Sierra 1500

Inside Door Handles May Break on GMC Sierra 1500

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The inside door handles are prone to breaking.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 110,046 (41,600–230,000)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
49 people reported this problem
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Broke under normal use. Outside handle operates OK. Need to repair it myself but could use some advice.
This is a well known manufacturer flaw. Although GM decided to sweep it under the rug. Have had to replace the drivers side interior handle once a year for 5 consecutive years. Also had to change out the exterior door handle, and lock-set (tumbler) once. The fun really start when both the outside and interior handles decide to break at the same time.. then you can open your door at all without calling a locksmith with a "slim-jim" ( expect to pay $100.00 for that, on top of new handle. Now my drivers side door, which is hardly been used is now malfunctioning, causing me to have to crawl out the though the backseat.. This is just plane laziness on the behalf of GMC engineering "Way to go UAW!!"
Metal arm that goes into plastic interior door handle broke because it's a cast aluminum piece.......really gm you should get away from cast parts....
metal arm that opens encloses the door mechanism through use of a plastic handle at the end on the driver side interior door
Heard a snap inside the door when going to get out of the truck, now (driver's side) inside door handle won't open door anymore.
The first time was drivers side outdoor handle around 30000 miles, now at 50000 its the passengers inside handle that wont open the door
Drivers door... I went to open door at gas station and felt it break loose as I pulled the handle. Had to roll down window and reach out to open door, until I bought the part, & my dad and I pulled it apart and replaced it.
My 2011 GMC Sierra driver side door handle has broken for the second time. Looks like a cheap design. This is a 200 dollar fix, parts and labor.
The interior door handle broke off in my hand with less than moderate use. You can tell the part is made of cheap metal. I check with the local GMC dealer for the part, but no luck. O'rielys had a kit (Dorman HELP! - Interior Door Handle) for about $89. I going to try to install it myself this afternoon.
I have a 2000 GMC 3500 HD bucket truck and the handle simply broke off while I was pulling it to open the door. I haven't fixed it yet but will attempt to do it myself.
Door handle cracked in half. Cheap thin plastic that was serving as cross braces of the handle assembly kept falling out and eventually it snapped in half. The truck has never had any abuse and the door handle should not be breaking. Especially prior to 100,000. Crappy design and crappy part that should be a manufacturer recall!
The drivers side door handle broke. The repair required an entire new door panel to be installed, not just a handle. The part cost $475, not including labor!!!! Definitely a flaw in the design. This should not have broken and should be a recall.