General Motors has improved the Sierra 1500, with increased payload and towing capacities, plus a deeper bed versus the previous model. But the redesign doesn’t match the fancy cabin or comfortable ride of some competitors. The biggest change is in the powertrain.
Alerts
There are 10 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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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
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Drive System
Fuel System
Electric System
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
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In-car Electronics
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 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Continuous failure and lack of proper repairs by GMC dealer."

Anonymous, ND (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"cameras will go to a blue screen. this is intermittent in nature which is why dealer can not assess as it does happen where they can see it. happens at start up, have to shut down and it may or may not come on. it eventually does however. usually does not happen while driving."

Anonymous, MO (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)

"Screen will randomly go blank and cannot be operated. System will change volume on it's own. Sometimes resolves it self in a few minutes, other times have had to wait overnight for it to start working again."

Anonymous, TX (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-L V8)
Radio

"AM station occasionally bleeds it's signal into the Bluetooth, and auxiliary channels. Reseting the until, phone, or vehicle does not correct it. Only the satellite channel is not affected. Only after turning off the truck and walking away for sometime corrects the issue. I have not taken it to the dealer yet."

Steven J., CA (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)

"INTERMITTENTLY WHEN THE IGNITION IS TURNED ON THE RADIO WILL COME ON FULL VOLUME AND THE VOLUME CONTROL HAS NO AFFECT ON THE SOUND. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IT FROM AM TO FM OR FM TO AM TO REGAIN CONTROL OF YOUR RADIO"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Software update fixes

"It took dealer 8 days to have my vehicle fixed. Sold it with the knowledge it was not working properly"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Recall updates caused other functions to quit working. A camera and information system were replaced to fix."

Anonymous, TN (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)
Voice control commands

"I tell her to call Sandy and she say play channel 160 on Siri"

Anonymous, AL (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 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

Horn

"the electrical controls on the steering wheel all failed at one time"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"There were multiple recalls out on my truck. I couldn't find a dealership that would provide timely service. It took me 4 months to finally get the truck in for service. Since December of 2019 I had an intermittent check engine light that was on, it wouldn't allow my remote start to work. The brakes vibrates horribly, other lights and controls would flash and turn on and off while driving. When at the dealer after 4 months of waiting, I was told I had a lemon, they wouldn't fix the issue and the dealer that sold me the car had to buy it back and buy me out of the lease. Horrible experience, will never buy another GMC again."

Anonymous, NY (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 2.7-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"The engine oil cooler line was leaking. Line completely separated from the fitting leaving the vehicle stranded, as the low oil pressure warning light came on. truck was towed."

Anonymous, MI (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 5.3-L V8)

"vehicle seems to lose oil. at 7000mi was down 1.5qts, at 12000 mi down 2 qts. the latted was after towing my camper to Fla. No evidence of oil leak or burning of oil. Was told it will burn 1qt for every 2000mi. now being monitored every 1000mi by dealer"

Anonymous, MO (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-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

"Water leak from the rear spoiler allowing water to enter in around the rear seat."

Anonymous, MI (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"I found the rattle to be the rear seat headrest. When it is in the raised position it will rattle against something inside the rear seat. This is actually the second 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 I’ve purchased and had the same issue. Very easy fix."

Anonymous, AL (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 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)

"Computer problem"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Had a recall."

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 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

Rough shifting

"On the first start of the day, the vehicle shifts hard from first gear into second gear. Moreover, the engagement is delayed by a few seconds. The GM dealer says it's functioning as designed and provided a bulletin about how the clutch reservoir needs to fill up properly and that's the reason why. However, I've never experienced this in any other vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2019 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

"Sep 2019, engine locked while driving, spun a piston rod"

Anonymous, NE (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-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

Driveline vibration

"Vibration Aggravated back so bad I returned truck Back to dealer. Like sitting in a vibrating chair that wouldn’t shut off. Didn’t notice problem on short around town test ride. They tried different tires etc."

Anonymous, WI (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"It's started with a clicking sound when raising the tailgate. It was determined the rod that holds it in place was bent and needed to be replaced. This was just following the GMC union strike, so parts were on backorder. I had to drive it without a tailgate for several weeks. After replacing the rod, the clicking problem returned. It was determined that the bushings that control the slow-open tailgate were bad, causing the tailgate to drop too quickly, which damaged the rod again. Parts were still on backorder, so had to wait for them to come in, again, for this to finally be fixed."

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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.

Climate System

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

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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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
TIRES
Dec 16, 2021
An ABS system that does not function properly can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain 2019-2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and Silverado 1500 vehicles equipped with certain accessory road tires and a 17" spare tire. The 17" spare tire provided with the vehicle is not compatible for use with the accessory wheels, which can cause the anti-lock brake system (ABS) to not function properly under certain conditions.
What should you do:
Dealers will provide a new 17" spare tire and wheel assembly that is compatible with the accessory wheels, free of charge. Dealers will also apply a new spare tire information label, and provide owners with an owner's manual insert clarifying which spare tire to use with the accessory road tires and with the 17" original tires. Owner notification letters were mailed February 7, 2022. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-462-8782 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212346510.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V985000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 626
TIRES
Jun 03, 2021
Over cured tires may develop a break in the sidewall resulting in sudden air loss or a belt edge separation which could lead to a tread/belt loss. Either condition can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles. The affected tires were cured for too long during production.
What should you do:
Dealers inspect and replace the tires as necessary, free of charge, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on June 25, 2021. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212336230.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V423000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 896
TIRES
Feb 25, 2021
Over cured tires may develop a break in the sidewall resulting in sudden air loss or a belt edge separation which could lead to a tread/belt loss. Either condition can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2020 Buick Enclave, Cadillac XT4, XT5, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, 2018-2021 Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, 2019-2020 Chevrolet Blazer, Silverado 1500, GMC Acadia, Sierra 1500, and certain Continental tires sold to the aftermarket for various model year 2018-2021 vehicles. The affected tires were cured for too long during production.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tires, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began March 22, 2021. Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-888-988-7267, Buick customer service at 1-866-608-8080, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N212329050.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V115000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33838
SEAT BELTS
Dec 17, 2020
If a seat-belt bracket is not secured, the seat belt may not properly restrain an occupant in the front-row center seat position, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe and GMC Yukon XL and 2020-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 vehicles. The seat belt brackets may not be secured to the seat frame in the front-row center seating position.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect left-side and right-side front-row center seat-belt bracket attachments and reassemble it correctly as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 26, 2021. Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is N202314670.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V792000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 624216
POWER TRAIN
Oct 22, 2020
If the driveshaft separates, there may be a loss of propulsion, increasing the risk of crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 trucks. One of the driveshaft joints may not have been properly welded, causing the driveshaft to separate while the vehicle is moving.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driveshaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 2020. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-888-988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N202314870.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V650000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Jan 30, 2020
A loss of electronic brake assist can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles. These vehicles received updated software for the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM). This software has an error, and as a result, the vehicle's electronic brake assist may be disabled. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control" and 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the EBCM, free of charge. The recall began February 24, 2020. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-888-988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N192268091.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V055000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 148055
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Dec 12, 2019
An intermittent electrical connection between the B+ battery cable and the alternator could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The intermittent connection could also lead to electrical arcing, which could generate sufficient heat to damage surrounding material, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks. The battery positive (B+) cable rings may have been manufactured with excessive glue, potentially causing an intermittent electrical connection between the B+ cable and alternator.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect for the presence of glue or other contamination at the B+ cable attachment to the alternator and clean the connection and reattach the B+ cable connection, as necessary. If arcing has damaged the cable, nut, or alternator, the dealer will replace the damaged components. All services will be performed free of charge. GM issued owners an interim notification on February 4, 2020. GM issued second notice and the recall began March 9, 2019. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-888-988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N192273510.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V888000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 350371
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL, SERVICE BRAKES, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Dec 12, 2019
If the driver operates the vehicle unaware that ESC and ABS are not functioning, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Cadillac CT6, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles. Due to an Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM) software error, the vehicle's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Antilock Brake System (ABS) may become disabled. Furthermore, if this specific error occurs, the vehicle's diagnostics will not illuminate the instrument cluster ESC and ABS malfunction warning lights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control" and 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the EBCM, free of charge. The recall began February 4, 2020. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-333-4223, or GMC customer service at 1-888-988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N192268090.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V889000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 463995
SEAT BELTS
Nov 14, 2019
A vehicle fire could result if materials ignite inside the vehicle.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, and 2020 Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Sierra 2500, and Sierra 3500 vehicles equipped with carpet floor covering. When the front seat belt pretensioners deploy, hot gas may vent through an opening in the pretensioner bracket, possibly igniting the carpet.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will close off the opening in the pretensioner bracket, free of charge. The recall began December 13, 2019. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-888-988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N192270600.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V814000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 556399
AIR BAGS
Dec 06, 2018
In the event of a crash, an air bag that does not inflate properly can increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab and GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab vehicles. The passenger-side frontal air bag module may have been damaged during assembly, possibly resulting in the air bag not inflating properly in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side air bag module, free of charge. The recall began on December 18, 2018. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N182198820.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V868000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 154
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