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By Kyle
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1998 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLS Sport 2dr Extended Cab SB


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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.


Best Features

Transmission, seats


Worst Features

more power for the motor, smoother shifts, better brakes and steering (both feel numb)


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Awesome Pickup
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By rossco10
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1998 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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Awesome pickup. College kid and I love it. Only downside can't find any aftermarket parts.


Best Features

4x4 pushbuttons, awesome get up and go power.


Worst Features

Third door handle broke twice on me in about one and a half months.


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Most reliable truck ever owned
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By Jay
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1998 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I am now approaching 300,000 miles on this truck and still have not spent money in repairs. I have changed the serpentine belt, headlamp and tires, but this truck has been very good to me.


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Last GM product I'll ever purchase
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By Jim F
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1998 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLE 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

Worst vehicle I ever purchased, and the last GM product I'll ever purchase. Rear bearings went after 3000 miles. Rear calipers and parking brakes went at 8000 miles. Had on again off again problems with the ABS braking system, the calipers, and the the rotors for the first first 5 years. Replaced the brakes pads 5 times, the rotor twice and the calipers twice all in 40,000 miles. Idler arms, tie rods, oil cooler lines and steering box all need to be replaced lines in the 6th and 7th years of ownership. $4000 in repairs since the 36,000 mile warranty ended and the truck only has 46,000 miles on it. Truck has never been abused and is driven by my 81 year old father.


Best Features

Good power from V6. Comfortable seats.


Worst Features

None - discontinue the model.


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Why GM looses market share explained
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By jim4nier
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1998 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab SLE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

The last GM product my family and I will ever own. We purchased this truck for my 75 year old dad. My dad is a WWII veteran, and wanted to purchase an American made truck. His previous truck had been a 1985 Toyota 4x4 which he owned for eleven years and had no problems other than he had to replace the exhaust system twice. The problems with the Sonoma began shortly after driving it off the lot. The 4x4 system proved problematic for the 1st year and once fixed worked well (it's only used 4-5 a year for a mile or two each time). The rear bearings needed to replace at 18,000 miles. The calipers and brakes are the vehicles major weak points. Radio stinks too.


Best Features

V6 engine is powerful and runs well. Windshield washers are very good. Nice gauge set on dash board.


Worst Features

Calipers and brake rotors! Get a new company to make all three. Center arm rest is as hard as a rock. Could the radio buttons be any smaller? The two tail gate cables are inferior quality. Gas mileage stinks - especially when the calipers won't release the pads from the rotors which occurs a lot !


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