2001 GMC Sonoma Reviews

2001 GMC Sonoma 4.3 liter V6 Vortec from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.3 liter V6 Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired279000 miles
Most recent distance281000 miles

Summary:

All in all, it is a good truck for nearly any respectable abuse

Faults:

Heater valve dry rotted at 280000.

The back shock mount broke, and I had to have the mounts welded back on.

Arm rest top broke into pieces.

Driver's door latch came loose.

Driver's door handle came loose at the front end.

The ABS, service engine soon, and brake light won't go out for some reason.

A/C lost its Freon somewhere in the line.

General Comments:

BTW, I get 23.5 MPG city, 26 MPG country, and unfortunately 19 MPG highway, but this is good mileage considering the miles on it, and against the current 2012 trucks that came out, it is about the same mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2012

2001 GMC Sonoma SLS 2.2 ecotec from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.2 ecotec Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Sierra

Summary:

Extremely reliable everyday driver

Faults:

Replaced the engine at 126K due to previous owner (Delphi employee) not ever changing his oil. I knew it needed a motor going in.

Radiator at 148k.

Front and rear shocks.

Fuel filler neck and gas cap for emissions.

Starter.

AC compressor is in need of replacement.

General Comments:

I use this truck for everyday driving, and I use it to pick up metal.

Overall, it handles well and can be put to work; can handle way over its payload.

I love this little truck, it gets great gas mileage.

It will run forever if taken care of. Will never get rid of it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2011

2001 GMC Sonoma LS 2.2 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carChevrolet corsica

Summary:

Last American built truck worth its salt

Faults:

Seat handle to adjust passenger seat.

Powersteering pump leaks.

Wife hit a deer at 70 mph, but no frame damage. Very safe.

Lacks power due to 87 octane. Put octane boost in and keep good oil in it for speed and power.

I get between 25 and 30 mpg in the city.

Easy to find custom parts for.

General Comments:

I love the seats. I have a bad back, and it's very comfortable for a ride.

Handles well off road, even as a two wheel drive; just keep weight in the bed.

Easy to park, and goes most places a four wheel drive can't fit into.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2010

2001 GMC Sonoma SLS 4.3 liter V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.3 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carToyota Tacoma

Summary:

Best reason I have for never buying another GM product

Faults:

Secondary air pump at 45,000 miles.

Fuel pump and sending unit at 48,000 miles.

Vacuum switch failed, ruining the front differential at 55,000.

Replaced rear grease seals three times at 48,000;

60,000 miles; 85,000.

Replaced RH hub assembly at 70,000 LH hub currently making noise 91,000.

Heated seats quit working at 65,000.

LH door hinges replaced at 45,000 miles.

Repaired hole in fuel tank filler neck. 89,000 miles.

Charcoal canister bracket holding bolt and nut rusted off at 89,000.

General Comments:

Most expensive vehicle I have ever owned. Gas mileage worse than V8; averages 18 mpg in summer, 14 mpg or less in winter. I do not dare drive vehicle more than 50 miles from home due to poor reliability. 4wd is actually 1 front wheel and 1 rear wheel when needed most. No factory support available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th December, 2009

9th Jan 2010, 18:21

I put 80k miles on my Sonoma before buying an "economical" car, and the biggest mistake I made was getting rid of the Sonoma. The only problems I had were the tail gate cables broke, and they were recalled so GM fixed them. And the door handle for the third door broke 3 times. Other than that, the truck was the most dependable vehicle I've owned.

9th Jan 2010, 18:23

I had a Ext. cab 4x4, and I averaged 18mpg in mostly city driving. On the highway I got 22 or better. The best vehicle I owned.

2001 GMC Sonoma Sport 2.2 FFV from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2 FFV Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance102574 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

Great truck, easy to maintain, great gas mileage, looks sporty

Faults:

Fuel gauge is broken.

Arm rest is broken down.

General Comments:

I love this truck. My truck has the sport suspension, and it handles like a dream. The ride is smooth and the truck maneuvers easily.

A/C is ice cold.

Truck gets great miles per gallon. I get an average of 26mpg in 60% city, 40% highway driving. I am a conservative driver, so that helps the mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2009

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 16 reviews