• (4.3) 6 reviews
  • MSRP: $403–$9,379
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-25
  • Engine: 120-hp, 2.2-liter I-4 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 5,800 lbs.
2001 GMC Sonoma

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Vehicle Overview
GMC fires another salvo in the pickup truck door wars with a crew-cab version of its compact Sonoma. Chevrolet also offers a crew-cab version of the similar S-10 pickup.

Both GM brands previously offered extended-cab models with a rear-opening third door on the driver’s side. Crew cabs have four conventional doors that open to the front. Sonoma and S-10 crew cabs are available only with four-wheel drive and a 4.3-liter V-6 engine. The rival Ford Ranger, the best-selling compact pickup, offers dual rear doors that open toward the rear. Four-door crew cabs also are available on the Toyota Tundra, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota compact pickups.

With the addition of the crew cab, the Sonoma now comes in four sizes. The regular cab is 191 inches long with a 6-foot cargo bed and 207 inches long with a 7.5-foot cargo bed. The extended cab comes with the 6-foot bed and is 205 inches bumper to bumper. The crew cab has the same overall length as the extended cab. But with more space devoted to the rear doors, the cargo bed shrinks to 4.5 feet.

Both regular-cab and extended models can have either a front bench seat that fits three people or a pair of bucket seats. Two folding rear jump seats are standard on extended-cab models, but the one on the driver’s side is deleted from versions with the optional third door.

The crew cab comes only in the top-shelf SLS trim with front buckets and a three-place rear bench.

Under the Hood
A 120-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on two-wheel-drive models. A 4.3-liter V-6 is standard on four-wheel-drive models and optional on 2WDs. The V-6 rates 180 hp with 2WD and 190 hp with 4WD.

The 4x4s use General Motors’ Insta-Trac system, which has an electronic transfer case that allows shifting in or out of 4WD High on the move with a dashboard switch.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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2001 sonoma

by b0mbfire from Corona on July 7, 2017

good but recently lot of issues after only 140,000 mile s ware and tare good little pick up truck for small issue stuff moving lawn work construction ect

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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