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

tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
My little '89 S10 pickup's odmometer reading rolled over to the 200,000 mile mark on my way to work this morning. It has been a great little truck for my daily commute of 50 miles round trip.

My truck has the 2.8L engine and a five speed tranny. I've had to have a few things replaced, like the catalytic converter, fuel pump, water pump, heater fan motor, and alternator, during the five years plus that I have owned the truck, but those things are to be expected.

I paid only $2600 for the truck, tax, license, and all. It has been VERY cheap transportation for me for over five years now.

How many miles on YOUR S10? I'll bet some of you out there have trucks with way more than 200K miles on them.



  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    Sounds great. How often did you change your oil and filter? What type of oil did you use? :)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Well, I bought the truck when it had 134,502 miles on it, and I can't say what oil had been used in it up until then or how often it had been changed.

    For the 65,000+ miles that I have driven it, it has gotten Valvoline MaxLife 5W-30 oil and mostly the Supertech filters from WalMart. I usually try to have the oil changed on 3000 mile intervals, but, since almost all of my driving in that truck is highway type driving, I don't worry too much if I go as long as 4000 miles before changing it.

  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    My 92S-10, 2WD, 4.3Z, just turned 200K also. I've been using TropArtic when I can find it or Valvoline 5W-30 every 5K miles. Most of my driving is highway so 5K isn't stretching it between changes. Also I use Fram TG which is suppose to be good for more miles. It doesn't use oil but I did have to replace the valve guide seals last spring.
    John :)
  • hey there s10 fans. my girl just turned 211xxx today and still runs like a champ. when she turned, i was in a middle of a 1500 mile road trip and the only thing i was worried about was blowing a tire since i have no spare.

    she's a 93 2.8 5 speed and i can honestly say shows 100% no signs of wear. i just checked my oil which was still a beautiful shade of amber and only add 1/8th of a quart after 4000 miles.

    i must admit i do a lot of hwy driving but the longest i will wait to change my oil is 5000m!......and i always change my filter every time. i usually use fram TG. i also like to use GUNK crank case cleaner every 15000m or so which is why i'm sure my oil still looks so clean.

    i bought her in 98 for $3600 with 67xxxm on it. i've had to do all the norm matenance, ie. plugs, wire, o2, pcv, cap, front brakes twice, drums once. some of the biggies......the heater core went at about 80xxx, then it went out again 2 days after warranty...but the fixed it for free anyway, 3 mufflers for some reason, clutch at about 110xxx, and 2 alternators.......i like my aftermarket stereo.
    she only left me stranded once but it was in the middle of the rockies and it was my fault. the fuel pump went out. turned out my fuel filter was so clogged you couldn't even suck through it which stressed out the pump. a $4 dollar part ended up costing me 3 days stranded, a $90 hotel bill, 2 days missed work, and $250 shop bill. moral of the story.......go replace your fuel filter!!

    anyway, i just saw a Saab on TV that had 1million miles on it. (do the math on how many miles a year that would have to be) she might be able to do it if the body doesnt turn into dust by then. i just want her to make it to 238857m....the the distance from here to the the moon.

    s-10's rock
  • boyceboyce Bossier City, La.Posts: 48
    Bought this truck used in 98. It had been wrecked and repaired. 41,000 miles when I got it. Used it for work commute for 4 years. Now it mostly sits, used on weekends for the occasional Home Depot trip or to haul the lawnmower. Now has 83000 miles after 8 years of my ownership. I guess compared to some of the mileages reported mine is still fairly new.


    2015 Mazda 3 Skyactive 6spd. auto 2008 Mazda Tribute S 4spd auto.

  • I've got over 211,000 miles on my 96 S10, bought it new, and have driven it all over. Still drive it daily to work, trust it more than my 2002 Sierra. Change the Oil every 5,000 miles, and use good old 5W 30. Nothing Special, replaced the clutch twice, on the 4th set of tires, brakes etc.. Lots of U-joints but other than that it's been a great truck. I hope to get 500,000 miles out of it.
  • mvolekmvolek Posts: 5
    I have an 89 s-10 that has 256k on it as we speak. But last year it started knocking and lost compression. i am in the mood to drop a v8 in it but just cant seem to find the time. By the way it has a 2.5 in it and I still drive it to work everyday.
  • barkybarky Posts: 3
    My 2000 S-10 has 79,900 miles. It's the most basic model, regular cab, no AC, AM/FM radio, 5-speed, and that's it. My company somehow is a supplier to GM, so I got the GM supplier discount, and after further negotiation, drove it off the lot for $10,060. Interior and exterior are good; minor scratches but GM Victory Red paint is still good. I wax it once a year or so. OEM tires were replaced at 58k miles. I change the Mobil-1 5W-30 and filter every 4,000 miles. Replaced water pump about 5,000 miles ago. I might try the Gunk crankcase cleaner mentioned above. I hope to keep this truck the rest of my life (I'm 44). It's my daily driver, but I'll probably retire it to weekend duty and get some econobox in the next couple of years.
  • I've had a 91 (383 stroker)127,000 when I did swap 132,343 when I hit a f*****g telephone pole,and my 88 my dad put 236,000 on that 2.5 before rebuild (and hopped up like crazy) then I got it 298,000 boys
  • My 1991 4.3 auto long bed just turned 39,000 ORIGINAL miles
  • joec10joec10 Posts: 5
    my 93 4.3 has 137,000 and still was running strong till a week ago, I'mm sure it will get back on the road again, change oil every 3K, my last truck was a 82F-100 and i logged 252,000 on that vehicle and it was running when I sold it..
  • mrualmrual Posts: 13
    My S-10 has 132,000 and running great 4.3L they dont make them like this anymore :shades:
  • mrualmrual Posts: 13
    Ok all here my question i`ve owned my 92 S-10 4.3L drove it off the show room floor i`ve been changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles with Good Conventional oil i now have 132,000 miles on my truck NO oil leaks anywhere truck runs great gets anywhere from 22mpg to 26mpg on the highways so as you can seen everything is good.. i`ve been thinking changing from conventional oil to mobil 1 extended i`ve heard how people changing from conventional oil to synthetic causes oil leaks as i said NO leaks at all on my truck now ...
  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    Ok, what's your question? Sounds like your resolute in your decision.
  • mrualmrual Posts: 13
    If you read my Question you would know... trying to figure out is it worth changing from conventional oil to synthetic as in mobil 1 extended .. and does synthetic oils really cause oil leaks in older cars???
  • hoodlatchhoodlatch Mid-westPosts: 255
    I'm a firm believer in Mobil 1. I have used it for several years now in my Buick. The thing I like best about synthetic is I don't have to change as often. I rack up alot of highway miles on my car.

    I have over 200K on my 92 S-10. I have been using TropArtic Blend in it with pretty good luck. For the car I change oil and filter every 10K. As for the S-10, I change oil and filter every 5K. I've been fortunate in that either one doesn't use oil. However, I feel I would be pushing my luck to put full synthetic in an engine with over 200K.

    Good luck on your endeavor, let us know how it works out.
  • My 98 s-10 now has 97k miles on its engine and is running just as well as when I bought it. Besides the cheap GM plastic interior, in which miscellaneous parts have broken on me, the truck is very reliable. I change my oil and filter every 3k mi and drive about 500 mi a week, in two trips. Bottom line, its a great and reliable, American-made vehicle.
  • I have a GMC Sonoma SLS ext with the third door, I currently have 126000m with no major problems. Oil gets changed religously at 3000 I wouldnt trade it for anything it is a great truck. 4.3l auto
  • bpbmintbpbmint Posts: 4
    My 98 model with it's 2.2 liter has just hit 500,000 miles on 03-07-07. This truck has been used for my delivery service here in Louisiana. I bought the truck brand new. This engine has never been into. I have changed about 6 fuel pumps, 3 water pumps belts and the usual things. I still have the original starter and believe it or not I still have the original daytime running lights. I still use this truck on a daily basis. I average about 3000 miles every 3 weeks. I use 10W40 Castrol oil. This has been the best truck I have ever owned. It could be a record.
  • my 1993 4.3L just hit 180k
  • 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
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