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1997 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab

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terrible build
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By Joi
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Vehicle

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


Review

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


Favorite Features

The color (black),look the stepside


Suggested Improvements

Research the transmission specs. GM really should have thought about installing only 6 cylinder engines. once the A?C is on you loose so much horsepower.


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Excellent
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By Desert Sonoma
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1997 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLE 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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.


Favorite Features

The color of the truck and interior, and especially the day running lights!


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For the Money, It wasnt too bad
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By frynit
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Vehicle

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


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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.


Favorite Features

The torque. No matter how many miles on this truck, the tires were always able to be roasted and almost any other car could be beaten off the line. Very fast acceleration from 0-45 and from 60-85.


Suggested Improvements

Make a better rust proof paint job, and find a better use for the space in the extended cab portion aside from the useless jump seats. Also, the fuel economy for a small truck like this is awful.16 MPG is ridiculous.


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Leaks everything.
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By Bob
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1997 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLS Sport 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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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.


Favorite Features

It often moves forward when you step on the gas.


Suggested Improvements

Make it repairable. Make it so it doesn't leak a quart a month of every known fluid.


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Awesome Pickup
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By jcott06
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1997 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLE 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

This truck drives like a car, and has the comfort like one. Very fun to drive in snow has superb handling. Very powerful engine. Only problems I had was the weather stripping dry rotting and it rusted really bad both sides of the cabin, lower part. Other than that really great truck. A must buy


Favorite Features

Power, design, handling of bad road conditions


Suggested Improvements

Protect the lower body a little better from rusting


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