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Chevy S10 Owner Reviews



  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Does anyone know of a message board dedicated to older S-10's or just to older trucks in general?

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Is this typical of this group? Here I am all excited about my little S-10 and wanting to exchange posts with others, and no one is posting!

    Can someone tell me where there is an active message board for S-10 owners?

  • 99 S-10 3rd door LS
    The 3rd door latch cable broke in a week. Both reclining levers have broke. Spark plug cable burned out. Left front bearings fell apart. Left front brake went out @ 32000 miles. 3rd seat rattles. All but brakes and rattle have been under warenty. trading in for yota.
  • PAmanPAman Posts: 207
    The site lists the following information under "What's New for 2002" for the S-10:
    "Additional standard features are added to the S-10 for 2002 including a tachometer, air conditioning and a third door for extended-cab models. Vehicles sold in Northern states also get the Cold Weather package as standard equipment."

    As for reviews, have had my 2000 extended cab with V-6 since new; bought it in June 2000. Loaded with air, power everything, automatic, CD, LS decor package, bedliner, alloys, third door, etc. Added a power sunroof and a bedliner a month after buying the truck. Love this truck!!!! MINOR glitches; had more trouble getting service from the selling dealer than I have had with the truck itself. Found a new dealer for service; problem solved! BUY! BUY! BUY!

    By the way, I DID look at the Ranger and owned a Ranger in '92. Liked the '92; HATED the 2000 Ranger. The seats in the new Ranger look like they came out of a Metro subway car or bus---UGH! The Ranger interior looks like Ford spent $1.98 designing it.
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    I was just saying that for '02 theres alot more standard and the way GM is making options available for the S10.....let me order an Xtreme and replace the ZQ8 for the Z85 and let GM keep the ground effects and I'd be happy.

    I have a '99 S10 I have owned since new, 6 miles on it when I bought it. Mine is also loaded, V6, Auto, posi, AC, LS, CD, etc great truck.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I didn't see any edmunds discussions for older S-10's, so I started one. It is called "Older S-10's." Pretty imaginative name, huh?

    I invite all who are interested to participate. The more the merrier.

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    420 of 517 dravo by dravo Jan 27, 2001 (04:12 pm)
    I have a 93 S-10 and this week the
    odometer turned 410,000 miles and I
    have had to fix nothing but items
    that come with normal wear and tear.

    Dravo, if you are still around after all this time since your post, I would sure like to hear more about your '93 S-10!

    I have recently bought an 89 S-10 with 134,500 miles on it, so stories like yours are certianly good to hear.

    I would love to know which engine you have and what type of service the truck has seen. Also, what oil change interval and what type of oil have you used?

    If you would like, please post your response in the new discussion, "Older S-10's." You would be the "star" of that group!


  • You asked earlier about a forum for S-10 owners...

    Try this:


    Also, I have a '97 2.2 5 speed that just turned

    over 145,000....the only repairs so far have

    been a fan clutch and the rear u-joint, along

    with the usual wipers, oil changes, plugs, coolant, serpentine belt, tires, etc....


    So far, I'm content with my S-10...

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Thanks! I'm at work right now, but I will check out that link later.

    Please join us in the new group I started, "Older S-10's" here in edmunds.

    Terry Labonte fan, I presume????

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    WOW! MAN! Thanks a gazillion for that link! I checked it out and registered just now. There's a world of S-10 stuff there.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Glad you found that site enjoyable....there's
    alot of great tips to be found over there, and
    you really can get help from time to time...

    I'll take a look at your 'older S-10' forum,
    but as you can see, I have a 1997 model, so
    it's really not that old...

    And yes, I am a Terry Labonte fan...can't wait
    for the Richmond race tomorrow night, 'cause
    I'll be sittin' on the back stretch comin' out
    of turn 2 !!!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Thanks for your post in "Older S-10's." I know that a '97 isn't considered old, but it was nice of you to come over and post.

    I'm trying to get that discussion off the ground, and you know how it goes... posts breed posts, so I appreciate any and all posts over there.

    Have fun at the race! I wish your man well, as long as he is behind the 88. Yep, I'm a Jarrett fan. You'll just have to forgive me for rooting for a Ford.

  • mjbwrtrmjbwrtr Posts: 172
    hearing all this and seeing Edmunds and other sites saying "spotty build quality" and such, have made me waver on my choice of a new s-10...are they really that bad?
    let me explain. i am looking for a new truck...a stripped down one which i can get great mileage and be able to do work on my house with and transport hunting and fishing supplies. i also commute quite a ways and i tend to hang onto vehicles and drive them until they sputter and kill themselves in the driveway for fear of going yet another mile. :)
    so my choices are Ford Ranger with the new 4 cylinder, and the s-10 with the 2.2.
    i want a manual tranny, air conditioning, cloth seats, and maybe a CD player. any suggestions or preferences? i could also use info regarding which engine is best.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Has any one found out the actual fix for when you have heat with everything turned off.
  • I've had my '96 S-10 ext. cab V6 2WD for 4 yrs. now. It now has just over 68,000 miles and I've loved every minute of this truck and had no major problems. The A/C crapped out in '99 requiring a new compressor. Thankfully, I bought an ext. warranty which covered all $800 of repair minus $100 deductible. Well worth the $$$$.

    The only gripe I have with this truck is the 3rd door rattles. Mine sounded like metallic fingernails being scraped across a blackboard on every bump in the road. I took the panel off the 3rd door and greased the metal clips and reinstalled the panel. That seemed to help quite a bit. The interior parts are a little on the cheap side. Whenever someone closed the passenger door, the plastic panel at top of armrest popped off into the floor. A little "Super Glue" applied to the clips took care of this embarrassing problem. Overall, I'd say the truck is a good value, despite it's minor comestic flaws. I just paid GMAC off early, so this truck looks even better than before!!!!! A couple of friends liked my truck so much, they went out and bought S-10's of their own. I would definately recommend the Vortec V6 over the "4 banger" anyday.

    I read somebody's post about the stock Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires and I agree about the poor traction they offer. Mine almost caused me to lose control on some wet leaves once, so if you have them, be careful on wet surfaces. I just replaced the Tiger Paws last week (68K miles, not bad)& replaced them w/ Michelins. The difference is like night and day. Much better ride, quieter and the truck actually grips the pavement when it's wet.

    This has been (and continues to be) a great little truck for my needs and I'd definately consider buying a new one when needed.
  • fst1fst1 L.A. Posts: 18
    Just wanted to let all you S10 fans know that I have just posted a picture of the 2004 Colorado in my Future Telling section of "Colorado" will take over for the S10 as Chevrolet's compact truck. Engines will most likely be four, five, and six cylinder versions of the 4.2-liter six that debuted in the TrailBlazer.

    To find Future Telling, go to the "Reviews" section, scroll down and look to the bottom right. Click "Go" and it will take you to the intro page that contains the Colorado as well as other spy pictures.

    Best regards,

    Ed Hellwig
    Road Test Editor-
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  • I own a 00 S10 ext cab 4 cyl with only 8000 miles on it. I purchased it brand new for around 14500 with tax and licence. I wanted to know what the trade in value would be, i checked KBB but i dout the dealer would give me 12500 for it. Wondering because I want to trade it in for another S10 but the 6 cyl cause the 4 banger is a joke so if anyone knows what a dealer would give me that would help. thanks
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Less than you would accept,i'v been there,sell it out right.
  • i have 2000 4 banger s10, probably wont sell it or trade, thanks for the info. I was wondering if i lift it 3 in and put some 30x9.5 does it take away from the power because of the bigger tires. Do you guys think it would be worth it to do these mods, just wondering. Thanks
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    Yes, a lift and bigger tires will make it even more of one, due in large part to the weight of the wheels and tires and the change in the drive ration.(OR something like that I THINK thats what its called.) I am by no means an expert on these matters so Im sure there are people who could give you more technical details, but I do believe bigger wheels and tires tires sap power by changing gear ratios and adding unsprung weight. Though you might be able to mitigate some of the power loss by changine the gearing. However, I still wouldn't bother.

    My question: Any S10 crew cab owners in here? Im asking out of curiosity because Ive seen a total of zero on the road, and Im just wondering if they're simply not selling or just not selling in the areas I travel, Baltimore and Philly. Are people holding off because of the upcoming redesign, maybe hoping the TrailBlazer's in-line six will be offred in the next generation S10?
  • jauto98jauto98 Posts: 77
    Hi all, I am looking for some tires real soon to replace my tiger paws... Anyone have suggestions on what brand to look for??? Also, thinking about getting some wider tires than from the stock tires... Anyone know what is the largest tire i can install? I have the stock P205/75R15 tires on 15x7 brushed aluminum wheels combo. Really want some tires that will perform well on-road and in wet conditions with good treadwear. Thanks
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Your post was on Oct. 9th, so I apologize for this late response (I have not been checking in here lately).

    You would defintiely see a loss of acceleration with the bigger tires, assuming you don't change your rear end gearing.

    The larger tires would have the same net effect as going to a higher rear end ratio. Every rotation of those back tires propels the truck a distance equal to the circumference of the tire. This means that you are trying to move the truck a little further with each rotation of the bigger tires than you are with the regular tires. Well, this means that more energy is required, but the engine isn't producing any more power just because you have bigger tires, so the net effect is loss of acceleration.

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,716
    These Dunlops have a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty, and the survey says they perform well in dry and wet on-road conditions. I'm not sure about your other question.

  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    I have a 1997 S-10, short box, 4x4. Bought it brand new, and it now has 28,000 miles.
    It had a noticeable vibration when new, and the dealer danced around a "tire balance" problem before they finally caved in to my demands for a new driveshaft. That fixed the vibration.
    Later on, they had to replace the engine belt tensioner (noisy) and replace the brake pedal/ shifter release solenoid (couldn't shift out of park). Lately, the truck's been OK, but overall, the fuel mileage could be better, and in reality, those are somewhat serious problems for such low mileage vehicle.
    One thing I wanted to caution everyone about is extended warranties. I bought a new car, as well as this truck, within 18 months of each other at Doyle Chevrolet, in Webster, NY. At the time of both sales, Doyle was selling extended warranties through First Extended Service Corp. out of Dallas, TX.
    Both salespeople at Doyles swore up and down, that these warranties were better that the GM extended warranty. The reason given was that if you didn't have to use the warranty, at the end of the six year period you'd get a refund of your money. That's the way the warranty is set up, they both told me.
    To make a long story short, the car is now six years old, and I didn't have to use the warranty. I called the dealership, and talked with the salesman. Now, all of a sudden, he asks to see a copy of the "letter" that I supposedly recieved stating that the "refund offer" was in effect when I bought the car. Naturally, I never recieved any such letter, and of course the warranty isn't automatically set up that way. Funny how a story can change in six years, isn't it ?? I can only imagine what they're going to say when the six year period is up on the truck, in February of 2003.
    One point to be clear about, however, is that this seems to be a dealer problem. The warranty company tells me that they NEVER offered refunds, but they had heard of dealers doing it as a "hook" to sell the warranty.
    Anyway, buyers beware, especially at Doyles in Webster, NY
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    I think someone was in a similar situation here before. An extended warranty is a profit-padder, a dealer's way to add to the bottum line by gambling you'll never have to make good on it. Why would they just give it back? That would totally defeat the purpose ot taking more of your money without giving you anything extra in return. I would never trust any salesperson who promised me a refund on an extended warranty if I never made a claim.
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    Part of the explanation went something like this: "You pay for the extended coverage upfront, the warranty company invests your money for six years, earns a profit on it, so if you don't make any claims........"
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    It would be a pretty good way to sell extended warranties by removing the grounds for the first usual customer objection that they're spending all that money for something they may never need.
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    Last weekend, I was talking with one of my wife's friends, and of course I'm bad mouthing the Chevy dealer to everyone I know....
    Anyway, she tells me that she was shopping for a new car for her mother 8-10 weeks ago, and their dealer made them a similar offer regarding the money back deal. Thinking that I might be on to something regarding my problem, I gave that dealer a call and spoke with their waranty/finance person.
    Unfortunately for me, they deal with a different warranty company. However, she told me that they do indeed offer a money back deal if you don't have to make any claims during the extended term. The difference, according to her, is that they ACTUALLY give it to you in writing, as opposed to the folks at Doyle Chevrolet, who make promises but then renege on them.
    So, it appears that there are some warranties that actually work that way.
  • I've owned my 1993 S-10 Ext. Cab 4x4 for 6 years. Bought it with 57,000 miles on it.
    It now has nearly 122,000. 4.3L V-6, Auto. This truck has been great! In 6 years, the only things I've replaced on it are: Battery ($70) , Alternator ($180) at around 100,000 miles, heater core ($100), starter cable $30 (corroded), and the vacuum switch ($180) for the transfer case (engages the 4wd).
    That's it! $560.00 over 6 years.

    Of course, tires, hoses, oil, and other fluids too; normal stuff.

    I consider this very economical, and minor over that period of time, especially since this is no suburbanite truck; I've used the heck out of it for everything.

    My only complaints to GM are : no intermittent wipers! What a pain, at times, to not have them. Also, the high-beam indicator light is blinding at night. The engine pulls the weight everytime, but the acceleration is lacking due to the poor-man's fuel injection (throttle-body injection), unless you put your foot into it and it downshift into first.

    It's just now starting to have small rust spots around the wheel openings of the fenders.

    It's been a good truck..
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