I have really enjoyed my Sonoma. It
has been a very reliable truck with
minimal problems. It has over 130,000
miles now and is still running strong
as when I bought it. The only problem
I have had is with the EGR on the
engine, but they say it is a common
problem with it.
I purchased this truck new, if now has
211,000 miles without a major repair.
While it has been well cared for
mechanically, I have hauled countless
loads of lumber, mulch, bricks,
furniture, you name it. Off-road, it
is tough to match, I have reached many
fishing spots that would not have been
accessible by a lesser vehicle, and
some harsh Pennsylvania winters seemed
paltry behind the wheel. I was actually
asked by a collague if my truck was new
after it had crossed the 200K mark.
Power is ample (and I sold my 69 camaro
SS to but this truck, so that is quite
a statement.) All repairs have been
electronic, it has never left me
I purchased this truck with 33,000
miles and it has 90,000 now. The only
complaint I have is the size. I
really need more room for the family.
The H.O. 4.3 in the 4X4 is one of the
most powerful V6 motors put in a truck
today and with out a doubt one of the
most dependable. ZERO mechanical
break downs. Only a few electrical
issues. I have towed or hauled
everything with this truck from loads
of lumber and bags of concrete to a 22
ft pontoon boat. This is One Tough
This has been a wonderful little
truck. It has been used as a courier
vehicle for the past 4 out of 5 yrs
that I have owned it. Still going
great. Replaced the clutch & starter.
Then the engine at 210,000 because of
timeing belt. Body has held up great.
A/C compressor went out at 200,000. It
has carried average of 40,000 per yr in
miles and with the newer/used engine
will last another 100,000.
This has been an excellent vehicle for
my use. Good performance and fun to
drive. Normal maintanance only for
brakes and tires and service.
Only major maintenance need was air
Average in excess of 20 mpg.