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#108 of 427 Need your Opinion on my '98 S10
Jul 12, 2007 (7:57 am)
First, a disclaimer: I am not a car enthusiast and I know very little about cars...but I need some advice regarding my situation with my 1998 Chevy S-10 Automatic (regular cab). It has almost 130,000 miles on it. In the past 5 years, we have already had to replace the transmission system. In the past 6 months, I have had to replace the alternator AND the radiator is now busted. To boot, the AC is not working (re-charging with freon proved unsuccessful, so there is a leak) and it is getting to be unbearable (as I live in Florida).
I just want ot hear some opinions on the matter. I am hesitant to fix the car, as it seems to be going downhill. Would it be better to put that money towards a down-payment on a new car? If I fixed these problems, how much more life do you think the car has? Any advice at all would be great...
#109 of 427 Re: Need your Opinion on my '98 S10 [jarvis1187]
Jul 12, 2007 (8:18 am)
The way you feel I would dump it. 130K is a lot of miles, did it really need a new transmission or only a repair, chain shops don't repair, just replace.
I have a 99 auto regular cab it has only 53K, only have done fluid and filter changes, no repairs.
#110 of 427 Re: Need your Opinion on my '98 S10 [jarvis1187]
Jul 12, 2007 (11:12 am)
Due to the fact that a huge part of the repair bill is labor, and auto repair isn't your forte, I would suggest getting something new enough you could get an extended warrantee on. Extended warranties are somewhat pricey, but its nice when you can take it back and let them deal with the problems.
#111 of 427 Re: Sluggish 4.3 [gonogo]
Jul 12, 2007 (5:59 pm)
I know what you mean, been away myself. Well, back to the truck issue, I'll check this in the morning. Just hope the cat isn't welded in.
#112 of 427 2001 S10 - Water Pump Issue
Jul 16, 2007 (9:39 am)
I purchased a used 2001 S10 in July 2005. It was a great deal, with only 10,000 miles. I replaced the water pump shortly thereafter. Now, two years later and at 30,000 miles, I'm being told that I again have an issue with the water pump and need for it to be replaced. There were no apparent issues, I simply had taken the truck in for routine maintenance. Anyone else having problems with the water pump on this truck?
#113 of 427 Re: 2001 S10 - Water Pump Issue [desertrat2]
Jul 16, 2007 (10:04 am)
Are you using Dexcool coolant, or green stuff?
#114 of 427 Re: 2001 S10 - Water Pump Issue [gonogo]
Jul 16, 2007 (11:44 am)
Not certain - the dealer simply states replaced coolant on its invoice. Can you help me understand the difference?
#115 of 427 Re: 2001 S10 - Water Pump Issue [desertrat2]
Jul 16, 2007 (4:34 pm)
Engines blocks have sand in the passageways sometimes when new. If the first person who changed your waterpump flushed the block during the installation it should all be gone. It is abrasive on seals and bearings and could be a contributor to early failure of the factory water pump.
I have 3 GM 4.3's including one in a Sonoma. They all have their second water pump in them but after a minimum of 70k mi.
#116 of 427 Re: 2001 S10 - Water Pump Issue [desertrat2]
Jul 17, 2007 (7:53 am)
Dexcool is orange, the dealer would use that. If it has orange I don't know what the problem would be. If it is green that could be the problem. You can see the color in the reservoir.
#117 of 427 1996 sonoma rebuilt engine
Jul 25, 2007 (7:44 am)
I threw a rod in my truck with 279,000 miles its been the best truck i have had so I had a rebuilt engine put in. After installed The re builder said the is a miss in engine and they think it is the E CM and I should pick it up and take it to a garage and have in diagnosed(the did not have the disnoseic tools ) so I did and they said that #4 cylinder was getting to much fuel and they tried different things and they thought it was the ECM to so I purchased a Used ECM and had it programed to my Vin# and installed it. It did not change anything it still misses at Idle and on acceleration it seems to be ok and at high rpms until you let off the gas. I don't know what to do? can you please help. thanks