1989 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1989 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe 4.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired163000 miles
Most recent distance164456 miles

Summary:

An excellant and reliable truck!!

Faults:

When purchased it needed a lot:

A rear seal.

Rear shocks.

Rear brakes

A rear window shock.

Some minor body work

New tires.

At about 163,000 it needed a new battery.

At about 164,000, it needed a ring job.

Also at about 164,000 it needed front brakes.

Also at about 164,000 it needed front shocks.

Unfortunately at 164,456 I blew a bearing in the crankshaft.

General Comments:

Over all this have been a wonderful truck to own!!

The seats are very confortable and the ride is excellent. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Unfortunatly, I decided to junk it because I didn't have the money to replace the engine.

If I had the money to fix this truck I would in a heart beat.

I loved this truck for the 1,500 miles I had it.

I loved it so much I have purchased a 1991 S-10 Pickup.

I think GM did an outstanding job designing this truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2003

1989 Chevrolet S-10 2.5L Lateral 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5L Lateral 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Reliable and durable

Faults:

Water pump needed to be replaced at about 35,000 miles.

Computer chip needed to be replaced at about 90,000 miles.

Now needs new clutch for the first time at 168,000 miles.

Oil pan has a small leak and probably should be replaced. Loses about 1 quart every 3-4 months.

Rubber weather stripping around doors has become hard and cracked in spots. Needs replacing.

General Comments:

I bought this truck new in 1989 (model 1990) when I entered the military and it's been my main transportation until this year.

I finally had to purchase another vehicle while this one is receiving a new clutch. Once it's done it will be my main ride once again.

Small engine has surprising power, even at 168,000 miles.

Very dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2002

1989 Chevrolet S-10 4WD Extended-cab Tahoe 4.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

A tough, hard working little truck

Faults:

I replaced the battery cables.

Mine has the rust in the lower door panels, fenders, and cab corners common to the S-10s. Looks bad, but doesn't alter the usability.

General Comments:

A tough little truck with great power for it's size. I love the 4.3L engine. My last vehicle was an indestructible 1983 S-10 Blazer with the 2.8L engine that I drove for ten years and it was still running with 320000 miles on the original engine when I sold it. It's replacement had to be an S-10.

Stiff pickup suspension and narrow stance rule out fast cornering.

Gas pedal is uncomfortably close to the transmission hump.

Seats do not recline thus preventing the driver from taking advantage of the extra space of the extended cab. I plan to swap seats from a Blazer to correct this oversight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

1989 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe 4.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

Hard to beat

Faults:

I installed a new starter at 54,000 miles.

I replaced all the steering and suspension parts front and rear.

Replaced all body mounts and engine mounts.

Rebuilt alternator to 160 amp.

Replaced front and rear you joints.

Replaced heater core.

Installed new condenser, evaporator, compressor, and retro fitted to r-134.

Repaired common rust spots. (Tailgate, bed under tailgate, cab corners)

New battery was installed, along with new and thicker ground and battery wires.

Oil pressure switch was replaced.

New exhaust from engine block to tail pipe, including O2 sensor.

Replaced door handle inside and out. Twice on drivers side once on passenger side.

I replaced the steering pump along with the pressure and return hoses.

Bad primer was used under my gunmetal paint from factory.

General Comments:

This the most reliable auto I have owned.

The torque is amazing at the wheels.

I beat it hard and it keeps going.

The cab is small for a 6'3" man, should of got extended cab.

Two thousand dollars well spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2002

1989 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe 4.3L fuel injected from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3L fuel injected Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

You can't break it too easily

Faults:

I had to replace the TPS sensor and had a minor transmission fault that cost $160 to replace. Those were shortly after I took it through the mud.

General Comments:

The truck has power. It handles great in the mud and in the mountains. In 4 low it can go anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th April, 2002

1989 Chevrolet S-10 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carDodge Aries

Summary:

Tough as nails!

Faults:

Nothing, it's a great truck! But the seats have worn.

General Comments:

I hit a brick flower pot, and the truck still starts up and asks for more!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2001

1989 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe, Extended Cab, 2wd 4.3l TBI V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.3l TBI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance181000 miles

Summary:

I drove it through a brick wall once.

Faults:

Needed a new starter. Needed a new alternator. Those were the only 2 times the truck has not started on me.

Rust under the door and on the bottom of the extended cab were expected, but it hasn't gotten out of hand.

General Comments:

I sleep better knowing I have a vehicle I just beat the crap out of and it will still start like it just rolled off the line.

Cheap replacement body parts are a good thing.

I hate to be cliche, but the little thing really is like a rock.

I did drive it through a brick wall once. I might have well just spit on it. I haven't met a force yet that can stop my lil' rusty S10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2001

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 19 reviews