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May 20, 2000 (6:54 pm)
i have a 1993 chevy s-10 2wd tahoe package pickup with a five speed and a 2.8 v6. i am installing a tach as an aftermarket add-on. does anyone know
what the redline is for this particular engine?
also, what are the torque and horsepower numbers for this truck? i cannot find the numbers anywhere. by the way, i love my chevy and i am getting 27 mpg on the highway with it!!!
#220 of 648 2.8 liter engine
May 21, 2000 (7:29 pm)
just wondering...i have heard all sorts of good things about the 4.3 engine, and i am wondering what the concensus is with the 2.8. my mechanic says it is a good engine but his is the only opinion i have gotten. any ideas?
May 21, 2000 (10:18 pm)
My old 83 S10 had the 2.8, it was good. Had 300,000 on it before I sold it. Only thing I didnt like was that mine wasnt fuel injected.
Make sure you use pellets from GM in your cooling system to keep your intake manifold gaskets from going bad.
#222 of 648 '98 and '99 2.2L engines-letter from GM
May 23, 2000 (3:22 am)
I just received a letter from GM concerning the 2.2L engines in the 98 and 99 S-10 trucks. I used to own a 98 S-10 but traded it a few months ago because I was experiencing numerous problems, among them was this one:
the letter reads:
"This letter is intended to make you aware that some 1998 and 1999 model year S10 trucks, equipped with a 2.2L 4-cylinder engine, may experience illumination of the "Service Engine Soon" light, engine misfire, rough idle and hesitation. These conditions may be due to spark plug wire failure. The cause of this condition may be improperly seated and loose spark plug wire terminals. If this condition occurs on your vehicle with 7 years or 70,000 miles the condition will be repaired for you at no charge."
Well, that just about sums it up, hope it was of help to some of you. I only hope you catch this problem before I did, I ended up broken down on the way to work and it took three attempts by Chevy to fix the problem (one of the many reasons I no longer own a chevy)
May 23, 2000 (3:05 pm)
Just curious what sort of MPG people get with the old 2.8L V6. Also, towing numbers would be great too.
I've got an old 1985 2.8L V6 Ranger, I get about 15-16 MPG around town and 19MPG highway (5sp 4x4). It has proven reliable, but I'm thinking of trading it in for a mid-90s Ranger or S10. But I'd definitely like better MPG in my next truck.
Thanks in advance for any info.
May 23, 2000 (6:22 pm)
I have the Borla exaust on my 98 S-10 SS 2wd. This kit cost me 450.00 expensive yes worht it yes. This kit is guarantted for life, from rust, and going bad. It sounds great too, give it a couple of months to break in and it sounds even better. The power increase is there but it won't make you go nuts about speed. Gas mileage really didn't change for me, and the kit is designed as a 2.5 inlet pipe from the cat, single 2.5 outlet pipe with 3 inch tip. exits out of the passenger side behind the rear tire. 3 inch tip is chrome polished.The spare stays with the truck.
Install a pair of edelbrock headers also 450.00 and the performance is definatly noticable. Sounds a lot better and it's also quicker. Edelbrock claims up to a full second faster 0-60.(But I think that is for a fullsize truck.)
Either way they are both an excellent upgrade. But if you get the headers make sure you have and aftermarket exaust.
#225 of 648 2.8 details
May 24, 2000 (6:44 am)
i owned a 1988 ranger xlt and now i have a 1993 s-10. the ranger had the 2.9 v6 and the s-10 has the 2.8. the 2.9 got about 15 mpg and 19 on the highway, and the 2.8 gets 18 in town and 26 on the highway. i dont know how it makes an 8 mpg difference but it does. i dont have the towing numbers but i do know that my ranger made 140hp as opposed to 125 for my s-10 and the ranger had lots more low-end torque but the s-10 has a much better top end when it comes to going from 65 to 90 or so. both trucks are 2wd and the mileage numbers are from normal driving...i dont baby them or anything...i drive them reasonably hard.
also, i am still wanting any comments about the 2.8 chevy engine and if anyone out there has torque or hp numbers or redline, send em my way, please.
May 25, 2000 (5:33 pm)
I'm guessing but a redline of 6k? I towed a uhaul from las vegas (very hot) to Illinois in October 1996 and again another guess, but my stuff at 1500 pounds and the old 2.8 was fine even with 220,000 miles on it. I was getting 20 mpg (83, carb)
#227 of 648 Chevy S-10 Experience
May 25, 2000 (6:08 pm)
Like with any car/truck, there are lemons and then there are very good cars, sometimes manufactured side-by-side in the same week. It's crapshoot. With GM, though, you have a better chance of rolling craps than with some other makers.
I bought my '95 S-10 new in 1994. It's a 4.3L auto that currently has 53k miles. It rides great, has a ton of power, and has spent very little time in the service dept. Only problem was a fuel pump replacement (under warranty) at 25k miles.
Only time it was ever towed was when I left the dome light on overnight and ran out the battery. I turned off the light and played dumb like I didn't know what was wrong. GM Roadside Assistance towed it in to the dealer and they replaced the battery under warranty.
It's paid for, it looks good, and I plan to keep it for at least another 5 years. Knowing how badly many GM cars/trucks are built, I consider myself lucky.
May 30, 2000 (4:08 pm)
Anyone having problems taking off in the snow. If you have an automatic you can put in 2nd and take off in that gear. Rpm's will raise until takeoff.
This is a second gear start. Of course the truck will act better in the snow with weight in the back, but this is just an additive that a lot of people don't know about.