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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,500 miles

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2002 GMC Sonoma body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 GMC Sonoma Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 032008


  • miles


I have owned this vehicle since 2002, bought it brand new. The third door handle has been replaced 4 times, today it broke again. If someone were in the back of the cab and had to get out, they could not. This handle is plastic and breaks continuously. The Chevy house informed me that they have this part in stock all the time because it happens quite often. They replaced it 4 times while it was under warranty. It is not under warranty now, so I will have to pay for it. This item should be corrected and made into a heavier material and made a recall.

- Mineola, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 032005

Sonoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sonoma. The handle on the third door failed after being replaced seven times. The handle is plastic and the door will not open once it fails. The dealer could not determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 44,000. Updated 01-11-08. Updated 12/12/07

- Montgomery , AL, USA

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