I've owned this truck since 2004 (I bought it with 120K miles) and I've put about 50K miles on it. Recently I've been using it to do a 400 mile round trip each week: its comfy for the long ride, its been reliable, and I regularly get between 22 and 25 mpg on these long trips. I've had no major problems with it. About 10K miles ago, the fuel gauge stopped giving an accurate reading (it drops rapidly and then hovers above empty). And simple maintenance is all but impossible because everything is packed-in tightly. Granted I'm not mechanically inclined... Installing a custom stereo was a pain-- the dash is hard to remove. I'd love to get a new car, but this thing just won't seem to die.
I bought my truck used from a dealer at 44k miles and took it only to 120k before I had enough. Quality was atrocious - interior panels cracked and fell off, mirrors fatigued and broke off. The truck would not start in humid (90%+), cold weather (especially 32-45F), really cold weather was fine. I got a head gasket leak at 80k and had to repair the tranny at about 110k (both those seem normal for the driving I did so not really a gripe). My brake lines blew out despite having been regularly inspected. Here's a positive note, the engine was awesome despite the head gasket and tranny. If the rest of the truck could have kept up with the engine the truck would have been a keeper.
I have been rather disappointed in this
vehicle, considering my father's 1993 Chevy
Silverado is still going strong at over 100K
miles. I only have about 66K miles, and
have had, in the past three months, to put
almost $1500 into this for things that should
still be working fine. I have been pretty good
about regular maintenance, so I've been
pretty annoyed of late. Time to trade in for a
(gasp) foreign car make.
For a truck, this actually does reasonably
well on gas mileage. It's also not all that
uncomfortable on a long ride.
Reliability. Why can my drivetrain not last
66K miles without major investment? Size. I
was eagerly anticipating the new Colorado,
but am now looking elsewhere.
This vehicle siutes my needs very well.
It has never let me down, ecsept for
the ocational battery failure, but all
automobiles have this concern. The four
cylender is OK on gas, but has potient
torque off the line, even when towing.
The S-10 i think is the perfect first
vehicle for your kids, very reliable,
stylish good looks, and easy on the
bank! Oh and dont forget the drivers
side air bag, a must have now a days!
The interier lighting is very modern
with 5 idividual bulbs lighting the way
in on a dark night.