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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 (9%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 574 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.

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

11000 mi Engine exhibited surging from idle (approx. 600 RPM) to 1,350 RPM whiles stopped with no throttle application and also when using very light throttle. 

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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

13020 mi Exhaust rattle on start up. Diagnosed as faulty catalytic converter. Install catalytic converter ordered on the last visit. 

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

285-horsepower 4.3L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

14260 mi Vibration when in V4 mode some clamps were replaced on the exhaust system, the vibration is still there between 1200-1400 rpm. 
18840 mi engine vibration in V4 mode, exhaust system replaced, defective valve in exhaust found. Still vibrates but not nearly as much. I've also notice it doesn't want to go into V4 mode as much, possible computer re flash? 

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2013 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

18600 mi Overheating while at idle. Replaced fan control relay. 
20700 mi

C $178
Coolant fan motors not working. Replaced rt. and lt. coolant fans. 

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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

11000 mi engine burning oil. Consumption test started at 10,700 miles. 
18000 mi Completed oil consumption test with GM dealer, Test showed engine using half a qt in 6,400 miles. Engine considered broken in at this mileage. I am satisfied at this time. 
30000 mi check engine light came and second day started flashing-towed to dlr. Dlr said low compression in a cylinder. Poss. major engine damage. Had to cancel vacation to NH with boat. Really peaved! 
30500 mi Ck engine light was confirmed misfire on cyl #1. Needed new piston w/rings, ect. 29,500 miles. Service writer said problem was with active fuel management. Checked internet-numerous problems! 

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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

100000 mi

US $350
AFM oil pump and filter Water pump 
105000 mi

US $335
Evap sensor 

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

97000 mi Engine Oil Cooler Lines Leaking 

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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

51000 mi

US $20
Engine ran rough set code. 2 spark plugs were extreemly fouled. Replaced plugs engine runs perfect. This may be related to cylinder deactivation. Oil consumption has jumped way up. 
53500 mi Reported oil consumption problem to dealer. There is a TSB on this, it relates to the V8-V4 acive fuel management system. They replaced a valve cover baffle. So far so good oil consumption dropped. 
61000 mi Oil consumption remained excessive. Dealer replaced the pistons and rings. This a a known problem for gently driven trucks. The more time in V4 mode the sooner the problem shows up. Carbon builds and oil consumption climbs. 

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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

20000 mi Low speed stumble/hesitation with light throttle. Dealer found bad spark plug, replaced. 

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2010 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

12400 mi Minor vibration evident at certain RPM was traced to a faulty muffler. Replacement of the muffler cured the vibration. 

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2010 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

5400 mi Replaced coil and plug wire for Cylinder 6. 

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

72300 mi

US $1200
throttle body replaced 

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

65000 mi Had to replace cam and lifters. I now have metal fragments from the worn cam and lifters floating around in my engine I am extremely concerned about long term engine life due to this problem. GM wouldn't admit any problem until I found the TSB's online. 
96000 mi

US $1450
Engine miss in cylinder one. Dealer replaced valve covers and baffle in oil pan to redirect oil flow. Claimed this is causing oil in cylinder one to fowl spark plugs. 
111000 mi

US $700
GM suggested replacement of the pistons and rings but once the head was removed there was substantial scoring of the cylinder walls. At that point GM agreed to replace the engine. 
126300 mi Since the engine was replaced it has ran fine but I had a considerable drop in fuel economy. My first engine averaged 21-22 mpg on the highway. This motor is getting about 17 mpg on the highway. Dealer gives no explanation for mpg drop. 

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

22940 mi

C $110
Exhaust sensors sending signal that engine needed service. Sensors replaced. 

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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. 
24000 mi

US $540
Rear oil seal leak Engine light on due to conflict between block heater thermistor and ambient temperature sensor 
29500 mi

US $42
coolant leak at hose lube service required due to engine overheating 

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

24000 mi replaced vapor pressure sensor whose seal had broken above gas tank and installed a cover designed to protect sensor from water 
30700 mi Transmission shifted erratically, so they reset the computer and that, so far, has fixed the problem. 
70000 mi The active fuel management lifters in the engine needed to be replaced. It was identified in a service bulletin. 
41000 mi Engine started making valvetrain noise. Brought to dealer and they replaced the cam and lifters. Dealer did not give adequate explanation as to what happened. I will try to reach GM to obtain more info. 
60000 mi Oil cooler lines leaking--replaced 
62000 mi Was using 1.5 quarts of oil every 3000 miles. Dealer installed new driver's side valve cover with redesigned PCV baffle 
73000 mi

US $100
Due to poor design of the y pipe, it must be lowered to change the transmission fluid. When attempting to loosen the nuts on the manifold, the stud broke. Now the manifold must be removed to replace the stud. 
76000 mi Second dod lifter/cam failure. Same exact symptoms as the previous problem at 40k miles. 
87000 mi

US $600
Filter under oil sending unit clogged. 
58000 mi Check engine light came on and I took it to dealer as it is still covered under the emissions warranty. They ran the code and suggested that I replace the gas cap which I ordered from Amazon Genuine GM Yellow cap $9) light came on again I replaced the gas cap and CEL came on again and the tech traced it to a solenoid on the fume canister which he replaced under the emissions warranty. Fixed the problem. 

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

69000 mi

US $1400
Engine started tapping, one of the fuel management lifters cracked. Replaced 4 lifters (all for the 4 pistons that disengage when switching to V4 to save fuel). 

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

87000 mi Engine rear main seal leak and drivers side valve cover replacement this was a TSB to try to fix oil usage problem. Truck was fouling out the spark plugs. They also replaced the catalytic convertor 
99000 mi

US $75
Oil pressure sending unit/screen replaced. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

101000 mi

US $100
P1113 code. Engine light on indicates oxygen sensor. Cleared code and engine light comes on two days later 

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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 Extended Cab 5.5ft bed

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

32000 mi Check engine light, software issue resolved in under an hour.  

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

64000 mi

US $100
Evaporative Solenoid failed and needed replaced. Replaced evaporative solenoid and lines. 
65300 mi Throttle Body was replaced under warranty. 
78000 mi

US $1755
Lifter bearing went bad on #8 cylinder which chewed up crank. Engine was also full of carbon. Engine replaced under extended warranty.Owner paid for difference between new and used engine. 

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

60000 mi

US $978
Dripping oil from the oil pan. Replaced oil pan gasket and oil cooling hoses. 
69000 mi

US $200
Check engine light with error code p1175, shop recommended cleaning the fuel injectors through the throttle body. Light went off for 3 days, then back on. 
70000 mi Check engine light still on when traded. 

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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

88040 mi

C $360
Known issue on TSB relocation of gas tank vent solenoid valve which stopped working causing mass vent leak and check engine light. 

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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

66000 mi oil pan gasket leak 

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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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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

195-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

25700 mi

US $190
Fuel tank evap selenoid 

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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

74000 mi

US $35
Emissions error code for large leak (P0455). Replaced gas cap, no change. Replaced Purge Valve Solenoid, which fixed the problem. 
102000 mi

US $450
CEL indicating P0121, Throttle Body Pedal Position Sensor malfunction. Throttle body replaced, issue resolved. 
113500 mi

US $500
Fuel pump control module failed. No-start condition. Fuel pump control module replaced. 

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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 5.5ft bed

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

164000 mi

US $5800
Active Fuel Management took out the left side cam shaft, lifters, push rods, and rockers. Engine replacement. 

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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. 
4565 mi Software update on PCM to fix rough transmission shifts. 

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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

86700 mi Engine using oil...dealer replaced a heatshield as a remedy. I replaced PCV valve. Oil use stopped for a while. 
95000 mi Engine using two quarts per 3,000 miles. PCV seems most likely reason. 

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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

195-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

223160 mi

C $20
would not start in damp weather 

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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 Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

101860 mi Some type of seal or gasket was replace in the manifold/ exhaust system.  

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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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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

122700 mi

US $330
Vent Sensor replaced... 1st real work on truck other than basic maintenance in 7 years and 90k+ miles. 

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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

88000 mi oil lines to cooler leaking 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500

Engine not specified

148000 mi

US $500
A sensor at the fuel fill opening was sending a code to the computer. 

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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

123300 mi

US $300
ignition control module 

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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

78700 mi

US $39
Intermittent check engine light. Replaced gas cap. Problem resolved. 
117000 mi

US $200
M.A.F. sensor 
178300 mi Replaced catalytic converters (both), tune up, spark plugs,  

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

96000 mi I had to replace the evap sensor 

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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

123000 mi

US $116
oil pressure guage pegged at 80 PSi. changed oil filter. no change to reading. Oil pressure sensor defective. 
127000 mi

US $325
Knock sensor fault code p0300 misfire. Faulty Oxygen sensor and failed spark plugs 
145000 mi

US $110
knock sensor failed replaced rear sensor and intake manifold gasket. 
242000 mi

US $200
Replaced oil pump and pick up tube o-ring 

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed

195-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

35000 mi Got check engine light. P0128 . Bad thermostat 

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2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

397300 mi

US $500
Replaced catalytic convertor Mmm 
400000 mi

US $200
Fuel tank venting problem. 
105000 mi

US $450
Replaced water pump 

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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

181000 mi

US $300
Oil pressure sending unit was bad and would report no oil pressure at RPM's above 3,000. 
221000 mi

US $11
SES light came on. Had codes read and tool reported MAF error. Forum search suggested cleaning MAF screen first. Bought MAF sensor cleaner at AutoZone. Light has not come on for a couple weeks now. Truck feels more responsive as well. 
225000 mi

US $100
P0332 code - engine knock sensor. Known problem if water gets under intake manifold from washing/splashing in this 5.3 motor. 
230000 mi re-attempted knock sensor repair 

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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

45000 mi

US $500
water pump bearing squeeling loudly, replaced! 

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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

120000 mi

US $385
Faulty water pump to engine block gasket. Replaced water pump, thermostat and housing, 2 drive belts, upper and lower radiator hoses. 

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500

Engine not specified

197000 mi

US $399
Fuel lines 

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2002 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

140000 mi

US $41
Idler pully. 

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2002 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

275-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

105000 mi Intermittent failure to start (won't even turn over) Problem has not been found or diagnosed. 
106000 mi

US $500
Replace intake manifold gasket 
107000 mi

US $1
Intermittent prob, could not duplicate, could not diagnose. Occasionally fail to start. Battery good, starter would not turn. Possible ignition switch, wiring, ground, neutral switch, solenoid, or starter. Removed/tested, A OK. replaced, OK 

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 8ft bed

270-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

137300 mi

US $117
Gelled coolant in the heater core. Had system flushed and replaced GMC coolant Dextrol(red) with standard (green) coolant. GMC stock coolant has history of jelling. 
152000 mi

US $150
Coolant system flush and new Stat Poor heat due to geld coolant 
154000 mi

US $415
Replaced radiator 
156000 mi

US $560
Rear main seal 

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

325-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

139300 mi

US $140
Due to rust on the muffler I took it in and had a Flowmaster system installed by a shade tree mech. He did a great job and now it sounds amazing if not a little to loud. The OEM exhaust had rusted through and had plenty of holes. 

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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

188300 mi

US $600
Broken exhaust manifold bolts repaired by removing heads and a repair shop removed and helicoiled the busted threads. 

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

200-horsepower 4.3L V6 5-speed manual RWD

105000 mi

US $250
Fuel Pump Failed 
110000 mi

US $75
Ocassional miss in engine. Replaced Spark Plugs and Distributor cap. 
137000 mi

US $225
Power wire to Ignition coil broke inside of wire covering. Vehicle towed to shop for repair/Coil was replaced and vehicle ran 1 day before reoccurrence. Owner troubleshot and repaired. 

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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 
123380 mi

C $275
New distributor cap, plugs, and wires. 
122760 mi

C $240
New spark plugs and wires 

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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

290700 mi

US $55
Had a miss and check engine light. Code pointed to a misfire on cylinder 8. Swapped coils from another cylinder, and it fired the spark tester. Replaced coil-on-plug and fixed the issue. Found a coolant leak, and leakage from the water pump seep hole. Replaced water pump and thermostat which fixed the leak. 
135000 mi

US $700
Truck very hard to start. Eventually started, ran OK, then unexpectedly quit while driving down road. Towed to shop. Fuel pump needed replaced in gas tank. 

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2000 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

200-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

221000 mi

US $270
Replaced fuel pump 

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2000 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

200-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

253300 mi

US $650
Replace heater core and replace antifreeze 

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1999.5 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

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

205000 mi

US $600
truck was repaired - new fuel pump new water pump new thermostat 

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1999 GMC Sierra 1500 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

63000 mi

US $500
radiator made of plastic & aluminum. Mechanic could not repair, replaced entire radiator. mechanic said was a common problem 

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1999 GMC Sierra 1500

8-cylinder automatic AWD

131000 mi

US $100
Replaced Air Flow Sensor - engine running lean and poorly, now running better than new!!!! Perhaps I DIDN'T need trans rebuild - as this controls relationship between engine and trans/shifting. 
141700 mi

US $15
Replace water pump to engine gaskets - leaking. Inspect water pump - did not replace. 

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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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