2nd Generation (2008—2013) Sierra 1500 Problems

Sierra 1500 owners with a 2008—2013 model year have the most problems with the engine (26%), interior (21%), and the transmission (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Stuck Lifter 4 complaints at an average of 138,500 miles in the 2008 GMC Sierra 1500.
  2. Dashboard Cracking 5 complaints at an average of 69,524 miles in the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500.
  3. Knocking Sound 5 complaints at an average of 107,569 miles in the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500.

What Sierra 1500 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all GMC model years.

Watch out for the 2011 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2013 32 1 282 12.39
2012 18 1 242 5.1
2011 49 3 254 15.13
2010 27 1 266 8.96
2009 26 1 238 12.07
2008 35 0 228 12.63

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