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Chevy S10 Owner Reviews



  • Thanks for the tire info. I'm only at 37K miles. What problems have you had so far?
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    A good idea would be to go to a tire store and check what tires are available by that exact size.

    Those uniroyals are junk, I went with Michelins of a different size and a Hypertech reprogrammer to recalibrate the speedometer, but if you stay with the same size tire you should be ok.
  • kaz25kaz25 Posts: 2
    Been driving the 4.3 auto for about 5 years and been happy. I want to get the newer style when this finally gives out. Done all the maint myself and its not too bad. Spark plugs can only be installed through wheelwell. Don't even try from the hood. The front end steering links were worn pretty bad and changed it all for about $110.
    but it stills wears out tires way too quick. I would not recommend buying the 4 cyl. but there are lots of them around so you may be able to bargain down the price. The v6 has been very reliable.
  • Don't dog my Tiger Paws. You get a super smooth ride and long treadlife (at 37K miles they almost look new). Also when it's raining I get a scary ride that puts anything at Disneyworld to shame. ;)
  • What kind of problems??? Do you mean tire-wise,
    or all-around ???

    Tire wise, I haven't had any
    I said, the Uniroyals from the factory lasted
    just over 90,000 miles...I ran them all the way
    down to the treadwear indicators, and I probably
    only rotated them twice...I add 600 miles a
    week to my truck at a minimum, all of it highway.
    I used to average close to 30mpg, but now it's
    down to around 26, which is probably because
    I need some diagnostics done on some of the
    sensors to see what's up...that, or perhaps the
    fact that I have close to 159,000 miles on this
    little 4-banger has something to do with it...

    All I've had to do as far as repairs go is
    a rear U-joint, a fan clutch, and a new front
    grille (after hitting a deer)...aside from routine
    oil changes, plugs, brake pads and shoes, coolant,
    air and fuel filters, and chassis lubrications,
    this thing has been nothing but a joy to own...
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    Thats why they had to go, it rains alot here!
  • I am in the market to purchase a 2002 crew cab in the next week..anything good bad or indifferent I should know about or should I avoid at all costs..please help..thank you
  • PAmanPAman Posts: 207
    I have a 2000 S-10 extended cab, with the V-6, automatic and every other option except the locking rear end. It is a two-wheel drive, and I have driven several S-10 Blazer 4WD models as rental vehicles when travelling in snow country.

    I'm very satisfied with my S-10. The 4.3L V-6 is by far the most powerful engine you can get in a compact pickup. Yes, the Dodge Dakota can be equipped with a V-8, but it is larger and, I believe, more expensive. Some owners in other forums have also talked about major problems with the Dodge Dakota.

    You should be able to get a good deal on one; there's lots of attention being focused on the new Trailblazer, and the next generation S-10 will be out in a couple of years.

    Good luck!

  • I have a 2000 Sonoma S-10 4 cyl 5 speed. I have 2 concerns about my truck. In neutral with the engine running and your foot off the clutch there is a noise like marbles rolling around. Also the the thumb wheel that controls the dash lights and turns on the interior lights doesn't light up at night. All the other symbols on the light switch do. Of course the dealer says both are normal. How about it?
  • 18fan18fan Posts: 147
    I have a 98 S-10 4 cyl. so pretty much same setup as yours. The thumbwheel for the dash light dimmer does not light up and I never thought anything about it. It is large enough that I can find it by feel in the dark anyway. Mine is an automatic so don't have the "marbles" sound you describe. Have had a few problems with it but overall has been a good truck & fun to drive.
  • Mine's been doing that for as long as
    I can remember....must be something to
    do with the throw-out bearing or something...
    heck, I don't know, but when I parked my
    truck this morning, the odometer read 159,001,
    so if I were you, I wouldn't worry too much
    about it....

    I don't know anything about the way your
    dash light dimmer works or how/where it's
    mounted, but I can't recall mine ever being
    illuminated....mine is next to the head light
    switches on the far left side of the dash...
    one problen I did have once was that my
    dash lights went dark a couple of times, but
    that turned out to be a bad fuse connection,
    'cause all I did was flip the fuse over and
    re-insert it and it hasn't happened since...
  • Thanks to 18fan and the5car for your reply. My truck is almost 2 years old and if there are things I need to complain about then I had better get started before the warranty runs out. Thanks to you 2 and your replies I think I will just leave things alone. Other than the two concerns mentioned I have no complaints. Thanks again people.
  • The forum below is an excellent source

    for S-10 how-to's and repair....

    They cover a whole host of problems all the

    time, and the link above just happens to

    focus on the 'marble' sound you're noticing...


    Pretty cool, huh ???

  • we went out and purchased our crew cab the other day, all in all it was well worth the time and effort that we put into the decision. Our dealer went out of their way to help us purchase the vehicle..after the rebates but adding tax we got it for just over 22K..after looking at similar posts we got a good wife just loves it, now I have to fight her over who drives it next.
  • Any one have experience with the fuel gauge not reading properly? The needle is just left of the full mark. The dealer said it was normal but after service manager and I filled another S10 and the needle moved all the way past full to the right he said there was a problem.

    First attempt to fix--They replaced the sending unit in September 01--problem never changed.

    Second attempt to fix--They agreed to change the instrument module but instead installed another sending unit January 02. The problem did not change.

    Third attempt to fix--Feb 02--said they took a cluster out of another S10 and temporarily installed in mine. The gauge did not read differently so they told me the condition is normal and nothing can be done.

    Now Chevrolet Customer Assistance says the situation is a normal operating condition. They will not do anything further.

    Any suggestions or has anyone had this problem? Could there be a step missing from the GM installation of the sending unit? Would there be any procedure that would require some type of calibration of the fuel gauge to the sending unit?

    The truck has only 2300 miles on it.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    My Sonoma reads above full when filled.My Cavalier read above full until the sender was replaced on recall,now it reads right at full.I would say your problem is sender unit,the float wire needs to be bent so the float does not touch the top of the tank before the potentiometer goes full scale.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
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    I have linked this discussion into that folder, but it will always reside here in Pickups.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone!

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  • I had bought a 1996 extended cab SL new with the 4.3 V6, 5 speed manual and locking rearend. At the time I almost bought the Tacoma but decided on the S-10 since it was alittle less with the same items. So after about 40k I started thinking I should have got the Tacoma and now after 67k I am sure. I use the truck for personel use occationally hauling something from the store, a motorcycle, etc. Lite hualing use. I have run synthetic oil in the engine, trans and rearend. To date this is the history of repairs:
    -engine doesn't slow down sometimes until you hit 5-8mph. Hangs 1300-2200 rpm. They never found the cause. Random problem sometimes slows down the speeds back up. Very strange thank god I have manual trans.
    -water pump @ 40+k (question this one)
    -brakes front & rear 40+k (acceptable)
    -main seal power steering ~43k (unacceptable)
    -~45k right front upper ball joint broke. Lucky only going 20-25mph. (unacceptable)
    -left upper ball joint broke ~55k. Lucky again backing out of garage. Chevy mechanic said it was ok when the fixed the first one.(unacceptable)
    -Top transmission seal leaking. (unacceptable)
    -66k bad u-joint in drive shaft (vibrations). Had to have u-joints replace, hanger bearing and the shaft had to be straightened/balanced. Shaft was bent. I don't do hole shots or carry heavy loads. (unacceptable)
    -66k oil leak in oil pan or rear main seal. Pan most likely according to mechanic. Also rear main seal on trans starting to leak. (unacceptable)
    -Last two trucks were Nissans and I didn't do any of these repairs in 120k. Nissan didn't have the V6 available when I was buying.

    So from my experience I don't see me owning any more of these trucks. Even my wife who owned GM products her whole life didn't want to buy any more GM products after we owned the truck. She was free to buy whatever she wanted. Has a Maxima now. Looking for replacement now.
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,704
    Is the current S-10's chassis the exact same thing that was introduced with the 1st generation in 1982?
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    In 1994 the S10 was all new, new body and chassis, about the only things from the old S10 are the 4.3 V6 drivetrains.
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