1976 GMC Jimmy Reviews from North America

1976 GMC Jimmy High Sierra 350-4bbl V8

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 350-4bbl V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Most recent distance164000 miles
Previous carChevrolet K2500

Summary:

The most reliable vehicle on the road

Faults:

The rear fenders and passenger door bottom have started to rust through.

The gas mileage is horrendous.

The ride is loud, bouncy and obnoxious.

General Comments:

This SUV is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. No matter what temperature, weather, or how long it has not been started, it always starts and runs like new. If this SUV achieved better MPG, and had a better ride, I would not drive my daily driver, a Cadillac, at all. I love this GMC that much!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2005

1976 GMC Jimmy 4x4 2.0 Corvette 327

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Corvette 327 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

All in all, a very satisfying 4WD vehicle

Faults:

The rear quarter panels have started to rust through, as is expected of a vehicle of this age.

The seats in it when I bought it were not original, so they did not fit. I did, however replace them with with Sierra High-backs, which are better than the stock seats.

Within a week the exhaust donut on the right side went bad. It cost me a whole of 68 cents and half an hour.

The rear window was a bit beat up, not cracked or broken in any way, but there were scuffs and scratches, so I replaced it.

The topper had been painted, so when it flexed, paint chipped and fell off. It looked really bad, so I replaced it.

At this point I got pulled over due to the exhaust. It was not a manufacturers problem, I just had the exhaust replaced for more ponies and a meaner sound. I guess the cop liked peace and quiet.

I replaced the cracked fuel hose going into the carb.

I replaced ALL of these parts for less than $300. I went to a junkyard and just bought another with the exterior pieces I needed for a measly $200. I sold the excess as scrap and got $50 of my money back.

General Comments:

For its size and age, this beast handles great at higher speeds. However, at lower speeds, or while towing, an inexperienced driver will wander all over the road.

Unlike a lot of newer trucks, this beast has lots of power in reverse. I have seriously lost count of how many cars, vans, trucks, and SUV's I have pulled out of the ditch, mud, snowbanks, and towed.

Due to the suspension lift and 36 inch Kelly Safari swamper tires, I had to get a custom done hitch so I could tow.

One thing GM did not think out was the fact that they put radios of different sizes in their trucks as opposed to the rest of the world. I had to custom build my dash to accommodate a cd player. There was plenty of room inside the dash to mount an amp for subwoofers. There was also a lack of stock speaker mounts.

You learn to watch the gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2002

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews