Automatic Transmission problems of the 1997 GMC Jimmy

11 problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 1997 GMC Jimmy. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 06/16/2006

While driving along the pennsylvania turnpike I had my 1997 GMC Jimmy in cruise control. I taped to brake to turn off the cruise control. After resuming the cruise control the vehicle began picking up speed much to fast. I again tapped the brake and shut off the cruise control. I then heard what seemed like a flat tire, I began pulling off of the road. As I looked in the passenger side mirror I could see flames coming from the passenger side rear of the vehicle. After stopping the vehicle I said to my mother the passenger "the vehicle is on fire get out" after she opened the door the flames tornadoed and came inside the vehicle and started everything on fire. I then pulled my mother over the console and dragged her away to safety, the vehicle in less than 20 seconds was engulfed in flames.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 10/21/2005

Dt:the contact stated the upper and lower ball joints on both sides broke while driving in a parking lot. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealership, where the ball joints and the anti lock brake sensors were replaced. Contacted the manufacturer, there were NHTSA recalls 01i018000 and 01v200000, but this vehicle was not included in the recalls due to VIN. In addition, this vehicle experienced several other problems as well. The left door broke off while in the driveway, the male joint of the door broke when shutting the door. Also, the transmission and anti lock brakes were replaced. The anti lock brake sensor was replaced twice.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 08/28/2004

Windshield wipers do not work all the time. I was in a bad rainstorm last night and had to pull off the road because we couldn't see anything. Scary - this is a potential big law suit for GMC if anyone dies in an accident due to this common complaint. My GMC mechanic revealed that this happens on almost all GMC Jimmy's, yet there is no recall to replace the defective part to date. Transmission - slipped badly. I paid to have it replaced and sometimes it still slips. This transmission repair shop said that this is common with the Jimmy, as well as a faulty gas gauge, faulty ball joints and oxygen sensors. I did have to replace the oxygen sensor, but I consider that normal repairs.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 08/05/2002

Vehicle unable to shift into reverse because water got into transmission while parked in garage. Manufacturer was notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 08/31/2001

Upper ball joint separated and the wheel was cut through causing the tire to go flat. The vehicle has been well maintained and the front end had been checked a few months earlier by a competent mechanic when new shocks were installed. Two weeks later a friend alerted me to "gm product safety campaign" # 01048. This was an alert to upper ball joints separating without warning on some '96-'97 Jimmys, bravadas and blazers. I inquired at my dealer to see if my vehicle qualified and was told "no, there are no open recalls on your VIN. ". I called the GMC customer assistance center at 1-800-GMC-8782 and spoke with "lisa" who assigned me reference number 056 42 894. Gm confirmed they "can do nothing for me, as there are no open recalls on your truck. " "it was built at a different plant and a different supplier provided the ball joints than the ones in the recall. " sounds like a load of crap to me. If I sound overly angered by a ball joint failure it might be because I have had nothing but grief with this vehicle and am tired of being a victim. The transmission was pulled under warranty at 28000 miles, yet I had to have it pulled again at my expense ($1474) at 52500miles. Two of the four O2 sensors have failed, the radiator was full of the infamous "missisippi mud" dex-cool sludge, the service engine light comes on at least once a month, the serpentine tensioner fell apart at 37k miles and had to be replaced again at 58k, the wipers frequently won't turn on unless you hit the mist lever as you hit a bump (common according to the edmunds. Com site), and last week my abs went out from what the trouble code diagnosed as a bad left front speed sensor. I'll have to drive it with the sensor unplugged for now because I've already put over $2000 in repairs into this thing during calendar year 2001 alone, and I'm tapped out. Same with the wiper condition.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 07/13/2001

Please make gm take care of transmission problem. I am not alone in my complaint. Code 1870. When will this end when my 5 year old and I are stranded on the highway for hours? I want a recall on this problem. I will not give in on this. Gm must pay for these repairs. The consumer should not be responsible.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 12/26/2000

Vehicle described in this complaint appears to have a flaw in the design of transmission. In addition to what is included in this report, I also had a problem at 28,000 miles where they "repaired" the transmission while it was under warranty. In both cases the vehicle would not go in reverse, the 4x4 would not work, and certain gears failed. I would also like to note that this appears to be a wide spread problem. I would support this notion by the countless tranmission complaints (for the exact same year and make or other vehicles that most likely use the same transmission ie the blazer) noted on the tod complaint web site for general motors, which is where I found a link to this site.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 12/20/2000

Transmission would shift hard and slow, and was hard to pull. Dealership aware of problem. There was a lot of play and slippage in transmission. The transmission was defective accordig to the consumer, but the manufacturer did not admit it.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9

While driving, transmission malfunctions and will not go into reverse or overdrive. Also, transmission fluid became thick. Consumer states now she is experiencing problems with the radiator losing coolant.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10

Ea94-038, under any braking and upon depressing brake pedal abs system kicked in, causing extended stopping distance and poor braking ability. Consumer has contacted dealer. Dealer has yet to replace parts. Also, transmission has been replaced three times. Please provide any further details.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 11

Carpet--hole. Automatic transmission--leak at pump, replaced.

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