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Chevy S10 Owner Reviews



  • Do any of you know when the 4.3L engine changed over to fuel injection?
  • lukyluky Posts: 1
    If your're into performance you should check out This is an excellent place for questions/ideas/opinions on S10's. See you there!

  • I'm looking for a solid (fiberglass) cover for my S10, (not a cap) does anybody have one and did you notice an increase in mpg after installing it?
  • I have a '97 S-10 Ext. Cab V-6 with almost 90K miles. Believe it or not, I am still running the original tires that came on the truck which are Uniroyal Tiger Paws. My tire man says they have about 10K miles left. They have even wear all the way around and have been rotated every 5K miles.
    No complaints here!
  • you must not get any moisture where you live.
  • Spud10: The 4.3 got FI in 1987

    Pokeyjoe17: Try running different brands of gas or switching octane. I had an s-10 4 cylinder that would get about 5 mpg better on Texaco 89 octane gas than anything else. Different brands of gas have different detergents and additives, your engine may like one better than the other.
  • Thanks for the info yotaboy1. Would you also happen to know when they changed from Throttle Body Injection to Tuned Port Injection?
  • First of all, thanks for any and all assistance.
    I'm considering the purchase of a `98 S-10. I'm currently driving an `84 Blazer.

    The dealer just got the S-10 this week and I got to give it a quick once-over today before it is placed on the general lot. What I know so far: Ext.Cab LS, 3rd Door, Auto, V6, Overdrive, 2WD, 33k+ miles, lease turn-in, dual air bags, 1-owner(maybe). The underbody did not show signs of excessive wear or abuse, however, there was a possible indication of an oil leak in the engine or a fluid leak where the drive shaft joins the rear axle (and I, for-the-life-of-me, cannot think of the name of the part). Any problems in these areas?? There was also a black deposit along the center of the muffler and when I inquired, I was told that it was the soot by-product of unleaded gas coming out the seep hole of the muffler. ???? I haven't driven the truck yet so I can't speak to any handling problems. However, the `99 I tested for comparison seemed to not hug the curves. And I did have some difficulty seeing over the hood to the right front corner; I'm 5'6". Can the seat height be adjusted or would you have to get an aftermarket seat? Are there any specific areas that I should inquire about before any further consideration? The truck was garaged in a non-snow state, but whether the owner took it to snow, I do not know. And I would also like to know if mpg is increased with a hard bed cover?

    Again thanks for your help.
  • After all of my problems (see posting #77) with my 98 s-10, I decided to get rid of it before it the warranty expired and I was stuck paying repairs on that piece of junk. I now own a 2000 Ranger XLT and love it. And now I don't know why anybody would pick the s-10 over the ranger. The ranger is obviously a more reliable truck, it rides smoother and is so much quieter, and it just feels so much sturdy than the s-10. I has friends that were considering a new s-10 but after seeing me drive rental cars all the time because of the s-10 being in the shop, they reconsidered. I owned a 94 ranger before my 98 s-10 and thought I'd give Chevy a try.......BIG MISTAKE! If anybody else is considering the s-10, take a look at the ranger before you make your final decision.
  • ok you had a lemon, that doesnt mean all S10's are bad. had 300,000 trouble free miles on my 83. my new one has 15,000 on it and I havent had any of the problems you had. I drove a 4 cyl and hated power. so I got the V6. and yes I bought both new.
  • I have friends that own or have owned s-10s ranging from 1985-1993 and have had no major problems at all and they're still running. But from 1994 and up, they just aren't built the same. After 19,000 miles my transmission went out! I'd say thats pretty major on a new truck. My friend's 89 s-10 has 150,000 miles and the transmission is still working fine. Good luck on your new s-10, I just hope you have better luck than I did. Who knows, I might look at them again when they completely restyle them in a couple of years. I am really curious to see what kind of changes will be made both inside and out. Until then, I'm happy with my ranger :) :).
  • sj2000: Have you looked into a Leer tonneau for your S-10? That's what was recommended to me for my future truck. I believe the link is Scroll right once you get there and you'll see their menu. Would also appreciate your thoughts on res#137. Thanks.
  • I sorry you had so much trouble with your S-10
    I have a 98 Sonoma that I have not have 2 years
    and it has over 41,000 miles on it
    the only problem that I have had on it,
    is that the rear seal on the differential
    leaked but that's it.
  • yotaboy1: thanks for the info. I normally use Amoco 87. I'll filler on something new. Hope the prices go down!
  • yotaboy1: thanks for the info. I normally use Amoco 87. I'll filler on something new. Hope the prices go down!

    I will be picking up a liner this spring. Anybody have suggestions. I would like a non slip RHINO type but I don't want to shell out the dough for it. My brother heard about a do it yourself spray on. Any luck with these?
  • you're thinking of herculiner, k-mart has it for $100, you need to buy other stuff also, everything isnt in the kit. I've heard good thing about the bedrug, easy install, think its $300
  • I have a '99 s-10 with 4 cylinder engine and auto transmission. The transmission seems like it does not want to upshift. It is really slow and soft. The dealer says it is okay and it was manufactured to have soft shifts. I still don't think it is working okay. By the way, the gas mileage is off about 33-50%. Any infor would be appreciated.
  • rjrmnrjrmn Posts: 1
    I have a 99 S10 ext. cab, 4 cyl, automatic. This
    model has a 2 piece drive shaft. Starting from a dead stop there is a brief shudder in the driveline. Dealer replaced drive shaft and played with shims to adjust rear axle/drive shaft angle with no change. We drove 4 other S10s with same drive train and they all did the same thing! Is anyone else experiencing this problem? Is there a "cure"? Thanks!
  • My '98 s10 had the auto tranmission too. And I always felt that I had to floor it just to get it to slightly upshift. And then, after it broke down and the transmission had to be rebuilt, every time the rpm's would rev high and it was about to shift, the transmission made a high pitched "hollow" sound that was really annoying. I took it back to the dealer to have this problem resolved only to be told that I was just "hearing things" and it was given back to me. As far as gas mileage goes, my s-10 would literally drink gas as if it was a v6 or something. I found myself going through a tank of gas every 4 to 5 days, and it only got worse after the transmission was rebuilt. My opinion is that because you have to constantly floor the truck to make it go anywhere or go up a little hill, this caused most of the gas consumption. I opted for the v6 in the ranger I own now and I am loving it. And even though the engine is supposed to get worse gas mileage than the 2.2 in the s-10, it actually gets alot better.
  • bkbxxbkbxx Posts: 1
    I have an 85 s-10. It is an automatic and 4wd. It's got about 123,000 miles on it. It's also not fuel injected. The truck runs great and there have been no major problems with it. However if it's been sitting for about 5-7 hours (during school,) it makes a loud squeeling noise for about twenty seconds. It runs just like normal after that. I think it might have something to do with the belts but I'm not sure. The strange thing is that it doesnt make the noise in the morning when I first start it or if it's just been sitting for less than 2-3 hours. If anybody knows what this is and how to deal with it I would appreciate it. Thanks, Brian.
  • mm_in_pamm_in_pa Posts: 1
    I have a 99 S-10 with the L35 high output 4.3 vortec engine, and 13000 miles. After it warms up to operating temperature, and I shut it off and start it up, it has a spark knock. I have had it to a couple dealers and they say it is normal. I am skeptical. I had a vortec before, and never experienced this.

    Have any of you had this problem? And how did they fix it?
  • It isnt normal I have the LF6(woo hoo 5 hp difference?), 16k. Keep taking it in. The dealer apparently doesnt know how to fix it or doesnt want to fix it. Try a different dealer or call GM. You know what they say about the squeaky wheel.....keep bugging em especially since its under warranty!!
  • I have a '96 S10 extended cab 4x4. It has the L35 4.3 V6, 5-speed manual transmission. I've not experienced knocking in the 69,000 miles I've put on it since new.

    However, I've had on three occassions a missfire on a cold start, as though one cylinder was not firing. The CHECK ENGINE light would then come on. On all three occassions it would clear as soon as I was able to get on the road and give it the gas. A study of the function of the CHECK ENGINE light in the owners manual helped to lessen the worry somewhat. On the first occassion it took a week and nearly 300 miles before the CHECK ENGINE light would go back out. On the other two occassions it was considerably less.

    I took the truck to my mechanic (AAA approved) and after the truck was checked out he told me that the truck's computer would only store the coding that indeed a missfire did take place, but not the reason. He told me that he was familiar with a problem Chevy has with that engine in that the ports on the fuel injectors are too small and clog easily, causing the stumble. Since the injector was squirting when told to do so, the computer could only detect the misfire, not the fuel problem (since the injector was squirting when told to do so). At the time Chevy was considering a recall.

    The recall was and is now in effect. I took my truck to the dealer, but nothing was really done about it. The entire block of injectors have to be replaced, an expensive job, just to take care of the offending injector.

    Other than that, I've not experienced any major problems with the truck. At 18,000 miles I had a water pump housing crack. At 30,000 miles the top seal on the transmission started to leak. Both were replaced under warranty. The truck continues to look good, run good, and the interior and exterior has held up well in the desert/mountain region I live in.
  • ddrewddrew Posts: 1
    purchased truck on reputation but found out after delivery the manual shift is is anything but smooth. actually sometimes grinds shifting up. Took to dealership after weekly complaints . Finally they installed new sleeves. Rcd veh back and is worse than before. Serv mgr states that is the way they are and he has had no complaints other than mine. He doesnt like it either but that is the design. Has anyone else find the stand shift as I have?
  • glumglum Posts: 3
    I'm a service tech that drives a 1998 S-10 with a high output Vortec V-6. I've put on 70,000 hard miles. The truck has been very reliable. With the exception of regular maintenance; the only problem I had was the u-joints. Just this week the check engine light came on. The truck runs fine and gas mileage has suffered a bit. I figure it is a emission problem, as I haven't had a tune-up since last October.

    The only gripes I have with the truck were the lousy Tiger Paw tires; living in the northeastern Ohio snowbelt the tires couldn't grip the snow even with 300lbs of sandbags in the bed. I would always spin out from a stop. I replaced the tires at 50,000 miles. The manual shifter can be troublesome when I downshift to 3rd gear. The Vortec V-6 consumes a lot of gas on the freeway; I'm lucky to get 280 miles on a full tank. Overall I'm very happy with the truck.
  • gmh1013gmh1013 Posts: 1
    I own a 2000 s-10 with a 4 banger and auto trans
    the truck is great except for the "popping noise"
    I get from the left front end at slow speeds or
    turning to the right.Does anybody else have this
    same problem? is this normal for a s-10?
  • think the hissing is caused by vacuum changing the selections (I have a hissing sound when I change mine), if it is changed by vacuum and you dont hear the hissing you probably have a leak somewhere :(
  • ggosselinggosselin Posts: 22
    I own a 1997 S-10 SS blk fleetside with a new hood.
    Why the new hood you ask? because the belt tensioner blew up literally and went through the hood while I was doing 80mph on the interstate!
    The alternator, the belt tensioner, and needless to say, the hood were replaced under warranty.
    Has anyone else had a similar problem? Chev dealer tells me that it was a freak thing- but I'm curious as to why they replaced it without question or hassle. I'd have guessed that they were going to make me pay for it or blame it on my driving or some dumb thing like that.
    Other than that, truck has been perfect- new tires and brakes, but nothing major as of 39k miles! Does not get the greatest of mileage, though- about 18.5-19 no matter city or highway.
  • blearmanblearman Posts: 1
    martyg2: #103......

    I also have a '99 s-10 with the same noises in the transmission. my dealers also say that they are the normal noises. i guess we both are hearing little gremlins that chevy wants nothing to do with. I have 15,000 miles on mine and have had to change the pinion bearing seal 3 times. has anyone had this problem. also, two nights ago i had both of my front shocks blow out on me. i baby the truck and it's never seen mud or been over a big bump. i also get the crapy gas mileage everyone is talking about. I've been in communication with the consumer 1-800# at chevy and they are telling me that i'm having isolated problems. while, my mechanic is telling me they are very wide spread.

    So. you guessed it. american truck makers have lost my buisness and i'll down load this lemon as soon as possible..... just interested to see if anyone else is having the same problems...if you are please post them....
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