1994 GMC Sonoma Reviews

1994 GMC Sonoma 4.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired215280 miles
Most recent distance218650 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

It's a good strong truck, but take care of it or it'll come back and bite you

Faults:

EGR valve.

Rust holes on the corners of the cab.

Needed an alignment.

Oil leak from oil pan gasket.

General Comments:

When I got it, the guy said the motor and tranny were rebuilt with 45,000 miles on them. After a month or so owning it, it was getting harder and harder to believe him. So anyway, I got stuck with this truck that I liked but no one else did.

I hauled some cars with it and it did pretty well for how small it was. a week or so after I was done with the hauling the EGR valve started acting up so the motor just sputtered when it idled. I never got around to fixing it because I'm a college student with no money, but I did find out how much a new one did cost. Are you ready for this? $278.61!! So I just found myself a car and traded the truck for the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th March, 2008

1994 GMC Sonoma SLS V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired79500 miles
Most recent distance83500 miles
Previous carGMC Sonoma

Summary:

Very reliable

Faults:

The power locks broke, and the CD player makes a loud noise three times when you start the car and turn it off. I believe it is because something is stuck in it by the previous owner.

General Comments:

This is the best truck. Very reliable in New England weather

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2007

1994 GMC Sonoma SLS Club Coupe 4.3 Vortec V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.3 Vortec V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 miles
Most recent distance289966 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

One of the baddest pickups on the road!

Faults:

Gas tank leaked pretty bad when bought. It was only 100 dollar fix, so it wasn't too bad.

Carrier bearing on drive shaft went bad as well as the U-joints (almost 300,000 miles on factory U-joints is really good!)

Had to replace the exhaust system after purchase (most likely due to harsh Northern Michigan winters).

AC compressor went soon after purchase as well, but easy fix if you're a mechanic like me.

General Comments:

The 4.3 is probably the most versatile V6 on the market, with the power of a 350ci and the gas mileage of a 6 cylinder. No problems with pick up after all these miles!

The extended cab is very handy when you need space to put things, and don't want them getting wet/snowy/stolen.

The interior (grey) is well proportioned, but squeaks with age and weather fluctuations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2007

1994 GMC Sonoma Club Coupe 6 cylinder, 4.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder, 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

Overall, I love this truck, and if I ever pass it on, it would be to a lucky person

Faults:

At 73,000 miles, both driver and passenger side mirrors fell off, within weeks of each other.

Driver's side sway bar cracked.

Brake line burst, making the brakes go out completely while driving (scary.)

Once, while driving in excessive heat, the engine just cut out and the car died. It restarted a few minutes later with no problems, and hasn't done it since.

Muffler and exhaust need work for the second time.

General Comments:

All problems have been simple and relatively inexpensive to fix.

The sway bar, brake problem and exhaust problem can also probably be blamed on underside rust as a result of harsh Chicago-area winters.

I've been able to take this truck on long trips with confidence and comfort. The interior is simple and the seats are comfortable, except for the fold-out seats in the extended cab. You do not want to sit in them for more than an hour. Ouch.

Drives more like a car than a truck. Handles excellent and has a good feel, even with the bed filled with weight, though it can lack pickup on hills at times.

It just runs really solid. Never idles funny or seems like it falters in any way. It's easy to have confidence in it.

The gas mileage is pretty lousy for such a small truck (I think our most recent estimate is 16-20 mpg,) and I'm considering selling it for this reason alone. But I would hate to part with it, as it's been a great little truck.

I bet this truck could easily make it another 100,000 miles and then some.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2007

1st Oct 2007, 17:29

Update by the original poster: Now at 90,000 miles, everything is still great with this truck. After fixing the exhaust and replacing the air filter, my gas mileage jumped to 25mpg highway. No troubles to report, even after 2 major road trips that put more than 3000 miles on it.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 16 reviews