Aside from a new crew-cab version, the GMC Sierra (and its Chevrolet Silverado twin) has changed little since its 1999 debut. Our tested Z71 Silverado had a stiff, choppy ride--other trim lines ride slightly better. Braking is adequate and fit and finish is unimpressive. The powertrain isn't as smooth as competing models from Toyota or Nissan.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Sierra 1500 will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 GMC Sierra 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Common problem w/o a permanent solution"

Mark M., OR (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The damper controlling the heat and cooling on the drivers side has stopped working."

Anonymous, AR (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Duel Climate control, Last year the driver side stopped working, got it fixed for over $700. Within six months the passenger side stopped working, took it back and the dealer said it would cost over $800 to fix! They should have told me that there was two separate controls and advised to get them fixed at the same time! I did not have them fix it, and probably won't have it done at all! Which makes it VERY UNCOMFORTABLE on warm/hot days!"

Anonymous, OH (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Sometimes the Heat&Cool system will reverse on one side or the other. Can not correct it pushing buttons or turning knobs, but if I pull in a parking lot and turn off the engine a few seconds, and restart it, it will operate normally, usually t"

John-Ruth L., WI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Blend door actuator failures and control panel failure"

Rick S., WA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"defective blend door actuator"

W R., TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"The automated climate control unit has failed in regulating heating temps"

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Sporadic problem in hot weather with AC not kicking on or kicking off during operation. Solution: pull over turn off engine wait 2-3 minutes and then turn engine back on. AC returns to good operation. Happens 3 to 5 times during hot weather. Deale"

Anonymous, TN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 5.3-L V8)

"There is an intermittent problem with the firmware/software on the air conditioning control, usually fixed by shutting vehicle off and restarting, however not always"

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"A/C Blend door controls"

Anonymous, TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"The heat will come on high and I have to shut the vehicle off to get it to stop and reset"

Charles G., MI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Will blow cool on one side and hot on the other side. Sometimes both vents will blow hot"

Larry B., FL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Will only work on maximum. Have not had repaired due to possible expense"

Anonymous, MI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

"Blower motor only worked at a lower speed. Had it repaired several times"

Anonymous, VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 4.3-L V6)

"Doesn't work"

Thomas G., NY (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)

"The selector for the A/C burned up, wires melted, no A/C at all"

Anonymous, OH (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"A/C temperature adjustment on driver side erratic"

Anonymous, AL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)

"Actuator switch for heat or AC went bad. I could not switch heat or cooling from one to the other. Emergency brake release cable broke Oil pressure gauge failed"

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Work and then stop during operation"

Mark M., OR (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The controls for the seat heating is too close to other controls and is easy to inadvertently actuate"

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Heater system

"With AC on, system will start blowing hot air into cab. Stopping, completely shutting off the vehicle, counting to ten (optional), and restarting the vehicle corrects the problem. GM dealers can NEVER find anything wrong . Ho, hum."

Kenneth S., IN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

"The heater will not always turn on and when it does debris comes out of the vents"

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"This is a known problem with this vehicle and as such, I believe it should have had a recall and been repaired with no expense to me, regardless of the mileage. If it had failed sooner, it would have been repaired under under a factory recall."

Robert G., TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Left front wheel speed sensor intermittent."

Anonymous, VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The light has come on."

Anonymous, TN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"ANTI LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM FAILURE, WARNING LIGHTS ON ALL THE TIME MECHANIC FINDS NO REASON AND ATTRIBUTES IT TO THE ABS SYSTEM"

Allen P., IA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Antilock brakes failed for part of one day and warning light came on. Took it to repair shop and couldn't find anything specific. Cleared the "code", the brakes seemed to be o.k. and never had any more problems with the system"

Anonymous, SD (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"ABS module failed. Dealer no longer carries replacement. Unit has to be sent out to third party for rebuild. Took 8 days to complete repair"

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"ABS dash light came on, and there was an electric motor running under the truck, even with the ignition off"

Anonymous, MO (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Calipers

"Those replaced rear calipers weren't releasing all the way and were grinding against the rotors."

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)
Master cylinder

"someone put power stearing fluid in mastercylinder"

Larry S., IL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"The brakes had the normal mileage wear time on them."

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"After 100,000 miles routine maintenance"

Anonymous, MN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The brake lines to the rear brake rusted through, while driving the truck, and had to be replaced"

Steven B., NC (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"I NOTICED THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS GOING DOWN FURTHER"

Anonymous, MI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Parking brake

"The parking brake system is aweful"

Anonymous, MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"cable broke"

Anonymous, PA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"wore too soon"

Anonymous, PA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Brake lines corroded & broke; brakes failed. Was able to safely steer into parking lot. All brake lines were in need of replacement"

Zlatev P., NY (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Brake line failure"

Thomas L., VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Brake line rupture. Had to have all brake lines replaced due to corrosion"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE)

"Brakes have always seemed inadequate to bring the vehicle to a stop in a panic situation. Pedal seems to be firm, but braking efficiency is low"

Mark T., NL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Rotors

"I would not have had to replace the rotors had I replaced the brake pads earlier."

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Daytime running lights have went out twice"

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Gauges

"Dash gauges failed in 2008. This is a known problem for GMC"

Anonymous, TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3-L V8)

"There is a known and documented problem with the instrument gauge module. The problem is so prevalent that there are companies which only deal with this issue. You would think that if GMC wanted to improve their reputation with their buyers, they would manage this issue with a recall rather than simply hoping that it didn't fail prior to the expiration of the factory warranty."

Robert G., TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"2gauges quit working oil volts"

David C., OK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Oil pressure stopped working and speedometer randomly stops working"

Anonymous, AL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)

"Oil pressure gauge has failed"

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"gauges become operative several hours after leaving the vehicles and drain battery"

Bill K., ON (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"All lights on the dash are out"

Anonymous, WA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)

"the speed,gas,oil,inercater cluster was bad and didnt work. Couldnt afourd to fix it"

Steven H., NC (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)

"GMC pickups and SUV had bad instrument clusters. Mine is defective right now. Everything electronic is dead. Cable or direct sensor is all that works. This is a VERY common problem of which I am sure you are aware"

James V., MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Wouldn't pass smog because of a blown fuse"

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"oip pressure gauge failed"

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Gauges went out and had to be rebuilt or replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE)
Headlights

"Lights burned out"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali)
Remote engine starter

"failed to engage starter"

Anonymous, WI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Warning lights

"Check engine believe fuel cap"

David C., OK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Service brake system light comes on and goes off at will. My mechanic can not find anything wrong with the brakes. Says it's the computer and to replace that module, it will be about $1500"

Thomas G., NY (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Trim work by the driver's door, plus the ceiling panel above each door, have come loose and are falling off"

Brian M., TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear-coat paint peeling"

Anonymous, MO (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"The clear coat began chipping and is either completely gone or mostly gone on several panels of the truck including the entire hood and quarter panel."

Anonymous, AR (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Paint defect from factory.. paints chips off roof and hood"

Anonymous, IN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"The rear fenders above the wheels and the rocker panels are rusting through from the inside out. This is quite common on this brand and model of trucks. Most are worse than mine."

James G., MN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"The rear outer wheel wells on the bed were replaced. The rocker panels were replaced 4 years ago"

Anonymous, MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.8-L V8)

"I can't believe how quickly a tiny amount of rust advanced to holes in only a year"

Anonymous, MN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Had to have both rocker panels and cab corners replaced due to rust"

Deb Z., OH (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Rusted all the way thru on the under molding just above the foot rail. Unsightly and expensive to repair"

Mike G., KS (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Rust from salt on rear fender"

Anonymous, MN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"tailgate and frame rust"

Anonymous, PA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Rear bumper has the consistency of aluminum foil. Substructure rusted away and left only a chrome shell remaining"

Mark T., NL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"lower control arm bushing"

Terry I., UT (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"The headliner is coming loose and to fix requires a complete replacement. This vehicle has been extremely well cared for. Disappointed in as much as at the time or purchase thought this was a more quality vehicle than a Chevy"

Mike G., KS (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering system was working properly. Then the power steering pump failed and had to be replced."

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)

"this was finally taken care of under the warranty but it took a long time before they did it"

Anonymous, NC (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Pump failed and leaked badly. Had it replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4.3-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"broken torsion bar extension"

Anonymous, MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Unsafe condition with binding steering box"

Anonymous, MB (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"My tires were wearing unevenly. I was not able to get an ignment until parts were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearing was making noise and turned out it was bad and needed replacemnt"

Anonymous, ND (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"GM does not provide a means to lubricate the bearings, they are sealed. Since they cannot be lubricated during routine maintenance they fail."

Anonymous, (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)

"Hub/bearing need replacement every 30,000 kilometers"

Anonymous, MB (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"There is a water leak where the small extended cab door closes on the driver side. It was fixed once under warranty, but now leaks again. I was told it would require a new gasket for several hundred dollars."

Emma M., VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"water pump replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather stripping above driver side door has wind noise/air leak/whistling sound ."

Kenneth S., IN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"A rattle / clicking sound under dash. Paid over $400 to get it fixed and still have the noise! No idea what the cause is. Sounds like it's sending Morse code! As soon I hear it, the A/C goes crazy! 3 air ducts will blow cold air, the other blasts HOT air! or, just the opposite, 1 cold, 3 hot!"

Anonymous, OH (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"The quarter windows were a known wind noise problem, but they never became an actual campaign, only a policy that quickly expired."

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"I seldom roll my windows down but there is a wind noise especially from the passenger window and it has caused the headliner at each window to come loose"

Anonymous, MO (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.3-L V6)

"Since purchase I have experienced excessive wind noise from rear side windows"

Anonymous, MS (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Rear passenger side lot of air noise form time it wasnew"

David C., OK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"stuck cd's"

Anonymous, TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"cd stuck in player, no way to remove other than expensive dealer fix"

Anonymous, NY (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 4.3-L V6)

"CD stopped working"

Larry B., FL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"Dashboard Gauges Motors Failed - Speedometer and Temp Gauge"

Anonymous, NY (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Complete dash failure. Gauges slowly failed over time then power to display failed"

John L., MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.8-L V8)
Radio

"RADIO DOESN'T ALWAYS COME ON, SPEAKERS DO NOT ALWAYS WORK"

Allen P., IA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Electronic 4w drive selector stoped stoped functioning"

Anonymous, VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Sometimes hard to get it to change from 4 to 2. It would change from 2 to 4 by it's self."

Anonymous, TN (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Will need to be repaired soon,with less than 95000 miles"

Gale C., MI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"There was a recall, but I had already fixed my truck and it had just gone past the mileage one the recall"

Anonymous, MO (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.3-L V6)
Transfer case

"After the power steering pump was replaced, tech notified me that the front differential was making a loud roaring noise. Hitherto I hadn't realized it was making unusual noises. Anyway the front differential was rebuilt."

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Case developed a hole in it due to components rubbing against it."

Anonymous, FL (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"A pipe failed between the muffler and catalytic converter. After 202000 miles in the rust belt it should have"

Anonymous, MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Pipe between muffler and catalytic converter failed, and, frankly after 202000 miles in the rust belt, I can't believe it lasted that long."

Anonymous, MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.8-L V8)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Cat heat shield rattle."

Charles P., NV (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Other/unsure

"Air bag code said the collision sensor failed in the front of the vehicle"

Anonymous, MA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.8-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"After 11 years the belt needed replacement"

Steven B., NC (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine knock sensor lost ground due o rust and heavy rain. Engine lite illuminated. I replace sensors when got back home. Only one sensor defected but replaced both and performed recommited modification to desert water away from sensor well."

Anonymous, VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Was easily repaired"

Anonymous, WI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)

"anti-knock sensors bad and turn on check engine light"

Anonymous, AK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Probably a seal went bad"

Anonymous, (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Unsure Unsure)

"a small leak in the side of the transmission housing. It was corrected using a compound similar to JB Weld"

Dale H., ON (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"leaking hoses due to age and cold climate"

Anonymous, SK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I was driving back from a trip when i lost overdrive,was able to proceed 10 miles in drive switched back to overdrive but next day had only 1st and 2nd Hsd tranny rebuilt and new converter"

Anonymous, ME (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"At approximately 115,000 miles the transmission stopped shifting properly and was rebuilt using OEM and superior parts when available"

Kevin B., MI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Replacement of transmission @ the dealer, at a cost of $ 5,000"

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"water pump gasket, leaking intake manifold gasket, rusted rotors, and rusted brake lines"

Anonymous, PA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Engine intake manifold gaskets leak. Bad gaskets from the factory"

Anonymous, AK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Water pump

"Pump had a steady leak and needed replacement"

Anonymous, AR (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Lifter noise on cyl #2"

Anonymous, NM (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Required valve and lifter replacement"

Anonymous, ME (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.3-L V6)
Head gasket

"replaced without incident"

Anonymous, WI (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Check engine from fuel"

David C., OK (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump completely failed."

Michael P., NH (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensors worked fine,told me the catyltic converter was bad at 100,000."

Anonymous, ME (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

"The seat power control panel fell completely out of the drivers seat"

Brian M., TX (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"The driver side power seat control will no longer lift the seat up and down. The back cushion will go back and forth and the bottom will slide back and forth, but I cannot adjust the seat for the height of the driver. It makes a clicking noise like something is caught underneath, but I can see nothing in the way."

Emma M., VA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

"There is a bulletin out by GM covering this dying problem, but it was incomplete and so I had to make three trips to the shop to get it fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2004 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
WHEELS
Dec 17, 2007
WHEEL SEPARATION CAN RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN FEDERAL-MOGUL REPLACEMENT WHEEL HUB ASSEMBLIES WITH THE BRAND NAMES: NATIONAL, CARQUEST P/NOS. 515020, 515021, 515025, 515053, 515054, 515059, AND 515060, SHIPPED BETWEEN JANUARY 23, 2006, AND DECEMBER 20, 2007, SOLD FOR LIGHT DUTY AND MEDIUM DUTY TRUCKS. THE INBOARD RETENTION NUT USED TO MAINTAIN HUB BEARING ASSEMBLY CAN LOOSEN RESULTING IN AN ABS LIGHT INDICATION, NOISE, AND/OR WHEEL SEPARATION.
What should you do:
FEDERAL-MOGUL WILL NOTIFY CUSTOMERS AND WILL REPLACE THE HUB ASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 7, 2008. OWNERS CAN CONTACT FEDERAL-MOGUL TOLL-FREE AT 877-489-6659.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO REPLACEMENT NATIONAL, CARQUEST WHEEL HUB ASSEMBLIES AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY GENERAL MOTORS OR FORD.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07E106000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 130000
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR
Jun 06, 2006
IF STOPPING DISTANCE IS LIMITED, A VEHICLE CRASH COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
CERTAIN FEDERAL-MOGUL NATIONAL AND CARQUEST AFTERMARKET HUB ASSEMBLIES, P/N 515058, SOLD FOR USE ON 2001-2006 GENERAL MOTORS 1500 AND 2500 4WD TRUCKS. ON THE SUBJECT HUB ASSEMBLIES, THE ABS SENSOR CORD DEPARTS FROM THE HUB ASSEMBLY AT A 90 DEGREE ANGLE. AS A RESULT, THERE IS A FIT ISSUE WITH THE BRAKE ROTOR DUST SHIELD INTERFERING WITH THE ABS SENSOR CORD. IF THE HUB ASSEMBLY IS INSTALLED DESPITE THIS INTERFERENCE, THE GAP BETWEEN THE ABS SENSOR AND THE TONE WHEEL MAY BE ALTERED. THIS MAY WEAKEN THE OUTPUT OF THE ABS SENSOR. DIMINISHED OUTPUT COULD RESULT IN AN UNWANTED ABS ACTIVATION AT LOW SPEEDS AND STOPPING DISTANCE COULD BE AFFECTED.
What should you do:
FEDERAL-MOGUL WILL NOTIFY ITS OWNERS AND WILL EITHER CREDIT THE CUSTOMERS ACCOUNT OR REPLACE THE UNIT. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2006. OWNERS CAN CONTACT FEDERAL-MOGUL CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-563-8507 EXT 3530.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET NATIONAL AND CARQUEST HUB ASSEMBLIES AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY GENERAL MOTORS.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E050000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6800
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
May 19, 2006
THIS CONDITION MAY CAUSE AN INADEQUATE SEAL AT THE CONNECTION, POTENTIALLY LEADING TO A FUEL LEAK. IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
CERTAIN REPLACEMENT FUEL FILTERS, FRAM BRAND NAME P/N G3727, WITH DATE CODES X52911 THROUGH X60801 SEQUENTIALLY OR X600141 AND A MEXICO COUNTRY OR ORIGIN MARKING ON THE FUEL FILTER HOUSING MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 18, 2005, THROUGH MARCH 21, 2006, SOLD FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE AND ON CERTAIN SCHOOL BUSES. (TO SEE THE SCHOOL BUS ENGINE SIZES, CLICK ON "DOCUMENT SEARCH" AND THEN "BUS APPLICATIONS"). THE CONNECTOR ON THE FUEL FILTER WAS NOT MANUFACTURED TO HONEYWELL'S SPECIFICATION. AS A RESULT, THE O-RING MAY NOT SEAT CORRECTLY ON THE FUEL LINE.
What should you do:
HONEYWELL WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE FUEL FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 18, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FRAM CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-890-2075 (OPTION 1).
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET FRAM FUEL FILTERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE VEHICLES LISTED.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E043000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88303
EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY
Nov 26, 2004
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE WHEELCHAIR MAY NOT BE ADEQUATELY SECURED POSSIBLY RESULTING IN INJURIES TO A WHEELCHAIR OCCUPANT.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN VANS EQUIPPED WITH SURE-LOK WHEELCHAIR SECUREMENT SYSTEMS, THE SPROCKET TEETH OF THE RETRACTOR ASSEMBLY IS OUT OF ALIGNMENT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE WHEELCHAIR SECUREMENT RETRACTORS AS NECESSARY. SURE-LOK WILL HANDLE THE REPAIRS FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SURE-LOCK AT 1-908-231-1804 OR MOBILITYWORKS AT 1-800-769-8267.
For more information:
SURE-LOK RECALL NO. 04E-058.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V562000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1660
TIRES
May 17, 2004
IF SOMEONE HAS A FLAT TIRE ON THE FRONT WHEEL, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO INSTALL THE PROVIDED SPARE TIRE.
Summary:
THE SPARE TIRE AND WHEEL ASSEMBLY THAT WAS PROVIDED ON CERTAIN CONVERSION VEHICLES WILL NOT FIT ON THE FRONT WHEEL HUB DUE TO OFFSET OF THE WHEEL. HOWEVER, IT WILL FIT ON THE REAR WHEELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A SPARE WHEEL WITH THE CORRECT OFFSET. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT REGENCY AT 1-800-989-4727.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236)
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V240000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 285
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