"I bought this truck new in 2003 - use it mainly to pull a 32'RV. Approx. 91k mostly road miles. Dealer replaced all injectors early on - warranty. I have only replaced batteries, tires, both window regulators ( a snap to do yourself ) and regular service. I added an Edge Attitude for increased towing performance - handles my RV just fine. Ride is superior to other makes of that year. Very comfy on trips, sound system is great too. Can break the 20mpg barrier running solo all the time. Been a good truck. Allison tranny is a definite plus."
"I can't tell you how much I love my truck! Sure it has some "battle scars," but it just keeps plugging along. I've put this truck through the mill and with over 200,000 miles the engine and transition still run like they are factory new! The only real work it has needed is a new fuel pump and rotors, but that's nothing for the age and mileage. Even the fuel mileage is good for a truck. It is comfortable, powerful and reliable!"
Pros: "Dependable, comfortable, good ride, solid truck"
Cons: "Can't come up with much, it's been great"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought this truck in 2003 with 49,000 miles. Now has 171,000 and still going strong. Engine is still peppy
I have been pulling a 27ft 5th wheel with it since 2008.
Lacks a little power in hilly terrain with the camper but still managable. In the 10 years I've owned it I have replaced a power stearing hose, window regulators on both sides, a set of plug wires, Brakes(2X),battery, tires and oil. It has never left me stranded. One of the best vehicles I've ever owned. No major problems at all. Still wouldn't be afaid to take off going anywhere with it."
Pros: "Runs great, reliable, smooth and comfortable ride."
Cons: "Rust issue over the rear wheel wells."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned this truck since 2002. Overall, very reliable thru the years and still runs great. My only beef is with the rust issue with GMC and Chevy trucks of this era. 99% of the trucks I see have the rust problem over the rear wheel wells and along the running boards under the doors."
Pros: "no complaints it does what it is supposed to"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"dependable, hard working, easy to live with. I have a remodeling business, and I haul materials, bid jobs, prospect jobs etc, out of my 2007 gmc sierra classic. It does its job all day without so much as a whimper. and at the end of the day you can clean er up and take it into town. I will definately recomend it to anyone!!"
"Never have I owned a vehicle that performed as well as this truck. I have put 367,000 miles on this '02 GMC with nothing but routine maintenance. The truck still delivers plenty of power and comfort along with rock solid gas mileage -- consistantly 18 mpg Hwy.
I have so much faith in this truck that I just put new tires on it as i expect to get at least another 70,000 miles out of it."
"Instrument cluster failure.
4WD solenoid failure.
Major fuel injector failures which GM would not cover. GM never recalled these vehicles for the faulty injector problem. They did issue a 'special policy'to replace some injectors, but the 'policy' was issued after most of the trucks with the problem were over the mileage/year limits."
"This has been a pretty good truck to me. I've had some minor problems with it, but nothing too bad. I had a blown fuse for my trailor tail lights, a blown speaker, a melted resistor for the heat/A/C blowers, bad EVAP solenoid, and a bad thermostat. I'm sure this sounds like a lot, but nothing was too major other than the blowers because it was 10 below when that happened. Nothing that stranded me."
"i have owned this truck for over 10 years, and the only part replaced was a $3 daytime running bulb until last month the original battery went which was over 10 years old since i bought this truck new in 2000. always gets 20-22 mpg highway as i have moved my children many tines with fully loaded 8 foot box to college and back home. I have only 34000 miles but still have original tires, rotors, brake pads like new, and even wiperblades still work great,exhaust system still like new, after many short trips to work over the years. the 5.3L V8 is with no doubt the best truck engine out there."
"I purchased this truck new in 2000 and have over 120,000 miles and have only had 2 troubles that were addressed by GMC with no charge (leak in a coolant line, 4WD engage button), this truck went through 5 winters -10 below weather in snow country. All maintenance was done accordance to provided documents."
"This truck has been used as a work truck since it was new. It has been over 7000 gvw since I got it and occasionallt pulled a boat trailer. Only needed brakes 2X and on 3 rd set of tires. Only repairs needed in life of truck was an a/c compressor @ 125,000 mi. Tensioner pully @ 160,000 mi and Fuel pump @ 215,000 mi. This truck is very easy to drive and comfortable. A/C is excelent. Gets cold very fast! I have driven it for 235,000 miles in 10 years and still enjoy driving it!"
"2004 sierra 4x4. Bought used in 2009 with 17,000 miles. Was garaged, someone's weekend driver. Two major issues with truck. The first is the steering shaft/steering wheel bumping. Secondly the rear brake rotors had to be replaced due to badly rusting (pads also). Found out rear rotors were manufactured poorly and with poor materials. By the wayGMs fix was to install a mudflap. (in fron t of the rear wheel?). Neither recalled."
"I love my truck very much. It's been the best vehicle I've owned to date. I've only had to have a few minor things replaced under warrenty, but I got my truck back by the end of the day. I've modified it since then, and now it looks and drives even better than before."
"Had a 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 for 4 years. Quality was outstanding from day 1 until I sold it 3 1/2 years later. Never had any major issue, minor stuff taken care of within first year ownership. Absolutely would recc a GMC to a friend."
"I bought this truck used with 130000 miles on it and I absolutely love it. It has great power and has no engine ping despite the miles. Very comfortable seating and enough room in the extended cab for two child seats. I'm getting 20 mpg on the highway and 15- 17 on winding mountain roads. The only down sides I have noticed are minor. It doesn't have a great turn radius and it is a little noisy when turning in 4 wheel drive. But other than that, I highly recommend it. I'm speaking from some experience after owning both Dodge and Ford pick-ups"
"Purchased the '03 new in June 2003.
Many problems with instrument cluster module killing battery several times before GMC figured out problem.
Front fender rust within 1 year...replaced under warranty.
Intermediate steering shaft bad design leads to awful sound when turning at low speeds. Kit replaced 2 times under warranty but not considered to be safety problem but faulty design.
OEM Tires lasted exactly 30,000 miles which is reasonable, but I expected another 10K before replacing.
Front and rear brake rotors rust out early and often. Only 32,000 miles...but just purchased 2008 F-150....
Good things...fairly quiet...good looks and styling."
"We bought our 1999 brand new, and WOW that was a HUGE mistake, it has been nothing but trouble since the get go. The gas gauge broke..yes, I'm serious, and of course the dealer said that happened often. Ha! They said that for EVERY problem we had, and boy did we have a lot! Let's see, the tire well rusted out, the driver side seat release doesn't work, the passenger side door handle. We put well over $5,000. This must have been a Monday or a Friday car...definately a Lemon."
"This truck has been a work horse and I couldn't have bought a better vehicle!!! I bought it used in 2002 with 25K miles on it and now have around 160K miles on. I've had only minor repairs to it (window motor, fuel tank sensor) and no major problems with the engine or transmission! I've towed a horse trailer 500miles with it, hauled palets of grass in the bed, towed a car trailer loaded with it. All this with just the 4.8 liter engine!! I've changed the oil out on schedule and it's worked like a charm everytime I've gotten into it. It's been a great truck!!!"
"This vehicle doesnt hold up to the professional grade it is labeled.From the way the transmission shifts,warped brakes to the bumper and wheels rusting I have only 6800 miles on this truck and regret ever buying it"
"I have had this truck since new, with 151k on it now,I still get about 20 MPG highway, 17 city and it rides beautifully. Outside of the time the field mice ate the wiring, this truck has NEVER failed to run and never left me stranded. AC Still works fine, no oil burning. I do my own repairs and I have spent less than 500 bucks on repairs outside of normal maintenance (tires, brakes etc. This truck has a V8 and a long bed and is always loaded and the milage is still fantastic,and the styling is handsome! Take that Toyota!"
"I put this truck thru heck and back and it keeps on ticking. I can put my three kids in it and still haul stuff to and from. The milage it gets is reasonable for a truck. It is dependable. It is great in the snow. I just really enjoy my truck."