Wonderful vehicle there is a reason they discontinued the 4.3 Liter CPI engine. Certain things go out like clockwork but the truck is almost 20 years old now. The thing had over 300k on the engine when some crazy woman ran the truck over while I at a stop in traffic. It folded the bed under the cab area and the frame was bent near double. I walked away from the wreck with a concussion.
The power, I installed a hypertech thermomaster chip in when I first bought it. I could pull my friends pontoon boat no trouble, sadly though it was a pain to stop because the boat out weighed the truck.
The seats! Most uncomfortable things in the world. Drove it on a 14 hour trip after 6 hours your bottom goes to sleep and your hoping for the next stop for gas.
I have a 94 Sonoma with a 4.3 tbi engine with 181,000 miles on it and it still gets me around 20 miles to the gallon and runs like a champ. I bought it with 152,000 on it and I've driven it hard as hell and it's held up with no major problems except I threw a clutch once but hey it happens. I couldn't be happier with my truck. It has been such a great truck. I'm sinking almost $10,000 back into it to make it a show truck for me and the family to enjoy for a long time to come
Well first off the truck is a overall
good truck, but the performance stinks.
I definatelly recommend the best top of
the line tires for traction. The brake
system in it is awful, and it will skid
or turn sideways very easily. How this
truck hasn't caused more rear end
collisions is a miracle, and but by God
I think it would have. The brakes lock
up and it takes forever to get this
thing to stop, have been told was a
problem with the anti lock braking
system in them back them. I suggest you
use pleny of room for stopping when
driving especially if the road is wet at
all, and be very careful, and never ever
drive on snow, or else you got really
My favorite features are the power
windows, the engine is nice also,
a little too powerful for such a small,
lightweight truck though, is probably a
big factor in the handling of the truck,
especially at higher speeds, or quicker
pickups, don't think the truck handles
the force that well.
It definatelly needs a better brake
system most importantly. Secondly, a
better suspension, for handling, and
better tires for handling, and traction.
The first year of the new body style, I
fianlly traded mine in on the last year
or the same body style (2003). My 1994
GMC Sonoma 4x4 had 211,000 miles on it
at the time. Only major repair was a
new alternator at 160,000miles. Blue
Book on these is very underrated.
Reliablity. 211,000miles and it always
ran great. With a K&N air cleaner it
it almost as quick as my new 2003 ZR-2
I love my Sonoma! I would say that the
ONLY thing wrong with it is that it
isn't the most comfortable truck to be
in on long trips. But the power in the
4.3 is amazing! I've only got 95,000
miles on mine and I've never had any
problems with it whatsoever. I highly
recommend the Sonoma if you're thinking
about buying a little truck, it looks
little, but it's got the power of a
The power in the 4.3, the way it
handles (except in the winter) and
pretty much everything else!
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