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Second S10 I Shouldn't Have Bought
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By nomad
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Regular Cab LS 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

This is my second s10 and both have had a SEVERE lack of power, to the point where your leg hurts after going up any little hill. The 4 cylinder is known for this, but these were the 4.3 v6 models! The problem is with the prehistoric overhead valve design the GM still puts in nearly all the vehicles even though every other manufacturer has moved to overhead cam design. If the previous owner didn't change their oil every 2000 miles or sooner, the lifters will mess up by 100,000 miles and the only fix will be to pump $500 into the engine, or buy a new engine altogether.


Favorite Features

I love the exterior of the s10s. They are definitely the sportiest of all the small trucks. I also like the horsepower/torque numbers that the v6 is 'supposed' to have.


Suggested Improvements

How about overhead cam like the rest of the world? I know these websites attract dissatisfied owners, but with the s10, it is deserved. I would NEVER buy a s10 with over 100,000 miles, and I would suggest trading or selling them when they get close to that number.


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Vortec is an absolute beast
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By 2384623846
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Regular Cab LS 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

Anyone who complains about this truck has major issues. I have a 1996 ss with stock zq8 suspension and a modified vortec v6. The only problems I encountered were with dialing in the supercharger with my other mods. its fast fun and reliable. and the interior is well organized.


Favorite Features

The vortec and the outside design with my 2003 Sonoma front end


Suggested Improvements

A five speed would be better


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Piece of junk
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By ptlytch07
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Regular Cab LS 2dr Regular Cab SB


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I purchased this truck with about 80,000 miles on it from a private seller. I only kept the vehicle for 6 months because it was constantly having problems. A/C went out, transmission had to be repaired, radiator had to be replaced, etc. Of course, none of the repairs were cheap or simple. I finally got all the bugs out and got rid of it before something else could go wrong. I wouldn't buy another one of these if I had to. I would rather walk! Piece of junk!


Favorite Features

Could carry stuff in the back.


Suggested Improvements

Everything.


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Take the good with the bad
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By James in KY
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Regular Cab LS 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

Overall the Chevy S-10 has a solid engine with the Vortec V6. I will say I have the same problems as many others. Owned it for only a week (brand new with 53 miles) and the vanity mirror light stayed illuminated. ABS grinds. Mirror rattled loose. Tranny, clutch and catalytic converter went out at 50K. At some time still under warranty, wiper delay module went out. Now AC needs recharging every summer ($10 kit from Wal-Mart). Water pump, O2 sens., alternator, U-joints going out to be expected w/ high mileage. Check engine light stays on now with 135,700 with no other indications of mechanical problems. With regular maintenance, engine has no problem. Probably drive it until wheels fall off.


Favorite Features

Looks sharp in black with tinted windows. Fun to drive with V6 and 5 speed manual. Not bad sound system for stock.


Suggested Improvements

Make tranny and AC last as long as engine. Improve cab design for traffic light visibility while at rest in traffic light first position (for tall guys anyway). Design mirrors more rigidly. Improve gas mileage. With $3/gal. costs about $200 per month to operate. Go hydrogen or ethanol.


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never again
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By Stuckwithit
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Regular Cab LS 2dr Regular Cab SB


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I bought this truck brand new in 95 and have had nothing but problems since. At 1,500 miles the fan clutch broke. The Manual trans. clutch laid over and died at 2,500 miles. Now 2 transmission jobs, A few U-joints, several hundred dollars worth of A/C repairs, 1 broken timing chain, and a total engine rebuild later, I am fed up with this underpowed piece of crap. I will never buy another S-10.


Favorite Features

I do however like the interior. Roomy and comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

Take the original blueprints for this truck and throw them in a fire. Then start over...


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