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Older S-10's



  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I remembered your earlier post with the pic showing your Siverado and the S-10. I went back and reread the post, so I know that the S-10 has the 4.3.

    Any more details would be appreciated, like how reliable has it been over the years, and stuff like that.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Thanks for your post. Love to hear about good old S-10's with lots of miles and still going strong.

    I never do much in town driving, but it sounds like we get very similar highway mileage.

    Got any pics to post?

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Vidtech, you can tell me "I told you so," if I don't like it, but yours is the only negative info I have received on the Max Life, so I guess I'm gonna try it.

    I appreciate your taking the time to email me about it, so please don't be upset that I have decided to try it anyway.

    I'll be sure and post how it turns out for me. I have bought the oil already, but I won't be due for an oil change for another 1500 miles.

    If anyone else out there has any opinion about Max Life, please post a message, especially if you have had a bad experience with it like Vidtech.


  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    The silverado is mine and the S-10 is his. 92 4.3 S-10 tahoe reg cab stock with a leer cap.

    last wednesday it went over 100K.

    Never had any problems until about 2 months ago. Seemed to idle rough and die when backing out of the garage. Dad had a new exhaust put on (catalytic converter was shot). Ran better but still not good. Changed all sensors and i mean all of them. Got fed up took it to the chevy dealer. They replaced the fuel filter and it ran better than ever (he replaced the filter 15K prior).

    Running good. Itll be passed down to my brother next year.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    That't the sort of info I like to get. Might help me out with my S-10 sometime.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    ask away

    my dad is a mechanic and has done all the work himself (brakes, etc)

    New shocks are coming. Any suggestions? I ordered bilsteins for my silverado but for a truck with 100K he doesnt need fancy ones
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    well the S-10 is broken down

    Dad had a bad day. Got to work noticed tire was low checked it later and it was flat changed it. Then he went to start it after work truck would turn over but wouldnt start. Checked it out no spark.

    I had to go pick him up he left it. Guy is leaving him a new control module to change see if it works. If not possible new ECM.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Bummer! Let us know how it turns out, OK?

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    i will hopefully its this sensor

    will find out tomorrow im sure its nothing major
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    something to do with the distributer cap (he didnt go into detail)

    that led to the ignition control module burning up. Changed those and its running again
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    That's great that the S-10 is up and running again. I guess it wasn't too serious, huh?

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    nah nothing major seemed major cause it wouldnt run

    Its running great (except i have to go get a tire fixed for it tomorrow it has a nail in it)
  • PAmanPAman Posts: 207
    When GM introduces the new Colorado, the replacement for the S-10 in 2004, I anticipate at least a $2-5K increase in price. That is because the S-10 has to be one of the best truck bargains out there, new or used. GM's track record seems to be to keep price increases down on existing models, but when they drop one model and replace it with a totally new one, watch out!!

    When a new 2004 S-10, er, Colorado starts pushing $25-35K, that old paid-for truck in your driveway will look downright beautiful!!

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Thanks for the post. Sure hasn't been much going on in here lately.

    Are those Colorados ugly? I heard they are bigger than the S-10's. Very few new models of any vehicle have ever looked as good to me as the ones they replaced.

    I don't like the styling of the 94 and up S-10 nearly as well as the good old "square" S-10 like my '89.

    I just put the 5000th mile on my truck since buying it on 7/16/01. It's up to 139,503 on the odometer now. I'm lovin' that little truck! It runs great, hasn't required any oil between changes so far, and gets great gas mileage.

  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Been reading about your s-10. Reminds me
    of the good old days when I had 2 of them.
    My first truck was a toy hi lux 74. Bought
    during the gas crunch. Man was it good on
    gas....Thas about it..Many problems with
    head gaskets and blowing off the exaust
    system....RUST RUST...Here in NY by 79
    it was rusted to pieces.....And talk about
    a lousy heater I froze to death. So in 79
    we had another so called energy crisis and
    I bought a 79 toy...same problems.
    By 83 i smartened up and bought a 83 s-10
    4 cyl stick 2wd...It had a Isuzu motor...
    but no problems and traded in 97 for another
    s-10 2.5 4 cyl stick kept that one till 90
    and got into full size 4 wd gm trucks ever
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    One thing I loved about the chevys was
    they had GREAT heaters and the bodies
    looked good with no rust after 3-4 years.
    Never had many warranty issues like the
    toys....When I did GM service was 100%
    better than Toys arrogant service dept.
    At one time my 2 cousins and uncle had
    s-10s all at once. We all get the GM
    employee discount so that helps a lot.
    My cousins 86 lasted untill last year
    till it wouldn't pass inspection. Rust
    bug finally took it after 14 years.....
    Good luck with yours and enjoy one of the
    BEST trucks on the planet !!!!.......Geo
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    My dad has a 99 s-10 4cyl auto LS. Not
    one problem about 18k on it. Great on
    gas. Man is it sorta slow but only a
    4 cyl...But he tows his bass boat or
    the jet ski around and it sees many
    trips to the lumber yard hauling stuff.
    He laughs when I tell him the lousy mpg
    with my fullsize one.................geo
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Thanks for the posts! Sure gets boring when no one is posting.

    I still can't get over how great that little S-10 of mine has turned out to be! I have to pinch myself to see if I'm only dreaming that I got such a nice truck for only $2450 with tax and license included.


    OUCH! Nope, I'm not dreaming! :)
  • Just bought my first s-10 in May. Was driving down a country road when I saw it sitting there in the front yard of a farmhouse. A 91 s-10 Tahoe with a 2.8 ,5-speed,no rust and only 48,100 miles!
    The old farmer said he was selling it because he was 81 and couldnt see well enough to drive. He was asking $4300 for it but I got him down to $3950. I wasn't really looking for a pick-up but I always thought it would be handy to have especially since we sold my wifes mini-van and got her a 01' Chrysler Sebring Coupe. So far I really enjoy it, once I got the carbon cleaned out with a few bottles of Techron and premium gas, it now hums right along. The interior looks like new, even though it has no A/C or cruise control I hauled a 6x12 U-Haul 400 miles in August to deliver my son to college with no complaint from the engine or my son. The only customizing I have done so far is install a small tach on the dash, by the window pillar, just dont like to drive a stick w/o one. It my not be the fastest thing on the road but I get a kick out of it! Will continue to monitor all the posts.
    See you on down the road!
  • PAmanPAman Posts: 207
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    He also used several other NSX owners to help judge the results. Considering that many of these guys think of their cars as if it were their religion (there's something very sad in that thought) I knew they would "take no prisoners" when it came to determining which wax worked best.

    Here's the link to see the results of the test:

    Have a good day!


  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Welcome! Thanks for posting.

    How about a pic of that baby? Would love to see it. What color is it?

    I can't believe it, 48K miles on a '91!!! That was sure a lucky find for you.

    How's the gas mileage? I just love the good mileage mine gives me... about 24.5 average.

    Mine is up to 139,6xx miles now ans still running great. Still haven't had to add oil between changes so far.

    Let's hear some more details about yours, and, if possible, post some pics.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Forgot to ask... where do you live? Your profile doesn't say.

    I am in western Ky, just outside the little town of Greenville.

    Is your truck a short wheel base? Forgot to ask that too.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    How exciting, huh? I just had the oil changed in my S-10 for the second time since I bought it.

    It had only been 2500 miles since my the last oil change, but I had bought the oil and filter a couple weeks ago, and I was tired of the stuff being in the way in the cab of my truck.

    My truck used only half a quart of oil in those 2500 miles since the previous oil change, and I can sure live with that!

    I found out this time that it really takes 4 quarts and 6 ounces of oil to get the oil level to show exactly full with a filter change, and I ALWAYS change the filter when the oil is changed (doesn't everyone?).

    Last time the oil was changed, they only put in 4.0 quarts, so it must have been about 6 ounces low to start with after that oil change, which makes it even nicer that the oil level was only half a quart low after 2500 miles (the truck had used only about 10 ounces of oil, not 16 ounces).

    I have Max Life 5W-30 in it now, so we'll see how my truck likes that stuff.

    Gave my baby a good bath today, so he's looking good (I think it's a he, cause I'm calling him Roy after an uncle who was born on July 16th, the same date that I bought the truck).

    Man, what a FANTASTIC little truck! I am getting 24.5 miles per gallon on my regular driving, and as I have said, it uses almost no oil between changes.

    Roy has 139,700 miles on him now.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    hey just had a tire question

    my dads tires are looking like crap. Only got 30K miles out of the 205's on 14 inch rims which are rated for 70K. Well the tire guy told him at (all terrain) tires last longer and thats what my dad wants. Also for better snow traction. He wont make it this winter

    He is letting me get the new tires for him ( i want him to get some 285 BFGS but he said NO haha)

    Any suggestion on brands? I am thinking size 215 on 14 inch rims???


  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I like the BFG's. I think their AT's are great tires. I put a set of them on my Jeep (31x10.50's).

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    yea they are good but he doesnt wanna spend alot of money since this is mainly a work truck. I couldnt find any at tires at tirerack that were 215/75/R14
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    My truck had Sears Guardsman tires on it when I bought it, and they seem to be good tires. I don't know who actually makes them, but I am happy with them for now.

  • Thanks for the post. I live in NE Indiana. My 91 is white with red interior. When I bought it in May from the original owner it had 48,158 miles. Like I mentioned in my 1st post it has the tahoe package, no A/C, or cruise or power windows or locks but it does have a sliding rear window and map lights, am/fm cassette and chrome bumpers. Havent done much to it except for the tach and some new white lettered tires(205/75-14 BFG Long Trail TA) to replace the white walls that came on it and a tonneau cover. Plan to keep it pretty much stock. The engine looks like new, no leaks or dirt. When I got it I had all the fluids changed, (trans, diff, radiator, oil) and just for safety reasons I replaced all the brakes as well as the brake fluid. This thing still had the original brakes! Just got some shocks but I havent put them on yet (monroe sesamatics for the front with monroe sensamatic load levelers for the rear) I get approx 24-25 MPG. Will post some pictures this week.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    how much did you pay for the shocks and where did you buy? My dad needs new shocks for his 92. Let me know how you like them also

    (im from nw indiana)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    What is this, a Hoosier convention? I am originally from Hammond, Indiana.

    Brentebc, did you see the pic of my S-10 (I posted one in one of the early posts in this discussion)? You said yours is white with red interior and has the Tahoe package. Well, so is mine! I do have AC, though. You still didn't say whether yours is short wheel base. Mine is.

    You get the same gas mileage that I do, about 24.5.

    What town do you live in, ryanbab? Your dad works in a steel mill, so I'll bet you live very close to Hammond. I worked one summer at Youngstown Steel (it has probably changed names by now). I think it was about 1968 when I worked there.


    P.S. I just checked, and it is post number 10 where my pic is posted.

    P.P.S. I'm with you on the tach, brentebc. It does seem strange to have a five speed and no tach! How much lettuce did you have to invest in getting that tach, and how hard was it to hook up? I'm NOT a mechanic, but I might want to have one installed, if it isn't too expensive.
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