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Chevy S10 Owner Reviews



  • cwo4, congrats on the SLS. Just bought an S-10 with the $3,000 rebate myself. Add that in to the package discount on options on the two vehicles and it was an incredible deal. My only gripe after 4,200 miles is the fuel tank seems to go from 1/4 to about empty within 10-15 miles, just think there is a sensor problem. Otherwise love the truck as a commuter vehicle. Be glad you got a 2001. Check out the price bump with similar equipment on the 2002s.
  • 96flea96flea Posts: 38
    Save that $3000 cause yer gonna need it for future breakdowns and car rentals.
  • The S-10 and Sonoma are about as low tech and simple as you can get transportation-wise, I have no worries about breakdowns or problems. Now Jason, I realize you're a Ford guy, I have a 2000 8 foot bed 5.4 XL F-150, but hey a good deal is a good deal. The S-10 was bought solely as a cheap commuter vehicle. Though I did notice that the Ranger now has a $2,500 rebate and the F-150s have a $1,500 rebate with 3.9% APR financing. Also very good deals.
  • cwo4cwo4 Posts: 90
    I also had a 95 F-150 and a 98 Ranger. Liked them both. The deal I got on the Sonoma was particularly good, totaling almost $4K below sticker. The local Ford dealer didn't try very hard to sell me a new Ranger, the GMC dealer did. I'm not anti-Ford, anti-Toyota or anti anybody. I am cost conscious though, and 3 years and 36,000 miles is plenty of time to judge the character of the truck.
  • 96flea96flea Posts: 38
    I do agree that Rangers are $$$$$$! But my Ranger that i bought was an odd ball. Its a Splash w/4.0, auto, reg. cab. Thing is i was told all Splashes come w/power windows & power locks. Mine has niether. Also 98 Rangers w/4.0 came w/ 5speed automatics. Well, my 96 has a 5 speed tranny. I like it cause no fancy stuff on it at all. It does have air and cruize. Guess i got a good deal on it. I bought it at a Chevy dealer for $9000 in Nov. of 99. Funny thing was is it was in a parking lot with nothing but full size Chevy pick-ups. Couldn't even see the Ranger once looking down that line of Chevys'.
  • For some reason the Splashes haven't held their value initially. Maybe the Edge model will do better. But it is a stylish truck no doubt about it. I seem to remember the 5-speed automatic coming around maybe in 1999 or 2000, don't think the 98's had them. I agree that a ranger or S-10 can get "lost" among the behemoths, but parking one is definitely a lot easier. My LB F-150 is a terror to drive in the big city. Another reason why I like my S-10.

    Chevy and GMC did enjoy a price advantage for 2001, but it appears that this has changed for 2002. With the Ranger now looking like the better deal.
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    Buy an Xtreme,ZR2 or Crew Cab and your only option (other than the 4 cyl Xtreme) appears to be what radio you want, they come fully loaded.

    All extra cabs have the "love it or hate it" your getting a 3rd door. No 4 door extra cab. DOH!

    Its a way to save money and speed up production I'm sure. Looks like the new S10 will be here in 2003.
  • cwo4cwo4 Posts: 90
    2.2 liter, 5 speed. I continue to love this truck. 23 combined mpg, really comfortable with the lumbar adjustment, AC that gets you cold even on 95 plus days, great stereo and CD. Built well, no squeaks or rattles (yet). Like the TV Ad says about the Chevy S-10 "Like a Rock" and just as fast. The only complaint I have is the shift advisory light that comes on when it wants you to upshift. Is there an easy way to disable this function without voiding your warranty or messing with the wiring? Otherwise, I'm as happy as can be. My wife even likes the truck. Life is good!
  • jauto98jauto98 Posts: 77
    You could always disassemble the dash to get to the gauge cluster and put electrical tape or something heavy duty and not too noticeable over the shift light...
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Hi everyone. I am new to this group, and my name is Tom.

    I just bought a 1989 S-10 SWB, regular cab, two wheel drive truck that had 134,500 miles on it. It was a rebuilt truck that had been totalled by an insurance company.

    The dealer that I bought it from told me that the damage was strictly comestic damage and that the truck should be fine. (It doesn't take much damage on such an old truck to have it totalled by an insurance company.)

    I've had the truck since July 16th, and I absolutely love it! After the dealer repaired all the damage, that truck looks almost new!

    I have already put 1800 miles on it, and it has not used a drop of oil. I get anywhere from 23 to 24 MPG in my normal commuting, a drive of 27 miles each way. The last tank of gas included one longer trip in addition to a few trips to work, and I got 25.6 MPG!

    The truck has the 2.8 V6 with a five speed tranny.

    It holds the road real well, with no pulling to either side and no wandering around. Drives like a new one!

    I am totally happy with it, and I only paid $2450.00 for it with tax and all!

    If you would like to see a pic, go to the jeep wrangler owners club and look in the photo gallery section. ( I own a 2001 Jeep Wrangler and am a member of the wrangler owners club. ) You ain't gonna believe how nice that truck looks for one that is 12 years old.

    I think rebuilt is the way to go for an old truck, if you have a rebuilder that you can trust.
    I'll bet that truck would have cost $1000 more if it had not been a rebuild.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Does anyone know of a message board dedicated to older S-10's or just to older trucks in general?

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Is this typical of this group? Here I am all excited about my little S-10 and wanting to exchange posts with others, and no one is posting!

    Can someone tell me where there is an active message board for S-10 owners?

  • 99 S-10 3rd door LS
    The 3rd door latch cable broke in a week. Both reclining levers have broke. Spark plug cable burned out. Left front bearings fell apart. Left front brake went out @ 32000 miles. 3rd seat rattles. All but brakes and rattle have been under warenty. trading in for yota.
  • PAmanPAman Posts: 207
    The site lists the following information under "What's New for 2002" for the S-10:
    "Additional standard features are added to the S-10 for 2002 including a tachometer, air conditioning and a third door for extended-cab models. Vehicles sold in Northern states also get the Cold Weather package as standard equipment."

    As for reviews, have had my 2000 extended cab with V-6 since new; bought it in June 2000. Loaded with air, power everything, automatic, CD, LS decor package, bedliner, alloys, third door, etc. Added a power sunroof and a bedliner a month after buying the truck. Love this truck!!!! MINOR glitches; had more trouble getting service from the selling dealer than I have had with the truck itself. Found a new dealer for service; problem solved! BUY! BUY! BUY!

    By the way, I DID look at the Ranger and owned a Ranger in '92. Liked the '92; HATED the 2000 Ranger. The seats in the new Ranger look like they came out of a Metro subway car or bus---UGH! The Ranger interior looks like Ford spent $1.98 designing it.
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    I was just saying that for '02 theres alot more standard and the way GM is making options available for the S10.....let me order an Xtreme and replace the ZQ8 for the Z85 and let GM keep the ground effects and I'd be happy.

    I have a '99 S10 I have owned since new, 6 miles on it when I bought it. Mine is also loaded, V6, Auto, posi, AC, LS, CD, etc great truck.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I didn't see any edmunds discussions for older S-10's, so I started one. It is called "Older S-10's." Pretty imaginative name, huh?

    I invite all who are interested to participate. The more the merrier.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    420 of 517 dravo by dravo Jan 27, 2001 (04:12 pm)
    I have a 93 S-10 and this week the
    odometer turned 410,000 miles and I
    have had to fix nothing but items
    that come with normal wear and tear.

    Dravo, if you are still around after all this time since your post, I would sure like to hear more about your '93 S-10!

    I have recently bought an 89 S-10 with 134,500 miles on it, so stories like yours are certianly good to hear.

    I would love to know which engine you have and what type of service the truck has seen. Also, what oil change interval and what type of oil have you used?

    If you would like, please post your response in the new discussion, "Older S-10's." You would be the "star" of that group!


  • You asked earlier about a forum for S-10 owners...

    Try this:


    Also, I have a '97 2.2 5 speed that just turned

    over 145,000....the only repairs so far have

    been a fan clutch and the rear u-joint, along

    with the usual wipers, oil changes, plugs, coolant, serpentine belt, tires, etc....


    So far, I'm content with my S-10...

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Thanks! I'm at work right now, but I will check out that link later.

    Please join us in the new group I started, "Older S-10's" here in edmunds.

    Terry Labonte fan, I presume????

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    WOW! MAN! Thanks a gazillion for that link! I checked it out and registered just now. There's a world of S-10 stuff there.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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