"I am by no means a mechanic. That being said I have worked on the vehicle and changed many parts with ease. It has been reliable and dependent. I have owned three other vehicles but this is by far my favorite. Reasonably priced and easy to maintain it is the perfect starter vehicle. It has truly been a great vehicle to own and to drive. I enjoy it still after almost seven years of owning. While I did eventually have to change a few things like the fuel pump and starter it was very easy. If you are looking for a vehicle you can work on and save money by avoiding expensive mechanic this is the truck for you. I stand by it as a proud owner."
Pros: "Some Quality Issues, once fixed , great truck"
Cons: "After 30k miles issues may arise until fixed"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I've owned the Sonoma 3rd door truck with 2.2L engine for 12 years. When I first purchased the truck I'm so glad I purchased the extended warranty with 100 dollar deductible. I can't remember how many times for the first three years of owning the truck I had numerous issues with emissions system. Oxygen and Speed sensor and harness replaced at least once. The water pump went out and warp the cylinder head so it needed to be machined and reinstalled twice. Make sure if you have to have the head machined or replace that the dealer knows what they are doing. It took me three different visits with three different dealerships to get the engine fixed correctly. After the first three years of ownership, I had no problems. Today now I'm starting to see the service engine light for emissions sensor failing. However, the engine is at 157000 miles I might add. Great little truck after I got all of the bugs out of the system. Good on fuel mileage too 26-27 mpg. Great for visiting the hardware store for moving home improvement goods. Note this truck isn't a club cab it's the extended cab version with the 3rd door and regular 6' bed."
"I bought a `96 Sonoma with 143k miles, it was a good condition. Mine is the five speed, 4x4, vortec 4.3. Even with the miles, the truck drives very well and is quietier inside than my `03 Tundra. The motor has good power, quiet and get 23 mpg at highway speed! The four wheel drive works flawless and engages smooth.Some dislikes? The interior is kinda cheesy with all the plastic and the overall quality falls short of Toyota however, everything works as it should. Sometimes the shifting is a little notchy in the lower gears, I had a 95 s-10, it did the same thing. Breaks good use some work. So far I`m really impressed with my `96 Sonoma, it does what its supposed too and good at what it is"
"01 GMC Sonoma SLS 4x4 4.3L V-6
Bought it 2 years ago for $13000 It has steadily lost value after that. I have had to replace a radiator, front hub, brakes, tires, cant get alignment to stay, fuel pump $500 and I did the work. Turn signal switch. Wiring for window motors are always disconecting inside doors. Most of this would not have been a big deal but parts for this thing are $$$$$$$$ crazy. I do think if you get a good running one these are very comfortable vehicles to drive and the offroad ability is good."
"I have the 2001 GMC Sonoma SLS with the upgraded package including heavy duty suspension, off-road tires, gas shocks and alloy wheels. This truck is great for the money and class. It gives you a lot of options for the size and is bigger and better than the Ford Ranger. It is not as comfortable as the Toyota Tacoma, but the seats are better than the Dodge Dakota. The truck was purchased used and I have had a few minor repairs so far including having the oil pan, oxygen sensor, gas cap and rear sliding window latch replaced. So, far the truck rides well, but the gas mileage is far from the specs on the original vehicle. The truck has great get up and go as the engine is powerful enough in the truck. So, far I have gotten around 10 - 15 miles per gallon city/highway driving. Although, I do have the V6 Vortec engine with 4WD Extended Cab and I put the truck through some heavy city driving. The interior is well put together, however the plastic dashboard looks cheap and tacky. I have the bucket seats with a center console and everything is easily in reach of the drivers seat. Overall, I like the upgraded truck look and function as it is a great entry level pick-up with good value for the money. If I had the option, I probably would have bought a new GMC Sierra Hybrid with 5.5L V8 engine."