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Chevy S10 Owner Reviews

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  • Wow never heard of a tensioner letting go. They replaced it because maybe they want you as a customer, it is under warranty. BTW what engine in your truck? I have a 99 put new tires on it at 5,000 miles and until last week got 20 mpg but at the last fill up I was getting 23!! 70% freeway with the V6 auto and 3.42 posi.
  • tattoo3tattoo3 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know anything about this type of truck
    that has paint peeling off. My daughter bought her
    first truck, and found out that the paint started
    to peel off. She then found out that it was a primer problem. Is there any recourse with the manufacturer about this. Any help would be appreciated.
  • ggosselinggosselin Posts: 22
    My truck is a 1997 SS w/L35 4.3 and 4L60E auto with locking 3.42 rear end.
    My reason for being skeptical about their hassle free repair is that I have had some pain in the [non-permissible content removed] minor oil leaks- oil cooler adapter to be exact. They (chev dealer) were not too happy about fixing leaks I guess, because they tried to make me pay for it- the three times it had to be fixed- telling me that "maintence items" such as that were not covered under warranty.

    tattoo3- FYI- late 80's and early 90's chev trucks had [non-permissible content removed] paint jobs due to lousy primer- as you have found out. Chevy may still even repaint your truck under their recall deal- the only way to find out is to call GM itself- not the dealer.
  • tbr3847tbr3847 Posts: 4
    I just bought a s-10. It has less than 1000 miles, when I kill the engine there is a reoccurring ping coming from under the hood just wondering what this is and if it is normal can anyone help
  • I once had a 1980 Chevy Silverado that did the same thing after it was about 10 years old. The truck was a two tone while with blue sides. Suddenly it began to "pop" pieces of paint about the size of silver dollars, then pieces about the size of your average flapjack. Before long much of the truck was looking like someone had a black paintball fight with the truck. Looked awful. I've seen all American makes do the same things, all the trucks were 1980-1994. I know of two people who have had their trucks repainted under warranty, both were 1994 Fords.
  • I bought my 95 S-10 (4-cyl auto) used with high miles. Test drove it and I thought it shifted fine. Shortly after absolutely, positively would not shift out of second under full throttle. Changed the fluid, unplugged a few of the cables form it(then would not get out of first). Took to dealer and described problem. They thought it was the fuel filter (change it, it was cheap) until they drove it. They said I would have to bring it back for another inspection. I talked to the mechanic and he said maybe Vehicle Speed Sensor. Ordered one (about $40) and put it in myself. Bingo. Shifts fine under power. Original sensor pick-up was bent. One way to diagnose this is watch speedometer, if it climes steadly to speed and then at the shift point goes BACKWARDS this may be your problem. Shifts to third at approximately 62mph (mine with the bad sensor only reached 60mph with the bad sensor, so close yet so far).
    When testing you trans try not to over rev it because there seems to be no rev limiter. Now to my problem, keeping the above in mind, sometime when going from park to first or reverse it doesn't seem to go into gear like it's slipping. When it's warmed up it works fine. Seems to be more often when it has set for awhile (overnight). Next, this is a 4-cyl with 85,000 has a lot or valve noise (lifters?) when cold (again overnight), however this problem seems more ambient temperature related (summer little or no noise winter lots of rattle) Is this normal or is the mileage catching up with it?
  • afeyafey Posts: 20
    Don't worry about your S10. I have just clicked over the 101K mark today. 5 spd 4 bang 95 chevy bare bones s10. Paid $9,995. Woth every penny!
    It got me through ice, snow, mud, and traffic.
    In college I towed uhauls with heavy amounts of furniture. I moved 12 times during my 4 years of college. This has caused my rear suspension to sag. This truck has never failed me. My battery and brake pads are still the original.

    Here is my breakdown
    Oil change every 4000 miles
    Lube cha. every 7k or 8k
    Air filter every year
    Changed trans fluid at 92k & Diff
    Make sure to grease fitting on transmission if 5sp
    Coolant at 98k
    Fuel Filter at 65k
    New tires at 75k
    Same brakes
    Same battery
    Fan Belt at 100k
    Plugs at 95k

    Thats it. It probably is time for a new clutch.
    This truck will reach 200k+. I commute 95miles per day. This truck never fails. I am sure there are trucks out there such as toyotas and nissans that people claim are better.But they lack the emotional bond that only a Chevy truck can bring. Plus I am proud my truck is American even though nobody is proud of what we produce anymore.
  • hey dont say "I am proud my truck is American even though nobody is proud of what we produce anymore. " key word "nobody" I'm a proud American and a Union worker, where I live I'd say 90-95% of the vehicles are American.
    I also have a S10, awesome truck. I'd never go with an import because of:
    A 12/07/41
    B unfair trade practices (remember the taxes that were to be put on [non-permissible content removed] vehicles unless they opened their market? ie they can sell here but we cant there UNFAIR)
    C price of parts, a $700 alternator? give me a break how many GM/Ford/Dodge alternators could you buy for that money?
    D wimpy trucks with no power or style and I dont care how many plants they build here the bottom line is you buy japanese the money goes to japan and doesnt return
  • amoraamora Posts: 204
    There was an interesting PIE CHART in AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE regarding import ingrediants of DOMESTIC vehicles. The only vehicle with near 100% US
    components was Saturn with Ford T-BIRD a close 82%, Majority of trucks and components are quite a
    mixture of foreign made....Jeeps made in canada, many GM engines made in Hermosillo, Mexico, Many
    joint ventures of GM/Japan mfrs in US, NUUMI plant in Fremont, Calif makes Toyota mini-trucks, most
    of the HONDAS, NISSANS, TOYOTAS, EURO vehicles are made in US by UAW workers and sold by US salesman and dealers, I realize the overpriced imports need to be that way because most of the money goes to Japan....ie a $10,000 TUNDRA sold for $30,000...

    If you want to buy STRICTLY AMERICAN, I MEAN USA
    ONLY...Buy any '50s, 60's Detroit autos, many are
    still around..By the way, S10 engines are made in
    Hermosillo, Mexico and Brazil....ask GM

    Iam
    S10 diehard myself have had good ones and very horrific bad ones...best '87 S10 EXT CAB 4x4 2.8L
    Tahoe...worst '91 S10 BLAZER 4X4 4DR TAHOE with
    thousands of defects, a real bad LEMON, but have had beautiful luck with '88, 94, and my new 2000
    Xtreme with 6500 trouble free miles...

    I will only buy AMERICAN MADE.....Chevies, Fords,
    Toyotas....
  • rodandyrodandy Posts: 7
    I have a 97 4x2 ext. cab w/ 4.3 and 5 sp. 49,000 miles and only one problem - water pump failed at 29,000. Replaced with no questions by the dealer. Mileage has averaged 19+ mpg even in heavy San Diego stop & go traffic. Recently moved cross country from SD to NJ, averaged almost 20 mpg even with bed full to top of cap and a 4x8 u-haul completely loaded. Gross weight was over 6300 lbs. I'd like some more interior room, maybe a full size Silverado ext. cab.

    To reply to a previous post about why chose the S10 over the Ranger? I actually liked the way the Ranger drove better, except the S10 has more power. The S10 was just better value for the money. All of the Rangers I looked at had options I wasn't willing to pay for. The kicker was 3.9% financing from GMAC, Ford couldn't beat 8%.

    All in all it's worked fine for the kind of driving I do - 100 miles per day mostly freeway, but the previous posts are right about the Tiger Paw tires. Wear like iron (fronts are still original) but poor traction. The Costco brand I bought to replace the rears are no better for traction but will probably last 80K or more. I'll definitely look at the Michelins when the fronts are worn out.
  • rodandyrodandy Posts: 7
    I have a 97 4x2 ext. cab w/ 4.3 and 5 sp. 49,000 miles and only one problem - water pump failed at 29,000. Replaced with no questions by the dealer. Mileage has averaged 19+ mpg even in heavy San Diego stop & go traffic. Recently moved cross country from SD to NJ, averaged almost 20 mpg even with bed full to top of cap and a 4x8 u-haul completely loaded. Gross weight was over 6300 lbs. I'd like some more interior room, maybe a full size Silverado ext. cab.

    To reply to a previous post about why chose the S10 over the Ranger? I actually liked the way the Ranger drove better, except the S10 has more power. The S10 was just better value for the money. All of the Rangers I looked at had options I wasn't willing to pay for. The kicker was 3.9% financing from GMAC, Ford couldn't beat 8%.

    All in all it's worked fine for the kind of driving I do - 100 miles per day mostly freeway, but the previous posts are right about the Tiger Paw tires. Wear like iron (fronts are still original) but poor traction. The Costco brand I bought to replace the rears are no better for traction but will probably last 80K or more. I'll definitely look at the Michelins when the fronts are worn out.
  • afeyafey Posts: 20
    I originally purchased the Chevy in 95 due to the fact that it claimed 95% on the Parts were U.S./ Canadian. The Ranger was only at 78% due to the fact that the transmission was a japanese mazda.
  • amoraamora Posts: 204
    Yea, my '95 Ranger 2.3L had a Mazda manual tranny that took ATF....I read somewhere that Ford owns
    25% of Mazda because GEN. MacARTHUR wroto Japanese constitution that forbids US Companies from owning 100 % At least I think that is what I read..memory fading, am Babyboomer....
  • afeyafey Posts: 20
    Ever notice that due to this truck being made of galvanized steal that this truck does not rust. I have chips off my paint that are over 3 years old. There still is no signs of rust anywhere on my truck!!!
    Kudos to the body!!
  • woody2269woody2269 Posts: 52
    Yah, ok the body is great, but I have yet to get a response from my dealership when I asked them to show me ONE part in my 97 zr2 that I haven't had to replace!! I bought it in November, and since then I have had to replace the master cyclinder, the rear u-joint, the tranny, the entire fuel system, and misc valves and pinions and seals, not to mention general upkeep.....anyone else having this problem?
  • dannygdannyg Posts: 131
    Has there been any talk of putting GM's OHV 3.1L V6 in the S10? The 4.3L is great, but the MPG is pretty bad. The 3.1L gets 30MPG highway in the Malibu (w/automatic), maybe it would get 26-27 MPG in an S-10 automatic.

    Just a thought.
  • I dont think you'll see the 3.1 in the S10, not with a restyled truck in a couple of years featuring all new inline 4, 5, and 6 cylinder engines.
  • afeyafey Posts: 20
    My guess that the problems with the s10's are in the 4x4 packages. My 95 s10 again has had no problems what's so ever. I am not sure what the deal is??

    A 3.1 would be a good decision for the s10. The 2.2 is too weak and the 4.3 is too much.

    My friend has a 91 Isuzu with the GM 3.1. Great long lasting motor. Now has 168k I believe
  • schleussschleuss Posts: 3
    Can someone please help explain a passenger side ticking noise in the engine of my 4.3L S-10 4x4(1999 year with 14k miles). Dealer replaced rockers and push rods on that side.Was quiet for a couple 100 miles and is starting to get louder again.Dealer said there was no noticable ware or damage to parts they replaced. Took truck back to dealer, they basically said if it goes under warrranty then they'll fix it. I've been down this road before.Anybody had this valve train problem before? I thought at first it was the Throttle body fuel injection,not the case here. Electronic ERG valve maybe!Why did the dealer replace parts and it didn't fix the real issue at hand! They told me they would replace every part of the motor before they would replace one.At this rate the warranty will be over. There is a reason for this the longer they hold out fixing a problem the odds are in they're favor. You will sale and buy another.I've owned every make of truck from the big three here in the states and one nissan,in the 1990's the ranger was a lemon and this chevy is getting close to a lemon.Dodge has alot work ahead of them,nice body style,bad transmissions on the gas engines and poor interior refinement and steer like a tank.Enough said.
  • afey, yes the 3.1 is a long lasting engine, my old S10 had the 2.8 (basically the same engine, in fact the 3.1 or 3.4 is a recommended replacement for the 2.8) it went 300,000 before I got my new truck.

    schleuss I never heard of this problem....ie its not a common thing. Sounds like the dealer was on the right track but theres something wrong with the engine that causes the problem to come back. I'd go higher up, call GM and Chevy's 800 number and see if you can get a rep to handle your situation. When you start making noise they'll pay attention to you, unlike the dealer that doesnt want to do warranty work. I'm sure GM would like to keep you as a customer
  • I have a 95 4X4 Sonoma with the 4.3 (not the enhanced one) and 5 speed. I have an intermittant electrical problem that the dealer can't find because it quits doing it everytime I take it in. The following systems stop working: radio, heater fan, wiper, cruise, the anti lok brake light comes on. the lights and turn signals work and the truck runs fine. it will suddenly begin doing this and then maybe a half hour later it will be fine. sometimes it is on start up and at other times it will just suddenly happen. dealer checked codes and nothing. any ideas?
  • woody2269woody2269 Posts: 52
    Is it coming from the engine? On my s-10 it seems as though I am getting the same thing, but it seems as to be more that the shock is bad. Brought it in and they said that it was fine. The joints were fine, and they couldn't understand why I was bringing it in. Yet, every passenger that I have mentions something about it. I even offered to take a spin with one of the mechanics, but they declined....you think that soemthing is up? I think it is the fact that they think girls don't know anything about trucks....*L*
  • schleussschleuss Posts: 3
    SuperJim and Woody,

    Thank's for both of your help and I thought I'd bring you up to speed on my situation. I called GM customer service and they couldn't help. They told me all tech. reps go through the local service manager's at the dealership's. So I set a appointment for this friday again and explained the problem again. We shall see. Anybody else with information on this subject, your advise is needed. Just read my first letter and it will explain my engine trouble. Thx,Schleuss
  • woody2269woody2269 Posts: 52
    Ok, I have to ask a dumb question and ask for that 1-800 #. I have to ask them about my s-10 and see if all of the repairs that I have made are normal....I don't think that they are, but who knows....
  • rmf7777rmf7777 Posts: 1
    Hello to all on the Chevy S10 forum. I thought I'd share my experiences with my 94 S10 V6 Apple
    red automatic. I just passed the 100k mile mark which is a first for me. Overall, I'm very happy
    with the vehicle and am interested in repair issues people have had @ the 100k+ mileage mark.

    Repairs;
    Replaced alternator @ 100k
    New battery @ 90k
    New muffler @ 65k
    New rear brakes @ 85k
    New front brakes @50k
    New tires @ 50k

    A persistent problem I've had is a faulty driver
    side power window. It didn't work right when I
    bought the truck and still gives me occasional
    trouble. I probably need to spend some money
    on a tune up before summer comes. I'm hoping to
    go trouble free till I get to 150k.

    Happy Motoring!
  • schleussschleuss Posts: 3
    Woody,
    Check out www.gm.com and go to contact us. You can e-mail from there or get the 800#.
  • woody2269woody2269 Posts: 52
    Thanks Schleuss!! What do you think about a 97, replaced the tranny, fuel system, master cylinder, u joint, and many other valves....
  • After reading every message in this forum, the Ford Ranger forum, the Toyota Tacoma forum and doing a ton of research I finally bought an S10 this weekend. This is my first truck. I bought the standard cab LS trim package with regular bed, automatic, 4 cylinder (I know, kinda slow but my wife and daughter will have to drive it occasionally and last time I tried to teach my wife to drive a standard tranny we almost got divorced)AM-FM CD player, air conditioning (a must in Texas. I paid $11,599 and after TT&L I was out the door at $12,510. It MSRP'd at $15,145. I think I did well and so far I am thrilled with it. Now I need to shop for all those cool truck add-ons - Tonneau cover, bed liner, gun rack (lol) etc. Thanks for all the info and I'll take any and all suggestions for my new toy.
  • woody2269woody2269 Posts: 52
    I am also looking for a tonneau cover also, any suggestions? And what do you all think of bedliners, especially the spray on ones vs. the ones that you just place in? BTW bubsdaddy, CONGRATS!!

    Hey, is anyone looking for a Lund Racerback, black, lightly used? $100 or BO.
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