1998 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews - Page 12 of 12

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4x4 ZR2 4.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

This car has been a nightmare and pity the fool who buys it from me

Faults:

Replaced the leaf springs.

Constant popping in the rear end.

Water pump exploded at 25K.

Seat adjusters break every month.

Many electrical failures resulting in loss of power.

Brake lights stay on, and dealer has had it 4 times for this.

Fuel pump failure 4 times.

Windshield wiper switch faulty. Blades would stay on and not stop.

Went through a SMALL stream and it nearly died on the road.

Idiot lights on the dash come on and stay on.

Constant creaking and they can't find it.

Muffler was replaced at 45K. Fell apart internally.

General Comments:

This car is a lemon. I had a 96 4x4 S-10 and it too had problems, but not like this one. I am buying a Toyota instead. I can't trust it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

19th Feb 2003, 12:02

I have put 90,000 miles. on my 98 ZR2. The truck is great, however, it has it's problems: Cracked leaf springs, front left drive shaft ($500), ball joints, ball joints, ball joints, the transfer case leeks all of the fluid out and the dealership can't seem to fix it (4 trips there for this). The seat adjustment levers are a joke, $175 to fix them with the same cheap components that broke in the first place. Now to give credit where it is due; These trucks are tough, they can go through anything (put BFG M/T'S, 32" fits stock truck). The worst thing about owning one is dealing with the incompetent technicians at the dealership, not to name names, but LAKESIDE CHEVROLET in WARSAW, IN. They changed three of my four ball joints at 70,000 miles. and the truck was on an extended warranty plan sold through GM.

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carGMC Sonoma

Summary:

Just a very cheaply made truck

Faults:

Hmmm... where do I start??

Not long after getting it, the oil pan leaked oil.

Not long after that, it leaked coolant.

Then the exhaust manifold came loose and the smell of exhaust in the cab was horrible.

The U-joints needed to be replaced at 30,000 and are now going bad again.

And worst of all, the entire transmission locked up 100 miles after the 36,000 mile warranty was up!! The whole transmission needed to be replaced (luckily, they fixed it anyway).

General Comments:

All of these problems were fixed by GM with very little problems with their service.

However, the fact that the U-joints are going again, as well as the exhaust manifold still proves that it's a horrible vehicle.

Who knows how long this transmission will last...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th April, 2001

18th May 2001, 13:04

In my opinon that is not true! I'm an 18 year old with a 1998 S-10 and the only problems I've had were my speakers blowing and the U-joints. My truck has a 2.2L 5 speed manual transmission and it is still running great after 35,000 miles.

The point that I'm trying to make is that the truck is good only if you treat it good in return. You probably treated it poorly. I take good care of my truck knowing that it is my truck. So don't be dogging the Chevrolet dealers or GMC dealers for the mistakes. You probably helped cause them!!!

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4 Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance25550 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Nice product for the price

Faults:

Battery died at about 19,000 miles, could have been from the heat of Florida though. Replaced, under warranty. Also will NOT play a CD player hooked up to an adaptor.

General Comments:

Nice for the price, I am generally happy with it. Gets great gas mileage, even though there are 3 seatbelts, I hope the middle person weighs about 30 pounds. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2000

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS 4X4 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 4.0
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

Check engine light came on for no reason and stayed on. (Manual states may come on for specific reasons - none of which happened) Next day light was off and brought in to dealer. They found no problem and did not register on computer.

General Comments:

I have a white truck and it always seems to have black streaks down both sides where the rear view mirrors are.

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

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

30th Oct 2001, 16:19

I feel your pain. Same thing happened to me. Except mine continuously went on and off and I kept taking it to the dealer. Of course nothing was wrong and they let me drive off again only for it to come back on the next day. Extremely frustrating.

Also, there is this strange clunking coming from the front passenger side. Now I've talked to a couple other S10 owners and they say the same. Not happy with all the rattles and squeaks that are coming from my '98... time for a Toyota!

5th Jun 2003, 21:21

So How did you finally replace the spark plug on the S-10 with the V-6. I am having the same frustration, GM did this all the way back to '91 with the S-15 Jimmy and Blazer with the 4.3L, but there was just enough space to get a wrench in to loosen the spark plug.

Thank you.

Ben.

22nd Jan 2004, 18:06

I have just purchased an used 1998 S-10 and I simply love it. It came with the the ZR-2 suspension package and it is simply the best truck I have ever had. I go through a lot of mud each year because of one of my hobbies, hunting. This truck has yet to get stuck and I would highly recommend any one looking into getting a ZR-2!

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