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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 (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 500 repairs.

GMC Sierra 1500 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 47 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

367-horsepower 6.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

5260 mi White smoke on start up coming from tail pipe. Both the dealer's service manager and shop foreman witnessed the smoke. They claim that no problem exists, but to just monitor fluid consumption. 
10540 mi White smoke coming from tailpipe. I was advised that a bulletin was issued for this problem. They installed a new valve cover on the same side as the PCV valve. Have not noticed any problems or smoke since the work was completed. 

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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

13000 mi Truck stopped running while parked and while driving down the highway!! Bad PCM circuit, new PCM was installed and programmed.  
35000 mi Squeaking noise upon start up and idle. They could not duplicate until I went to pick it up. Then it did it again. I will have to bring back when I have more time. 
20000 mi Oil leak on engine above oil filter housing. 
21000 mi Engine oil leak from oil pan gasket. Dealer replaced gasket under warranty. 

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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 Check engine light was on, replaced something in fuel system. Evaporator canister?  

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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 Truck runs out with DIC showing 68 km DTE, and fuel guage shows 1/8 tank left. Dealer replaced fuel sensor in tank. Now truck runs out of fuel when DTE says 105 KM DTE. Problem is worse now, Fuel gauage over 1/8 tank left, low fuel light does not come on. 
32240 mi Engine oil cooler lines leaking at crimp Hose-tube near radiator. Dealer says not leaking bad enough. I am going to call GM and complain. Vehicle runs out of fuel above 1/8 tank on gauge and 76L used on DIC. Worse now than before fuel level sensor was changed. Dealer says Diagnostics shows 60% and fuel gauge says 60% so must be ok. I will take truck to them when about to run out. 
35340 mi replaced leaking engine oil cooler lines, previously took to a different dealer who said "normal leakage" fuel pump and sensor replaced to fix problem -ran out of gas at 1/4 tank, finally fixed problem 5th time in 4 repair. 

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

80000 mi

US $560
Antifreeze leaking of back side of water pump; water pump replaced 
70000 mi

US $657
leaking water pump 

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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

22940 mi Replace water pump 
23560 mi Brought to shop for overheating issue. They found no problem after trying it numerous times. 
24180 mi

C $100
Replaced thermostat and coolant. 
37200 mi Leaking engine oil cooler lines. 

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

200-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

85560 mi

C $400
O2 Sensor triggered the engine light. The engine light subsequently came on again and was diagnosed as the sensor on top of the fuel tank. The sensor was replaced and the engine light was cleared about a week ago and has not come on since. 
88040 mi Engine light on. First time was an emission sensor. Second time was a gas tank venting valve at the top of the gas tank. Engine light on again. Still haven't had a mechanic look at it. 
89280 mi Engine light came on again and was reset by mechanic. Am told that the error message is the venting valve at the top of the gas tank. 
89900 mi

C $100
Engine light came on again. Warning light reset but truck continues to operate adequately. 
107260 mi

C $325
Also replaced muffler hanger that was broken 
114700 mi

C $981
gaskets between the engine and radiator cooling system were leaking coolant. 
117800 mi

C $300
Won't start in damp weather 
119040 mi

C $800
Ignition coil had to be replaced along with plugs and wires 

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1999 GMC Sierra 1500

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

115000 mi

US $150
Belt tension pulley was replaced. 

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