1998 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews - Page 6 of 12

1998 Chevrolet S-10 zr2 pickup 4.3 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Best truck ever and will make you A front suspension expert

Faults:

Seat handles have broke several times.

Ball joints are needing replaced for the second time.

Universal joints are needing replaced for the second time.

Both steering arms have been replaced.

Strange, but brakes are still good and they are factory brakes, but the emergency brake does not work well.

There are lots of strange noises all the time, seems the interior plastic is not secured well.

General Comments:

There is no room in the truck I'm 6'2 and skinny and its tight.

Wish there was very good replacement parts for the parts that are wearing out all the time.

Zr2 has very poor front end parts it needs 3/4 ton parts to hold the large tires and off road pressure.

The truck looks great, my favorite off road choice for a stock small Chevy truck.

The new Chevy Colorado Z71 has nothing on the stance and look of the ZR2.

Size for size it has out done everything I have put it against.

The only thing I would ever sell my truck for is if Chevy made there Colorado Z71 lifted more with true wide stance and off road drive train that is better than the ZR2.

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

Review Date: 19th February, 2006

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

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles

Summary:

Best looking truck on the road

Faults:

Driver's side seat adjust broke off.

Wipers act odd.

General Comments:

This truck is by far the nicest looking pickup on the road. Never had any major problems with it. I have the chrome bumpers that really set it off along with the white letter tires. The interior is very sharp and practical. Another great product of General Motors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2006

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS 2.2 4 Cylinder from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2 4 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance95500 miles
Previous carGMC Sonoma

Summary:

Tough little truck that keeps on going

Faults:

~40,000 - The exhaust rotted away up by the manifold, replaced catalytic converter also because it had a small rattle.

~45,000 - The drivers side recliner handle broke off, which is very common and an easy fix.

~70,000 - Replaced rear U-Joint.

~75,000 - The fan clutch seized.

~79,000 - Had a small misfire at idle, new plugs and wires solved this.

~92,000 - Another exhaust leak, though very small. The catalytic converter problem has shown up once again, though I received a letter from GM saying this repair is now covered by them. It's not loud enough to offend anyone, and it actually rumbles like a V6 when idling now. It hasn't had any degrading effect on performance, so I'll wait.

General Comments:

I've fallen in love with this truck. It's a navy blue 2wd with the 5 spoke mag wheels. It also has the appearance package which includes molded plastic on the side and pin-striping, as well as chrome bumpers so it looks very sharp, I get compliments on it all the time.

When I bought it I needed decent gas mileage so I went with the 4 cylinder with standard transmission. I get on average 28mpg on the highway. Power is tolerable with the 5 speed, but it's a dog with the automatic. If you plan on purchasing a 4 cylinder S10 stay away from the automatic. It has enough power to bark the tires on a quick shift into 2nd gear.

In the last 20,000 miles I could really notice a loss in power, especially trying to pass on the highway without down shifting. I threw a bottle of Sea Foam in with a full tank of gas and this truck now has more power than the day I bought it. A couple of weeks ago I had to give my boss a ride to work, and he asked me if I had the V6. The combination of power and gas mileage has made me happy all over again, like I was the day I bought it.

Brakes are good and have lasted a long time. They fade a little under really heavy braking (like stopping quick going down a hill). The drums tend to lock up at slow speeds when you first start driving if it has been raining. I've heard this is common as well. They don't lock up and stay locked, It's just like you're not on the brakes at all, or you've got the pedal to the floor.

Personally I like the interior, everything is laid out nice and simple, and everything is within reach. The dash is made out of cheap plastic, but how often do you sit there and rub your dashboard? Gauges are bright and easy to read. The seats are comfortable for me, but I'm a small guy. The only problem I've had with it is the recliner handle breaking off, luckily my seat was in a good enough position when it happened.

Visibility in front is fine, though the A-pillars create huge blind spots, and I find myself leaning forward when driving anywhere with a lot of people, like a parking lot. Visibility in the rear is about the same as the front, the mirrors are big which helps a lot, but they're just a little too "narrow" so to speak. I put 2 small convex mirrors on them and I couldn't be happier with them now. The bed seems kind of tall when looking over your shoulder to see out the back window, but that could just be from me being short.

I put on a set of Cooper Discoverer A/T tires, driving in the snow is no problem with a little weight over the rear tires. I live in New England and have never had a problem with getting stuck in the snow. The stock Uniroyal tires are garbage.

Keep on top of the usual maintenance (oil changes, tune-ups, etc) and the truck will last forever. I love this truck, and I don't look forward to the day when I have to get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2006

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