2002 Chevrolet S-10 Consumer Review: Was great until new engine at
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Was great until new engine at 136k miles
By tom on

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 3dr Extended Cab 2WD SB (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

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My S10 has 160k miles and counting. The truck has been very good to me with the exception of replacing the engine at 136k miles. Turns out the GM 2.2 L has a weakness in the valve guide design or fabrication. I lost compression in #3 cyl. I decided to spend the big $$ on replacing the engine rather than buy a $4500 used car. (The devil you know is better than the devil you don't.) Overall the truck is good. It can take 3 passengers, gets 25 mpg, and can haul and tow decent payloads. Unfortunately, it doesn't do any one of these thing exceptionally well, but is is a "do- all" vehicle. My biggest complaint is that I should get better mpg, cause that 4cyl is pretty wimpy!

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Overall utility. This truck does it all. If you want a truck that can haul small to med size loads, decent towing, take more than 1 passenger, and commute without draining your wallet at the pump this is it. Easy to work on w/4cyl.

Worst Features

Either better mpg or more power. The 4cyl is pretty wimpy and gets only 25 mpg. Now 25 mpg is good for a truck but disappointing for a commuter. You're not gonna get any speeding tickets with that 4cyl.
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