1997 GMC Jimmy SLE 4.3 vortec from North America


It has been a great truck, and is worth every penny


I had to replace the transmission around 125,000 miles. This cost about 2,000 dollars, and I lost the truck for three days.

I also had to replace the water pump about 150,000. This proved to be difficult and I had to replace the clutch fan too. The whole thing cost about 250,and I lost the truck for a day. I also replaced the push button for the four wheel drive. The electric motor had burned up. This cost about 200 dollars. I lost the truck for two days.

General Comments:

The Jimmy has been very dependable.

The 4.3 litter vortex has plenty of power.

It also handles well in the snow.

The braking system, however was not very well designed.

It is roomy and fits plenty of people and cargo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2002

1997 GMC Jimmy SLE 4.3 V-6 from North America


Steer clear of this


When I first got it was leaking brake fluid.

The transmission went out on the way from Michigan to Myrtle Beach.

Need brake drums at 40K.

Water pump.

General Comments:

I think GM needs to work on fixing the reliability of their trucks.

The back seat is very uncomfortable on long trips.

It does accelerate nice. That's about the only thing going for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2001

15th Jul 2001, 13:36

This is why I don't trust lower end GM products. The GMC Jimmy is built off of the same frame, engine, and transmission as the Chevy Blazer, which is about the worst SUV in it's class. I don't mind driving some GM cars like the Camaro, any Cadillac, Corvette, and Suburban, but I think I'll stick to Ford and Mercury because I can't afford a Corvette or a Cadillac.

1997 GMC Jimmy SLE 4.3 liter High output V6 from North America


A good SUV


Transmission started slipping and turned the check engine light on. It was caused by a factor defect and I had to pay to fix it. Cost $400.

Also hit two deers with it. The first on knocked the bumper in and broke the two PLASTIC fasteners that hold it on. Also bent the then metal arms that help support it. The second on broke the light cluster, blocked the grill, bent the driver's side fender and left pressure marks on the bumper. Also broke the PLASTIC fastener on the bumper. Why can't they hold the bumper on with metal???

General Comments:

Not a bad car, a little slow for me even with a new intake and a K&N air filter. But I only get 16.5 mpg average with it.

The 4-wheel drive gets around great on snow, but stopping it is another story. The anti-lock brakes lock at slow speed and can easily make you slide, but you always slide straight and forward.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2001