GMC’s compact pick-up truck Sonoma, initially named the S-15 was officially introduced in 1980’s. This compact, yet strong truck was an affordable option that added to the truck options out there. In 1971 the GM purchased a 31% stake in the Japanese automobile manufacturer, Isuzu. The precursors to the Sonoma would be the trucks that GM sold using the Isuzu parts. Sonoma’s were sold from 1982 to 2004. From 1996 through 2004 Isuzu also sold a rebadged version of the Sonoma/S-10 called the Hombre. For some, the smaller truck size is just more their style and this option certainly has a place in the market. If your finding yourself working on your compact truck, we have a wide selection of the GMC Sonoma repair manual.
The original S-15s weren’t quite as strong or impressive as they would later become. When the Sonoma name officially appeared GM would give it a 4.3 liter V6 option. These wouldn’t be the standard choice for heavy hauling and are more so for being great for day to day use.
The GMC Sonoma’s starting price was around $13,000 for the base model and up to $25,000 for the models with extras.
A special variant of the Sonoma was the GMC Syclone. As the name suggests this upgraded version is strong and has a special turbocharged version of the 4.3L V6 producing over 280 horsepower. Only 3,000 were built making these highly sought after for its uniqueness and rarity. By looks alone, the Syclone resembles just another truck but what it carries under the hood and in power defies that deceptive look.
Competing against the Sonoma was the Ford Ranger with which GMC found itself modifying to match it. In compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act, all second generation Sonomas were equipped with air conditioning with CFC-free R134a refrigerant beginning in the 1994 model year.
In North America, the Sonoma was eventually replaced by the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Isuzu i-Series in 2004, ending the production of the Sonoma. The Sonoma is still a fairly popular choice for buyers looking for a used truck. It doesn’t have many special design characteristics, in fact at times parts of the car were flimsy. Overall the Sonoma still maintains a reputation for their dependability and longevity. You can find a used Sonoma for a decent price starting at around $3,000, depending on it’s condition. Whether you recently purchased one of your own or have been a long time driver of the Sonoma, it’s never a bad thing to equip yourself with a GMC Sonoma service manual.