1996 GMC Sonoma SLS Extended Cab 2.2 liter 4 cylinder 5 speed from North America
This pickup is an under powered dog
Head gasket leaked anti-freeze (repaired under warranty).
Left side of the driver's seat starting to wear at the back (feels like part of the bracket underneath).
This engine is way under powered for this pickup (my mistake, should have bought a V6).
Major pain to replace the flasher modules (remove most of the dash).
Generally good service around town or light hauling. Painfully bad performance on the highway. Forget the A/C in any incline. Get going down hill if you want to pass anyone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th July, 2001
29th Mar 2007, 15:48
You're not giving the Sonoma the credit it deserves for the type of truck it is. If you want power, then get a sports car. It's a truck, it SUPPOSED to be slow. Not that I don't care for speed, though. I used to have a 1998 white V6 Camaro Coupe and I hated it because I wished I would've gotten an 8-cylinder Sports Car instead. And I would rather have an 8-cylinder Sports Car with that performance rather than a slow pick-up truck.
But I still like it for the time being. I just like you have a 1996 GMC Sonoma with a 2.2 4-cylinder engine. Yes, it's slow, it hey, it's got that extended cab for extra room and more room in the flatbed than what a Cevy S10 has. The Sonoma's flatbed is about 3 or 4 inches longer. And look at its good gas mileage with a good tune-up. It's a little better than what the V6 model has.
1996 GMC Sonoma SLS 2.2 from North America
Decent transportation, nothing more, nothing less
Driver's side seat is wearing out.
Anti-freeze was found leaking in engine on 10/08/00. It was fixed under warranty.
Needed back brake shoes and pads at 33,000 miles.
Overall it is not a bad truck, but the engine is too sluggish on the freeway.
The air conditioning is not as cold as I would like it.
The factory radio had very poor sound quality. I replaced it with an Alpine system.
I think I will buy either a Mercury Grand Marquis or Buick LeSaber next.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st June, 2001
31st Jul 2001, 16:14
The reason your A/C isn't cold enough is mostly likely that you have R-134A Freon which isn't as cold as R-12 Freon. R-12 is bad for the ozone so the goverment taxes to the point where it costs 100 dollars for a pound of R-12 where as R-134A is less bad for the ozone so it only costs around 5 bucks per pound.
1996 GMC Sonoma 2 wd 4 cylinder from North America