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1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
I'm the original owner of my 4wd ext. cab ZR2 with 100K mi as of 12/05, and the truck has been a blast to drive off road and to haul stuff with. However, there have been several major repairs that have cost much $$: Tranny at 50K mi, fuel pump, pwr window motor & switches, 6 batteries, oil leaks, two A/C units, two alternators, electrical problems, idler pulley and recently some ignition system problems. Also, at 16 MPG on the highway it is a lousy commuter. I'm convinced the ABS never worked right in spite of at least 3 recalls/bulletins. The 4.3L Vortec V6 has been strong and burns no oil.
Interior is very comfortable. Simple things like visor extensions and clean instrument and environmental control layout go a long way. It can be rear-ended quite hard and suffer minimal damage. Mine's been hit four times.
Reliability of major drivetrain components and accessories. Bigger gas tank (at 16 MPG, I avoid going more than 200 mi with the 13.8 gal. tank).
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
1996 Chevrolet S-10 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB
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 car.
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.
1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2dr Extended Cab SB
The quality of this vehicle is superb.
I have had virtualy no trouble with
this vehicle in the 8 years that I have
4.3 L V6 engine
The body style is not the best looking out there. However, improvements have been made in later model years.