1997 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2.2 from North America
Great truck before it gets old
The Service Engine light has been coming on frequently and the trouble code is always the same. Several different fixes have not made a difference.
Plastic inserts on armrests pop out frequently.
A/C compressor failed in May 2001 and cost over $800 to repair through an independent mechanic.
Tailgate cable broke in December 2002. I had to use a Dremel to cut it off in order to install a new cable. Most trucks have stronger means of supporting a tailgate.
Needed new gas cap in March 2003.
I have replaced both oxygen sensors twice. According to their manufacturer, they should last 100000 miles.
The elastic straps on the backs of the sun visors sag and are useless. The light up mirrors don't always work either.
The windshield wiper motor is failing. This was the object of a recent GM warranty extension, but my truck has too many miles and is too old to qualify. GM should know that a good portion of these trucks are outside the realm of warranty repair. Maybe that's why they were so willing to "extend" the warranty. This particular defect is very annoying and dangerous.
Passenger door hinges squeak no matter how I try to lubricate them.
Passenger side outer door handle is loose and there is no way to tighten it short of taking the door apart.
This truck has been very handy and fun to own most of the time. It has also been one of the most fuel efficient vehicles I have ever owned. However, as it gets older, little problems are cropping up and starting to become annoying. I'm tempted to sell it while it's behaving well. Also, thanks too many of GM's recent ads that feature animal cruelty, I will not be buying a new GM vehicle any time soon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th March, 2003