The inside and outside door handles are prone to breaking.Google+
Car Problem Reports
GMC 1500 Pickup Inside/Outside Door Handles May Break
GMC 1500 Pickup Problem
Average Mileage: 125,905 mi (37,000 mi - 225,000 mi)
Visitor, 1997 GMC 1500 Pickup
inside door handle broke twice
Visitor, 1995 GMC 1500 Pickup, 225,000 mi
Inside door handle broke, have to lower window to get out of the truck.
Visitor, 1997 GMC 1500 Pickup, 78,000 mi
I've replace the inside driver's door handle twice; the passenger once.
The outside door handles are loose & wiggle yet still lock/open.
Visitor, 1998 GMC 1500 Pickup, 180,000 mi
There is no handle left just snapped off driver and passanger inside handles
I think the problem here is the weight of the doors, and they begin to sag over time, requiring excessive opening closing force. My first inside door handle broke around 100,000 miles, bought a brand new one from the dealer and it lasted maybe 6 months. Like I said, my doors need to have the hinge pin bushings replaced to correctly align my door, hopefully after that it will stop eating up the handles!
Visitor, 1996 GMC 1500 Pickup, 100,000 mi
Replacing both inside handles
Visitor, 1998 GMC 1500 Pickup, 37,000 mi
I roll down the window to use outside door handle to get out of vehicle. The outside handle is broken too, but still works.
Visitor, 1998 GMC 1500 Pickup, 198,000 mi
Door handle exterior broke
Driver's door handle cracked around outside of handle, replaced with new one.
had toreplace on both my trucks serria 1997 and suburban 1500 1997