1994 GMC Sonoma Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1994 GMC Sonoma SL 4.3L Vortec V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.3L Vortec V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

What every work truck should be

Faults:

Random dash lights go on and off and have no relevance to the actual condition of the car.

Radio does not hold presets.

Reverse lights only come on when you hold the shift lever up.

General Comments:

We bought this car from the power company in 2002 and it was a special order truck. Bare-bones inside (AM radio only, no AC or power windows), but a beefy power-plant with the 4.3 L Vortec V6 and a limited-slip differential.

This truck is an amazing vehicle if you just need a good truck to haul stuff around in. It's not designed for comfort, nor is it designed for fuel economy (I get 15-17 mpg), but it hauls tail down the highway (I have eaten 6 cylinder Mustangs alive with it) and takes a 950 lb. load of mulch like its nothing.

With the few electronics that this truck has, they are shabby. lights flicker, radio doesn't hold a preset, and the E-brake release doesn't work. Mechanically, however, this truck has no issues and it is a cinch to work on.

I have had it about 13,000 miles and have only dumped oil in it and changed the spark plugs. A very reliable workhorse. When I purchase my next Volvo, this truck is staying around to help tackle the next project, big or small, that I have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2007

1994 GMC Sonoma LS 4.3 vortec gas from Mexico

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 vortec gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance201050 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

The best of my cars

Faults:

Changed the air conditioner compressor at 198000 miles, $50 used.

Changed 15's original wheels by 16's Fire-bird '90 and Michelin Cross Tire 245/70 R16, $150.

General Comments:

Very strong, nice acceleration, great miles to the gallon, I want one more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2004

19th Jan 2006, 19:21

I have a 1994 GMC Sonoma with a v6 vortex engine.

It is reliable good on gas and handles beautifully.

I would definitely buy another one, but this one still has years of use.

1994 GMC Sonoma SLE 4.3 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

This has been a great truck

Faults:

Had a hose come loose for air conditioner but was an easy fix, had to replace starter in 2003, radio display stayed on and drained battery, had to replace radio.

General Comments:

This has been a good choice in vehicle. I need a truck, but drive nearly 100 miles per day, and at one time, was driving 120 miles per day. Good combination of utility, comfort, economy, however, I am consistently getting 20 mpg on highway, but feel it could be a little better. It has the 4.3 6 cylinder with automatic and a camper shell. Extended cab has jump seats, great for small kids, but as my boys have gotten older, not as good. Bed is a little narrow to put lawn mower in, have to tow trailer for lawnmower instead. Have had less mechanical problems with this vehicle than most other GM products I've had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2004

1994 GMC Sonoma SLS 4.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carGMC Sonoma

Summary:

Good value

Faults:

Transmission has been the only mentionable problem with this vehicle. I'm the only owner and I bought it new and have had the transmission out of it twice. It's a manual, but has been a freeway vehicle. It was back in the first year for transmission work and was never the same again.

The window cranks brake also, they are pot metal and brake on a bi-annual basis.

General Comments:

Solid truck that has been worked a good deal. We use it for are business and it has had some miles with a trailer behind it and on occasion it has been overloaded a good amount.

Good power, and good handling. I have had it a long time and can't seem to part with her.

A great truck for light duty work, and a reliable well built vehicle. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2004

1994 GMC Sonoma SLS 4.3L Vortec V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L Vortec V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carGMC S-15

Summary:

A great truck that gives great bang for the buck!

Faults:

Front shocks had to be replaced shortly after it was bought.

Battery needed replacing when bought.

Donut gasket/Spring and Bolt kits had to be replaced this past summer.

Front passenger side speaker cuts in and out.

General Comments:

This truck has been very reliable, and efficient.

Mechanical problems have been minimal.

The 4.3 has lots of power for almost any job required for a truck this size, although it does like it's fuel.

All in all, a job well done by GM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

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