We know the value of an old trusty pickup, but in the Sonoma's case, it's just plain old. A redesign is on the way next year, but if you need a compact truck now, we suggest checking out the competition first.
by Tim R on Jun 16, 2006 Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sonoma 4dr Crew Cab SLS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
Had to get a new transfer case at 10,000 miles. Oil pickup tube fell into gears and ruined transfer case. Replaced air conditioner compressor at 42,000 miles. Transmission is now slipping badly. Fuel filler neck has been replaced, but still overflows when refueling. Leaf spring bushings are noisy. Would not buy again.
by Jeff on Apr 28, 2006 Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sonoma 4dr Crew Cab SLS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
I like my truck. Haven't had any major problems in 40,000 miles. The driver's seat is comfortable for long trips, but the back seat will only hold adults for short trips. The radio is good for stock. This is a good truck. It always starts easily, even in cold weather, but I'm not sure I can afford the gas.
by St Louis Ex Owner on Jan 28, 2005 Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sonoma 4dr Crew Cab SLS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
Just traded this piece of junk in for a Nissan pathfinder, hopefully I have better luck with the new vehicle. I don't know where to start. To begin with it was in the shop more than on the road. First it was the blower motor, then the transfer case, then the brakes (all under warranty). Finally when it was out of warranty the ball joints in the front which was $500 at 39,000 miles. Enough was enough so I am through with this money pit. Thank god. Sad thing is this was the first vehicle I really tried to baby.
by Alaska Owner on Dec 26, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sonoma 4dr Crew Cab SLS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
I have had nothing but trouble form the
start. The quality is very poor. The
doors seem that they don't hold a seal.
Various engine problems too. Find a
different truck. Don't want you as a
buyer to go through what I am going
by Happy Consumer on Aug 24, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sonoma 4dr Crew Cab SLS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
Got rid of my Ford Ranger Edge to get
more room. Big mistake. This truck
has rattled since the day I bought
it. Windshield seal came out at
highway speed a week after I got it.
Dealership said it happens allot in
warm climates HELLO GM HOW ABOUT
FIXING THE PROBLEM IF IT HAPPENS
ALLOT. Interior is cheap and truck
has already been having electrical
problems (shorts causing check engine
light to come on). I spent more time
in a rental Neon than in my new
truck. It is very capable off road.
I think my problems are more from
cheap workmanship than faulty parts.
GM should slow down their assembly
line and pay attention to what their
by Michaelv on May 4, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sonoma 4dr Crew Cab SLS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
Build quality is disgusting for a 2002
model year vehicle. The truck has lots
of rattles and squeeks, the dash looks
like a "fisher price " snap together
toy and the seat fabric looks and
feels like mouse fur.
The tuck was deliverd with a defective
heater blower moter switch - only high
speed worked. The pasenger side widow
weather stripping would come off when
the window was lowerred and then
raised.The passenger side inner door
liner was improperly attached - broken
clips.The transmission quit working at
10,000 miles - the rear seal leaked
all the transmison fluid into the
The Sonoma gets a few changes for what will be the final year of production of the current model. There's a new split-folding bench seat on all two-wheel-drive models, new seat materials, an optional six-disc CD changer and a sport package for crew-cab models.