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#340 of 648 New Owner Question
Nov 22, 2000 (5:27 pm)
I posted this as a separate topic, but I figured some participants in THIS discussion might be able to shed some light on this.....
I just purchased a 2001 Chevy S-10 4x4. This is
my first truck, and I was wondering about
"off-roading" in it.
I took it on some muddy trails as soon as I got
it, and someone "yelled" at me, stating that
1) the S-10 really shouldn't be taken off-road
unless you really need to, because it's not a
"true" 4x4, like a F150 or Sierra and
2) you should definitely stay on paved roads for
the first couple of thousand miles, as going
off-road immediately can damage the truck
Nov 22, 2000 (5:49 pm)
You can take it offroad. Plenty of people have taken their S-10s (ZR2 and 4x4) offroad. What were they driving???
Nov 22, 2000 (9:58 pm)
I have one response to whoever yelled at you concerning taking you S10 off-road: "BITE ME!!!" Bigger does not necessarily mean better in the off-roading world. Just because it is not a 1/2 ton does not mean it should not be taken four wheeling. These compacts are amazingly capable out on the trail. In some situations, they are actually preferred because of their maneuverability and nimbleness. Don't take it off the road - give me a break. I applaud your decision to take it out and experiment with it. That's what these vehicles are for. And as far as waiting for a couple of thousand miles before taking it off-road, why wait? The four wheel drives systems need to exercised as well. In fact, it is a good idea to take your truck out on a dirt road at least once a month and put it in 4-HI and then in 4-LO to work the systems a little bit. My only precautionary advise to you would be this: If you are new to off-roading, gradually learn your truck's capability and your ability to drive it. Don't jump into it too aggressively because you'll get yourself into trouble. We wouldn't want to see you hurt or you new truck damaged. Enjoy yourself and happy trails. Let us know how it goes...
#343 of 648 Moral of the story???
Nov 23, 2000 (6:58 am)
My 91 S-10 has 226,000 miles on it and it still runs great...very minor mechanical issues...less than perfect electric windows (replaced both motors once, but still.... 226,000 miles. I had a Toyota once...people raved about Toyota being great. My Celica was yellow, definitely a lemon! Dumped it at less than 100K miles.
Moral of the story? Nothing is predictable...
#344 of 648 Re: Moral of the story???
Nov 23, 2000 (4:18 pm)
I'd like to see how many people have a '95 or '96 with that kind of mileage on it. Throw 4x4 in the mix with the mileage and let's see who responds....
#345 of 648 What happened to post #362?
Nov 24, 2000 (10:25 am)
Sorry to hear about the trouble with your S10. None of us want, or expect, to have that kind of trouble with their trucks. I know a co-worker who is having some of the same frustrations with his truck as you are with yours. He bought a 2000 Tacoma and has recently had his rear axle replaced along with one half of his rear suspension. Add to that a faulty electrical system that has left him stranded on two occasions, and, well, you can see that he is not a happy camper...
#346 of 648 2000 2.2L Vortech
Nov 26, 2000 (5:59 pm)
I recently purchased a 2000 S-10 4 cyl 5 spd. It is a nice truck, fun to drive, especially at $1.80 per gallon. What were the major changes to the engine in 2000 besides calling it a Vortech? My only complaint would be the vibration of the engine at higher rpm's. I'm amazed they didn't balance the engine better.
#347 of 648 My experiences
Nov 27, 2000 (1:21 am)
Had six S10s now. My 91 with 2.8 V6 five speed is easily the best vehicle I've ever owned. On the other hand my 97 with the 2.2L four cyl. was the worst. Hard to believe the same brand/type of vehicle could have fallen so far in quality. Certainly hope my experience with this was a rarity.
Nov 27, 2000 (5:16 pm)
I also have a 2.2 in my 2000 S-10. I just returned from a trip up to Tahoe, fully loaded with gear. Except for the fact that I had to shift down in the hills it performed flawless. No vibration at all at 70+ mph. I will sacrifice a little lack of power for 29 mph. The Vortec engine is totally different from all the other previously built 4 cyl. Do a internet search for specs. Just like the 6s' and 8s' that GM builds now, most the parts are not interchangable with their previous motors. I remember before 1996 that the GM 350 could use the heads off almost any small block Chevy motor. No more. I just hope that this new Vortec four is as dependible as the old "iron duke" of old.
#349 of 648 93-S10 Tahoe
Nov 27, 2000 (10:17 pm)
I recently bought a 93 S10-Tahoe 4.3V6 auto. Overall it seems pretty good for having 125k miles on it (has typical valve guide oil smoke problem). My question is what is included in the Tahoe package? It has manual windows, door locks, vinyl seats, no tilt or cruise or carpeting. Is the Tahoe package just wheels and moulding?