1991 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews

1991 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe 4.3L from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance157038 miles

Summary:

I wouldn't trust anything else to get me home

Faults:

Oil sending unit shortly after purchase (replaced under the warranty).

Problems with the passenger seat belt that would not release properly.

Replaced distributor and rotor assembly.

Changed valve stem seals (smoke on start up).

Right rear outer axle seal (2x).

Replaced the entire engine with another rebuilt 4.3L engine after I had a bent camshaft.

Front discs and calipers.

Will change the rear differential back plate seal shortly.

General Comments:

Reliability: I purchased the truck with cash when I returned from Desert Storm in 1991, and drove it off the show room floor with 3 miles on it. I was stationed in NC (USAF) and would drive home to CA each year afterwards (5 trips coast to coast) and never had a breakdown. I still have this little truck to this day, and it has ALWAYS gotten me home. Now retired from the military (26 years) and I still drive this truck every day. You couldn't pay me enough to get rid of this truck. I love this truck!

Maintenance: Other than the normal wear and tear on a vehicle, the only major maintenance was the engine replacement a few years ago at 120052 miles, and I had to replace the original alternator shortly after. I generally spend a couple of hundred a year if that on replacement parts as they wear out. Other than that, I put in gas, oil, and perform routine maintenance on the vehicle.

Performance: Excellent performance on the highway for local and interstate trips. Although I have the original transmission, and it is starting to bog down and lose power (time for an overhaul). Put a good set of tires on it and it will hug the corners. Great passing power (I hate the wife's 4 cylinder... no guts). I stomp on it and it still goes.

Overall: This little truck has served me well all these years. I can go to the corner market or down to the garden center and come back with a full load of dirt. It performed well (no overheating issues) when I pulled a U-Haul from Idaho to North Dakota. This little truck is a workhorse. Old friends say "damn you still own that truck?" Hell yes I do -- I will drive this truck until the wheels fall off, and then replace them too! I have had a lot of offers for the truck, as I have kept it in relative good condition. Someday I hope to fully restore it as it is showing signs of age (window seals, and a couple of rust spots here and there), but for now it cruises Boise with a "Retired USAF" sticker on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2013

1991 Chevrolet S-10 Ext Cab 4x4 4.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Awesome

Faults:

Not one thing has gone wrong with it. I bought it for $800 six years ago. Greatest truck I've ever bought.

General Comments:

Pull anything you want it to. I put a load of rock in it last week, and it still held together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2010

1991 Chevrolet S-10 Long bed 4.3 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Low maintenance costs

Faults:

Seat has torn.

General Comments:

The 1991 S10 pickup uses the TBI injection. This looks almost like a carburetor, and the whole engine is easy to reach for the do it yourself owner or any mechanic.

I am sure that when this 4.3 V6 S10 was new, it was a little hod rod. Even with over 100,000 miles, it still has much more power than any other mini pickup I have owned.

First generation S10 parts are much lower priced than the newer Chevy trucks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2009

1991 Chevrolet S-10 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

Great dependable little truck

Faults:

Had to replace the fuel tank at about 74,000 miles due to rust.

The body was terribly rusty when I got the truck, have fixed it since.

The rear brakes are slightly sticky.

Seemed to eat about a quart of oil every 1,000 miles or so, but then again I was using real cheap oil at the time.

Cruise control and emergency brake did not work when I bought it.

General Comments:

Bought this truck from the original owner who treated it religiously.

Looks to be in tough shape, but everything in the cabin still feels brand new, and mechanically it's in perfect shape.

This truck drives real nice on the highway at 60 or 65 mph. Anything over that is pushing this baby to its limits.

At 79,000 miles it drives like it was new, except for the shocks which are rather bouncy.

Winter driving is pretty slick in this in this 2wd truck

Around town, if I drive it REAL nice, I can get about 17mpg. Usually I get about 12 to 15 mpg in town. Somewhere around 21 highway.

I'm 6' and the cabin could be a few inches longer, but it's not too bad to complain about. Long trips sitting on the little bench seat sometimes leaves me limping.

I removed the crappy factory speakers and receiver, and put in a CD player and better speakers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2009

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 44 reviews