i have inherited my fathers 1998 GMC Sonoma extended cab and it's excellent! We recently recharged the air system and it feels like factory new. We've only had the brakes blow out twice and the front tie rods break but that's really it. i love this truck because its very fun to drive but i wish the 4 cylinder had more power. it has the 5 speed manual so it makes driving interesting. all i have to say is that this is the best truck our family has ever owned and i hope to keep it running for years to come.
more power for the motor, smoother shifts, better brakes and steering (both feel numb)
Bought the 2WD 4 cyl 5 spd truck new
in '98 and put about 23.5k/year on it
(now 128k). I live in Vail, CO and
climb mountain passes and drive lots of
snow. It does 60-65 MPH on the long
grades (3rd gear, 5000 RPM) and 80-85
everywhere else. Performs impeccably
with 4 studded snows (3rd set)--no need
for 4WD, and I go everywhere. Has a
fiberglass cap. Mileage never better
than 23 MPG. Cruise, tilt, air, moon
roof make for a nice low cost vehicle.
Solid and very stable to drive.
Love the extended cab. Interior is
pleasant and well-built, good audio,
cloth seats and dash are still like
new. After nearly 6 years in the
mountains even the exterior is still
nice. Handles and drives very well.
7 blade metal radiator fan has blown
apart twice, a stupid and costly
failure. Replaced catalytic converter
and starter motor. Winter MPG about
20. Could be due to extremely stressful
mountain pass driving at 5000 rpm and 8-
12000 feet. I do push this truck.
Bought truck 11/2000 with 55k miles,
put 20k miles on it so far, and haven't
had to put a dime into it. Overall, a
great little truck, and with the 2.2 4-
cylinder and a 5-speed, it gets 27MPG
highway on regular gas - which is hard
to beat in a truck! Fun to drive and a
great 2nd vehicle.
5-speed, hot heat, cold A/C, decent
factory CD system, good gas mileage
A little more pep without having to go
up to the less reliable / less
efficient V6. Ride is a little bouncy
(like a truck usually is).