1998 GMC Sonoma SL 4.3 V6 SFI from North America
It's been a great truck to me and has never left me stranded
Front and rear shocks replaced due to leaks under warranty.
Front main seal replaced under warranty. It was improperly installed at the engine plant.
Seeping pinion seal replaced under warranty.
The coil was replaced because it became very sensitive to heavy rains and caused a no-start condition one time. That was around 60,000 miles.
Other small items: l.f. wheel bearing, rear u-joint, upper left ball joint.
I broke a spider gear around 80,000 miles. I should mention that I do tons of burnouts and brake stands and that this truck has the small 7.6 rear end.
Intake manifold gaskets were replaced around 85,000 miles. This is a known issue on Vortec V6s.
This truck was purchased new and has performed very well. The list above shows a few things that have been replaced, but, believe me, I have beat the crap out of this truck.
The Vortec V6, even with highway gearing, is a torque-monster despite it's diminutive size. I've been through several sets of tires.
The four wheel drive works every time without fail. I was concerned because it is a push-button system, but it's never let me down.
The handling is okay. My friend's 4x4 Ranger corners better.
The interior is awesome. I've got a full complement of gauges and they're all easy to read.
This truck has run in the 15's down the quarter mile, beating every single V6 Ranger and Dakota it lined up against and some full-size trucks even though it has a 3.08 rear.
The brakes are excellent too. It has four wheel discs with ABS that will stop on a dime and give nine cents change. The parking brake is marginal at best however.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2006