1998 GMC Suburban Reviews

1998 GMC Suburban SLT 5.7 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.7 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance13300 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Really reliable

Faults:

My transmission was defective and went out at 50,000 miles.

My transmission went out at 114,000 miles and was rebuilt.

Fuel Pump went out at 100,000 miles.

Axle and Ball Joints were changed at 130,000 miles.

Driver's side seat is very bad. The seat isn't very strong.

General Comments:

I haven't had any major problems with the exception of the defective transmission.

All issues I have had with the car were at or above the 100,000 mile mark, which is expected.

I certainly got my money's worth with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2003

1998 GMC Suburban SLT 350 CID Vortec from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 350 CID Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

Without a doubt the poorest quality, most expensive car I've ever owned.

Faults:

Dash vent on passenger side keeps falling out at 35,000 miles.

CD player stopped working at 40,000 miles.

Transmission blew up at 50,000 miles.

ABS sensor problem at 55,000 miles, chatters to a stop.

Oil lines to cooler leaking and had to be replaced at 55,000 miles.

Check engine light being set under throttle on hills. Dealer can't figure it out at 60,000 miles.

Rear wiper not working at 70,000 miles.

Door handles on driver door exterior broke at 75,000.

Interior door handle broke at 78,000 miles.

General Comments:

This truck has been an utter disappointment. I've spent well over $6,000 in maintenance in 2 years time, and still have substantial repairs to perform. I've previously owned BMW's, and this kind of quality would not be tolerated or excused by a BMW dealer or BMW North America. Chevrolet and its dealers treat this kind of failure on a $45,000 vehicle as par for the course.

I will not purchase another GM vehicle. They've lost my business and I'm now looking to sell the truck to cut my losses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th December, 2002

24th Aug 2003, 15:06

I have a 1999 GMC C-1500 Suburban. I love the car and what I can do with it--but the repairs/failures have me tearing my hair out. Won't start--paroxysmally--new alternator/battery under warranty, then fails again--even with towing to GMC--can't diagnose. Now on battery #3--only 65000 miles, 3.5 years old! And alternator #2 failed while starting out on 1500 miles trip--just happened to be able to coast into shop to replace for second time. Now in addition have also had failure at least 2 door lock motors/actuators and the door handle on interior snapped off. Further?--can't get it aligned--5 trips to Dealer, 2 other auto shops/tire shops who are reputable--still pulls to one side.

On top of all of that, who ever thought to put the cup holder right in front of the A/C vent? block air and cool your coffee in one fell blow.

Unfortunately, no other vehicle fits this size to replace it.

2nd Aug 2007, 12:26

I have a 1998 GMC Suburban and it has sucked. It won't start half the time, I changed out the fuel pump, filter, spark-plugs and wires. I have changed out the mass airflow sensor and two solenoids on the intake. Each thing I do seems to fix it for a week or two, and then BAM! IT'S BROKEN AGAIN!!! If anyone has any good advice to solve this problem, please let me know. jasonlwood@hotmail.com

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews