3 Common GMC Yukon Problems

A list of some of the most common issues Yukon owners have to deal with.

  1. A/C Condenser Leaking

    GM used leaky air conditioners that buckle under pressure in many 2014-2017 trucks and SUVs. Whether it's busted hoses or leaky condensors, thousands of GM owners are showing up to work with sweat stains down their back. It's such a widespr…

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  2. Vortec Excessive Oil Consumption

    Leaking coolant from a cracked intake manifold gasket is an extremely common problem on most GM vehicles made from the late 90s to the mid-2000s. Most experts agree that the problem stems from GM's 'DexCool' coolant which erodes away at the…

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  3. GMC Vehicles with Recalled Takata Airbags

    Some GMC models are part of the Takata airbag recalls. Takata, a parts supplier for numerous automakers, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that have affected over 34 million+ vehicles.

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What Yukon Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

Yukon Generations

The Yukon has 5 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 4th generation (2015–2020).

  1. 5th Generation Yukon

    Years
    2021–2021
    Reliability
    N/A
    PainRank
    N/A
    Complaints
    0
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  2. 4th Generation Yukon

    Years
    2015–2020
    Reliability
    27th of 32
    PainRank
    10.23
    Complaints
    201
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  3. 3rd Generation Yukon

    Years
    2007–2014
    Reliability
    22nd of 32
    PainRank
    5.49
    Complaints
    168
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  4. 2nd Generation Yukon

    Years
    2000–2006
    Reliability
    25th of 32
    PainRank
    9.06
    Complaints
    201
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  5. 1st Generation Yukon

    Years
    1993–1999
    Reliability
    13th of 32
    PainRank
    1.5
    Complaints
    26
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Yukon Key Numbers

  1. 596 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 3,458 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 50 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Yukon Class-Action Lawsuits

The Yukon has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

  • Airko, Inc., et al., v. General Motors LLC.

    1. Case Filed

      A General Motors Vortec class action lawsuit alleges oil consumption problems plague the vehicles because of defective piston rings. The GM Vortec class action lawsuit includes these vehicles equipped with Generation IV 5.3-Liter V8 Vortec 5300 LC9 engines.

  • Martell, et al., v. General Motors LLC.

    1. Case Filed

      The class action lawsuit alleges General Motors manufactured and sold vehicles that consume abnormally high quantities of oil because of numerous problems with the engines. The plaintiff claims the primary problem is the piston rings that don't hold enough tension to keep engine oil in the crankcase, resulting in low oil levels and inadequate lubrication of engine components.

  • Smith et al. v. General Motors, LLC.

    1. Case Filed

      A GM cracked dash lawsuit alleges owners can spend thousands of dollars to replace cracked dashboards and instrument panels the automaker should have recalled.

    Class Vehicles
    • 2009-2014 Yukon
    • 2009-2014 Sierra
    Location
    Michigan
  • Jones Won, et. al, v. General Motors Company et. al.

    1. Case Filed

      GM air conditioning problems are caused by condensers and discharge lines, at least according to a proposed class-action lawsuit that includes the following long list of Cadillac, Chevy and GMC trucks and SUVs.

    Problem
    A/C Condenser Leaking
    Class Vehicles
    • 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L (various)
    • 2015-2016 Yukon 5.3L
    • 2015-2017 Yukon XL(5.3L/6.2L)
    Location
    New York

Recent Yukon News

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  1. A federal investigation wants to know if rusty connectors are preventing 2020-2021 GM airbags from deploying.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received six reports of severe crashes where the airbags didn't deploy in GM vehicles, despite those vehicles receiving "significant frontal damage." All six crashes resulted in injuries.…

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  2. Toss another lawsuit onto the ever-growing pile of GM Vortec oil consumption cases.

    The Missouri based class-action is the latest in a series of suits saying the 5.3L Vortec engine churns through oil because of defects in the low-tension piston rings. The problem is compounded by GM's questionably designed oil life monitoring system which doesn't warn owners when oil levels get dangerously low.

    In fact the system doesn't monitor oil levels at all, just the quality of the oil itself. So while the engine may be dry and on the verge of collapse, rest assured that last quart of oil is still in tip-top shape. 👍🏼…

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  3. GM may have used the wrong bolts to secure the seat belts in certain the brand new 5th generation Yukon and Yukon XL.

    Could the new bolts work? Maybe. But when it comes time to rely on the seat belts, it's better knowing the right parts were used to tether them to the frame.…

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  4. A lawsuit says a failed vacuum pump in GM’s brake boosters can make the brake pedal extremely hard to push

    , leading to longer stopping distances and accidents.

    While investigating a rear-end collision involving the lead plaintiff ”GM told her she should read the manual to understand how the brakes worked.” Nothing says “we value our customers” like accusing them of not knowing how brakes work. GM promised to fix the plaintiff’s bumper in exchange for confidentiality. Obviously this didn’t go over well.

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  5. Low voltage is temporarily disabling the power steering in more than 1 million GM trucks and SUVs

    , prompting a massive recall for the 2015 model year. A near carbon-copy recall was made for similar vehicles back in August 2017. The major difference? It was 2014 model year.

    Is anyone staffing the shoulda seen that coming department over at GM?

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  6. Plaintiffs in the case regarding excessive oil consumption in GM's 5.3L Vortec 5300 engines have switched gears.

    The original case was tossed out by a judge last year, but the plaintiffs were given a chance to ammend their complaints. So they've switched their focus into a potentially defective oil pressure warning system that doesn't properly monitor oil levels and can lead to early engine failure.…

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What Owners Say About Their Yukon

A/C stopped working. Regular people can’t fix it due to equipment needed. Dealership charged me $150 just to tell me what’s wrong and then said it would be an additional $1,656 to have the condenser replaced in order to fix the problem. No A/C in Texas in the summer with 4 kids is not an option.