1996 GMC Jimmy SLS 4.3 vortec from North America
Jury's still out on this one
One month after purchasing the vehicle the front brake calipers seized.
The check engine light is on intermittently however the vehicle runs well.
There is a loud booming noise from 75 kilometers and hour and up which could be from the Michelin tires only.
The oil cooler lines are leaking.
I have had no other problems.
I have owned many vehicles from Corvettes to F150 trucks to Austin minis. This vehicle is the most ergonomically efficient and comfortable vehicle I have owned. The interior layout is exceptional as is visibility and driver comfort. Ingress and egress are very good. I find the ride smooth, quiet and comfortable however there is wind buffeting if the real windows are open.
I know the service history of the truck and it has not experienced a lot of the problems others have had so far.
I tow with this vehicle and find the optional towing package from GM saves the truck from damage well.
The problematic areas reported by owners that I am watching carefully are the transmission, ABS and braking system, ERG- fuel injection system, front wheel bearings and 4 wheel drive switch.
After reading all the reviews here and elsewhere I can see (and believe) that the vehicle can be problematic to downright unreliable. I have owned and raced over thirty five vehicles since 1968. If problems become too frequent I will flog it, however, I wouldn't rule out buying a newer one, perhaps a 2000 or 2001.
Body quality seems to be good however paint finish is marginal. There are some chips and a small amount of rust.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th September, 2002