1984 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews

1984 Chevrolet S-10 Durango 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 miles
Most recent distance320000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Great truck, good to work out of, easy to work on

Faults:

My main problems with this truck have been pretty simple fixes.

My brake system has had a couple problems, but always different things.

My only repeating problem is the little fuel filter on the side of the carb seems to clog up about every couple months. That could easily just be because of a rusty gas tank though.

General Comments:

I love my little truck. Never have to wonder if it's gonna start. It always gets me where I wanna go, especially considering it's over 300,000.

The gas mileage could be a little better, but not too bad. Basically a pretty solid truck.

Strong on take off, lacks a little on the top end though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2012

1984 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe 2.8 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired254000 miles
Most recent distance272000 miles

Summary:

Cheap.. .Reliable... Beast

Faults:

The owner before me had to replace the original 2.8 with a used motor at about 200k.

Valve covers leak very mildly.

Four wheel drive pin snapped (five dollar fix, and takes about two minutes to replace).

General Comments:

Absolutely an amazing little truck. I picked mine up for 200 bucks from a farmer who had it as his first truck. The truck had seen better days to say the least, but with some paint and tires, I was off and running. Absolutely no work was done to the motor after the farmer leaving it to rot in a field for two years. And in 20k it has yet to leave me stranded. So I have to give it high marks in the reliability market. It's 26 years old and carb'd; the fact that it's still running says it all.

I will say this is perhaps the slowest vehicle that many of you will ever drive. Zero to sixty time in my S10 with a five speed and 235r tires is about 12 seconds... sad. That said, it does have plenty of power on tap for average use and some hard work. I haul a fairly large pickup camper in mine, and the little truck does reasonably well. I've also pulled boats and trailers with no problems. Some freed up exhaust and a K&N filter are suggested.

For off-roading, you would be hard pressed to find a more affordable machine. This little truck goes through more than a lot of the fullsizes it runs with here in MN, and has yet to break a single thing out on rough trails. Rarely have I ever used the 4x4 on my machine; 2wd handles everything short of wheel deep snow.

Running costs. The reason I give this little beast such a high rating is simply because you won't have to put too much into it for parts; it will simply run and run as long as you need it to.

Gas mileage varies pretty drastically depending on how you drive, where you drive, and what you drive on. If you leave the stock tires on (looks wimpy and won't handle trails as nice), I was able to pull 22-23 mpg out of mine driving pretty normally. Putting the 235 tires on brings that down to 19-20 driving normal, and 17-19 driving trails with a reasonable light foot. The K&N and exhaust can vary these numbers greatly as well. But mostly it depends how you drive your 2.8.

All in all, you can't beat this little truck if you simply need a 4x4 for commuting or for a toy, or if you just need a reliable vehicle that can be found on the cheap.

Oh, and I would suggest a TBI year if you have the choice, carbs are an acquired taste I think haha.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2010

1984 Chevrolet S-10 Durango 2.8 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance117280 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Good truck, bad in 4 wheel drive

Faults:

I had the engine rebuilt at 85,000. And the transmission rebuilt recently. The carburetor does not allow the proper gas flow at high speeds and kills the motor.

General Comments:

All in all, the truck has a very comfortable ride and runs great. Wish I could figure out what's wrong with it though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2010

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 9 reviews