1988 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer 4.3L from North America

Summary:

A great 4wd SUV

Faults:

The 2 door 4wd s10 blazer has been a great truck. It had the Tahoe package, which was power windows, power locks, power steering, air conditioning, high back bucket seats, and the upgraded interior. At 220,000 miles, the water pump went south, and about 235,000 miles the timing chain jumped a tooth and had to be replaced. Other than that, I never had a problem with it. Seats were in good condition, all the gages worked, the drive train was silky smooth and the 4wd worked perfectly. The paint was glossy, and the wheels would polish out nicely.

General Comments:

The truck had a lot of power and could spin the tires from a dead stop. I added a performance exhaust system including pace-setter headers and a Dynomax muffler. I also installed a K&N air filter and B&M trick shift transmission fluid for harder shifts. The truck had a 2" suspension lift and 32x12.5x15 mud tires on it. It was very fun on road, and even better off-road due to it's short wheelbase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

1988 Chevrolet S-10 Base 2.5 Liter L4 TBI from North America

Summary:

Chevys never die, they only go faster!

Faults:

New radiator.

Valve cover gasket.

Bench seat cracking and splitting.

Grinds in reverse.

Hard to start when hot.

Rough shifting.

Strange growling from left rear, probably wheel bearing.

Drivers floor starting to rust.

Engine and tranny mounts needed.

Front shocks need replacing.

Idler arm and tie rod ends are worn.

Replaced bed with one from another S10.

General Comments:

The truck gets me from A to b. it's a reliable engine, sometimes called the "Iron Duke". I got the truck for $400 from some shady mechanic who was happy to see it go. The engine has 150,000 and seems strong, you know what they say, chevys never die, they only go faster, and its true. It would be a cinch to drop a 305, or 350 in it. I love having a manual, but GM just doesn't have a clue about them. It grinds in reverse, and shifts roughly if you try to shift to first before coming to a complete stop. when you get going its not so bad, This truck screws on the highway! Iv always wanted a Chevy, and it didn't dissapoint me! Would I have wanted the 2.8, or 4.3... god yes, but for now the four tech does alright. It's an old Chevy beater, but I know she'll be there to get me home! The truck is the strip model, Only has fuel and speedo. No cigarette lighter which is a b***h because I can't hook up my personal CD player! No power steering. It's a true adventure trying to parallel park with no power steering, and a manual. Its got a new bed off another S10, because the old one rusted out. If you're looking at this site and trying to decide if you should buy this an S10, or for that fact any Chevy, go ahead and get it! It's a good truck, and you can find parts anywhere. don't be discouraged if its got the four tech, give it a tune up and shes all set! chevy for life!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2003

29th Dec 2008, 14:37

I think the owner of the S-10 with the rough shifting trans. and grinding reverse gear has a problem with clutch not fully disengaging. The transmissions in these trucks operate very smoothly when the clutch is in good working order. A possible remedy might be changing one or the other of the slave cylinders or maybe both. The simplest is probably to check the fluid level in the clutch reservoir first.

1988 Chevrolet S-10 2.5L from North America

Summary:

Simply perfect

Faults:

Rusted through badly on the bed and cab corners.

Not many mechanical problems. In fact, I still have the original clutch in it.

Seats are in great shape, one small tear.

General Comments:

This little truck is one of the most reliable pickups you'll ever purchase.

Although it's a little four-banger, it handles and performs fairly well.

It has 147,000 miles on it and will easily make it another 150,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2002