1998 GMC Sonoma SL 4.3 V6 SFI from North America

Summary:

It's been a great truck to me and has never left me stranded

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1998 GMC Sonoma SLS 4.0 from North America

Summary:

Not worth the money I paid for it.

Faults:

Warranty Work:

Squeaky springs dealer replaced rubber and nylon bushings.

Transmission shifting funny and overheated two times. dealer replaced transmission, Dealer damaged the truck in their own parking lot after replacing the transmission and took a week to complete the body work, they did furnish a loaner truck during this time.

CD player went out and dealer replaced it.

Battery cracked and shot acid all over engine compartment, dealer replaced battery, but not the rusty mess left behind by the battery acid.

Customer Paid Repairs:

Replaced driver seat adjusting lever 3 times.

Replaced passenger seat adjusting lever 2 times.

Replaced 3rd door latch & lever 2 times.

Replaced driver electric window motor 2 times.

Replaced windshield wiper relay 2 times.

Replaced air conditioning condenser and fan motor.

Replaced center console lid.

Currently need water pump replacement.

General Comments:

This truck has plenty of power and agility for it's size.

The engine and running gear are dependable and sound.

The latches, motors, adjusting levers, controls are cheaply made, unreliable and expensive to replace time after time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2005

1998 GMC Sonoma SLS 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Got my moneys worth and then some

Faults:

Except for normal wear like a battery, tire replacement and alternator at about 65000 miles, the only major expense was an fuel injector replacement at 75000 miles.

General Comments:

This truck with it's 4cyl manual transmission has very slow acceleration.

Seating is very comfortable on driver side, but floor space makes it feel cramped on passenger side.

Gas mileage OK, but not what you would expect from a compact truck with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2004

1998 GMC Sonoma LS 2.2L from North America

Summary:

Great truck if you are looking to make a low-rider!!!

Faults:

Brake pads, rotors, and drums had to be replaced.

Rear u-joint had to be replaced.

Starter had to be replaced.

Windshield wipers stop working sometimes.

Battery had to be replaced.

Seat springs broke and I'm not a very big guy.

Shocks were replaced twice.

Seat does not move forward and back very well.

General Comments:

This truck has no power and is not very fast.

This truck looks great and is great for fixing up a truck for looks.

Very good on gas.

Cab is very small.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004