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#446 of 648 My 1992 Chevy s-10
Feb 16, 2001 (9:46 am)
My truck looks like new, drives like new, and i love it... ill never sell it. the mielage is 135,000, and the engine runs smooth as new. everything works, although i would prefer the 4.3 rather than the current 2.8 5 speed that i have.
i put 3,000 miles a month on it and if you keep up the maintenance you should have no problem with getting over 200k on it. ive never owned a chevy before this, ive had mazda and ford trucks, ill never change again. this summer i plan on buying a 2001 model 4.3 liter and keeping the one i have.
Feb 17, 2001 (4:09 pm)
I own a'99 S-10 extended cab with the 4 cyl/5 speed tarns. Overall, I'm very satisfied - having had one other S-10 (an '82 with the 2.8 V-6 and 4 speed - yes, 4 speed.... they hadn't come out with a 5 speed yet when I bought it!)
The 82 gave me better gas mileage - go figure!, but I like the nicer interior (LS) in the 99.
The only GRIPE I have with it is these automatic headlights combined with daytime running lights - there's no way to shut them off at night without turning the ignition (and the engine) off. I'm sure there's a way to get around this little "feature" - but I haven't found it yet.
As far as the traction problem goes - I just buy several sacks of sand and leave them in the bed during the winter months! (my first aftermarket purchase was a bed liner!)
#448 of 648 Questions, Questions, Questions
Feb 17, 2001 (5:49 pm)
1. Anybody using Slick 50 or any other teflon additives? If so, what have you experienced?
2. Is there any other relatively inexpensive changes that can be made to the 4.3l V-6 for better mileage and performance? I'm looking at K&N filter, new plugs etc.
3. Is there a speed limiter on this engine? I hope not. If there is, is there anyway around it? I told a friend that owns an 01 Maxima that I was going to blow his doors of at the track .
Enough questions, now my experience.
I purchased a 99 S-10 ext. cab, V6, 5spd, 3rd door, LS trim. I've always wanted a sport truck. I love the power and feel the truck has. I traded in my 95 Sonoma 4cyl. This truck had its problems (head gasket leak, lifters rattling al the time, and hesitation in lower part of power band) but I still loved to drive it. I replaced the head and gasket hoping to kill two birds with one stone, but no such luck. It did get great gas mileage (26-29 mpg highway) but no power in 5th with the AC on.
Thanks in advance.
Feb 18, 2001 (10:12 am)
Check out www.zr2.com or go to sseriesforum.com there are lots of topics for almost anything you'd like to know.
Feb 19, 2001 (6:16 pm)
After reading through a couple of messages, I see that the S-10 seems to have a positive review.
From my own experience, I own a 97 S-10 extended cab 4X4 LS trim, with the 262ci V6 vortec engine and auto trans. The truck is mainly stock. I get between 10-15 M.P.G. while 95% of my driving is city. The trucks curb weight is about 3700lbs., though it looks alot lighter. I average about 15-25K on the front pads, which isn't too bad and from what alot of people tell me it rides alot smoother than the Ford or Dodge mini pickup's. I due plan to change over the exhaust, intake, ignition, and a couple of other pieces that I can't quite remember at this time.
In response to edwin76, shutting off the daytime running lamps is a matter of pulling a fuse, as far as the auto lights, Im not sure because I don't have that problem with the 97, but it can probably be resolved the same way.
In response to dcnbill from my own personal experience, engine additives are a bad idea unless your looking to clean something out, other wise stick to a high quality motor oil. For a faster truck, power usally comes with a big price. How deep is your wallet? Speed limiter can removed or at least brought up using the HYPERTECH POWER PROGRAMER which just plugs right into the service port under the dash. This little item carries a price tag between $300-$350 depending on where you pick it up. It also has a bunch of other little nifty settings that can improve mileage and performance, check it out!
Any way gotta go for now, be post'in later!!!
Feb 21, 2001 (12:26 pm)
Here are my answeres to your questions
1. I use slick 50 and Mobil 1 synthetic. I haven't noticed any differences, but if nothing else slick 50 offers a free 100,000 mile engine warranty.
2. There really is no such thing as cheap horsepower. K&N is your best bet. You could also get a lower temp thermostat or platinum spark plugs & wires. After that, you could go the after-cat exhaust route or the Hypertech programmer route, but now your talking hundreds of dollars.
3. The speed should be limited to 95mph. Hypertech programmer can defeat this limit.
Feb 23, 2001 (6:38 pm)
I have a 1990 4WD 2-door and I wonder if 31 X 10.50's will fit on it? Anyone have ideas? My rims are just the stock rims that come with the newer blazers...they are not "deep" and they are 15" rims. Any help is appreciated.
#453 of 648 Gas Mileage
Apr 03, 2001 (6:59 pm)
Ya the guy that sold me my S-10 said he got 25 mpg. I checked it and found it to be 21.8 after four consective trys in the winter. All 55-60m/hr driving. I can't believe you got 27!!!
Apr 04, 2001 (7:30 pm)
I am a new owner of a S-10 ZR-2. I have had it for about a week. Does anyone have a problem with the gas gauge going down quickly and then going back up? This is also on fairly level ground. It seemed to happen at a quarter tank. I love the truck so far. I have always been a Ford person so this is a strange time for me but, the S-10 has the look that I wanted in the ZR-2. As far as the problem, am I just looking for a problem?
Apr 05, 2001 (9:37 am)
Yes theres a govenor at 99 mph. Get the Hypertech reprogrammer to raise your top speed, you can also "supertune" with it.
Try an exhaust system like cat back or headers for more power.
Hope you have posi!!