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Automatic Transmission Problems of GMC Jimmy - part 1



GMC Jimmy owners have reported 47 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 GMC Jimmy 1
Failure Date: 06/16/2006

1999 GMC Jimmy. Transmission issues. New tranny needs to be rebuilt by 80,000 miles. Seats and structure of handles break easily and last for maybe 35,000, new hubs required by 40,000, bail joints fail without warning creating serious road hazards, alternator failure, ujoint failure. All parts replaced between 35,000 and 80,000 to the tune of $11,000 yet no recalls despite mechanics claiming these are recurring problems in these vehicles. Never buy a GMC again.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 GMC Jimmy 2
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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 GMC Jimmy 3
Failure Date: 01/20/2006

When I got to work on Tuesday morning, went to park car in space, put in reverse, clunk, no reverse, can't get out of first gear. I had to have my car towed 30 miles each way to my mechanic. Turns out the planetary gear went, need a new transmission, costing over $3000. 00. After doing some research on the internet I see there are thousands of complaints on something called the sunshell gear 4160e that seems to have been a problem on many of GMC passenger cars and light duty trucks. I even came across a service bulletin they put out about the problem, but never any recall on such a problem. I have a 2001 GMC Jimmy. The service bulletin runs in autos from 1993-2005. Now, I wonder, why no recall on such a huge problem. I mean it's the most costly thing to repair and happens without any warning at all. I would suggest this be looked into, I mean now I get a new transmission from GMC which I'm sure the problem is solved, but how many people have shelled out big bucks to fix this problem and mostly at less than 100,000 miles on their vehicles. Tranny's should last longer than that. I am sure I'm not the only complaint received on this subject from what I saw in my research. If it's a defect, recall it and fix it. We, as consumers work hard to have a vehicle we can rely on and to have a major problem like this happen is really not right. Obviously GMC is aware there was a problem for some time now. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 GMC Jimmy 4
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 image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 GMC Jimmy 5
Failure Date: 06/30/2005

I have a 2000 GMC Jimmy 4wd. It has a hd towing package. At 84,300 miles my 4le60 transmission went out. The sun gear went bad. The sun gear is the main gear in the transmission. I have never raced the truck, or towed a trailer, or went 4-wheeling with it. I paid 1,400 dollars to have it rebuilt. By looking online it seems that this is a common failure to this transmission. What recourse do I have?.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 GMC Jimmy 6
Failure Date: 05/13/2005

I put my 2000 Jimmy in reverse and heard a pop sound then it would not move at all so I put it in drive a it did move then but it wined so I had to call a wrecker to come get it. I bought it from a Ford dealer they said it was the valve body it would cost 650. 00 to fix but I also but the extended warrenty but it was already out the said 4 out of 5 Jimmy have the same problem.


car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 GMC Jimmy 7
Failure Date: 12/31/2004

(1) there were no events leading up to the failure of my transmission. (2) I came to a dead end street and had to turn around, I put the truck in reverse and it would not move. I managed to get turned around by pushing the truck. The transmission will also not shift into the second or overdrive gears. I can only drive in first and third gears. (3) I haven't repaired the vehicle.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 GMC Jimmy 8
Failure Date: 11/20/2004

I am writing to advise the nhtsb of a potentially dangerous defect in the gm 4l60-e transmission and to request the nhtsb open an investigation to identify and resolve said defects. My request is in reference to the reaction sun shell, a part within the 4l60-e transmission prone to catastrophic failure. I own two GMC Jimmy 4x4 suvs. My first Jimmy is a 2000 with 60000 miles and the second is a 2001 with 50000 miles. Within the last 2 â½ months, the reaction sun shell in both of the vehicles has failed, resulting in severe damage to the 4l60-e transmissions. The failures occurred during the operation of the vehicles at highway speeds. In both cases, there was no warning of a pending failure. Both suvs experienced a sudden loss of 2nd, 3rd, od, and reverse gears, resulting in significant degradation in the performance of the vehicles and drastically reduced the operators ability to control the vehicles. Failure of a single transmission in any vehicle can be attributed to a variety of circumstances. However, identical failures in multiple 4l60-e transmissions strongly indicate a systematic fault in design and/or quality. Both vehicles experience only light duty operation and are very well maintained. GMC has been made aware of the failures verbally and in writing. Thus far, GMC has refused to accept responsibility for the fault in design and/or quality and has stated it is unwilling to correct the problem. However, GMC is aware of the problem and its magnitude as evidenced by GMC TSB 00-07-30-022. Any time there is a sudden and drastic change in the operating characteristics of a motor vehicle, the operator is presented with a dangerous situation threatening the safety of the operator, passengers, and fellow drivers. With this in mind, it is my hope that the nhtsb will investigate the grievance I have presented, identify the fault as a systematic failure on the part of GMC, and issue the appropriate recall necessary to ensure the safety of everyone on our highways.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 GMC Jimmy 9
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 image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 GMC Jimmy 10
Failure Date: 07/01/2004

First the transmission went out and I had to have it rebuilt. . . Then, I had to replace a ball joint. . . Now the other one has to be replaced. The mechanic says it is too dangerous to drive. These repairs are not cheap and premature! prior to having the transmission rebuilt I had it put on the machine and it sent out several different codes that had to be corrected. . . Nevertheless, we still had to replace the transmission. . . Also, the four wheel drive gets stuck periodically.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 GMC Jimmy 11
Failure Date: 02/20/2004

Lost 2nd gear and reverse. Feels like a broken gear. 56k miles, so far gm is resistant to doing anything. I have owned many gms, this is probably the last.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 GMC Jimmy 12
Failure Date: 02/15/2004

Transmission switches to 4wd hi on its own and will not allow me to switch back.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 GMC Jimmy 13
Failure Date: 01/06/2004

The front and rear windshield wipers began to intermittently work. This was over a period of three months and later stopped working all together. Consumer did not take the vehicle to a dealer for any repairs because it was no longer under warranty. The transmission did not shift properly after acceleration for a period of about thirty seconds, and then it shifted into gear. The abs was delayed when applying brake pressure. The brakes locked, and then the vehicle slid. The brakes pads were replaced every three months, this has been ongoing for the last two years. The steering wheel pulled to the right continuously, an alignment was performed a year ago but it did not correct the problem. In January 2004 the vehicle was involved in an accident, it struck a parked car at a speed of about 30 mph and the air bags did not deploy. This was front impact. The consumer has numerous complaints about the vehicle. .

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 GMC Jimmy 14
Failure Date: 08/23/2003

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 GMC Jimmy 15
Failure Date: 07/31/2003

2001 GMC Jimmy sle 47k miles automatic transmission already needs to be replaced. I am told that their is a seal that is leaking causing the vehicle to hesitate accelaration in first gear when cold.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 GMC Jimmy 16
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 image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 GMC Jimmy 17
Failure Date: 07/15/2002

While driving 50mph lost acceleration and all gauges.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 GMC Jimmy 18
Failure Date: 11/14/2001

Had this Jimmy in for the same repair 5 times. No safety defect listed.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 GMC Jimmy 19
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

Automatic transmission shifts hard over first gear, and engine check light comes up. Dealer has yet to be contatced. Please provide further details.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 GMC Jimmy 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2001

Trans. Mission roored when first starting out, then would not shift unless you took your foot off the gas, then compleatly failed, drum, clutches & bands had to be rebuilt.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 GMC Jimmy 21
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 image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 GMC Jimmy 22
Failure Date: 08/15/2001

Vehicle is shifting hard into gears, and consumer can feel the tires grab on pavement. Also, engine check light comes on depending on weather, if it's cool vehicle is okay. Problem started a few weeks ago.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 GMC Jimmy 23
Failure Date: 08/03/2001

Dealer repair center states that there were several clutches that were burnt and that a broken band was found as well as having the housing scalded. Said that an aftermarket transmission filter was found in the unit and that a subpar fluid was used to refill it. This car was picked up brand new off of the lot and the transmission was never serviced by anyone since we have owned it. All repairs and maintenance have been done at this same dealer as we had a warranty on this unit until 4 months ago when we hit 36,000 miles.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 GMC Jimmy 24
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 image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 GMC Jimmy 25
Failure Date: 06/10/2001

3 transmission problems in 2 months. Once nearly cost me my life. I would like arbitration according to va state lemon laws.

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