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1997 GMC Sonoma

   
 
GMC Sonoma Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 118 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 1997 GMC Sonoma

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  • Pros

    Fuel-efficient base engine, sporty styling, powerful optional V-6, handy third door option

  • Cons

    Shabby build quality, uncomfortable seats, rattly third door option

  • What's New for 1997

    Changes are limited to new colors, availability of the Sport Suspension on extended cab models, engine and transmission improvements,…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (12 total reviews)


221k still climbing

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Sonoma SLE 2dr Regular Cab SB

Too me it looks OK but not really sporty, I got the turd brown. I just past 221k And I wouldn't hesitate to put gas and go anywhere,just that reliable. Even with the high miles I still 30mpg..I know this cause my gas gauge has never worked so I just look at the gallons I put in. its just a 2.2 no power but still it has enough to get a ticket..when I want the power I just get on my R-1. anyways a great truck.




Terrible build

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Sonoma SLS Sport 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB

I do love my truck its looks good. Other than that since I've owned it it has spent more time in a parking spot. One thing after another from a tensioner to the transmission has approx 87,000 miles. the transmission is a good one I've reseached it and it has many many applications I think that the inside apecs should have been researched a bit more this is probally the nost popular transmission the 4L60 just has different for each vehicle Never should have put a 4 cylinder automatic in an extended cab



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Good truck

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Sonoma SLS Sport 2dr Regular Cab SB

I've owned this truck since new and it has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. I have 170,000 miles on it and it has never let me down once. GM built a good one in this little truck. Thank you GM.




Excellent

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Sonoma SLE 2dr Extended Cab SB

The current Sonoma I drive has been well cared for and has had few major repairs. I received it from my family in 2003, but was purchased in 9/1997. My experience has been that it requires very little maintence and was well built. Except for regular oil and lube, has endured large amounts of travel in the last 3 years has held up very well. The model I have is not the most comfortable, but I am satisfied with design. The a/c performs well as well a the heater.




For the money, it wasnt

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Sonoma SLS Sport 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB

This was the first car I purchased. GMC did a good thing when they created 4.3 V6 Vortec. This is the most reliable engine that I have ever driven. The body rusts way to easily however, so whoever forgot the clear coat at the assembly plant needs to get smacked. Also, the windshield wiper motor began to short circuit around 110000. Also, the tires recommended by all tire shops are not the ones on the car, which is weird. The suspension is awful. As a result, the interior creaks and squeaks like no other. Also, 2WD, especially in Wisconsin, makes this truck absolutely useless in the winter being that the bed is so light and suspension so loose.




Leaks everything.

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Vehicle: 1997 GMC Sonoma SLS Sport 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB

Has leaked oil, coolant, trans lube, freon since the day I bought it. GM would do nothing. Had to drive a whole year without heat because nobody could figure out why or fix it. Noisy transmission. Mysterious electrical problems. Eats oxygen sensors. Needs new ones every 2 years. Drove about 4 years with the "check engine" light on. Hard to fix since everything is so tightly jammed in the engine compartment. I would not buy GMC again. Yeah, a Sonoma is not a "real" truck. But just because it's small is no excuse for bad design and manufacturing. It wasn't a cheap truck.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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Full 1997 GMC Sonoma Review

What's New for 1997

Changes are limited to new colors, availability of the Sport Suspension on extended cab models, engine and transmission improvements, lighter-weight plug-in half shafts for 4WD Sonomas and console-mounted shifter for trucks equipped with a center console and bucket seats.

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