2003 Chevrolet S-10 ZR2 4.3 Vortec V6 from North America
ZR2 makes the best of the S-10
The heater control vacuum valve failed. It was replaced under warranty with no further problems.
This is a decently-built small truck with an aggressive stance. The factory ZR2 option turns the lackluster standard suspension of the S-10 into a viable performer on light to moderate trails. Front suspension travel is still an issue on more difficult trails, but that is a common ailment for most IFS 4x4s.
The 4.3 Vortec V6 could use a dose of horsepower, but engine vibration and noise encountered when the truck was new have now diminished as the 4.3 has broken in. K&N's excellent FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit) and a Gibson exhaust have improved the performance somewhat.
Interior noise is higher than expected, with squeaks and rattles here and there, but I've found the seats to be very comfortable, especially on longer trips.
Overall, the ZR2 is a good offering, making a decent off-road performer out of the standard S-10.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2004