1998 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews - Page 10 of 12

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

A high performance economical truck!

Faults:

The third door handle broke off at 91500 miles and was replaced by dealer at no cost to me.

The lumbar lever and tilt lever on the seat broke off at 100000 miles.

A set of new tires.

The U Joints went out at 112000 miles.

The parking brake no longer engages at 115000 miles.

General Comments:

Great truck.

Long Lasting, Dependable.

30+ miles to the gallon.

Ice cold a/c and hot heat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2004

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired47500 miles
Most recent distance50500 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

High-Way Cruiser

Faults:

Since buying the truck I have, had to replace anything mechanically. I was rear-ended twice which cost a lot of money for what was fixed.

General Comments:

So far so good for the little truck. It started very well in the freezing Wisconsin winters.

For a two wheel-drive truck, I think it handles very well with 200 LBS. in the bed.

Having a regular cab does get crowed and cluttered very easily. I would go to a extended cab if I were to buy a new one.

The 2.2L 4 cylinder suprises me a lot. It isn't a corvette or anything, but I think that it gets where it needs to go pretty well. It's a highway cruiser.

The venting system works very well, heats up very fast in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2004

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LX 2.2L four from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2L four Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A good truck burdened with many small problems

Faults:

L460E auto trans shifts very hard and sometimes holds gears way too long.

Also takes a long time to "spool up" on take-off.

Trans pukes lots of oil out the overflow tube.

Exhaust system rattles badly.

Numerous, unidentifiable driveline noises.

Apparent engine oil seepage, but engine never uses any oil.

Windshield wiper control module (NOT switch) gave problems since purchase, including wipers staying on after being turned off, and failed around 80,000 miles. Replaced by dealer.

Center console/armrest caved in.

General Comments:

Love the ride and handling.

Great visibility, both out the glass and from the mirrors.

Freezing cold air and burning hot heat.

2.2L four is grossly underpowered, hasn't got much torque throughout RPM range, but gets the job done with around 23+ MPG.

Auto trans is by far the worst transmission of any vehicle I've ever driven. It is why I will trade the truck in as soon as it is paid off.

It hasn't been a bad truck but the transmission and many incurable, irritating noises make me want to get another vehicle.

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

Review Date: 16th July, 2003

26th Jul 2004, 14:51

I must have bought your trade-in!

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS Extended Cab 4.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired36206 miles
Most recent distance67535 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

A high-maintenance, yet reliable truck

Faults:

Overall, this little truck has proved very reliable, but at the cost of quite a few repairs.

Right after I bought the truck used in 2001, the rear differential started leaking so I replaced the seal.

At around 42,000 miles, my water-pump failed so I replaced it.

At 45,500 miles, the blinkers mysteriously stopped functioning. They now function intermittently.

At 46,000 miles, I had a transmission shop check out the slack that I discovered in my drive line. The technicians said it was common in Chevrolet's and not to worry.

At 50,250 miles, the driver's side idler arm broke. I had this replaced at Goodyear.

At about 60,000 miles, I had to replace my wiper motor.

At 67,000 miles, I had to replace both seat recliner mechanisms because they locked up, and also replaced the stock stereo because it failed to play even a self-cleaning tape.

General Comments:

I have been extremely proactive with fluid changes and parts repairs. I bought the service manuals as soon as I noticed that this was a high maintenance vehicle.

This is a good truck for anyone who likes to spend some money to fix things once in a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

18th Apr 2006, 16:03

It sure seems like you've had a lot of problems with your truck to still give it high reliability marks. Also, most of us would tend to equate "high maintenance" with "low quality". Perhaps the reason you feel it's reliable is because you previously owned a Ford Aerostar, I owned one for a few years and was fixing it almost weekly. If you want true reliability and build quality, I highly recommend the Japanese automakers.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 41 reviews