1985 Chevrolet S-10 Ex-Cab P/U 2.8L V6 from North America


A tough little truck for the money


I only had a few issues during ownership:

I replaced the clutch twice.

I did a full brake job twice.

I replaced the AC high & low pressure lines.

A pair of blown head gaskets did the motor in at 245000 miles.

It had some rust issues on the roof & the cowl area that I had to repair.

The 4 speed trans costs some gas mileage. A five speed would have been better for gas mileage.

General Comments:

This was a great little truck. I paid 1800 dollars for it. I used it as a truck for 11+ years. From pulling stumps to hauling loads to pulling a boat.

The only reason I sold it is because I couldn't find another 2.8L motor to drop in it.

The original box shaped S-10's were great vehicles. I still miss mine.

I would recommend the X-Cab only (which this one was). The standard cab is a tad tight for room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2009

1985 Chevrolet S-10 Ex-Cab P/U 2.8L V6 from North America


Old reliable


Clutch (twice) including master & slave cylinders.



Head gaskets.

Blown motor at 245000 miles.

General Comments:

This was a great truck. I would have kept it if I could have found a cheap motor to throw in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2008

1985 Chevrolet S-10 Long Box 2.5L tbi from North America


$600 well spent


Driver's side of the bench seat is pretty worn out.

Had to replace the alternator when I purchased the truck.

Thermostat gasket blew at 247,000 miles.

Rear brakes went out at 249,000 miles.

Fuel pump went out at 252,000 miles.

Front brakes went out at 256,000 miles.

Break master cylinder went out at 258,000 miles.

Replaced all steering stuff inner and outer tie rods, center link, etc. at 260,000 miles.

Replaced ignition module at 261,000 miles.

General Comments:

Yeah, I understand that the problems above don't make this truck seam very reliable, but this truck is by far the most reliable vehicle I have ever driven. All of the problems that have happened to this truck were because of the age of the vehicle.

This truck has very good power considering it has that many miles and it's only a 4 banger.

The inside of the truck has a lot of room for a compact pickup, and is pretty comfortable.

The mileage could be better, but I can't really complain considering the truck is 23 years old.

The only problem I have with the truck is that its only a 4 speed manual, so you have to stick around 55-60 miles per hour to get good mileage.

All in all, I love this truck. It has gotten me out of some tight situations, and has only left me stranded 2 times once because of the brakes and the 2nd cause of the ignition module.

I will 100% recommend an S10 to anyone thinking about getting one. It's a shame Chevrolet stopped making them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2008

17th Jul 2009, 23:42

That is awesome!! I have an old S10 and take a lot of flack for it, but I love it. Mine is a 2.8 and was looking for info on the ignition module and stumbled across your post. Glad to know that there are people like me who value and understand a good truck when they have one. Keep on trucking.

19th Jul 2009, 15:19

These trucks are awesome. I had an '84 S10 Durango 4x4 single cab long bed that was traded for a quad trailer at 485k. All original, manual transmission, 2.8L V6. It had some rust and the starter stuck when it was hot, and it burned about a quart of oil a week but hey it got me through wherever I needed!

1985 Chevrolet S-10 extended cab tahoe pkg. 2.8L V6 from North America


And on the eighth day, God invented Chevrolet!


Rebuilt motor at 199,000 (due to running hot foe extended period during a long trip, warped cylinders).Overhauled transmission at 90,000 (AAMCO Lifetime Warranty) again at 209,000 again at 317,000.About to need it again,1st gear slips, hesitates when trying to use reverse. The glue holding the driver side weather stripping as well as the headliner wore out at about the same time 10 years. Drivers seat worn to hell, passenger side like new. Reclining buckets still work fine. windshield wiper motor replaced after 18 years. Master cylinder (brakes) replace 3 times so far (usually due to leaking reservior.

General Comments:

Under powered, but durable 2.8L V6.

Bad acceleration, takes a while to reach speed limit.

After 18 years of running regular Diamond Shamrock or Citgo gasoline in the engine, I switched to Chevron with techron 100% of the time. That move resulted in lowering operation (repair) expenses from an estimate $800 annually to $100 annually (routine maintenance).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2005

21st Sep 2005, 13:51

I think my S-10 is a blessing from the heavens!