1996 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1996 Chevrolet S-10 Base 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles

Summary:

Solid little truck

Faults:

Head gasket at 58,000 and 82,000 (gm defect)

Universal joint under warranty.

Brakes at 20,000 (rotors & pads)

Battery at 70,000 miles.

Clutch fan at 65,000.

General Comments:

Liked the way it looked. Liked the easy to clean plastic floor. Bumpers were tough, you could hit things and sustain no damage. If it wasn't for the head gasket problems I would have kept it. At least the dealer paid for the problems so I bought another Chevy. About 22mpg average. 2 tires lasted 92,000 miles. Very, very slow. Good to stay out of trouble, but not to follow someone.

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

Review Date: 20th May, 2003

1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.6L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

Financially a good buy not for a bad winter driver

Faults:

I bought this truck with 44K miles on it in 1998 and hate to part with it, but will have to soon. Very reliable though.

- 70,000 changed the rotors.

- 80,000 changed the radiator (not the Dexcool coolant, I hear this is common)

- Now at 156,000 I need upper ball joints, sway bar linkage, front brakes and rotors, drum breaks, and the oil is leaking and pressure is down to 40 from the usual 55-60 it always was.

General Comments:

Spent less money than most do on new cars and the insurance that goes with them.

Only complaints:

- Two wheel drive not good on hilly areas in the winter.

- Not impressed with breaking in the winter or wet conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2003

1996 Chevrolet S-10 2.43 L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.43 L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired525 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Good economy vehicle

Faults:

The u-joints & brakes had to be replaced at 57,000 but I also have consistently had this vehicle overloaded.

The clutch is being replaced at 93,000 which is good for me as I am a little hard on clutches.

Paint has started to crack and lift on the roof, may be due to old unrepaired hail damage.

General Comments:

This has been a very reliable vehicle despite the repeated abuse that I have done to it. The cost of repairs have all been fairly reasonable. The exception being clutch which is requiring an additional $100 in labor due to the slave cylinder construction.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2003

1996 Chevrolet S-10 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A dependable economy vehicle

Faults:

Passenger side mirror has fallen off.

Levers to recline seats have fallen off.

Cloth seats have begun to tear.

Covers over the mirrors on the visors have fallen off.

Elastic document holder on visors have stretched out, rendering them completely useless.

A film has developed on the plastic that covers the gages, making them difficult to read.

The air conditioner compressor has quit working.

The spare tire restraint has broken.

General Comments:

We have had quite a few cosmetic problems with this vehicle. However, we have had very few major mechanical problems.

We have replaced the battery numerous times, but that is just a result of living in the desert. We have also had to replace the serpentine belt, the water pump and the pulley.

As I mentioned before, the air condition compressor no longer works. We have not considered replacing this due to cost.

The clutch will have to be replaced within the next month or so.

My greatest complaint, mechanically, about this vehicle is the brakes. We have had to replace them at the very least once a year for the past 6 years we've owned the vehicle.

This is a reliable economy vehicle and a great choice if you are looking for something dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2002

1996 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2.2L 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

So far it is an OK truck

Faults:

The first two years I owned it I replaced 3 computers, power steering pump, ignition switch, oil pressure sending unit. and now it rattles (transmission) when I release the clutch when at a stop.

General Comments:

This truck has no power, rides a little rough, at 65 mph the tacomitor reads 3000 rpm, that seems a bit high.

Other than that it seems to be a good strong truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2002

6th Feb 2006, 12:14

Your transmission will probably need a throw-out bearing very soonIf you push in on the clutch and the rattling stops this is your problem. Fixing this problem is fairly simple and will not cost as much if you fix it before it completely breaks.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 18 reviews