After going through 3 cars that did not last as long as they should have, I got this truck last year. It had 200000kms on it, the motor sounded like new. The previous owner did not replace the faulty gas gauge which meant changing the fuel pump. I ran out of gas twice before I learned and had the fuel pump replaced (the faulty sending unit is part of the pump). Also the passenger seat would not recline, a mistake at the factory so I bought a parts truck ( 2000 Blazer ) and took the seat from it. I got the truck for $6000, safieted and etested, but so far I have had to replace the rear brake lines, and 3 calipers, gas tank, fuel pump, and rad, signal light switch.
We beefed up the springs and can carry a decent camper on it, it handles well, rides well, great on gas, easy to work on.
I got lousy gas mileage until I changed the cat converter and both 02 sensors. We now get 18 to 20 mpg with the trailer on, and its a heavy one. This truck with pass anything, no problem keeping up or leading the way.
4x4 is awesome in winter.
Once we get lots of miles on this one, we will be looking for a low mileage 2002-2004 model with 4 doors instead of 3.
My dad is breaking springs in his 2006 full size Sierra and he doesn't even carry a trailer.
Is there less quality in new trucks?
Got this truck with 90,000 miles on it. I have the 4.3 Vortec V6. Has 165,xxx now and still running great. Only replaced fuel pump and idler arms. I love the ZR2 (high rider) off road package and 4x4--never get stuck. It handles great and looks sharp. Great for outdoor activities (hunting, camping, fishing) and general all-around use. Love this truck. Reliable. Solidly built. Decent gas mileage. Fun to drive.
Great suspension on ZR2. Great sound with extended cab. Reliable. Love how the high rider looks.
Wish the interior had stronger materials. Plastic seat levers break. Door hinges are poorly built--weak pins. Has large turn radius for smaller truck. Fuel pump is inside tank--hard to replace.
I got this truck a few months ago and it was a good price compared to other trucks. I had to recharge air and works great very cold and it's 10 years old. I have drove many other trucks and this drives great. Needs new fuel regulator so gas gauge don't work so the only problem is that, and the fact we figured it out to only get about 19-20 mpg mf sticker in glove box say's 19-28mpg it would not get 28 mpg on the best day. driver's door rust spot on bottom and wheel undercarriages and very squeaky when driving I heard people say that about gm,my grandpa worked there 34 years so beside 2 mustangs all i ever owned was gm this only one that squeaky, bought w 99950 miles will get probably 200,000
Great looking and riding truck. CD,air,bed liner,back window tint, and like how driver and passenger seats are separate and adjustable, I am tall and other trucks are all one seat in one's i been in. loud stereo and very comfortable and a lot of driver room, for a smaller truck. trucks all buy now
I don't beat on cars anymore but my aunt ticked me off and I floored it and I know it's only a 4 cly, but no power at all, that and needs better gas mileage says 19-28 LIE at best 21 freeway never get 28 besides that and gas gauge not working great truck, first I owned and all I will buy now
I've owned my '99 Sonoma for about a month now and am very happy with it. I bought it used with 69,000 miles on it, body is solid and rust free and the original white paint still looks decent. As far as I can tell everything still works on the truck except for a bad AC compressor that I have already replaced. It's a regular cab, 2.2l with a 5 speed trans, I'm happy with the acceleration. I calculated 26 mpg on my first tank of gas which is why I stepped up to a 4 cylinder truck, my old '92 Sonoma with a 4.3/auto was getting only about 17.5 mpg.