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 are unimpressive. The powertrain isn't as smooth as competing models from Toyota or Nissan. The Sierra's assets are a selectable, full-time, four-wheel-drive system and a generous load capacity.
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There are 4 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Body control module

"Not sure if this is related to the "body control module", but when placing the shift into "Drive", sometimes the doors do self lock and we are unable to roll down the windows"

Michael B., SC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Left turn signal would intermittently fail to function. Sometimes it would cause the emergency flashers to activate. It cost me $118 to get the problem diagnosed and an additional $425 to have the "combo switch" black box replaced at an independent garage. I sure miss the days when I could pick up a turn signal flasher switch for $2.50 at my local auto parts store and replace it myself in under 5 minutes. Such is progress"

D M., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Running lights on the front of the truck will not stay working. It seems to be something in the system that blows the bulbs out. I fix one and the other side goes out and fix that one and within 30 to 90 days the other goes out. I follow all proper protocol on installing them with the dielectric grease to no avail the still burn out. Even using different manufactures bulbs to see if that might be the problem but it hasn't been the case. Maybe not as often as I have stated but I have purchased over a dozen bulbs since the purchase of this truck and have had to replace NONE of the tail lights, I find that odd to say the least."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Gauges

"The gas gauge has stopped working and you never how much gas is left"

Anonymous, CO (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"The speedometor is irradick I under stand that themotor in the guages fail at about 72000 miles and the phone no. The dealer gave me dumped in to sn answering machene and no one called me back"

Larry N., NE (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"some of the gauges do not go back to zero. The speedometer had to have the step motor replaced voltage gauge needs to have step motor replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)

"instrument panel had be replaced because of bad guage"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Instrument Cluster gear shift lights failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Speedometer stopped workin"

Anonymous, TN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"gauge cluster wont work at times is frozen. Speedometer stuck at say 100km when not moving alternator buried at 19 and oil pressure gauge also buried all the way to right truck works. also engine light has been on for past year plus warranty????????"

Tom K., ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Speedometer and gauges quit working"

Anonymous, NC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Panel lights sometimes go completely out. Airbag light on. Left heat control blows cold air if you select over 3/4 of the way up. speed gauge stops working at times. It reads incorrect so I use GPS for speed. I've had sensor replaced and it didn't he"

Anonymous, ME (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4.8-L V8)

"The instrument cluster in my truck recently began to self destruct. The speedometer began to get very notchy and got worse until it quit working. One by one the other gauges in the cluster have stopped working. I found out that GMC had recalled the instrument cluster but never got notified of the recall. I bought the truck new so they knew who owned it and where i lived. The recall has since expired and i’m Stuck with a repair although not as expensive as the AC compressor i replaced in this truck, still aggravating at . $270 for a reconditioned unit on EBay."

Terry L., MO (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"The instrument panel developed a problem which caused the analog coolant temperature, oil pressure, battery voltage, and fuel gauges to become nonfunctional. The entire instrument cluster had to be replaced which cost me around $800. The service writer claimed that it was due to a design or production flaw that GM was refusing to pay for. Come on GM! you've been making analog gauges since the 1920's and should be able to get them right by now!"

D M., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Can't see the gear selector lights, gas gauge and other dash lights that are going bad. No longer can you replace the bulbs in the dash board you must replace the whole dash cluster. Makes for a simple build but repair becomes more expensive by a HUGE margin."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Well known industry flaw with the circuit board materials, causing the dash lights and gauges to stop operating."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"Headlights flickered constantly. Voltage fluctuated. After several years, although charging was not an issue, resolved problem with Alternator replacement for $500.00"

Timothy M., TN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Light needed to be replaced as it "burned out"."

Anonymous, NC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"One of the seats is shorting out and it keeps both of them from working"

Harry F., KS (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Not much to tell. The heating element shorted out and would auto shut off.It would have been a major expense at a dealership but repaired for under $500. It all started occasionally shutting off but by the end it would shut off immediately."

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"The lights illuminating the controls on the doors, steering wheel and dash are almost all burned out now. Most of these require the complete switch to be replaced to fix the light. My GM dealer estimates the cost to fix all of these lights is now app"

James B., AB (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"back lights for selector switches in the steering wheel, instrument cluster and dash are going out"

Jim C., TN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"When dash lights go out (along with all interior lights) it's hard to tell how fast you're going. GPS helps"

Anonymous, ME (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4.8-L V8)

"The cluster lights in the dash will go out, blink & work find at times"

Billy S., TN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Another well known problem the combination dimmer control and interior light switch, had to be replaced."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

"When using the remote to open the doors the ignition system won't work. If we use the key to open the doors it turns over right away. Strange but true"

Rose G., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Passenger Side works but Drivers side does not work so it must be a wiper transmission problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 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

Ball joints

"NEED REPLACED"

Jeff A., IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Required replacement when tie rods replaced. Both right and left front"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Leak in the universal joints. dealership fixed the problem with a guarantee that it would be fixed and it is still leaking"

Anonymous, MT (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"I have had to replace one of the power steering hoses 3 times in the 6 years I have owned the truck. This is certainly some kind of design flaw"

Anonymous, MB (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"power steering box leaked and had the replacement also leaked The shop didn't charge but had to return for the work"

Richard S., MI (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Rusted power steering cooler."

Anonymous, VA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The electronic power steering pump failed"

Rafael S., FL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 5.3-L V8)

"The power steering has failed or been difficult to steer four times. At first, my mechanic said it was a leak and to keep the fluid topped off. Then the steering failed and the vehicle was difficult to drive. The hose was replaced. That failed. Then the hose and pump were replaced. Those failed. A third replacement has been made. All of this took place within about 4 months."

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"brackets holding the shocks and struts rotted out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I had to replace the steering half shaft because oif a defective design allows the grease to leak out when it gets warmed up. GMC wouldn't cover it even though it was defective and they have a revised part that solves the problem. Common problem"

Kenneth M., OH (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"The I Shaft has been replaced three times already!! Bad design"

George S., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 6.0-L V8)

"Have a bumping that is felt through steering wheel"

Anonymous, NC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Intermediate sterring shaft has been replaced twice"

Ross W., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"Had to replace tie rods, probably due to wear and tear"

Anonymous, IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Slight shudder, severe wear on right front. Complete replacement required"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"CHEAP JUNK REPLACED 2 TIMES"

Jeff A., IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace multiple, sooner than expected and not consistant service"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE)

"Betting went bad on drivers side. Safety issue."

Anonymous, VA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Leaking"

Phil B., ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"AC failed when hot. upon examination the filter screen was partially plugged with metal chips."

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"The filter screen was full of metal chips from the compressor."

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Failed in a desert climate 1200 miles from home towing a 5th wheel trailer. Turned off the A/C as it was putting out very hot air. Opened the windows and drove home. Took to mechanic to fix for $1500."

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"The in dash temperature sensor is going out and makes a constant clicking noise which is audible enough to be a nuisance and which is going to cost a significant amount to be replaced. This appears to be a common problem with these sensors as I had"

John K., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 6.0-L V8)

"The individual climate controls fail at random times. The driver's controls cease to function allowing no temperature control on the driver side of the vehicle. The registers are selected at random occasionally, causing the complete loss of control o"

Wayne A., ME (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 6.0-L V8)

"The small motors or solonoids under the dash that control the heater vents/doors have failed twice. First on the driver's side and then a year later on both sides. Also the main heater control door freezes up if the truck is started at temperatures b"

James B., AB (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Air duct diverter motor inoperative"

Anonymous, AL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"When using AC, the center ducts would convert to heat with no notice. The problem persisted intermittently for 3 years. Finally diagnosed and repaired by a competent tech in 2014. Faulty servo motor"

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"air conditioner blows scalding hot after operating For a little while. I shut down the engine and restart and the problem corrects followed by the same condition."

James J., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower motor squirrel cage had a crack in it causing it to vibrate on the higher speeds. I replaced it myself"

John C., AZ (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"The fan motor was fine, the impeller cracked and made the blower vibrate, more on higher speeds. Had to replace the unit as a whole"

John C., AZ (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"A control module in the fuse box went bad. I went through three batteries because it was draining it each time. I checked and rechecked the fuses and nothing. Finally I took it in and the GMC dealer found it with the equipment they have"

Michael M., AZ (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Heater system

"It sporadically gets stuck in heater mode and you can't make it stop blowing and can't turn the temperature down. It has been looked at with no success yet"

Anonymous, VT (2005 GMC Sierra 1500)
Refrigerant leaks

"Started to blow not so cold air......used a self fix R-134 a/c system recharge kit from O'rielly auto parts"

John C., AZ (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"refrigerant leak and air temp actuator, right side of the manual dual temp control. needed attention"

John C., AZ (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Headliner is loose and flaps in the wind when window is open"

Philip R., NC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"clear coat is peeling"

Anonymous, MA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Paint on top of cab faided"

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Paint on the front edge of the hood is starting to peel and chip. Clear coat is coming off the bed cover and back tail gate."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"the metal running boards have completely rusted through even though the truck is washed regularly"

Anonymous, CO (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Underbody rust, door rust"

Walt T., ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 4.8-L V8)

"Starting to rust under the doors and bottom of doors themselves"

Anonymous, WI (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Rust perforation over rear wheel openings on BOTH sides of vehicle"

Wes Y., MB (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"The body integrity of this vehicle is terrible. I have more than one issue with rust that is so prevalent it is actually making a visible hole in the metal. Very poor body quality"

Jeff M., OH (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Extensive rust of the rocker panels and cab corners causing it to fail iknspection"

Scott T., NH (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"rust on fenders and lower door panels"

Anonymous, MA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Rear bumper rusted completely through. Extensive rusting of the frame. Brake line rusted through"

Anonymous, AK (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"rocker panels rusted out"

Gloria S., PA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"The rear fender walls rusted through and required body work"

Anonymous, VT (2005 GMC Sierra 1500)

"All of these vehicles have rocker panels that rust out.Mine is no exception ! Even though the rear of the body is fine."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Vehicle taken in for brake replacement. After brakes and rotors were replaced, ABS does not work correctly. Turns on at end of braking without any tire slppage"

Anonymous, IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.8-L V8)

"unwanted low speed operation on dry pavement"

David K., IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The ABS should not go out so quickly. I had a 1982 Chrysler Le Baron with 250,000 miles and never had problems."

Jim M., WI (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Master cylinder

"Master cylinder failed , causing brakes to be applied ending in failed transmission"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4.8-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"This truck goes through brake pads every 20,00 miles even when you purchase life time warranty pads"

Bruce B., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Brake lines rusted out. Needed new ones. Also fuel line rusted out, had to replace"

Anonymous, ME (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Brake line rusted thru which resulted in loss of braking"

Anonymous, AK (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Brake failure due to leaky lines and rust."

Anonymous, IN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 4.3-L V6)

"Took truck for brake adjustment, mechanic unable to perform complete brake job because lines were corroded. Per mechanic: Probably from years spent in northeast US with salting on the winter roads. Brakes were re-lined by specialist who formed tubes to fit truck."

Anonymous, SC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)
Rotors

"The rotors were warped and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AB (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Squeaking

"Even with new pads and rotors you still have brake squeal"

Bruce B., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 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

"4WD control module"

Anonymous, IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Check the 4wd control lights have come on three times. Twice under warrantee, once not"

Robert W., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Would go into 4wd on its own"

Jack K., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The transfer case shifter buttons have malfunctioned and need to be replaced. Fairly inexpensive repair but annoying when you can't shift your vehicle back to 2wd"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
CV joint

"worn joint"

Anonymous, IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"I've had to replace the u-joints 3 times on this truck. Once under warranty"

Harry F., KS (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"The block heater failed. The plug in cord and heating element in the engine had both failed. I believe that when the element shorts out it burns out the temperature sensor within the power cord."

James B., AB (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Transfer case

"same as previous answer"

Robert W., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 5.3-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

"jammed"

Anonymous, LA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Will not eject disc"

Anonymous, NC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Stopped working"

Jack K., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

"In cab lights were flickering and going out whenever I ran over a bump. I purchased and installed the dimmer dial and head light selection module to fix the problem. Also, the information center and gear selection lights are dim enough you can't see them during the day. I found out I'll have remove the instrument cluster and solder a connection on the circuit board"

Anonymous, IA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"Computer screen rotates through languages and from mileage to engine hours to language selection and no response to selection button"

Philip R., NC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 4.3-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"wheel bearing failures as I have replaced my third bearing with the truck having only 127000 miles"

Richard S., MI (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)
Speakers

"CD player lasted 5 years, then died. Of 4 in-door speakers, only one works now. To repair/replace would mean a complete removal of the radio/CD/speaker system at significant cost. No component replacement available. Will use a portable radio/CD pl"

Anonymous, FL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"I have had to repeatedly take the inside panel off the drivers door to get the speaker to work. For some reason the connector corrodes or loosens such that it doesn't work. Now I get buzzing with sound"

Anonymous, AK (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-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

"Same problem. Back passenger windows are cause of all 3 problems"

Anonymous, GA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 6.0-L V8)

"Water leaks on passenger side during a heavy rain while vehicle is parked in driveway. No leaks observed while vehicle is being driven"

R F., NY (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"water pump failure wiper fluid leak"

Anonymous, FL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"All 3 of my problems are back seat windows which don't seal causing wind noise.Took it to dealer and they said it couldn't be fixed and that is why they now come with electric windows"

Anonymous, GA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 6.0-L V8)

"The roof material is so thin that in the summer it heats up and becomes too pliable. I vibrates and makes a buzzing sound. I have had the roof padded and braced and it still does it"

John K., CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 6.0-L V8)

"Wind noise at both doors and cab vents"

Walt T., ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 4.8-L V8)

"When traveling at high speeds 9above 50MPH), you can hear the wind noise from around the side windows on the crew cab. It appears the seal(s) around the windows need to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"vapor selinod failure"

Wayne Z., IN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

"The emissions control device that vents the gas tank has a tendency to fail and I’ve replaced the thing a couple of times. Not expensive but aggravating that a $60 part will keep your vehicle from passing emissions/licensing."

Terry L., MO (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Evap canister needs replacing every 12-24 months"

Ross W., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"leak in lines"

Phil B., ON (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"This was related to the fueling problem."

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"The ONLY instrument gauge that is working properly is the speedometer. All other instrument gauges are malfunctioning. The Fuel gauge will read 1/4 tank, but the gas tank will be empty"

Michael B., SC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE)
Fuel injection system

"There was an issue with it losing some power. Had many items changed. finally was a bad electrical connector."

Bruce H., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 6.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission went bad and had to get it rebuilt . speeddomeler computer also went bad and had to be replace"

Ronald K., ME (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.8-L V8)

"The high gears and reverse went out"

Sandra B., OH (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Transmission failure, vehicle had to be towed and transmission was re-built"

Anonymous, IL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4.8-L V8)

"Original transmission leaked fluid, burned out, had rebuild put in"

Anonymous, ME (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Lost transmission at 185,000 miles. Initially cooking lines were leaking and needed replacement then about two months later total transmission failure which required a new unit"

Ron F., NY (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"After brake work, engine ran rough, check engine light came on. Took to specialist mechanic who found transmission error codes. Transmission needed to be replaced. $3000."

Anonymous, SC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Auxiliary transmission cooler and lines rotted out and had to be replaced along with the radiator"

Anonymous, NH (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Lost all forward movement when the transmission pressure hoses leaked"

Jim M., WI (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Transmission computer

"speedometer doesn't work"

Anonymous, LA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Air bags need service light coming on and transmission lines weeping under thew hood"

Bruce L., AB (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Denali has transmission fluid cooler lines those started leaking after oil pan gasket replaced."

Jesse B., AL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-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

Seat controls - movement

"The driver's seat has completely broken loose from its moorings. It slides freely forward and back. When I stop, I am flung forward against the seat belt. I am afraid of being trapped. My mechanic is waiting for a replacement -- the entire seat has to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The handle cover came loose until someone stole it. I had the cotter pin and rope off the rod that passes through the latch because the plastic retainer just dry rotted and broke off. I couldn't open my tailgate until I fixed it"

Michael M., AZ (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Tailgate latch keeps braking off. Have had to epoxy it back on."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Windows

"Rear driver side window won't completely close. The window motor is ok, but the device holding the window is broken"

Rose G., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.8-L V8)

"Power window on drivers side complete failure"

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Replaced idler pulley and tensioner due bearing noise"

Anonymous, NC (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"Started with engine knock and ended overheating on freeway."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Unsure 6.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"oil pan gasket needing replacing. oil cooler lines developed a leak."

Jesse B., AL (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Leaks from valve covers, oil pan and below intake manifold."

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"While filling tank gas pump kept shutting off. Error code showed "Emission system failure". Replaced fuel tank pressure sensor, evaporator canister and control valve."

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 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

"The camshaft and one lifter had to be replace at a around $6K"

Anonymous, TN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Had engine replaced at 250,000 miles. Decision - new engine or pay $45,000 for new truck. I chose to pay $5,000 for new engine"

William F., GA (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 6.0-L V8)

"We have not had the engine rebuilt; although my husband has had it to a mechanic and if we plan on keeping it, that is what they suggest. We hope it can make 300,000 before giving it up"

Anonymous, KY (2005 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Started with pinging and ended overheating on freeway."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Unsure 6.0-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"The bolts that hold the manifolds in place were breaking"

Anonymous, MN (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Other/unsure

"Having warning lights and computer messages about air bag failure"

James J., TX (2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

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

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Recalls
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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
SEAT BELTS
Mar 31, 2005
IMPROPER USE OF CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE COULD RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS" THE REQUIREMENTS FOR LOCATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPERLY ATTACHING CHILD RESTRAINTS. THE OWNER MANUAL IN THESE VEHICLES INDICATE THE INCORRECT SEAT LOCATIONS WITH UPPER AND LOWER TETHER ANCHORS, AND PROVIDE INCORRECT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TOP TETHER ANCHORAGE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL MAIL AN OWNER'S MANUAL UPDATE THAT DESCRIBES THE LOCATION AND PROPER USE OF THE TETHER ANCHORS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 15, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 05040.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO 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: 05V127000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2536
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