1500 Pickup

Inside/Outside Door Handles May Break on GMC 1500 Pickup

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The inside and outside door handles are prone to breaking.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 122,443 (33,000–245,000)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
41 people reported this problem
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I have a 2011 GMC Pickup Texas Edition My drivers side door handle came off in my hands at 60,200 miles Yesterday the passenger side door came off at 63,185 miles
I've replace the inside driver's door handle twice; the passenger once.
The outside door handles are loose & wiggle yet still lock/open.
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!
I roll down the window to use outside door handle to get out of vehicle. The outside handle is broken too, but still works.
my driver side door handle broke,it was not so easy to replace. but rolling the window down to exit the truck was becoming a pain.i got so used to it that i even rolled down my daughters window in her car to get out.
2011 Sierra Crew Cab Texas Edition, plastic chrome plated exterior door handles come loose when opening doors. All except drivers door are broken this way. Also I have to lower drivers side window just to open my door. I'm so sick of it. Also anti theft light is on and will not shut off. Too many issues. I will never purchase a GMC Sierra aging. I can not believe my 2003 ford expedition is in superior shape compared to a 2011? I have contacted GMC about these issues but they said there's not any recalls for any of these issues. Meaning not enough people have complained !!!! If you experience the same issues please, please speak up and help me get these issues brought to light !!!