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GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Problems and Repair Histories

386 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer GMC Sierra 1500. 66 of these members (17.1%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 87 engine repairs to GMC Sierra 1500s--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently GMC Sierra 1500 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the GMC Sierra 1500 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer GMC Sierra 1500 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of GMC Sierra 1500 repairs by problem area

28% of the GMC Sierra 1500 repairs were to the engine, 13% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 17% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 315 repairs.

GMC Sierra 1500 engine repair cost distribution

Of the GMC Sierra 1500 engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 7% cost less than $100, 54% between $100 and $499, 29% between $500 and $999, and 11% more than $2500.

Chart based on 28 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2009 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

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

GMC Sierra 1500 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 4340    
5260 0 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 0 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. 
14260  

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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

GMC Sierra 1500 in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 8000    
13000 0 Truck stopped running while parked and while driving down the highway!! Bad PCM circuit, new PCM was installed and programmed.  
35000 0 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. 
37000  
GMC Sierra 1500 in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 17000    
20000 0 Oil leak on engine above oil filter housing. 
21000 0 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

GMC Sierra 1500 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 19220    
19840 0 Check engine light was on, replaced something in fuel system. Evaporator canister?  
44020  

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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

GMC Sierra 1500 in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 15500    
29760 0 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 0 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 0 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

GMC Sierra 1500 in Kentucky, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 78000    
80000 560 Antifreeze leaking of back side of water pump; water pump replaced 
70000 657 leaking water pump 
114000  

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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

GMC Sierra 1500 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 16740    
22940 0 Replace water pump 
23560 0 Brought to shop for overheating issue. They found no problem after trying it numerous times. 
24180 100 Replaced thermostat and coolant. 
37200 0 Leaking engine oil cooler lines. 
47120  

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

200-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

GMC Sierra 1500 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 84940    
85560 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 0 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 0 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 100 Engine light came on again. Warning light reset but truck continues to operate adequately. 
107260 325 Also replaced muffler hanger that was broken 
114700 981 gaskets between the engine and radiator cooling system were leaking coolant. 
115940  

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1999 GMC Sierra 1500

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

GMC Sierra 1500 in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 115000    
115000 150 Belt tension pulley was replaced. 
119000  

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