1998 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews - Page 9 of 12

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS Regular Cab 2.2 l4 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 l4 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles

Summary:

This truck will leave a hole in your pocket book with all its repairs

Faults:

Spark Plug wires went bad at 21,000 miles.

Wheel bearings and front brakes went bad at 22,000 miles.

Universal Joints shot at 25,000 miles.

Clutch started to get noisy at 26,000 miles.

Oil pan started to leak at 30,000 miles.

Tie Rods broke on the road at 32,000 miles.

Air conditioner quit at 40,000.

Shocks went out at 42,000 miles.

Alternator went out at 45,000 miles.

Upper ball joint broke on highway at 55 miles per hour at 46,000 miles. This caused all of the other front end work I had done to become ruined once more.

Throttle position sensor went bad at 47,000 miles.

Windshield wiper motor quit during heavy rain storm on freeway at 50,000 miles.

72,000 miles the ball joints are bad once more. This time they broke in the parking lot at work.

General Comments:

Very nice looking little truck.

It handles extremely poorly.

Interior is junkie. Knobs and switches have broken off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2004

1998 Chevrolet S-10 Sport 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55200 miles
Most recent distance77100 miles

Summary:

4 cylinder is underpowered, v6 isn't much better

Faults:

Catalytic converter went bad 65,000 miles.

Rear Universal Joint started squeaking (subsequently replaced) at around 68,000 Miles.

Hood latch (cable) failed at 77,100 miles.

General Comments:

Trucks motor sounds almost like a jeep, but checks out when diagnostics are done.

Runs well, easy on gas, takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'

Sure, its had its problems, but overall its been a great truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2004

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

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carPontiac Pontiac

Summary:

Good all around small pick-up truck

Faults:

Drivers side seat adjustment handle broke off.

Windshield wipers quit working.

Water pump started leaking.

Emergency brake quit working.

General Comments:

No major mechanical problems in nearly seven years and 87000 miles.

Good truck in 4 wheel drive. Performed well in the snow and ice on a yearly basis.

Good truck for over the road highway miles. Truck was used for 100+ mile daily commutes.

A few problems occurred (those listed above) however, the overall performance of the truck and the dependability of the vehicle was good.

This S-10 performed well in various driving conditions. Truck was also used on numerous occasions to haul heavy loads. The "all-purpose" nature of this vehicle makes it a good buy. I would purchase another S-10 truck from Chevrolet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2004

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

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L Vortec 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired51 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

I will rebuild this friend before I replace!

Faults:

At 40,000 miles it needed a Windshield Wiper motor, but a friend grabbed the wiper in motion, so it wasn't trucks fault.

At 97,000 it needed rear Universal Joint; I use the truck to move motorcycles so the heavy hauling probably took them out kinda soon (need torch to melt glue if you every replace!).

At 114,000 it needed 1st replacement clutch and since the slave cylinder is inside the transmission I replaced it as well.

General Comments:

The truck has been very reliable. It looks as good as it runs, with 130,000 miles! I've replaced a clutch and universal joints both cheap general wear items. I used to drive it hard and it's still very reliable; I guess I'm getting older and smarter, but it took my abuse! The engine still runs 160lbs of compression fairly uniform across all four cylinder (At 130k miles!). Plus you can't beat the frigid A/C!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2004

5th Aug 2006, 11:16

No lie! My 98 LS V6 has 136k on the clock and runs excellent; no leaks, no smoke no stalling. Trans had a shift kit installed to cure rough shifting between 1st and 2nd, but shifts great (original trans!) Tough trucks, with moderate maintenance they run forever.

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS estended cab 4.3 Gas from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 Gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13122 miles
Most recent distance116112 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Best small truck out there, Love it! USA!

Faults:

Third door handle broke at 15,000, replaced under warranty

Drive shaft U-joint broke at 15,000, replaced under warranty

Line to oil cooler broke at 67,000, fixed by dealer

Drivers side door handle broke 86,000, fixed myself

Power mirror control went nuts 92,000, replaced myself

Wiper regulator went nuts 98,000 replaced by dealer

Transmission tail shaft seal leak, 98,000 replaced by dealer.

General Comments:

I love this truck! I have only been left stranded one time in the six years I have owned it! That was the oil cooler line, pretty minor malfunction. I have use this truck for everything from commuting to work, camping, shooting, my own business and towing a small trailer. Flying colors all the way!

The interior has worn fairly well, a few minor things broken, but most of them I replaced myself or simply glued back into place. A few small rattles and squeaks, but nothing too irritating.

The 4.3 liter Vortec belongs in the Smithsonian! At 116 thousand miles it still pulls and runs like new, and doesn't smoke or stall at all. A little rough when first started, but as soon as the oil gets flowing its perfect. Oh, even with my moderately geared rear-end (3.80) it still gets 20mpg on the freeway. It is easy on maintenance; oil filter and grease religiously, other filters as needed.

All repairs not covered by warranties were pretty easy. Still on first trans, alternator, starter, and first brake rotors!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2004

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