1998 GMC Jimmy Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1998 GMC Jimmy SLS 4.3 Vortec from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

All we have done is pretty much drive it, very inexpensive transportation

Faults:

Replaced passenger side electric window motor at 40,000 miles.

The dash rattles quite a bit as well as the entire interior that is plastic.

Replaced the main serpentine belt at 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

The truck is easy to get in and out of.

The seats are comfortable and show hardly any wear.

The finish looks as good as when it was new.

Replaced the brakes only once, nothing has ever gone wrong with the engine, or any other part in the entire truck.

For the money paid, I feel it has been one of the most trouble free vehicles that I have ever owned.

It gets respectable gas mileage, and has plenty of power.

It handles very good.

It does have several "blind spots", which poses somewhat of a small problem when backing up.

I am only on my 3rd set of tires, just bought them at 70,000 miles, so obviously its very good on tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2004

1998 GMC Jimmy SLS 4.3 Vortec from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3 Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

A very reliable GM product

Faults:

Four wheel Drive selector switch went out.

Brakes are a little squeaky.

Passenger side seat handle is broken.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable truck, that is also a very capable off road vehicle. It gets relatively good gas mileage and has never let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2003

1998 GMC Jimmy SLT 4.7 Vortec from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.7 Vortec Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Good vehicle, but too many repairs needed

Faults:

Both front wheel bearing assemblies have been replaced.

Transmission was replaced/rebuilt at 88,000 miles.

Replaced rear wiper motor.

Replaced ignition switch.

Replaced drivers and passenger side hinges and bushings.

Drivers side window control panel is loose.

General Comments:

Truck has always run well and has never left me stranded.

Great low end torque for towing and overall power.

Front seats are comfortable, not the rear seats.

Plenty of room in cargo area.

Four wheel drive is great.

I enjoy the vehicle a lot, but it is overpriced for the length of time it will last and how much it costs to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2003

1998 GMC Jimmy SLS from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.0 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Lemon

Faults:

Alternator went in the first week.

Key was stuck in the ignition and was draining the battery after one month.

Right side tires wear uneven so vehicle pulls which is on going problem.

Driver side window leaks after 50,000 miles.

Passenger side seat adjustment handle has broken off twice.

Steering column broke at 25,000 miles.

Various belts and pulleys broke at 35,000 miles.

Constant service engine soon light coming on.

Driver side seat belt is tricky to snap into place. The belt works when it wants to.

General Comments:

This is the absolute worst vehicle I have ever owned. I would never buy another Jimmy ever again.

The dealer charged way to much and I have had problems from day one. The dealer even says it is a piece of junk, but won't do anything about it except trade it in for another vehicle from his lot. Yeah right!

The warranty hasn't covered anything that has broken, and if it did I had to pay the mechanic first and get reimbursed. When I did do that it was difficult to get reimbursed and I only received a check for the cost of the parts and not the labor. The company tried to get out of paying by saying all work needs to be preapproved. When I told them I had gotten approval prior to the work they mysteriously could not find that information on their computers. Convenent for them huh.

In conclusion I would not recommend anyone to buy this vehicle. Unfortunately I am stuck with this vehicle seeing how I owe more than the book value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th August, 2003

24th Jan 2010, 17:54

It appears that it is more a person issue than a truck issue. Most of the items you have described is more neglect and not knowing how things function.

A lot of times heavy set people have these same problems; pulling on steering wheel getting in, putting weight on the door, thus making the door sag, creating a leak. Putting pressure on the back of the seat while trying to adjust, breaking the handle. The belt problem is common only on the ones people who neglect changing them after they get worn out, and beats the tensioner out of it. The key problems come from the steering column being loose and keep driving.

I have 400,000 miles on 2 with zero problems except normal maintenance.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 27 reviews