1997 GMC Jimmy 4.3L V6 4x4 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - What did I do? Oh,

1997 GMC Jimmy - Consumer Review

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What did I do? Oh, I bought a Jimmy!
By Darrell on


1997 GMC Jimmy SLE 4dr SUV 4WD


I bought my Jimmy from a friend. As soon as I bought it I had to take it to Florida (about 800 miles one way). I noticed after it got to operating temperature, when the trans would shift it shifted hard. Checked the trans fluid at a rest stop and had to add. After adding the correct amount of fluid it shifted harder in every gear. Then I noticed the big trans leak. After it leaked down enough it shifted fine but dipstick dry. Electrical problems of many kinds. I had to take my critically ill wife to a specialty hospital and it broke down to and from the hospital with her in pain and me at night beside of the road trying to get her home. 2 days 200 miles. Still gives elec problems today any type strange

Favorite Features

Roomy easy to drive. Quiet powerful, and comfortable. All accessories easy to use and reach. Pretty good looking truck. Fuel mileage used to be great. 20 mpg air cond on driving highway at 70 mph

Suggested Improvements

The suspension needs improvements.Ball- joints going out less than 65,000 miles. The swaying and handling then was awful. The bump stops for the control arms were beat to nothing making it sway and kinda roll further than it was designed to I'm sure. Electrical nightmare times 1000. fuel gauge bad.
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