1996 Chevrolet S-10 SS 4.3 HO from North America

Summary:

Great truck... when it ran

Faults:

A lot went wrong with this truck in the very little time I had it.

A/C quit.

Dimmer switch broke.

Headlight switch broke.

Ignition module broke.

The straw that broke the camels back was the transmission began to slip really bad.

This all happened in less than 2 months!!!

General Comments:

This was an extremely fast truck. When it was running I loved it, but I never knew when something would go wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2007

1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4.3 V6 from North America

Summary:

Great truck to own!

Faults:

Fuel pump went out at 95,000 miles.

Spare tire hoist failed at 100,000 miles resulting in a dropped tire.

General Comments:

This is a great truck. The motor is the best thing about it I have never had a tune up and it still run very strong!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2004

1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS Ext. Cab 2.2 L4 from North America

Summary:

Good, strong running pick up

Faults:

Aluminum heads warped and gasket leaked at about 800 miles. Under warranty and repaired at no expense. Recall for this defect was issued at a later time.

Recall: Seat belt guards installed approximately 3 months after purchasing the truck.

Water pump went out at about 39,000 miles. $$ OUCH!

Bad gasket on windshield wiper relay: got wet and presto... no wipers on a very rainy day. Recall issued and problem was fixed free of charge.

A/C compressor kicked the bucket at about 59,000. Has been replaced twice now.

Spare tire hoist failed resulting in a dropped tire while driving... fortunately in a residential area with a 15 MPH speed limit. I also had the cable lock in place. The rear of the vehicle was lifted when the tire bounced and caught the underside of the bumper. Scary... glad I was 1/2 block from home. Haven't seen any recalls yet, but NHTSB has some interesting reading on this one.

Front brakes toast at about 79,000 miles and rear brakes halfway gone as well. $$ Ouch again!

Rear main seal: cost... about 20 dollars... labor to replace...don't ask. $$ Ouch for a third time.

Transmission toasted... this was my fault for towing incorrectly on a cross country move. Read your owner's manual first.

Cost was not too bad... about what you would expect for a transmission rebuild.

General Comments:

Throughout all the small problems and the sometimes way too steep repair costs this truck is a horse. It runs just as strongly as the day I drove it off the lot and the fuel economy has only diminished by a mere 7 or 8%.

It is a comfortable ride and handles very well. Steering is not too tight and not too loose.

This vehicle pulls well when loaded, probably the best as far as 4 cylinder light trucks go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2004

20th Jan 2005, 13:21

Its interesting that so many people have added comments about the spare tire falling off... I just had that happen about 3 months ago. I had no idea it was so common. The spare falling off and the passenger side mirror falling off seem to be common among reviewers on the site.

22nd Feb 2006, 23:26

Brakes replaced after only 79,000 miles??? OUCH, I will never buy another GM again if I have to replace my brakes after 79,000 miles..OUCH!!! My KIA needs rotors every 2 months... Glad I don't have to cheange them every 79,000 miles.

1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4.3L from North America

Summary:

A high performance lemon

Faults:

The "Check Engine" light came on the day I drove away from the dealer. I think it was an omen.

The engine initially used a quart of oil every 300 miles. This was repaired under warranty.

The air flow-through vent in the back of the cab leaked rainwater into the cab.

At about 2000 miles the engine computer dropped its programming. This happened 4 more times in the first year and 6 more times in the second year.

At various times the engine would accelerate entirely on its own, with no warning whatsoever, through intersections, over curbs, nearly into other vehicles. The truck mightily resisted numerous repair attempts.

When coming from the highway the engine would frequently not return to idle, but would instead remain at the highway rpm. This again was a long-term mystery.

General Comments:

The 4.3 liter engine had gobs of power even with a load in the bed.

Fuel economy was very good in the city and admirable on the highway.

Cabin accommodations were also very good. The bucket seats were comfortable, the steering was linear and the air conditioning was strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2004