1999 GMC Jimmy SLS from North America - Comments

5th May 2006, 14:53

Bought my 1999 Jimmy SLS, 4x4, 4 Door in Oct. 2003. Vehicle had 103000 KM on it and was mint throughout.

The reclining handles for the seats broke on both sides, no big deal.

Never had any oil problems or major engine problem, which I am thankful for.

Brakes Calipers, Rotors and Wheel Bearings have all gone at least once.

Wheels always seem to squeal no matter what I fix or where it gets fixed at.

U joints replaced twice.

Original Spark plugs lasted over 200000 KMs.

Tension pulley went at 190000 KM.

Driver window doesn’t roll down due to window motor breaking off.

Back window wiper motor broke right after I bought the vehicle.

Driver door hinge broke leaving.

All of which seems to be normal wear and tear. 225000 Kms later still smells brand new inside and the only problem is the Transmission slipping a bit.

I recommend this vehicle, but only if you install a good security alarm, some idiot wrecked my door handles trying to get in.

Planning to install new engine and tranny, make the vehicle run good for another 250000 KMs.

5th Jul 2006, 22:43

My friend has a 1999 GMC jimmy. Everytime she turns her turn signal on, her running lights turn off. IS this normal?

Laura

ldaywmuot@hotmail.com.

23rd Jul 2006, 02:51

Yes, it is normal for the running lights to go out when the turn signal is used. GMC says it is made that way to alert the oncoming traffic that you are turning.

2nd Aug 2006, 18:42

I bought a used 1999 Jimmy 4-wheel drive 4-door a couple of years ago.

It has been interesting reading the owner's comments as they mirror my experience.

I have replaced brake pads (rotors) pretty well every year.

I have replaced driver's side door hinges once.

I need two front wheel bearings (tip in replacing bearings, cut torque specs in half).

I have replaced the alternator.

Other than these common complaints, it's been a good vehicle although very hard on gas (4.3 L auto) - I figure I'm getting about 7 K per litre (20 miles per gallon) whereas my wife's 1996 Chrysler Intrepid (3.8 L) is getting about 33 MPG.

I pull a 21 ft. travel trailer in the summer and I must say the Jimmy has done an admirable job (so far). It has a factory transmission cooler and towing package. It is also great in the snow (I live in Canada).

People have told me that I can expect transmission problems, front axle problems, etc. So far, so good. I don't mind spending a few dollars here and there - so much better than an new car payment. I rationalize it that way.

18th Aug 2006, 20:52

We have a 99 GMC Jimmy and have about 110,000 miles on it. We have a broken gas gauge as well and monitor the mileage and also fill up at the 220 mile mark.

The headlights turn off when the signal is on. The owner's manual states it is correct to do this...

Too bad my honey didn't read ALL of the directions on towing a popup. We drove 4 hours in "overdrive" and drove home with the tow haul button pushed in... Drove fine the other day, but now the transmission feels like it is slipping. From what I have read, sounds like it may have been overheated pulling the 2000 lb popup in overdrive gear. The manual states to drive it in 3, not overdrive. Now it is sitting at AAMCO awaiting diagnostic testing and I am cringing... anticipating the outcome. The manual also says not to use the tow haul if not at 4000 lbs... or maybe I am not reading it correctly. Does anyone know if we should or shouldn't use the tow haul for 2000 pounds?

We have replaced the alternator on it, as it was not holding enough charge, as well as a sensor in the left front wheel. The upper and lower ball joints on both sides have also been replaced. The transmission caused problems 4 years ago, when I first bought it used, but the dealer fixed it for us. It was reving to 4000 rpms before it would go into drive and there was no reverse. That was at 48,000 miles. The parking/neutral switch was replaced. The left front hub bearing was replaced twice. Also replaced was the left front wheel speed harness... I don't have this memorized, just kept all of my receipts...

Anyway... kinda hard to get rid of a vehicle that you owe more on than it's worth, so we've just been plugging along and paying for the repairs... Call me crazy, but I really love my Jimmy... rides and drives great, when it's not in the shop ;)

4th Sep 2006, 22:39

I drive a 1999 Chevy Blazer (same thing) and I have also replaced my right front hub bearing, and my door hinges and bushings have gone bad. My back windshield washer no longer works. But other than that, I have had no problems at all.

I bought mine in 2000 when it had 13,000 miles on it, and it still runs great. I am 100% satisfied with my GM product and plan on buying another one in the near future. Not bad for a 7 year old vehicle with 120,000 miles on it.

12th Sep 2006, 07:48

I have 2000 GMC Jimmy.

I've had the same costly problems, most of them repeated in this forum (replacing the bearings, idler arm;, all those undercarriage problems..I've spent at least $3k on it already, in 2 years time.. bought this car 2 years ago..)

But I am most interested to read the first comment about the water pouring in onto the drivers side floor. Mine does too! A piece broke of my retractable sunroof, and it took a lot of effort to get it closed so that it appears to have a good seal, until I can get it fixed.. but still now, when it rains, especially pouring rain.. a waterfall comes in the drivers side and pools on the floor. It also drips in from the temperature gauge over the rearview mirror, and from the rear passenger light fixture! I had been thinking it was from the broken sunroof.. maybe the seal still wasn't good enough... but I also have to replace the drivers side door hinges; they're worn out (again!) and don't hold the door up so well anymore (second time I've had to replace those, in 2 years time), so I thought maybe the water was pouring in from that as well. : (

The speakers on my nice CD stereo don't work anymore.. probably thanks to the water pouring in.. and the heat doesn't work anymore (although the A/C still cranks beautifully.. even comes out when I don' have the A/C fan on. That should be real comfortable in the winter! LOL)

The weather stripping sucks. The sound of the wind coming through on the highway is unbelievable.

I have about another $3k in repairs to put into it right now.. but other than that.. it runs beautifully, and I can't help, but love my Jimmy. It's my baby, and other than the $$$$ @#$#@$#@ problems, it's the nicest truck I've ever had. The black leather seats, beautiful stereo system, and all in all, a great ride. The retractable sunroof is huge, and when I was able to use it, almost like having a convertible!

However, I do curse GMC for putting a vehicle out on the market, that seems to have these same flaws over and over again appearing in this model. They don't get off the hook that easy, and my language when I have to mop 3 inches of water up off my drivers side floor, isn't pretty.