GMC Jimmy owners have reported 20 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
The engine shuts off while you are driving. . Amp meter needle drops to zero. And the engine shuts off. We have replaced battery, and alternator twice. Dealership can"t fix it. It is dangerous to drive but it is all we have.
See all problems of the 2000 GMC Jimmy .
Drive an 1998 GMC Jimmy with around 172,000 miles on it (I know this is a lot of miles). Had the local gm dealer work on my rear defroster (one of the clips fell off). After receiving the vehicle back from the dealer I turned my defroster on about two weeks later. The back window exploded like a shotgun after about 15-20 seconds. Dealer says rear defroster voltage regulator must have went bad. I argued that a fuse should had blown before an explosion took place. Gm complaint department also disagrees, saying that the vehicle is old and things like this happen. Luckily, no one was standing by the rear window when it exploded because it probably would have killed them. If I'm wrong tell me I'm wrong but I believe gm is responsible for no only replacing the window but fixing the rear defroster voltage regulator. I hope this is an isolated case but maybe by reporting this I can prevent someone from getting hurt (including a gm technician).
See all problems of the 1998 GMC Jimmy .
I bought a 2000 Jimmy from oak motors. I have had it for 5 months. In the last 5 months I have replaced the alternator, 3 pulleys, serpentine belt. The brakes are going out, power steering is going out, engine is tapping. I took it back after having it for 10 days because the service engine light came on. They wanted 175. 00 to look at it. I was told at the time of purchase that I had to purchase the warranty for 995. 00, I thought this was to cover any problem with the vehicle. It doesn't. They now want 540. 00 to fix it. Please help.
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle. It had no power or lights, and was unable to be jumped start by another vehicle. It was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the alternator and the battery needed to be replaced. Consumer informed the mechanic that this problem occurred more than once, and had not been resolved.
See all problems of the 1997 GMC Jimmy .
Transmission failure / replaced transmission - upper & lower ball joint failure / replaced upper & lower ball joints - rear window wiper failure / inoperable at this point - extremely expensive replacements with no old parts available at this point. Events leading up to failure I can only attribute to severely poor manufacturing of products, there was no operating misuse or abuse. Also other parts that have failed and have since been replaced are the: alternator, fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator and cooling system failures.
The entire car is defective, though it does not state it is a lemon. I purchased it used. I have replaced many major parts that are not considered routine maintenance, such a driver's door hinges and bearings, hood release cable, steering arm (twice) hubs (twice) the wiring system is faulty. I have gone through 4 alternators in under 2 1/2 years.
Second failure of brake vacuum booster on 1996 GMC Jimmy 4wd - actual milage 38,910. The brakes on this vehicle have never worked properly since new. I have had it to the dealership numerous times - no better. "a rolling non-braking nightmare to drive !! second alternator, 4th battery, rust in automatic transmission,driver's power-window motor @ 30,000 miles his vehicle never been used "off-road. It is driven by an older woman to and from work, shopping, & pleasure.
See all problems of the 1996 GMC Jimmy .
I have a 2000 slt Jimmy which has been a pain. I've had lower ball joints replaced, upper ball joints replaced, major problems with the brakes, u joints replaced, hub and wheel bearing problems, altenator failure, a/c blower motor replaced, broken blend door which caused encoder motor and module failure, rear wiper moter replaced, back window lock replaced. Too many things have gone wrong with this vehicle. GMC should consider some sort of recall because I've read many complaints regarding some of the same issues.
The battery and the alternator failed. A new battery and alternator were installed. Consumer is dissatisfied with the failure of the alternator.
The fuel pump failed. A new fuel pump and fuel filter were installed. Consumer is dissatisfied with this failure. The battery and the alternator failed as well.
1) instrument cluster intermittently shuts off while driving, then pops back on. On two occasions, it happens while crossing traffic lanes and also lost power - almost struck by oncoming traffic. Service engine light also comes on after such an occurence 2) exhaust noise during accelleration. Gets more pronounced as vehicle comes to normal operatoring temperature (3) driver side seat recliner lever broke off without much pressure being applied (4) air conditioner compressor went out during family vacation. Compressor squeeked for months before it finally quit (5) alternator died.
The truck I have is 1997 GMC Jimmy 4x4 slt model I purchased the truck in 2000 knowing it was a pre owned vehicle for the first two years the vehicle was nice but the next two years I have have had nothing but troubles so far with this vehicle I have replaced 1) ignition switch that costed 700. Oo 2) pulley 3) alternator 4) heater core 5) compressor for a/c is gone havent replaced 6) fuel pump is gone havent replaced 7)winshield wipers work when they want to usual on clear days but when its storming they dont work which has resulted in me getting drenched 8) tailgate doenst want to go up I have had two years of problems with my truck and still contine to do so I purchased my truck with 21,252 mi and I now have 70,329 mi I need ball joints which I have not replaced in my opinion this is the worst vehicle I have ever ownmed and I believe ever made.
While driving voltage regulator goes down, and headlights go dim. Consumer has taken vehicle to dealer twice for this problem. Consumer feels it's an electrical problem. Please provide any further information.
See all problems of the 2001 GMC Jimmy .
This car has continually had transmission problems. I have also stopped in the dealer on 2 separate times about the transmission. The mechanic hooked up a computer to see the problem. I was never given a work order sheet for those 2 times. It has also been recalled for seat belts & ignition switch. Mr.
This vehicle has been a nightmare. . . Unfortunately it was a spur of the moment purchase. Although used, with only 39,000 miles, I thought I would be ok since it had an extended warranty till 72,000. I have replaced both upper and lower ball joints, idler arm, alternator, belt tensioner, ignition switch, 4wd sensors, gas gauge sensor, left rear axle shaft and both rear axle bearings. At least these were all covered under the warranty, but not the rental cars for all the time the truck spent in the shop. Now the vehicle has 90,000 miles and the dealership is telling me that the recall for the ball joints does not pertain to my truck (the VIN # is not included), the transmission dipstick is rusted (I've seen several complaints but no recall), my accelerator pedal sticks severely (also numerous complaints), and I've already replaced (out of pocket cost of $1700) a complete rear end. I owe more than this vehicle is worth. . . But will need to get rid of it soon because I do not feel safe driving my son around in it. Many of these problems could have caused a serious accident. . .
I would like to suggest that the entire 1996 GMC- Jimmy series made need to be recalled because the owner has to many repairs to be done on the vehicle. The services engine light comes very often to indicate repairs on the truck and their are to be problems with this 1996 Jimmy. I suggest a total recall of this vehicle and this vehicle is unsafe to be on the road. It has a very bad braking system abs.
Have had many smaller problems, took in for alternator they replace battery cost to me $70 month or so later need new alternator . And had gauges checked gas gauge not reading true, next week or so window wipers start acting up and stopping mid- window and wiper fluid wont spray.
Abs brakes failed, vehicle lost control, resulting in a head-on collision. Upon impact, driver's/passenger's air bags failed to deploy, resulting in injuries. In addition, ignition locked up/fuel gauge and alternator failed.
Alternator failed twice.
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|Ignition Switch problems||
|Dash Wiring problems||
|Fuses And Circuit Breaker problems||
|Ignition Module problems||