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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
66,167 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace door latch (2 reports)
  2. replace door latch with third party part (1 reports)
2002 GMC Sonoma body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 GMC Sonoma Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 132011

Sonoma SLS Extended Cab 4.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


This problem is ridiculous with how many times it happens.

- , Braintree, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 112012

Sonoma SLS Extended Cab 4.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

This is the beginning of multiple problems I've had with this piece of crap truck. I just found this website so prepare to get a bunch of entries for this vehicle. Worst vehicle I or my parents have ever owned and has probably cost more than it's worth in repairs by now.

The third door handle is plastic and breaks way too easily. I bought a third party handle made of aluminum to permanently fix this problem. The replacement was easy and almost anyone can do it, DO NOT pay a repair shop to replace the handle with another plastic one.

- , Braintree, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282008

Sonoma V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles

This is the 3rd time the latch has broken. One time the shop covered it under customer service two other times I had to pay. In speaking with other GMC owners I was told others had up to 4 3rd door latches repaired. This should be a recall item.

- , Yuba City, CA, USA

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