Got it new in 1/98. Have 125k on it now. Alternator went out at 110k, and A/C compressor went out at 113k. Replaced both coil packs recently, and one sensor was acting up - which directly affected the coil packs. Other than that - absolutely nothing has gone wrong. That ain't too bad for 13 years and that many miles. Very, very, very dependable unit. The tires can be a bit of a pain to change if you have a flat. Have actually had to take a sledge-hammer to the inner-sides of the tire to bang them off rims, but other than that small annoyance, this thing has been absolutely great to deal with.
Has NEVER let me down.
Not exactly a rail dragster at all, but I've gotten as much as 28 mpg on the highway out of it.
Add to that - it's got an 18.5 gallon tank, so the range between fill-ups is awesome.
Lowered it 3" ft and bk and put on 17" rims/tires, it corners solidly. Truck is sliver with dark windows with retro wheels.I removed the rear bumper and applied a spray on bed liner. The 5 speed transmission still works good and the engine (2.2) runs fine but lifters clatter a bit. Constant 25-28 mpg. I've driven the truck for 152k miles and haven't ran into any more problems than you would any other cheap truck. AC compressor, heater core, ft end parts and a new radiator this year. Plus the normal maintenance parts. I'll spend a few hundred dollars a year to fix anything that goes wrong and have complete confidence that it will take me anywhere I only spent $3800 when it only had 8k miles.
It's lowered to the ground so the factory fender flairs work well with the look. Isuzu did this body change to distinguish itself from the Sonoma.
It was just a cheap truck when it was new so I didn't expect much. At 160k miles it has done what it was sold to do. I guess if I wanted more I would have, which was $3800 on a 4 year truck with 8k miles on it. \
Bought the truck new in98. My son bought a single cab 4 cylinder Hombre the same day. He had the transmission replaced under warranty twice. My "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" light is now on throwing the same code. 0557- manufacturers transmission code. This happened before and the dealership reset the computer, twice. This is not good....LOW POWER, and I mean LOW.
Good outside looks, good brakes.
Scrap the 2.2 engine for anything, fix transmission.
The Hombre "is what it is" and that's
a small utilitarian pick-up truck. It
could use some more power, but on the
highway, once you attain cruising
speed, you move right along no
problem. This is a great well priced
functional small pick-up. No
mechanical problems, very comfortable
seating, and easily accessible
controls, and the air is cold.
Comfortable seats, very peppy in
It could use slightly more power for
acceleration especially when entering
This car is way under powered with the
4 cyl engine and 5 speed manual
tranny. It's a gutless wonder. The
A/C went out right after the 3 year
warranty expired, and the battery ate
itself from the inside out after 12
months. Driver door key works
The fact it's a truck and can haul
stuff from Home Depot.
POWER, POWER, POWER!!!! Give it more
POWER! (oh, and make it more
reliable), guess this suggestion
should go to Chevy!