1996 GMC Jimmy Reviews

1996 GMC Jimmy SLE Vortec V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Vortec V6 Automatic
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.7 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles

Summary:

It's a good dependable work truck

Faults:

Mostly minor things.

Rear wiper motor failed.

Front window regulators fell off track. $500 each at dealership to repair, not replace.

Heater core and radiator just last year.

Plugs, wires, shocks, brakes, general tune up stuff.

General Comments:

The Jimmy is one tough truck. I use it to its max limit, and have nothing but confidence in its ability to handle the job.

But sitting in the passenger seat is unbearable for more than a few minutes. Very uncomfortable.

The paint is still like new though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2010

1996 GMC Jimmy SLT 4.3 liter Vortec from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.3 liter Vortec Automatic
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance131000 miles

Summary:

Great first car

Faults:

I recently bought my first car. A 1996 GMC Jimmy SLT 4x4. I have had to replace a ball joint, a belt pulley, and that's about it. It has 131,000 miles on it.

The brakes are weird, the windshield wipers work when they want, and a few other things. I recently found out they are all recalls, and they weren't fixed when they came out, so my local GM dealer is fixing them for free.

General Comments:

Very nice first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2010

1996 GMC Jimmy SLT 4.3 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance168500 miles
Previous carHonda Passport

Summary:

The best for the money

Faults:

I had to charge the air, cost $21.

Flushed the tranny, cost $39.

Power mirror fuse blew, cost $0.30.

General Comments:

I bought this SUV because I'm sick and tired of paying out the nose for import parts (oh yes, you need them for imports also), in fact the Honda this Jimmy is replacing is STILL sitting in my driveway with bad bearings, seized air compressor, some freaky electrical problem that causes it to just STOP running AS YOU'RE DRIVING IT (pile of import junk if you ask me).

Now don't get me wrong, all these things can and should be fixed on the Honda, but why? The Jimmy is by far cheaper to maintain, looks better, drives better, any part I might need doesn't need a trip to the bank to dip into my saving account, and anybody that doesn't own their own creeper and grease gun shouldn't own a car in the first place. So you all go out and get your Honda SUV, and WHEN they puke on you and you can't afford what Honda thinks their parts are worth, just line it up behind my Honda, but hurry, my brother just towed his Civic over and I'm running out of room for the "more money than brains cars"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2009

8th Jun 2009, 20:04

Very true about the "imports". Many Honda, Toyota, and Mazda vehicles are now manufactured at plants in the US, Mexico, and Canada. They are not necessarily any more reliable than a domestic car, yet the parts cost more and they are more difficult to repair (the parts and labor costs are through the ROOF! ask any mechanic). For some reason it seems everyone thinks these Japanese cars are more reliable but I beg to differ. Maybe they were back in the day when they were still actually BUILT in Japan.

Oh yeah, my sister just bought a Mazda3 brand new and I found out the engine in it is actually designed by FORD! She might as well have bought a Ford and slapped a Mazda sticker on it, woulda been a lot cheaper.. Anyway good luck with your Jimmy!

1996 GMC Jimmy SLS 4.3 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Most recent distance225000 kilometres

Summary:

I don't think I would buy another Jimmy

Faults:

4x4 no longer works, used to get jammed, but after not using it for a while it no longer works.

Sometimes get relaly hot near the feet.

Gas lines had to be changed along with a new gas tank.

Heater stopped working and blower motor started making noises, had to be changed.

Dash lights and back running lights stopped working one day.

Sometimes stalls for no apparent reason when idling too long.

General Comments:

Runs well on the road.

Not too bad on gas.

Good off road and in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 18 reviews