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4.0

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,357 miles

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2002 GMC Sonoma electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 GMC Sonoma Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 152014

Sonoma 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sonoma. The contact stated that the ignition key disengaged from the ignition switch when in the on position. In addition, the contact stated that when the key was in the off position, the vehicle remained powered on. As a result, the battery became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 03/30/15 updated 6/22/2015

- Sneads Ferry, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 152005

Sonoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127 miles
Please see my numerous entries- took vehicle in again to service department. Picked up 11/17/05. ABS brakes. Supposedly they have finally diagnosed them.!replaced bad wheel sensor. H0161.9. I was told they didn't check them previously. I have documented the number of times this has been an issue and I have brought them in.. their records only show twice. Radio-replaced 8 times already duplicated freezing, playing 1 station and showing another at oth dealer and doc, they didn't replace this time however they installed updated software. "why wasn't this done before" and they advised a cd was stuff in the player. It was not, my dau was playing a janis joplin cd and took it with her when we left the vehicle. When turn signal used daytime running light goes out. They say this happens on some cars but not all. They cannot tell you which cars it happens to. Once when I brought it in, they fixed it. Then it started going out again. This time they showed me a piece of paper that said "some vehicles" has this but they do not designate which vehicles, I still do not know if it is a design flaw, electrical issue or both. Emissions, I've driven over 2500 miles and it finally passed the readiness test. I took this in 4 times before driving 1000, they on the fifth time I took it in it passed why did I have to drive so many miles in order for my vehicle to pass the emissions. My lemon tainted 2002 Sonoma truck GM rep sys his record sys I was never towed. As you know I was towed twice. Once when engine just stopped and second when my battery just died. General manager at dealer sys my complaint shows only twice. They still tell me I do not have any electrical issues. I say I do. Are my brakes fixed? I will need to drive it and will let you know!

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 242005

Sonoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,300 miles
Check engine light on was told air injector valve oper/solenoid replace. Drove 800 miles, took emissions test failed. Showed no codes. Was told by tech to try driving 100 miles. Or take to dealer, took to dealership charged diagnostic fee. Was told by them to drive 100 miles. Drove 150 returned next day. Still the codes are not showing. Want me to drive another 150 miles. Two codes are not showing. Took back to emissions provider, they showed me it was the 02 sensor and last test on the obd computer. I don't remember the name. Also please note my radio froze again playing on 1 station and showing another. Showed it to tech today. And also my brakes still giving same problem. ABS brakes still pulling vehicle. Bought new tires to help with the traction. But problem still same. Fuel was about 12 miles per gal. How many miles do I have to drive in order for the computer on the vehicle to respond. I've driven over 1000 (one thousand) since Friday 10-21-05. What a lemon! I will be returning back to the dealership (chev) tomorrow after driving 150 miles. My daytime light still goes out when using turn signals.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262003

Sonoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
My 2002 GMC Sonoma's running lights go off when the turn signals are used. My dealer & GM tells me that this is normal. The whole purpose of running lights is to been seen. This is most important when changing lanes or turning. GM should recall these pickup trucks an correct this situation.

- Indiaiapolis, IN, USA

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