2003 Chevrolet S-10 Consumer Review: '03 Crew Cab Problems

2003 Chevrolet S-10 - Consumer Review

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LS Crew Cab Pickup (4.3L V6 4x4 4-speed Automatic 4.6 ft. Bed)

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'03 Crew Cab Problems
By Gary on


2003 Chevrolet S-10 4dr Crew Cab LS 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 4A)


Bought truck basically for light duty and travel to/from work. Has 77000 easy miles on it. Thus far, have gone thru 2 complete sets of tires, blown headgaskets twice, thermostat twice, water pump once, brakes twice. GM installed DEX-COOL may be eating engine gaskets; dealer is "unaware" of any DEX-COOL problems. I now have thick dark sludge in radiator overflow tank and in top of radiator. GM service mgr suggests I try to manually draw off sludge, clean out tank, and see if that helps, if not a thorough flush will have to be done. Fun to drive factor quickly failing.

Best Features

Lumbar support on drivers seat. Seat height gives good all-round driving visibility. 4WD is helpful on slick roads.

Worst Features

Engineer who designed spare tire placement should be beaten! Turning radius is very wide. Braking distance needs improved, lack of good mileage is very NOTICEABLE. Door/frame misfit allows noticeable highway wind noise.
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