1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB
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.
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.
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
Many other reviews on this site rate
this truck poorly, but look at their
complaints, they're completely
ridiculous. These people are blaming
general maintenance on poor mfg
quality. If you use you vehicle hard,
you're gonna have problems with it. I
have a 96 s-10 that wasn't used heavily
and was maintained properly and I
haven't had a single problem with it.
Buy one with a v6 and you won't be
disappointed, this thing can get up and
Extremely peppy and handles close to a
Models with bench seats can be a little
uncomfortable after long rides.
1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB
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
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.
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.
Bought this truck used in 97. Maintained it
with regular oil changes and GM updates. It
has never failed me. It has sat outside covered
in snow in sub-zero temperatures and starts
right up. Yes, the cloth interior is wearing out,
but automotively speaking, it still runs as well
as when I bought it. And I haven't been real
nice to it at times (missed a few scheduled oil
changes, demand a lot of it getting on the
freeway and have strained the suspension with
some really overweight loads). Not something
to take a date out in or go to church, but
overall, a good dependable, durable
Standard transmission. Helps with heavy loads
and bad weather.