1995 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4.3L from North America


Enjoyable little truck


I have to replace the exhaust manifold gasket and the rear axle seal. The seats are wearing out, but then again I'm not a light weight.

General Comments:

The truck looks great, inside and out, for as old as it is. Good ergonomics, easy to reach everything. Exterior holding up well, still looks good with very limited rust showing. Comfy ride, a little bit of play in the steering wheel, and braking is not the best. Driver's door doesn't close tight, but probably just wear. Ford Ranger man for a long time, but the little Chevy has been a joy, so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2011

1995 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4X4 4.3L V6 from North America


Small truck, HUGE performance


The only thing that has quit on my truck was the thermostat, but that was a generally cheap and easy fix.

General Comments:

This truck can haul. It seems like a regular small truck on the outside, but for the weight of the truck, it has a ton of power.

Being a 4X4, this truck can go just about anywhere. It also has very smooth suspension for a truck. When you go over the rough stuff, it is very smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2011

1995 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4.3 Vortec from North America


Solid, dependable, with little to no problems


Air conditioner clutch worn out, I replaced it at 87,000.

Y-pipe cracked, had to weld since no replacement part available - 86,000.

General Comments:

Purchased new in 1995. Best vehicle I've owned and still own. 88,000 miles and running like a top.

The Vortec is powerful enough to pull the 2 ton travel trailer, but it's at its limit. Needed a better transmission cooler and airbags to lift the rear end.

Gas mileage is fair, around 14/15 city and 22/24 highway. 425 miles from a 20 gallon tank isn't bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2009

1995 Chevrolet S-10 Extended cab from North America


Trouble, but good if you're desperate


This truck was a hand-me-down from my parents. I began driving it in 2004 when it had around 180k miles on it. It started out as a very reliable vehicle. I was hoping that it would just last until I got out of college (in 2007), and it only recently died. We definitely got our $5,000.00 out of it.

However, it seemed like things were constantly going wrong. In the 5 years that I owned it, I replaced the head gasket and alternator twice. The radiator also had a crack and needed repaired. Brakes went out at least twice. When there were problems, they were big and costly.

As much stress and money as this truck cost me, I feel that I can't knock it too badly because my family and I got 213,000 miles out of it. Needless to say, I was extremely relieved to get rid of it.

General Comments:

Great for 1-2 people, but forget anymore than that. Has two seats in the back of the extended cab, but only functional if you are a little kid.

Engine is very loud. Made ordering fast food hard because of the noise issue.

Driver's seat was stuck in full upright position which made for uncomfortable driving.

Very slow acceleration, even for a 4 cylinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2009

1995 Chevrolet S-10 SS 4.3 Litre from North America


A hunk O' junk!


Where to begin...

First thing replaced - alternator - 3 weeks after driving it off the lot, and hassled by the dealer telling me it was a bad battery.

The ashtray would stick - if it closed, it wouldn't open - if you did get it open, it wouldn't close - replaced.

Lumbar adjustment knob for passenger seat broke off - replaced.

Dashboard grill warped the first time the heater was used - replaced.

Rear differential leaking - gasket replaced.

Both oil cooler lines leaking - replaced.

Rear differential leak - cover and gasket replaced 2nd time.

Rear main leak - repaired.

Fuel tank rusted out at 71,000 miles - replaced.

Carbon deposits clogging intake - two separate times - cleaned each time at $60 a pop.

O-2 sensor replaced - twice.

EGR valve replaced - twice.

Wiper motor recall - replaced. 5 months later, wiper motor fails and is replaced again.

Blower motor for heater fails - in the middle of winter - replaced.

Lumbar adjustment knob breaks for the 2nd time - no one sits on the passenger side, so the knob is never used. Works fine on driver's side. Go figure?

Power steering pump fails - replaced.

Brake recall - controller reprogrammed.

Currently (8/2009) - rear differential is leaking for the 3rd time - not yet repaired.

Power steering gasket is leaking again - not sure yet if I need to replace the gasket and / or the pump.

What next???

General Comments:

Considering all the problems this truck has had, and the amount of time and money spent to keep it on the road, I would not buy another Chevy truck. When you have to repair or replace the same thing two or three times, there is a definite problem.

I am sure I forgot about something that has been repaired or replaced on this truck.

It would be different if I drove this thing in the Indy 500 or took it mudding, or drove like a moron, but I do not. I have never had to repair a vehicle as much as I have had to this one.

It is also completely rusted out underneath, though it has been rust-proofed twice.

There are so many other little problems it has - hood prop broke, fuse issues, horn has never worked properly, etc. It also sucks in snow and ice! I think if I were a reckless driver, it would have died years ago.

What amazes me is, I have had three separate offers over the last 10 years to purchase it, the last one, just a few months ago. Believe me, when I CAN get rid of it, I sure as heck will!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th August, 2009

5th Aug 2009, 15:57

This isn't an uncommon review. Chevy has terrible build quality. I would never buy one. I personally am a Toyota fan myself, but I'd also consider buying a Dodge, but never a Chevy because I've heard awful things about them. I've owned Fords as well and they give me constant trouble. I was constantly fixing things on them. And you can't say I didn't take care of my cars, because I'm a mechanic and I always regularly service my vehicles.