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1996 GMC Sonoma - Consumer Reviews

1996 GMC Sonoma

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The little truck that could
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By Charlie
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1996 GMC Sonoma SLE 2dr Club Coupe Stepside SB


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I love my little truck. I have the 2.2 with a standard transmission. It's great on gas but does lack power especially up hill. I have had no major problems you wouldn't expect for a vehicle with 206,000+ miles. Replaced the starter clutch and a u joint. It has a minor oil leak from the head gasket, and a little leak from the thermostat housing. The rear wheel drive does make it a little difficult in adverse weather with no weight over the drive wheels. The front end components are tight though, and it grips the road and handles like a car on a dry day.


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Probably should have spent more $
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By Harold Brownstein
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1996 GMC Sonoma SLE 2dr Regular Cab SB


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I bought a 96 Sonoma,4 cyl.,stick for $2,500 (inc. tax & fees) in 6/2009. Shortly after purchase I spent $2,000 replacing the alternator, fuel pump & engine. For a small truck (4cyl) it rides well & has great pickup for a 4 cylinder vehicle. It gets 20+ MPG, maneuvers well & easily holds its own on the interstate. At 70 to 90 MPH it still rides good and is easy to handle. It is mediocre at best as far as blocking road noise. The AC is excellent, the radio (I think it's original) plays well, and there is an extra input to plug in cell phone. Overall, I like it a lot. My wife hates it. She thinks it is too shaky & noisy, but she drives a 2007 E300.


Best Features

I like it's appearance, pickup, maneuverability, & high speeds performance. The AC is great and the radio sounds good. The extra input for accessories is a nice convenience.


Worst Features

Improvement on blocking out road noise.


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Great truck
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By motor_man2005
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1996 GMC Sonoma SLS Sport 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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This one of the best trucks that I have ever driven. It has plenty of power and with the compact size it can really fly. The design of this truck leaves it open to modification and new looks.


Best Features

Love the vortec engine


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Reliable Truck! 4cyl manual
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Rob
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1996 GMC Sonoma SLE 2dr Club Coupe 4WD SB


Review

No major mechanical problems for over 10 yrs! 138K only regular maintenance. Still running and am ready to trade in for another Sonoma. Bought new at $300 above invoice.


Best Features

Great gas mileage


Worst Features

Sliding rear window would've been nice


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200K and still going strong
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By rvoorhees
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1996 GMC Sonoma SL 2dr Regular Cab SB


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Not a bit of trouble except a head gasket under warranty. Change the oil every 3,000. One set of plugs, some brakes, and a clutch. Otherwise cheap dependable transportation with hauling capability. A little slow with the A/C on but she still can hit 80.


Best Features

Gas mileage and the bed


Worst Features

Seats could be more comfortable for long rides, Also the tailgate hardware is not beefy enough


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