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GMC Sierra 1500 repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (5%)

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GMC Sierra 1500 electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (66%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 44 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

GPS not functioning - cable to GPS antennea Radio reception poor A/C not cooling well, Recharged and dye added. 

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2016 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

1000 mi Drive power seat working only sometimes 
2000 mi LED out in headlight. Entire headlight assembly replaced. 
14000 mi In-dash navigation will speak directions even though sound has been muted. Only resolution is to stop vehicle, turn it off and restart it. Dealer was unable to replicate the problem and was unable to repair it. 

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

5000 mi A/C compressor was replaced. 

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

285-horsepower 4.3L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

3500 mi Nothing was done. I was told it had no problems. I have had 25 cars in my life and NONE with A/C that won't cool properly. I have read blogs that A/C is a frequent problem with GM trucks. I will try to trade this December. 

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

420-horsepower 6.2L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

7300 mi Intellilink system failed. No OnStar and no Remote via Internet. 
11000 mi Nav/Radio/Intellink system froze while driving. Stopped and turned off vehicle. System would not reboot and radio would not shut off-even after turning off ignition and restart. System operated normally next day. Dealer could not replicate. 

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

17300 mi OnStar system failure (red light). No GPS or Compass available. External antenna was replaced. 
25000 mi Driver alert system malfunction warning light. Dealer attempted to duplicate but was unable. Problem persists. 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

17000 mi Weak headlights, new bulbs and reprogram the BCM for more voltage 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

9000 mi Pressure hose from the compressor came apart at the crimp and started leaking refrigerant. 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

8000 mi Truck was dead. Battery was fully charged, but ALL systems were inoperable for about 36 hours. Truck came back to life and acted as if everything was normal. Shop could not determine the problem. 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

420-horsepower 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

5000 mi Voice recognition was not picking up 75% of commands. GM replaced the voice command speaker. Seems better but still misses common commands at times (call home etc) 
9700 mi Right side door speaker not working at all. Dealer replaced the speaker and the plug. 
27700 mi Bluetooth problems. 
55000 mi Update for unresponsive nab and Bluetooth. 
57700 mi Recall for poor headlamp performance 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

28300 mi onstar wasn't working, the dealer replaced; antenna,wiring harness,and mirror. 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

22000 mi Trailer 7 pin receptacle had left side and trailing lights quit working. 
22700 mi Battery dead. Battery replaced at dealership. 
3700 mi Fog light failed. Have to remove some plastic pieces to gain access to the bulb. 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

1000 mi Homelink (garage door opener) not working HD Radio not working 
6300 mi Homelink (garage door opener) not working HD Radio not working 
7700 mi Bought back for HD Radio, Homelink, other issues. 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

65000 mi

US $800
condenser replacement 

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2013 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

2000 mi several days after purchase water on pass side floor. Dlr found out the a/c hose was never installed at factory and allowed water from a/c system to drain between firewall and inside carpeting, resulting in ,major water leak. 

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

125000 mi

US $65
Headlamp out - have replaced multiple times now 
149000 mi

US $200
Turn signal stopped working on drivers rear, it was a wiring issue in the back. 

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

31000 mi

US $1000
Battery connectors 

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

10540 mi instrumentation froze. tach, chimes, speedo, transmission indicator all inop 

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

403-horsepower 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

13600 mi Dead battery, boosted twice to get home. Replaced battery to get to work, took battery to dealer for replacement, 2 hour "recovery" charge...replacement declined. 

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

2000 mi Took the truck in at 12:45Pm, picked up at 3:00 Pm. Great Service 

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

116000 mi

US $45
Headlamp replacement by GMC dealer 

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2010 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

26000 mi

US $230
When car is idle, AC blows cold (32F) air out of vent. when you start driving temp goes up to the point when it's 80+ outside, the cab is no longer cooled. I think it is electronics that is malfunctioning Dealer doesn't find anything wrong with the AC. On a hot day 90F+ it blows cool but not ice cold air. Unfortunately summer is over so not easy to recreate. 

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2010 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

29760 mi Blower motor and fan assembly replaced after original fan disintegrated with a bang. Covered by warranty. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500

Engine not specified

43000 mi

US $100
The Air Bag pressure sensor control shorted out. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 8ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

112000 mi

US $325
My brake lights were active no matter the position of the brake and the cruise control would not activate. The brake control switch, attached to the pedal was worn out. Changed it out and have not had any other problems with it. The front driver's side and passenger's side door speakers have no audio. The rear driver's side door speaker has no audio. Only the front tweeters and rear passenger's side door has audio output. 
126000 mi The brake switch (the electrical switch attached to the brake pedal) wore out. This causes the brake lights to persistently stay on and will not allow cruise control to be activated. A temporary fix is to lightly tap the brake pedal. 
132000 mi The air blowing through the vents would be transferred to the defrost vents and only the defrost vents. No matter what where the air was set to blow out of, it continued to blow out the defrost vents. 
162700 mi

US $55
Both power window switches failed in the rear doors 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

36300 mi

US $50
Sensor for gas tank... 
42000 mi

US $250
cruise control was non-op. brake switch was the issue and replaced (has a cruise control circuit within). problem resolved. 
2480 mi Radio LCD faded and the entire radio was replaced. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

70000 mi

US $300
Repaired shorted speakers that were keeping the stereo, turn signals, etc from operating correctly. (Turn signals and warning chimes indication goes through drivers side door speaker.) Window motors quit working on all windows except for drivers. Took door switches out/apart and cleaned contacts with eraser. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

403-horsepower 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

47000 mi The TPMS sensors in all 4 tires needed to be replaced. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

97960 mi

C $330
Entire driver's door electrical stopped working except for the mirror adjust. Faulty wire was found somewhere under the dashboard. Put everything back together and the driver's door speaker was not working. Replaced speaker. 
108960 mi

C $378
Front sensor failed and was changed. 
31000 mi door lock is not working. Parts on order. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

18600 mi activator for power lock defective. part ordered 
34720 mi The driver door lock does not function properly. 
55180 mi 3 door latch (actuators) replaced. 2 of which had already been replaced 12 and 18 months. 6 replaced total. Good will repair after complaining it was not normal to replace 6 door latch in three years. Apparently it is a known issue.  
3500 mi Onstar would not connect, dealer replaced the faulty component under warranty. No problems since. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

22940 mi Burn out headlight D/S door lock disfunctional 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

19840 mi Fixed power locks as they were not working. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

295-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

42000 mi

US $322
AIR BAG SENSOR FAILED 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

295-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

8000 mi The air pressure sensor on. Low air pressure 2 tires/wheels. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

40920 mi

C $450
Pass side headlight burnt out 

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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

367-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

9000 mi

US $30
persistant dead battery, no start condition, drove 3 times the week prior to dead battery 

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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

18000 mi Battery not holding charge, Dealer Service reflashed Radio to correct latent power drain issue. 

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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

102000 mi

US $100
Air bag sensor under drivers seat had corrosion at the connector,from moisture I'm guessing from the great winters here in Ohio. It was a simple fix. After that no other problems.. 
51000 mi

US $150
HVAC stuck in Defrost mode. Replaced Control Motor Actuator, problem resolved 
88000 mi

US $450
Passenger side retractable side mirror inoperative (would not retract) 
116000 mi Driver's Side Retractable Mirror not retracting. 
71000 mi

US $148
driver's side low beam burned out. Replaced both low beams. 
77000 mi

US $701
Right rear window would not roll up. Window regulator was broken and replaced. Drivers window would not operate. Master window switch failed internally. Replaced Master window switch. 

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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

367-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

29760 mi Intermitent would not crank over, finally would not crank ever, towed to dealer, replaced electrical fuse and distribution center, then intermitent start, so they replaced starter and has fixed it so far. 

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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

315-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

12000 mi Air bag light has come one a few times and went away 
17000 mi air bag light 

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500

Engine not specified

84320 mi

C $1990
A/C clutch malfunction. 

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

136400 mi

C $350
New alternator 

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

41000 mi

US $660
Blower motor ceased to function. 

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

345-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

37200 mi Service airbag light on. Failed sensor. Lights burnt out in dash cluster. Replaced. Passenger front window very slow and squeaky while going up. 

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

61380 mi

C $575
Replaced speedometer cluster due to burned out bulbs behind speedometer. Bulbs could not be replaced, instead, entire cluster needed to be replaces and reprogrammed to system's computer! 
64480 mi The right side (dual climate control system) actuator door was malfunctioning and needs to be replaced. Due to the $750 repair cost, they still have not been done. 
116180 mi

C $300
blower motor speeds all stopped except for speed 4 

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

285-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

64000 mi Blower motor resister and connector. 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 8ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

77500 mi

US $478
AC stopped working. They replaced the blower motor and a "module" that had been burned out by the bad blower motor. 
83000 mi Airbag goes on and later off again. The same for months now. 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

310-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

90000 mi

US $650
Lights were surging/pulsing - alternator failed. "Generator" was replaced. 
113000 mi

US $2500
Driver's side seat heat was worn out. 
92700 mi HVAC blower moter module defective. 
10000 mi ONstar and handsfree phone system malfunctioning. new cell phone module installed under warranty. 
17065 mi HVAC system malfunctioning. reprogrammed the computer under warranty 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

134000 mi Dash lights periodically go out, but will come back on if you push the trip reset button on the odometer a few times. 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

11000 mi

US $600
Electronic seat module would not move seat to correct position. 
72000 mi

US $350
Speedometer section of instrument cluster replaced. (speedometer stopped working) 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

127000 mi

US $325
airbag light on. checked several sensors not fixed yet 
128000 mi

US $150
SRS airbag system light illumnated repeatedly. Right Front airbag impact sensor failed. no impact or accident impact occurred to cause failure. 
139300 mi

US $245
both front impact sensors failed. 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

285-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

61000 mi

US $300
The blower stopped working in the hvac. 

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2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

99000 mi Instrument panel speedometer, tac, and fuel gauge stopped working 

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2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

45000 mi

US $300
Driver side window, mirror & door lock would not function. Repair shop found broken wire and repaired 
118000 mi

US $400
Had a blend door replaced on drivers side. 
204000 mi Passenger side AC blowing hot air, driver side started blowing hot air as well. Problem only happened occasionally. Research showed blend door issue. Tried reset trick involving pulling fuse while system on. So far problem has resolved 
232000 mi

US $160
Replace the driver side and passenger side vent door actuators. Was experiencing issues with occasional hot air blowing out of events when the AC was on. Saved at least $700 doing the repair myself. Wipers would only work on high. Intermittent settings would not work nor did the windshield washer fluid work. Internet research to determine problem was most likely wiper motor control board. 
243000 mi

US $60
Driver side heated seat pad (bottom) went out 
275300 mi

US $125
Compressor engaging intermittently. Recharge helped for a month but acting up again. Had shop do leak test. Pulled vacuum and found no leaks. They said test shows compressor is weak. Will do proactive replacement of compressor soon 
281300 mi

US $800
Replace AC compressor and related parts 

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2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

325-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

132000 mi

US $200
Replaced alternator. 

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2004 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

285-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

56000 mi

US $97
AC Drive-Belt tensioner failure 
56000 mi

US $60
Replaced the fan blower resister module. First reported this fan issue in 2011, the fan ran in "Speed 4" but not speed 1, 2, nor 3. Finally repaired it in 9/2015. (Pretty speedy work, huh?) 
56000 mi

US $125
Dashboard control stopped controlling the hvac system, replaced the module. Truck won't start, tried to charge battery, battery would not hold charge. Replaced battery. 
56000 mi

US $325
Shop replaced driver side heater-damper-door motor. 
56000 mi

US $95
All of the instrument panel gauges ceased to operate. Mailed the gauge assembly assembly to a shop where they installed all new stepper motors. 

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2004 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

62000 mi Replace instrument cluster due to failure. Covered under manufacturers extended warantee. 

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

69000 mi

US $240
Oil senting unit went out....showed I had 80psi when it should of been 40psi 
79000 mi

US $32
Blower went out...replaced Blower Motor resister 

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

325-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

138700 mi

US $30
recharged ac due to blowing hot air. seemed to fix the problem 

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

179000 mi

US $115
Fan only operated in fast speed. Replaced the blower motor resistor. DRL bulb required replacement. 
185000 mi

US $80
Replaced starter 
167000 mi

US $300
OEM radio died after 12 years. 

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

200-horsepower 4.3L V6 5-speed manual RWD

107000 mi

US $300
Inlet Air Door actuator replaced due to bad unit and mode door actuator replaced due to bad unit. 
113000 mi

US $55
Inlet Air door actuator failed. 

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2000 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

137000 mi

US $50
replaced headlight 
290000 mi Tow/Haul mode was found not to work when depressing button on shifter. Pulled the dash apart, and found a broken wire. Removed the shifter, soldered the wires back together, replaced shifter, and Tow/Haul mode works again. Blower only ran on highest setting. Diagnosed and replaced blower motor resistor. 
293500 mi

US $80
Blend door actuator was not allowing air to blow from drivers side. Replaced motor, recalibrate, and problem was fixed. Cooling system was not blowing cold air. 

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2000 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

160000 mi

US $39
Passenger window regulator was broken and needed to be replaced with a unit complete with a motor bought on E-bay 

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1999 GMC Sierra 1500 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

68000 mi

US $300
Fuel guage/ pump was replaced, kept running out of fuel 

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1999 GMC Sierra 1500

8-cylinder automatic AWD

140300 mi

US $110
Replace failing battery. 
141700 mi

US $15
Replace driver window regulator. 

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1999 GMC Sierra 1500

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

109000 mi AC compressor died. Too costly to repair and chose not to repair. 

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