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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,992 miles

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2001 GMC Sonoma body / paint problems

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2001 GMC Sonoma Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Mar 172004

Sonoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


Both tailgate cables broke while the consumer, who weighed 155 lbs, was standing on it. Dealership was notified. The left cable broke on the consumer S-10.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004


  • miles
The cables that holds the tailgate gave way while consumer was on it. The consumer was not hurt when the failure occurred. The consumer contacted the manufacturer and was informed that his was a problem that they were aware of. The consumer then contacted the dealer who stated that GMC was issuing a recall an as soon as the replacement cable arrived he could have his replaced. The consumer made an appointment on June 24, 2004. On that date the vehicle was taken to the dealer but was then informed that the replacement was only for the full size trucks not the compact. The consumer contacted the manufacturer again but they refused to provide any assistance. The consumer finally complained to the gentleman who sold him the truck and he bought the consumer one of the two cables with his own money. The consumer currently has one new cable and one homemade cable.

- Chepachet, RI, USA

problem #1

Mar 192004

Sonoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The cable on the left side of the tailgate broke, and the right side of the cable started breaking. This occurred because of the problem described in the tailgate support cable recall 04V129000. However, this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Cortland, NY, USA

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