1996 Chevrolet S-10 Consumer Review: Solid, but ZR2 was underengine

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Solid, but ZR2 was underengineered
By Ron S on


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.

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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