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#585 of 648 S-10 Owner Review
Feb 20, 2002 (11:35 am)
I had bought a 1996 extended cab SL new with the 4.3 V6, 5 speed manual and locking rearend. At the time I almost bought the Tacoma but decided on the S-10 since it was alittle less with the same items. So after about 40k I started thinking I should have got the Tacoma and now after 67k I am sure. I use the truck for personel use occationally hauling something from the store, a motorcycle, etc. Lite hualing use. I have run synthetic oil in the engine, trans and rearend. To date this is the history of repairs:
-engine doesn't slow down sometimes until you hit 5-8mph. Hangs 1300-2200 rpm. They never found the cause. Random problem sometimes slows down the speeds back up. Very strange thank god I have manual trans.
-water pump 40+k (question this one)
-brakes front & rear 40+k (acceptable)
-main seal power steering ~43k (unacceptable)
-~45k right front upper ball joint broke. Lucky only going 20-25mph. (unacceptable)
-left upper ball joint broke ~55k. Lucky again backing out of garage. Chevy mechanic said it was ok when the fixed the first one.(unacceptable)
-Top transmission seal leaking. (unacceptable)
-66k bad u-joint in drive shaft (vibrations). Had to have u-joints replace, hanger bearing and the shaft had to be straightened/balanced. Shaft was bent. I don't do hole shots or carry heavy loads. (unacceptable)
-66k oil leak in oil pan or rear main seal. Pan most likely according to mechanic. Also rear main seal on trans starting to leak. (unacceptable)
-Last two trucks were Nissans and I didn't do any of these repairs in 120k. Nissan didn't have the V6 available when I was buying.
So from my experience I don't see me owning any more of these trucks. Even my wife who owned GM products her whole life didn't want to buy any more GM products after we owned the truck. She was free to buy whatever she wanted. Has a Maxima now. Looking for replacement now.
Feb 20, 2002 (12:36 pm)
Is the current S-10's chassis the exact same thing that was introduced with the 1st generation in 1982?
Feb 22, 2002 (9:19 am)
In 1994 the S10 was all new, new body and chassis, about the only things from the old S10 are the 4.3 V6 drivetrains.
#588 of 648 MPG on S-10 Crew Cab
Mar 01, 2002 (1:58 pm)
What mileage are owners getting? I am getting 15 MPG city and 17 to 17.5 on highway. Hoping that MPG on hwy will improve.
#589 of 648 Moparbad.........
Mar 02, 2002 (3:32 am)
Do you have 2WD or 4WD ??
#590 of 648 4WD in all Crew Cabs
Mar 02, 2002 (9:55 am)
I have 4WD. All the CC's are 4WD with the 4.3 and automatic. Not really much to choose except color and cloth or leather. EPA mpg listed is 15 city and 20 hwy so I am not surprised about my 15 mpg city, but I was hoping to get 20 on hwy as I am very easy on the gas pedal. The problem with the mileage is that the S-10 weighs 4000 lbs. It needs to loose 500 to 800 lbs in my opinion.
#591 of 648 Crew cab milage
Mar 02, 2002 (9:57 am)
I would say thats about right,the manufactures are fighting any mandated increase in fuel milage right now,makes you feel good doesn't it.
Mar 03, 2002 (2:22 pm)
considering that Tom Daschle is the one spearheading the CAFE fight lately, i am quite sure its not about CARING, but about making the government and the enviro-wackos look good.
Mar 03, 2002 (2:24 pm)
besides, most of the standard "things" the manufacturers do to increase mileage, such as building a POS like the Aspire just to boost the average (and endangering those dumb enough to drive them), and tinkering with emissions and such, which compromises the power and towing and hauling capabilities. i myself would like to see modest improvements where they can be made. but i sure dont think a Ram 3500 should get 40 mpg like Puff Daschle does. what a self-centered ass.
#594 of 648 mj are you a
Mar 04, 2002 (9:39 am)