2001 GMC Sierra 1500 Consumer Review: flimsy body panels

2001 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab - Consumer Review

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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 4dr Extended Cab SLE 2WD LB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)


Be aware of service bulletin # 01-08-66-
014 which addresses sheet metal fracture
with accessories such as tool boxes,and
ladder racks. My truck has a rack on it
which was also on my '99 GMC(which had no
problem in 94000 miles).At about 70000
miles the body panels just in front of
the tail lights on both side ripped apart
and the bed rails collapsed onto the tail
lights. Since I am out of warranty(too
many miles, not time) that this repair is
on my dime - actually $1800. This was my
third truck from this dealer and all of
them have used the same rack. They told
me that when GMC went to the new body
style in 2000 they just aren't as strong.

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make body panels of bed stronger so contractors can use this "professional grade" truck.
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