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  • I own a 2000 sonoma 4x4 highrider and have lots of problems.I have a water leak on the passenger side and it has been in the shop 3 different times.The last time it was in there,it was there for 2 weeks.Everytime I get it back they say it is fixed.I started to find silicone in places where it should not be,so it's tells the storie that they cannot find it and are sealing anything up to cover it up. Then I have a whistling noise only when it is cold like it is now.Also both seats are toast,passanger does not lock in after you recline it,driver seat recliner handle which goes on the metal knob,well the metal knob is broke.Then I have a rear clonk.When I take my foot off the gas and then hit the gas again the rear end clonks.Have a vibrating noise on driver side,the truck pulls to the right and they said they adjusted the toe-in and that was all they could do.It still pulls to the right and they tell me I will have to get a alinement and I have to pay for it because the warranty does not cover it.Once in a while I have a loud thump noise and feel in the whole truck and it has also stalled out on me when I was driving it 2 or 3 times.Once again today it was cold out this morning and my suspension started making weird creaks. I have just received my forms for a arbitration hearing and Iam hoping I can get a buyback. It only has 18500 kms on it,and is only 7 months old.I do have to say it is a great looking truck and I hope I get a buyback so I can get another.Who Knows maybe I just got one made on a Saturday nightshift. NEED HELP!!! Terry OSHAWA,ont
  • I am looking to buy a 2001 Sonoma crew cab, but Consumer Reports did not give it a good review. CR claims Sonama reliability is much worse than average. Edmunds review was not encouraging either. I need some unbiased evaluations from you Sonoma owners out there. Thanks
  • HI just me again with more news on my truck.Well today I was on my way home for lunch from work and I heard something ping off of the bottom of my truck,well wouldn't know it now my truck has the service engine soon light on.It seems like it every other few days there's something different wrong with it.Semanas if you read my last posting I'am at about 10 things wrong with my truck.I just hope it was one bad truck out of the bunch because if I get a buy back from when I go to the arbitration hearing I wiil get another.Anybody out there that can give me advice on what I should do or say to the arbitrater,to help me win my buy back.Thanks
  • I just bought a 99 sonoma high rider with 16K on it. I like the truck so far with only one complaint. IT STARTED PULLING TO THE RIGHT AFTER ONLY ONE GOOD ROMP THROUGH THE DESERT. I'm takin it in Thursday to be checked out. Wish me luck.
  • Hey again everybody! I forgot to mention in my last input sesion that I towed a medium sized trailer loaded with two ATV's and a pretty good amount of camping supplies from Phoenix to Glamis California. It towed really good around 65 mph but if I tried to push it past that forget about it. The trany seemed to be working really hard and it was sucking gas like it was dual carbed 454. The [non-permissible content removed] end of the truck didn't sag at all so the suspension proved it's muster. I'm not sure if I was expecting to much or the Vortek V6 just wasn't made for towing. AND IT WAS STILL PULLING TO THE RIGHT. Also we went and did some pretty heavy duty 4X4ing that weekend the truck did great. I got pretty stuck once but some fancy shovel work and a little tire pressure adjustment and it wiggled out of differentail high dune sand like it was a day in the park.
  • I have a 89 S-15 4X4 4.3 Auto and a 95 Sonoma equipped the same way. I have done more towing with the 89 and it has no problem, even with a horse trailer with two Work horses on board. Both have the 3.42 rear gears. Perhaps you are geared differently?
  • Gearing is a good point. It didnt even cross my mind. I'll have to check it out. Do you have factory gears or did you install them after market?
    Also I got my truck back from the dealer concerning the pulling to the right seems there were some loose ball joints causing the problem so they said! Well, after about 10 miles right after I pulled off the dealers lot it started pulling to the right AGAIN!
    All the work was covered under the factory warranty so thats all good I'm just hoping this isn't something they expect me to live with.
  • Well I spoke with the regional service manager today. He said that the noises I am hearing are normal. He suggested that I trade the vehicle in through the dealer where I bought it, saying that they would give me a better than average trade-in. They called later and offered $10,800 for my trade-in (I paid around $14,000 just 8 months ago). I told them that wasn't acceptable and they told me to come pick up my truck. I was on my way there when my wife received a call from the dealer service manager who said that the area manager had spoken with some engineers who told him that some of the 4 cyls are louder than others. The service manager then said that they would go ahead and install a new 4 cyl engine for me under warranty. I agreed and I hope this takes care of the problems! I'll let you know!
  • While I myself don't drive a sonoma my sister drives a '98 SLS..I haven't noticed any engine noise during cold morning starts. However, I drive a '93 Suzuki Sidekick JLX, I've done routine maintence on this vehicle and I receive this engine noise in the morning which does sound a bit like a diesel engine... My friend's '89 Pathfinder also had this engine noise while the engine was cold... if my memory serves me right, i've had this noise going on for atleast the past couple of years. No fluid leakage or any problems on my car, I'm pretty sure the knocking noise during the morning is normal.
  • Shane,

    Just the factory 3.42 gears. The pulling should not be a big problem for a competent mechanic, make him go for a ride with you, and make sure you are both on the same page.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    99 4 cyl auto Cracked flywheel less than 12000 mi.Would like to here from any S-10 or Sonoma owners with the same problem.
  • I own a 1997 GMC Sonoma SLS. It is an extended cab, stepside, 4-cyl. 5-spd, 2WD. I bought the truck new and it currently has 41,xxx miles.
    I love the ride, styling and the gas mileage. I average about 28mpg. It is a very solid ride with no rattles.
    Although, I have had some repairs: front wheel bearings, U-joint, broken belt, muffler replaced and the anti-lock brakes service. I don't consider these repairs excessive. But, the engine has developed a "pinging" or "knocking" at startup. I have taken it to the dealer and I did get the same explaination as some you. "Normal for that engine". The noise is irritating and really sounds like a much bigger problem. But, the dealer insists not to worry it's normal.
    I have spoken to quite a few other Sonoma owners and the majority admit their engines have developed startup noises regardless of the type of oil or grade of gas.
    Like I said, I love this truck. But, I am considering selling it due to this engine noise. Would I buy another Sonoma? "Maybe... with a extended warranty"
  • greg116greg116 Posts: 116
    Im looking at the new Sonomas. My dream is an Extended cab, 4x4, sportside V6 SLS model with the offroad (but not ZR2) package, 3rd door and lots of luxury, in Cherry Red. i work hard and I deserve it. Thought about Dakota, but I really want the Sportside body, proven GM powertrains and 4-wheel discs without unreliable aftermarket conversions, not to mention that 3rd door. Any longevity tips from all you experienced owners? Fuel economy is at the tp of my list, with engine preformance a close second. K&N no doubt, but what else?
  • i own a 96 zr2 and run a auto dealership and i have no problem towing a fullsize chevy on a 18ft car trailer. but the 93 and down 4.3 6cly were a heck of a better engine. had a 93 somoma with the 4.3 in it and it would pull any thing i tried to pull, and was a lot faster than he new engines.

    I bought my 96 zr2 from a insurance auction and it was a flood damage vehicle, only replaced a altanator and havent had a problem with it at all.I sell a lot of landrovers through my dealer ship and ive bought a number of water damage ones and have had more problems with the "ultimate 4x4"(yeah right) than ive had with any of my GM vehicles.
  • I have a 96 v6 5 spd extended cab rear wheel drive. This was bought new. Only real problem was passenger mirror, and the dealer fixed it but then the door would not unlock. 3 trips for that. I had the pingin late fall two years ago and the dealer said RI had not switched to winter gas yet (right). The next week a different dealer down loaded changes to the computer and no more ping. The second dealer now services the truck. 64k and I love the truck. The mileage is around 21 for mixed driving. It is transportation only, not a working truck. I have only done normal maintenance including a tune up at 60K.
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    #236 of 241 Help Please!!!! by 9highrider7 Jan 17, 2001 (10:50 am)
    I have a 97 GMC Sonoma Highrider. 39,000 miles. In the past week or two I've noticed two things. 1. After I drive for a couple miles it starts shifting into second gear really hard (its auto). 2. When I am getting on the highway or pulling out on a hill (any time i accelerate hard) the truck makes a screeching, scratching, vibrating noise for a couple seconds. It dosen't do this everytime, but enough to be noticed. We checked the U joint and that seems to be fine. If anyone has any idea what this may be please let me know. Thanks so much, Scotti
  • I have a 99 sonoma with the performance V6 4.3L after about 6 month I'm getting a knocking from the left side of the motor and when it warms up it go's away. At a cold start the motor runs fine then 3 to 5 minutes it knocks then 40sec's later it stops.. What could this be? Also when I let up on the gas and the rpm's are around 1800 to 2000 and step on it I feel a clunk from the rear end or drive shaft. Can any one help me out, I did think a new truck what be such a problem..
  • i use a sonoma for my bussiness and let me tell you so far so good. This little 4 cyl can handle a lot of weight( extra spring) .

    We have 93,000 km on it and only one thing not working the sending unit in the gas tank, so no fuel gage. Used the sending units are $ 300.00 cnd if you can find one.
  • I have a v6, has anyone converted to dual exhaust and did you have to move your spare tire?

  • emtorreaemtorrea Posts: 2
    Hi. I am considering a Sonoma High rider for my next vehicle. I have a couple questions and I am hoping that somebody can help me out. I am 6'4" and I am concerned that there will not be enough room in this truck (leg and head room). Are there any tall High rider owners that can share their experiences with me? Also, I found a demo (8000 miles) for $22,000. Does this sound reasonable? Thanks
  • zq8loverzq8lover Posts: 1
    I am currently looking to sell my 1992 eagle talon tsi because i have been in love with the sonoma sls vortec v-6 model with the zq8 suspension for ever now.. i need some tips on what to look for and does anyone know where i can find 1997 or newer model? I am looking under $10000. let me know at
  • As a Sonoma SLS Vortec V-6 with ZQ-8 owner, the best advice I can give you is the standard stuff, mechanics check, service (and repair) history, checking for "hidden" collision damage, flood damage, etc. I would recommend a '98 or ewer model, they have an canted (to the driver) dash, dual air bags with a passenger shut off (for car seats), and fresher styling (opinion). Although it might be more than $10,000 (you didn't specify re or ex cab) a new one might be within your reach. They rebate them heavy in the summer and fall and you don't have to deal with some of the used vehicle aggravations (like higher interest rates in financing).
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