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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,618 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 GMC Sonoma Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 282006

Sonoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


I own a 2002 GMC Sonoma pick-up. I had the cables on the tailgate break when climbing into the back of the truck. I have found articles on this subject on the internet from news agencies that say GMC would be sending out a letter to owners of the GMC Sonoma's and S10 that would warn of the problem and offer an inspection of the cables and replacement of the cables. I never received the letter and the dealerships seem to know nothing about it.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 232006

Sonoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,710 miles
Tailgate support cables broken.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #4

May 032006

Sonoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
: the contact stated while standing on the tailgate, both cables fractured. There is a NHTSA recall, # 06V066000, regarding the tailgate cable; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 302005

Sonoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


On 30 Oct. 05, I was preparing to load a motorcycle on the back of my GMC Sonoma. After opening-up the tailgate on my GMC Sonoma, I proceeded to step on the tailgate. Both tailgate cables snapped causing the tailgate to slam down on the bumper causing me to fall to the ground. I was not injured, but was thankful that it broke before and not during the loading of the truck. Both cables snapped exactly in the same spot. Cables showed signs of corrosion inside the cable.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 042005

Sonoma 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Consumer complained about tailgate support straps. He owned a GMC Sonoma 2002. On August 4, 2005 consumer let tailgate down and discovered that one of support straps broke, and the other one rusted and was about to break. He thought that was the way the straps were bending when tailgate was locked in the up position. This caused the coating to collapse, allowing the cables to rust.

- South Field, MI, USA

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problem #1

May 092005

Sonoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both tailgate cables rotted and broke in half on my 2002 GMC Sonoma, on 05/09/2005. There was no load on the tailgate at the time, but both brokat at the same time (simply lowering the tailgate).

- St. Charles, MO, USA

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