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Solid, but ZR2 was underengineered
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By Ron S
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Extended Cab LS 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB


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Original owner of black ZR2. Great sightlines from driver's seat, great looks. Had the ABS chip fail in first week of ownership and three front hubs replaced before 42K due to combination of failed parts and mechanic error. Due to oversized tires 31x10.5 being mounted on standard 4wd wheel steering and suspension assemblies (except for Bilstein shocks), this truck eats brakes and lower ball joints. Never got more than 19.8 MPG and now avg about 16MPG with hard driving. I am meticulous with scheduled maint including flushing trans. Major costs included replacing encoder motor at 130K, and fuel pump, water pump, and alternator near 150K. Original engine and tranny and still running very well.


Best Features

Seating height (due to raised stance) and seating position (relative to floorpan). 4.3L V6. Power steering boost is perfect. HVAC and radio controls are within easy reach of driver. Huge exterior mirrors. Good stereo and speakers for stock.


Worst Features

Beef up suspension, steering and brake components on ZR2 package. Replace all terrains with long trails for less noise, better fuel. Redesign power mirror adjuster. Use darker standard tint on cab windows. Put quick release seat on driver's side, too. Make 3rd door std. Switch speedo & tach position


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S-10 Keeps on Trucking
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By GJCAILL
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Extended Cab LS 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB


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I have had only minor repairs until recently.(front end work-lower ball joints,upper a-frame bushings,tierod ends,idler arm and center link. I had previously had only changed the ac compressor, spark plugs one time, water pump-leaking,belt,and idler pulley.The shocks have all been replaced


Best Features

The 40/60 front seat & quick release passenger seat is great for puting articals or people in the back. The double sun visor is also great on those bright days.The engine has plenty of pulling ability for me. I hauled 15 fifty lb sacks and 3 people with ease.


Worst Features

Make the a-frame attaching bolts easier to remove and change the clutch fan attching from the big nut to the water pump hub. I would also like a selection of differential gearing to 3:08 or 2:00 something for better fuel milage or maybe a better overdrive.


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1996 S-10
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By yoccke
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Extended Cab LS 2dr Extended Cab SB


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The quality of this vehicle is superb. I have had virtualy no trouble with this vehicle in the 8 years that I have owned it.


Best Features

4.3 L V6 engine


Worst Features

The body style is not the best looking out there. However, improvements have been made in later model years.


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It's been a great little truck
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By Jimb
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Extended Cab LS 2dr Extended Cab SB


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Do regular maintenance and any vehicle will last. Well-powered with high-end V6 & manual trans, rides nicely, just enough cargo room (LS/Extended cab) and looks good (black w/silver trim). Bought in '98 with 46K miles, now has about 80K. W/Wiper recall was long overdue, but other than that it's been a joy to own & drive (when my wife lets me).


Best Features

Power, reliability, visibility, driver & passenger comfort, ride and appearance.


Worst Features

Late, but: W/W module was a bust, cheap interior trim, more secure spare tire. A bit skittish on ice & snow, but what 2WD isn't?


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Crap on Wheels
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By Camph
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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Extended Cab LS 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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A problem ever since I owned it. Had 3 rear main seal leaks, two oil pan leaks, 9 rear pinion seal leaks (and it still leaks).


Best Features

A comfortable ride even for a truck. Engine still had pep in it after many miles. The dealership has a great service crew.


Worst Features

Have Chevy build something that actually lasts.


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