5

Jun 272005

Yukon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states while driving approximately 70 mph vehicle loses complete power. The service dealer states the vehicle has an electrical problem, and they will try to repair the problem. Service dealer replaced the navigation system, thinking this was the remedy, but the problem recurred. Vehicle is at the service dealer, and has been their on numerous occasions.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 272004

Yukon 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mph and pulling a trailer vehicle stalled. Prior to stalling there was some hesitation and jerking as if not getting fuel to engine. The dealer took vehicle to dealership in Arizona, and fuel pump had to be replaced. This was the second occurrence for fuel pump problem. Also, experienced steering problem. The steering would be sticking, and it would jam when making turns either left or right. The mechanic at dealership had to replace a seal in column shaft of steering wheel. The light clunk noise in the steering, low voltage, and insufficient fuel pressure on aceleration intermittently.

- Hobart, NY, USA

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