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Chevy S10/GMC S15-Sonoma: Problems & Solutions

pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
edited March 15 in Chevrolet
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  • dstormdstorm Posts: 2
    I've had my S10 ext cab 4.3 V6 5 speed manual for 3 1/2 years bought used at 34,000 miles (I'm second owner) minor problems such as upper transmission seal, ABS system, and power mirrors.
    Well the other day @ 79,000 miles I heard a loud crunch from the engine, and the truck went dead. I've been informed by my shop that the crankshaft snapped, and I require a new engine(Which will cost thousands of $) GM has informed me that since its out of warranty tough luck. Seems to me that crankshafts don't snap unless their defective, Do I have any recourse? any suggestions?
  • Sorry to hear about your problems. That's a tough one, especially since the truck is way beyond the warranty period; in addition, you're are the second owner.... Do you have any knowledge of what kind of maintenance the truck had with the first owner?

    You may want to look up and see if there are any similar complaints/recalls about at the nhtsa website. If so, this would give you a little extra backing in writing a letter of complaint to Chevy/GM costumer service. Of course even then..., this whole situation may fall on deaf ears; some makes are better about responding to these type of situations thanks others.

    Good luck and keep us posted. ;-)

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  • magillamagilla Posts: 75
    My advice to you is that Chevy won't do anything for you and their product is weak (that's obvious to you, though). If you like the truck (without the motor), I'd buy a little V-8 or V-6 and do a quick conversion. Look on the s-series.org board to find out what you can do. Otherwise, sell it as is and move on. It's not worth the negative karma.

    CHEVY STINKS!!! Take it from a very dissatisfied customer. I could tell you stories of my 21K mile '96 S-10, but the moderator had to remove them all (along with all the other folks with S-10 problems). Hmmm. Good luck.
  • I have a '90 S-10 V-6 with 113,000 miles. My only complaint about the truck is, I have to change the fan belt every 10-15,000 miles. It has the serpentine type belt. Over time it shears off one side of the belt. Normally I change it after it is about half of the original width. As it narrows I can see that the belt runs on one side of some pullies and the other side of others. I know something must be out of alignment. But I can't find it. Has anyone else seen a similar problem? CandKeby@cs.com
  • dlp358dlp358 Posts: 1
    I just had the 4.3 engine replaced in my 1996 s-10 4x4 and there was a change in the crankshaft. The new engine I have is basically a year 2000 model with roller rockers and all the new mods. The new engine even required a different flex plate in order to bolt up the tranny. This was a dealer install and it was extremely expensive ($4500). Try Jasper engine rebuilders for a better price on a rebuild. As for recourse, try talking to the Chevrolet zone representative they might pay a part of the repair. Sometimes they cave on those kinds of things. BTW my engine only had 116,000 miles when it decided to quit.
  • fmd1fmd1 Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2000 4 cyl, 4 speed automatic.I have not done better than 15 mi per gal.I was aware of trading power for milage but now I find I have neither. Dealer says nothing wrong- anyadivce for a rookie?
  • Something has to be wrong. I get at least 20 from my V6 ('99). Do you do alot of city driving or idling? I looked at a 4 cyl S10 when I bought mine and I think it was rated 23/29. Maybe you need to break it in? Maybe other 4 cyl owners can tell you their experiences.
  • the5carthe5car Posts: 26
    I have a '97 2.2 4cyl, but with the 5 speed
    stick...I do almost all of my driving on the
    highway, so naturally my fuel mileage is toward
    the high side of the EPA estimate...usually
    between 27 and 29 mpg...it consistently got
    30 mpg when I first got it, but after 127,000
    miles I guess I can't complain...it sure was
    nice though when I could pull 540 miles out
    of a tank of gas...

    With today's spiraling gas prices, I feel for
    you...I couldn't afford to go to work if I
    was getting the fuel mileage you are...(I have
    a 60 mile commute each way, everyday !!!!)
  • Another ouch 120 miles round trip. I have a friend who goes 80 miles round trip. Bring your CD's!
  • 18fan18fan Posts: 147
    I have a 98 S10 4CYL 2WD reg. cab & am having problems with the drivers door not always latching completely when closed. Sometimes it really acts up & other times it is OK. Every once in a while, the door will jump from completely latched to the "outer latch" while driving (fortunately has not happened at high speeds). I spoke with a friend who owns a 99 S10 with similar door problems. Any ideas what causes this or how to fix it? Any help would be appreciated. After reading some reviews of other trucks, I am really disappointed with Chevy's (lack of) build quality.
  • I have a 92 S10 Blazer (Tahoe) 4.3 liter engine that developed a bad oil leak. It's leaking from the "area" where the oil filter usually screws into the block next to the oil pan. I say usually because my oil filter is up near the radiator and is connected by two hoses to an "adapter" that is down below next to the oil pan.

    Does anyone know what this adapter is or how I can find out more info on this, such as how to replace or repair?

    thanks much,
  • I was considering purchasing a 1994 Chev S10 with a 2.2L 4cyl engine and an automatic transmission. Since 1994 was the very first model year for the new style S10 I was wondering if this vechicle is a reliability risk. I would appreciate any opinions.
  • As the previous owner of a rolling junkyard 1995 GMC Sonoma with the 2.2L motor and five speed transmission, my advice to you is to stay as far away as you possibly can from that S-10. Why may you ask? 1- even with the five speed transmission, my Sonoma was an absolute dog. Keeping up with traffic meant constantly mashing the gas pedal into the floormat, and I am quite sure that an automatic transmission would completely kill what little power the 2.2L motor has.2- the 2.2L motor has a real bad habit of wanting to blow head gaskets-it happened to me and was big bucks to fix. 3- these trucks suffer from multiple and sometimes really weird and dangerous electrical problems.The worst one I experienced was the time all of the truck's brake and tail lights went out, nearly resulting in me being rear ended at a traffic light by a Jimmy going 35 MPH. 4- squeaks and rattles like you wouldn't beleive!!!5- The paint job on these trucks is absolute sh*t-if the paint hasn't started to flake of the bottom edges of the box and cab,don't worry,it will.6-The valve clatter at idle and the racket this motor makes when accelerating will drive you completely nuts!
  • I have a '95 S-10 4cyl. 2wd manual. I had a new cluch put in and know it chirps but when u jest thuch the cluch it stups chirping. No one will help me. The second problem is that it berns oil and i only have 62k miles. I bearns about 1q/1K Miles.
  • I have had my S-10 (1997) for a couple years now. It was sold / inhereted from family, but I have not had hardly any problems with it at least major ones anyway. I have had the gas pedal stick a bit but it just needed a bit of cleaning in the pedal controller under the hood. (I'm not sure of the real name) And @ 84,000 miles I had to have the serpentine belt changed. I haven't heard any vital rattling noises. Ohh I did have to have a new thermostat put in, but that could just be the price of winter. Overall, I haven't had to invest any major $$$ into my truck. Just keeping the oil changed and filters clean. If y'all need a serious complaint how about that it sits too low and makes ya feel tiny when these big trucks pass by.

    That's the extent to my complaints.

    C. Spencer
  • ON 7/7/2000 I PURCHASED A NEW S10. I AM A REPEAT CUSTOMER AS I HAVE HAD A 97 S10 WHICH WAS A GOOD TRUCK. THE 2000 FROM DAY ONE STARTED USING OIL. THE FIRST TIME I CHANGED THE OIL AT 1000 MILES IT WAS LOW BUT I THOUGHT THIS WAS DUE TO BEING BROKE IN. BY THE TIME IT HAD REACHED 4000 MILES IT WAS USING A QUART PER 1000 MILES. THE DEALER'S AND GM RESPONSE WAS TO MAKE MINOR REPAIRS. BY THE NEXT OIL CHANGE IT WAS CLEAR TO SEE THAT THE PROBLEM WAS GETTING BETTER. NEXT STARTED THE OIL CONSUMPTION TEST AND BS ANSWERS, SUCH AS THE ENGINE RUNS FAST AND HOTTER AND HAS TO USE OIL TO KEEP FROM BURNING UP OR A ENGINE THAT USES OIL LAST LONGER. BUT THE VERY BEST WAS THE ENGINE BREAKS DOWN THE OIL RELEASING IT OUT THE TAIL PIPE. NEEDLESS TO SAY THIS LITTLE PUPPY WANTS TO GO BACK TO THE GENERAL MOTORS CORRAL THAT WHY I'M ARBITRATING IT. IF IT'S SO GREAT THEY CAN HAVE IT BACK, AND I'LL TELL THEM WHERE TO PARK IT FOR FREE.
  • I am the orignal owner on a chevy s-10 95 5 speed 2.2 liter. All I can say this truck is a big headache. I replaced the clutch at about 8,000
    miles,then again at 30,000 then wiper controller. Started burning oil at about 50,000 miles. alot of oil. replaced top end of the motor at 120,000, now its knocking again. have put on a set of front brakes every year. Many other small things have gone wrong with this truck. I change the oil every three to five thousand miles. do all suggested maintance. I would never buy another. I dont ever want another samll chevy.
  • I'm the second owner of a 93 Blazer that doesn't want to idle. It's spitting and sputtering unless I'm accelerating. I had it in the shop, they replaced the fuel pump to the tune of $260.00. No help. I've tuned it up and checked everything I can think of, any suggestions or similar problems????
  • I have a 93 s10 2.8 6 cylinder. This baby has 178,000 miles and NO major problems.
    The clutch was replaced and I too have a problem with the chirp that occurs unless pressure is being applied to the clutch. I was told it could be a result of the bearings being slightly offset or maybe the wrong size. Also the door occasionally does not grasp the latch and has become loose while I've been driving. I have never actually fallen out but its still kinda scary.
    I'm also not too pleased with the paint job(RED) that was put on this truck it has greatly faded and seems to rub off when it is washed or waxed.
    It has only this year started to rust so I can't complain much about that. Near the bottom of the doors and behind the cab.
    I would like to know if anyone experienced rusting on the oil pan of these trucks, seems like bad metal.
    I like chevy vehicles and will buy another.
  • My 99 S10 with 10,800 miles has a weird noise when cold. During the first 5 minutes of driving it has a whine that goes up in volume and then stops but starts again almost immediately. Dealer has changed differential fluid and seal (says that is recommended at 3000 mi. intervals?). Noise still there. Guess I will mark Chevy off my to buy list.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Check out the EGR valve,maybe bad.
  • I have a 2WD '93 S10 w/ a 4.3L engine and just had to replace the oil cooler lines & oil filter adapter to fix a major oil leak. This may be similar to the problem described by lhidalgo in post #12. But, with 154,000 miles that is one of the very few problems that I have had with this truck.

    The most frustrating problem that I have experienced is my digital speedometer has become temperature sensitive and does not work in the winter months. Any suggestions on how to fix it?
  • schiferschifer Posts: 15
    I had the digital dash go out on my S10 Blazer and I was able to fix it. I removed the dash, not bad once you get the heater controls loose, and started re-flowing the solder joints. I would do a bunch and then test it. I believe it was the connections to the power supply card on the rear, so try those first. It hangs off the back side, you can't miss it.

    Note, if you are not handy with a soldering iron, best let someone who is do this. Also, wear a ground strap like is used to service computers to avoid static damage to the IC's.

    Good Luck
  • shumateshumate Posts: 1
    to #12 lhidalgo. I had the same problem . It was a dry rotted o-ring on the adapter plate.replaced and no problems.
  • beandersbeanders Posts: 1
    I have a 96 s-10, vortec engine. Currently has 112,000 miles on it and has been nothing but trouble. It was the first "new" vehicle I have ever bought and will never buy another again. It used a qt. of oil the first two weeks I had it (dealer said that was normal). It continued using oil for about six months when there was a recall due to misposition valve seals. Then the brakes went out. Then went out again. Then again. Just not often enough to qualify for the lemon law. After one of the brake repairs, the brakes went out again the next day (the dealer service dept. had put the pad on backwards.)

    The engine caught fire at 64,000 miles. I had purchased a 65,000 mile extended warranty. The dealer tried their best to get out of repairing the truck at all. Then after a long fight, they said they would fix it. They called me when it was ready but when I picked it up it had no power at all. They worked on it some more and I picked it up again the power was a little better but when I drove 20 miles and the thermostat still read very cold I took it to another dealer. They checked the engine and it only had compression in four of the six cylinders. I didn't tell them the truck was under warranty until after they diagnosed the problem and told me it needed a new engine. The fire was caused by the truck having the wrong type of antifreeze in it. I had never touched the antifreeze because it was supposed to be the dexron 100,000 mile antifreeze. Using the standard "green" antifreeze will keep the thermostat from working properly and cause the engine to overheat and catch fire. After this dealer replaced the engine I checked the radiator before leaving the parking lot-----it was empty!!! When I told them it was empty, the first thing the mechanic does is start to pour green antifreeze into the truck. Then when I tell him that's wrong he proceeds to pour the orange dexron antifreeze in with the other he's already poured. I told them they would have to drain all the antifreeze and refill it. When I came back to get the truck, I checked the radiator again---they had added the antifreeze but didn't add any water. I just added that myself.

    Then my driveshaft broke. A small piece of plywood had fallen between the bed and cab of the truck and cut it in half. The driveshaft was made out of aluminum. The cost of a new driveshaft from the dealer was $600. I finally found a used one at S&J auto parts (they're on the web) for under $200 and that included shipping.

    The brakes have continued to go out occasionally. I've had about 5 master cylinders replaced. I just replaced the proportional valve for the brakes and I'm hoping that will fix the problem for good.

    All the parts for this model truck are expensive. The driveshaft: $600; The transmission fluid: $12 per qt.;Spark plugs and wires cost nearly $100 (some new type of plug in thing on them). These prices are rediculous.

    Oh, yeah. The lower A-arm just broke all of sudden at around 37,000 miles. Luckily I was travelling at a low speed. The metal it was made of had to be defective although the dealer claimed it must have been something I did.

    This has been the absolute worst vehicle I have ever had. I will never buy a new chevy again. I can understand an occassional lemon being produced but the hassle I went through trying to get it repaired made the warranty almost useless. If Chevy had shown some sympathy to the problems I had and atleast acted like they wanted to correct the situation I would probably still be a loyal customer.

    It seems Chevy can only make vehicles in two categories: Excellent and Awful. Other people have the exact same model s-10 that I do and have had no problems at all. I previosly owned an '89 Beretta - got 176,000 miles on it and the only repair I had to make was the audonator. Currently have a '98 Lumina with 83,000 problem free miles.

    I'm thinking of swithing to dodge/plymouth products. I hear they make excellent vehicles but their transmissions are awful. I have a '94 Plymouth Acclaim and it has 186,000 miles on it. I had to have the transmission rebuilt at 136,000 miles (got a lifetime warranty on it at Cottman transmissions) and haven't had a problem with it since.
  • beanders wrote in msg #26

    > and the only repair I had to make was the audonator....

    Doncha just hate it when your audonator goes out? I can't find a replacement audonator anywhere!

    Hans
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    FYI, you know you've been online too long when you can read and understand typos!...

    The absolute worst is having your disgronificator out of adjustment!

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  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    The industry now calls them generaters has something to do with international standardization.
  • jstephjsteph Posts: 1
    My brother has a '92 S-10 2.8 6 cyl with 170k miles on it, he has had no major problems at all. I am borrowing it now, since my '94 S-10 with a Vortec 4.3 was totaled, some guy try driving through my door and it caused me to cart wheel it. Did not get hurt, but was planning on getting me a newer model of it. My '94 had 70k miles on it, and the only thing I ever did to it was change the oil, put tires and one battery in it. Now my vehicle did make that noise when it was cold, I opened my hood and found out it had to do with the plastic cover over the fan area. If I pressed down on it, the noise went away. I also changed the oil every 3 months, and used the synthetic Mobil 1. Don't know if that helped or not. I am surprised at the number of problems I have seen here. I mean my bro's 92 has 170k miles on it, which I think it what all vehicles should at least get.

    Anyway, as far as the 4cyl goes, I would imagine they would have no power, my Brother's 2.8 is slow as can be, especially after the Vortec 4.3.
  • I have a 92 s-10. This thing has upwards to 100000 miles and is a tough little truck. The problem that people have with the chirping noise i also have. When i took it to a mechanic he told me it was the throw-out bearings that need greasing. Apparently there is a special trans case with a grease nipple just like your other fittings that you can purchase and put in. The cost is pretty steep though, and if you can put up with the annoyance, its not worth it. The chirp is nothing serious.
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