1997 GMC Sonoma User Reviews

1997 GMC Sonoma Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 7 reviews

  • Performance:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Mike writes:
1997 GMC Sonoma 2 Dr SL Standard Cab LB Review
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5

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Nice styling inside and outside. Good performance and reliability.

Cons

Under powered at times

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1997 Gmc Sonoma 2.2l 5speed Manual — I had the 2.2L mated to a 5 speed manual. The motor was fuel efficient and the manual transmission was fun and allowed for greater control to apply the high rpms of the motor to the wheels when i needed it, especially during hauling or on uphills. The low rpms were best for cruising and attained maximum fuel efficiency. The motor did seem underpowered sometimes. Weight distribution was light in the rear and heavy up front, like most trucks. Great for lighting up the rubber in first and second gear.The truck handled like a monorail on air cushions through the windy mountain highways.

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Michael writes:
1997 GMC Sonoma 2 Dr SLS Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Decent on gas (23mpg), pretty quick, handles nicely, roomy interior.  Nice big engine, lots of cheap upgrades available.

Cons

Door panels rattle a lot, can get annoying... starting to show its age, sadly... dents and nicks here and there, lots of miles on it, etc.  Could use a better automatic transmission too!

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Great Sport Truck! — I got this car high school graduation, I've been driving it around ever since. Has 181,000 miles on it, and its still running strong! Lots of power, it can squeal tires very easily. I've put new exhaust and intake on it, as well as lowered it 3" and added a tonneau cover and blue stripes. Great little truck, pretty clean for being 11 years old.

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Mike writes:
1997 GMC Sonoma 2 Dr SLS Sport Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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4

Pros

stance

Cons

still to high

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Zrated — its for show use only. Air suspenion currently being fabricated for a full custom install. Once finished will be daily driven until decision is made if it will become a "show only" truck. Engine swaps will also be reviewed at this time

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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TylerXxXx15XxX writes:
1997 GMC Sonoma 2 Dr SLS Sport Extended Cab Stepside SB Review
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it has great fuel econemy while looking good And being a truck wich is hard to find

Cons

it is lowered and i wish it were lifted

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Great — i love how my truck is one of a kind it has one of kind rims and you will never see a truck just like mine i love how good of gas milage it gets and the size of the motor is perfect for the truck a 4.3 v6 is a good motor for a small 1500 ibs truck you get great power and reliability i dont like that it doesnt come with an rpm guage... i have a manual transmition and most would think it owuld have a tachometer but i gues gm didnt have the same thoughts at the time

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nick writes:
1997 GMC Sonoma 2 Dr SLS Sport Standard Cab LB Review
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its all i got

Cons

weak. ugly. no room.

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2000 — I love this truck. it gets me from A to B without much trouble. Doesnt have any extreme problems with it. Has no power to it. hasnt been and trouble. Decent interior. dents on the exterior. LOTS OF MILAGE!!! 200,000+. its fun to drive though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dan writes:
1997 GMC Sonoma 2 Dr SLS Sport Extended Cab SB Review
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gas milage is pretty good

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Transmission sucks

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Transmission Blows — Well my 2.2 sonoma's transmission went out at 70,000 miles which is really weak if you ask me and i take care of my truck. I don't mean it was just slipping or anything. I lost overdrive and reverse on the interstate. That's just shameful if you ask me.

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Chad writes:
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its an animal, no load to big. work horse

Cons

gas guzzler

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Old Lumpy — 430 000 kms and still goin. may not look good, shes got a custom flat black tremclad paint job and shes good to go

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2003 GMC Sonoma Reviews

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2002 GMC Sonoma Reviews

Awsome By joejoes

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2001 GMC Sonoma Reviews

A Brute Of A 4x4 By buford405

It's 6 cyl engine is capable, however, I'm used to the power of my Corvette. This is a great truck for hauling and in the snow and ice. I've never gotten stuck in the snow, it will climb up a wall i... Read More

Sonoma By Michael

Good little truck, drifts when pavement is wet though. Fuel Mileage isn't great. The V6 is nice, good starts. No serious issues and its a GM so parts are readily available. It's great to drive. Tows... Read More

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2000 GMC Sonoma Reviews

2000 Gmc Sonoma By Diana

Very nice pick up. great starter vehicles for a son or daughter . easy handling, good fuel mileage. been kept clean and oil changes done. also over time when something broke down it was fixed as soo... Read More

Good Buy For Anyone That Just Needs A Ride By William

In my opinion, this truck is good for what I need it for. Performance is good. Not fast but it will get up and go. Pretty fun to drive most of the time unless you crash in it. For just driving, it's... Read More

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1999 GMC Sonoma Reviews

Its A Solid Truck. By David

Performance- The acceleration leaves something to be desired but it is definetly decent. The braking is awesome when the truck is empty but when its fully loaded and towing it can be a little scary.... Read More

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Goes like hell love the step side look, white with gray racing stripes, preforms well proabaly would do better if i did the breaks, I drive around a lot love to cruse in it but the cost of gas is star... Read More

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