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Chevy S10 - GMC S15 and Sonoma - How many miles have you logged?



  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    How often did you change the oil? What type of filters do you use? I think after about the third fuel pump, I would have made a removable access panel in the bed of the truck.
  • bpbmintbpbmint Posts: 4
  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    I change mine every 5k with TropArtic and use Fram gray. Detroit could have been putting access panels on their trucks all along. But then we wouldn't be forking out $600. a pop to have the fuel pumps change out. Remember how back in the day they had access panels in the floorboard to get to the battery and another one to get to the brake master cylinder? If they could do it then they could do it now. :confuse:
  • Hello fellow s-10 owners. It's me, infinitecain from reply #5. My s-10 had over 211xxx miles on it and drove like a champ. I would take it any and everywhere without hesitation. I loved that truck and drove it for 9 years. I had plans to keep it for life......maybe something to pass down to the kids. I always wondered in what form its final demise would take shape. Well 3-9-07 I found out. I hit a telephone pole head-on at about 35mph. Her last gift to me was saving my life. I had no seat belt on, but was able to walk away with only a few bruises.
    I'm afraid i can no longer be a part of this thread. She's gone to the big highway in the sky. God rest her throttle body.
  • barkybarky Posts: 3
    Is TropArtic available at most any auto parts store? I've never seen it here in Colorado.
  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    After looking at your pics, I would say your very fortunate to walk away from that one. :)
  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    :) Its marketed by Phillips 66 and been around for a long, long time. Here in the mid-west, its sold by Wal-mart and Sam's Club.
  • tomcat63tomcat63 Posts: 82
    Hi, I run a small auto-repair shop in Düsseldorf / Germany and bought my ´95 S-10 Pickup about 3 years ago with 105,000 mls on the meter. Needed a workhorse for towing cars and hauling bulky and heavy spareparts. It´s a 4.3L TBI V6 2WD Regular Cab with manual 5-speed transmission (not easy to find among all those useless auto-trannys) and did cost me 2,500 Euros (approx. 3,200 USD), which was far cheaper than a Nissan or Mitsubishi PU which I took into consideration first. Meanwhile I can read over 150,000 mls on the clock and I don´t regret this purchase. Apart from normal maintenance work I had to replace the waterpump, front brake discs and pads, muffler and a set of tires. Frame and suspension components show massive surface corrosion due to poor factory protective coating, but this truck simply has to work and I don´t care too much about optical details. The engine works great, no problems with this old iron. I change oil every 10.000 mls (Calypsol 10-W40 semi-synthetic) and use Bosch Longlife filters. For me as a mechanic it´s kind of a relief to have a simple and easy to fix company-truck like my Chevy S-10 !!
  • Wow, That was a hit @ 35. I can see where you hit the windshield.
    Pretty lucky you didn't get more injured.

    One thing that's maybe not noticed is, I wanted to see what value your posted shots were, and captured them to desk top.
    To my surprise they are 1280 x 960.

    So to anyone who wants a closer look at your truck, just open them from desktop to view full size.

    Now to figure out how to post a shot of mine.
  • He just had surgery for new radiator and cooler fittings, and man are those a pain leaking tranny oil all over town.

    He's about to get a Rhino liner sprayed in and a frame coating.
    Searching the planet right now for custom heated seats to replace the stock worthless no reclining crap. How you guys put up with that is beyond me.

    Other than that, he gets the usual treatment of 20-50 in summer, and 5-30 in dead of winter.
    You have to keep in mind, that w/o oil pressure gauges, you don't have a clue what weight oil to use for the temperature at which it's used in and the current wear of parts to maintain that pressure. Racer, Street Rod guys always know.

    He has the best Radar and GPS to keep me in check.

    To see this image at full size, open this link - - to view @ 1200x750
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 869
    53 K on my 99 Sonoma bought new. No repairs after warranty expired, just fluid and filters.
  • jdininjdinin Posts: 3
    I hope I don't offend too many in this forum by sounding off about a Sonoma. I bought a '98 Sonoma in '05 for my daughters to learn how to drive. The price was right and they were intimidated by my '87 4WD Dakota. They did learn and fell in love with a cheap Hyundai I bought to replace a 3-cylinder Saturn ;)

    So, I now commute in the Sonoma with 2.2L & AT. I have learned to like almost everything about it, just not the unlimited slip differential when my driveway is covered in ice. I have a posi-trak unit, but haven't done the job yet. I average about 27 mpg commuting >80 mi/day. Current miles: 124,700+.

    It had 85,000 on it when I bought it. I took a gamble and switched to synthetic oil (Supertech 10W-30) which I change at 18-19 thousand mile intervals (the distance it will go before it is 1qt down and the 5qt jug is empty). The AT didn't like to stay in OD, especially on longer trips. The tranny is mostly rehabilitated now by replacing 4qts of the worst looking ATF I've ever seen with Valvoline Maxlife. This rehab was done a quart or so at a time (I've heard horror stories about ATF changes after the first 60,000 on original fluid).

    The one problem I have ignored is the intermittent wipers (refuse to work at all after the first 20-minutes of driving in warmer weather).
  • hey my odometer broke at 56,300 about a year ago on my 89 s15 runs like brand new.hey kids buy a truck off an old man, they baby them. i roughly have about 70,000 on it now.
  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    Got 240k on mine, still going strong. It could use a paint job. :shades:
  • I bought my '96 chevy S 10 new. 4 cyl., extended cab, 2WD. I love this truck. I am currently at 214K miles and have recently developed a loud tick in the motor. I have always used Valvoline 10W30 year round. I have just changed to 10W40 to aid in the lower oil pressure. I believe it's at the end of its life. What a great truck.

    I wish they sold these brand new, I would buy another.
  • i bought truck used with 2 hundred k on it for 300 dollars was worth it drove it for 5 k miles total of 2 hundred and 5 k and it blew up rod went threw engine block i bought another cheap 2.5 L droped that engine in it was a very cheap engine 100 dollars lol from junk yard i can see it was never taken care of sparkplugs was very hard to get out they was completly destroyed. put a tune up on it. put a new oil pressure switch in it this motor has given me 6 k as of now it is a 1992 2.5 a decent motor lack of power tho i dont really care tho point A to B is fine with me. about the 87 body i live in michgian very rusty 87 but i replaced lots of body parts had to .the fuel pump went out suprising to you .lmao not to me chevy loves to drop fuel pumps .fuel millage is 20 mpg not bad but not great . runs crapy cold
    engine runs on 2 cyl when i first start it untill it is warm then it hit 4 cyl weired .lol but over all great truck awsome love my s10,s oh yeah and i beat the hell out of my tranny lol i pulled over 6000 pounds behind my truck bumper was readys to fall off i bent it down wored bad it,s bent badly lol owell i pulled alot with it i keep dumping used motor oil in it black black stuff i just change the oil filter once in a while i run 15 pounds oil pressure warm 40 cold . chevy like a rock i agree.:) :D
  • Hello,

    I bought my sonoma when I was 16 for 3k. It is a 94 Sonoma and I put most of the miles on it

    Right now it has 245K :surprise: I hope to have a party when it reaches 250K
  • gorrufusgorrufus Posts: 1
    I have a 94' Sonoma, 4.3l v-6 'z' motor (non-vortec), extended cab short bed 2 wheel drive. 280,600 miles from the 200 when I bought it brand new. Paid cash back then and wont get rid of it any time soon. I have another cab from a 95 that only has one quarter panel rust hole, that I plan on swapping in. I think I'll keep the 94 dash though and the 94' column. I don't want the airbags. I removed the a/c finally this year but cannot find a non-A/C blower motor box. I plan on visiting some junkyards this summer and try my luck. I know theres not to many non-a/c sonoma out there. I'll just look for an s10 that was a work or delivery truck. I also have 2 new fenders, and I would like to convert the front end over to a 98' and up envoy headlights and grille. I need to get a new 98' core support first.

    I do plan on rebuilding the engine and trans soon. I'd rather sink about 5-8 grand in this truck and do the work myself, than buy a new 30 grand truck with a payment.

    I'm glad to see there are alot of us sonoma fans out there.

    Peace! :)
  • I have a 95 s-10 bought brand new. It currently has over 168,000 miles on it. I recently took the value cover off to replace the gasket, and my friend was amazed that it was so clean and no slug at all. I change oil every 3500 miles and now I use nothing else but WIX oil filters (fuel and oil). I also use Havoline 5W 30 oil. The engine itself has not gave me trouble. Just everything else. been through 3 trannys. 2nd and 3rd one came from a junk yard. Put a different rear-end. Now it is sitting at my work with a wheel bearing scorched. Just replaced it 2 week ago. Yes it has been lowered 3 in front and 3 in rear. Why is the wheel bearing keep failing me?
  • r12isbadr12isbad Posts: 1
    I have an 03 crew cab 4wd, bought new, and now have 197,400 miles on the odometer.
    I do soil erosion and building code inspections in Michigan so I have BFG TA's on it and average 19-20 MPG on the highway, 16-17 around town. Have used Royal Purple motor oil and Amsoil tranny fluid since new. Still running like it was when new. :)
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