6th Mar 2015, 11:53
I have been collecting and showing cars for well over 30 years. These comments above defy all logic. Some cars and trucks are surefire collectibles, but not all that are discontinued. I certainly would not advise someone to risk buying many as an investment. If this is a vehicle you like to own and drive, it's fine. You can also go into places like eBay and see completed auctions only for a trend.
If you want to collect a small truck, find a small Chevrolet C10 step side up to 1972. Very clean styling. Those are collectible, and the CST higher trim level is even more desirable. Prices run up to 25k. Go for the Chevy, not a GMC version.
Full size trucks, I like the 90 to 92 black Chevrolet SS454, especially the later models with overdrive. We own a 55 Cameo - very collectible.
Anyway I don't see this model as great investment quality. It's a good daily driver though. You can easily overspend on restorations. You have to really evaluate with a great deal of depth what to buy or not buy. I work really hard for my money. If it's an investment vehicle or truck, it pays to buy as wise as possible. If you feel a 4 door Parisienne is desirable, then that is your right. I would advise otherwise.
6th Mar 2015, 13:52
I don't see a 6 cylinder crew cab as a collectible. I found a 2003 for $8500 in March 2015.
6th Mar 2015, 16:40
Demand "keeps going up" for what? The S-10 pickup and S-10 Blazer were both discontinued after 2005 because Chevy couldn't sell poorly engineered junk trucks. How is demand for those "going up" a decade after the fact?
6th Mar 2015, 19:50
Absolutely right. 6 cylinder 4 door trucks or cars are mostly not too collectible. Even a 55 Chevrolet 6 cylinder 4 door sedan isn't going to make you rich. Even parting one out, still not all the parts interchange to a 2 door. My suggestion is drive this model and enjoy it for what it is. A 4 door small domestic crew cab. Unless you do some really tricked out paint scheme, vehicle wrap or high end audio, I just don't see this parked at a car show as well.
6th Mar 2015, 20:53
"Discontinued models are, by definition, collectible because the supply chain stops."
Wow, what great news for all those people with a Ford Escort, Tempo or Chevrolet Cavalier -- they're not old beaters, they're... "collectibles"!
6th Mar 2015, 22:50
2004 was the last year. And they weren't discontinued because they were junk, they were simply replaced by a new model called the Colorado.
7th Mar 2015, 05:32
There are a few good choices for older GMC trucks: the Typhoon SUV and the Syclone mini truck. Both turbocharged and very fast, even by today's standards.
7th Mar 2015, 08:05
I have bought a couple of discontinued GMs. A 1995 Buick Century 4 door and a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 4 door. With 6 cylinders. Since both are discontinued model lines, maybe they are the future hot collectibles.
8th Mar 2015, 01:30
The Colorado and Trailblazer are both unrelated to and built on a totally different platform than the S-10 and S-10 Blazer. Thus, the S-10 was discontinued because Chevy's replacement small truck was nothing like it. Also, 2005 was the final year for S-10 Blazer.
8th Mar 2015, 15:46
And there's constant upgrades to our daily, utility oriented only, daily drivers. They are what they are. Point A to Point B, and in this case with a bed in the back. Not collector pieces, just useful small trucks.
8th Mar 2015, 19:36
You are wrong. 2003 was the last year for the S-10 Blazer; 2005 was the last year for the S-10 pickup.
9th Mar 2015, 01:03
"FYI check cardomain.com"
That would be another dead end source of information full of errors. First of all, they have 2006 S-10 PICK-UPS (not S-10 Blazer) listed, which don't exist. Second, read the listings of so-called 2005 S-10 PICK-UPS (not S-10 Blazer); if you read the owners' comments and descriptions, the owners state that they are earlier model years. One specific individual said they bought the truck in 2003. How is it possible to make a purchase of a 2005 model in 2003?
9th Mar 2015, 11:06
I could see if this was so earth shattering as if one bought a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette C5 and it was being compared to a 2005 Corvette C6 generation complete redesign. But this is a 2004 crew cab to a 2005 crew cab. 4 door with a 6. This is not a big deal. Even if you bought the first one off the line or the last one off the line, it's not in the collectible class other than as a practical utility truck.
9th Mar 2015, 21:14
No, 2004 was the last year, reread the comment, but if anybody wants to believe it was 2005 or even 2006, feel free.
9th Mar 2015, 22:15
Corvettes and collectables have nothing to do with the argument on topic here, it's all a matter of misinformation on what the final year was.
10th Mar 2015, 12:37
This all started when someone pointed out that the last year for the S-10 ZR2 was 2003. That led to dispute over what the last year for the S-10 pickup was, and then somebody brought up the Blazer to further confuse things. Things went downhill from there, ending with the specious assertion that discontinuation of any model makes it "collectible".
This should clear things up:
1. The last model year for the S-10 PICKUP was 2004. It doesn't matter that you saw (or think you saw) a 2005, or 2009, or whatever, on Autotrader, Cardomain, etc, or that your neighbor's girlfriend's grandfather swears that he had one newer than 2004. They don't exist.
2. The ONLY version of the 2004 S-10 PICKUP was a crewcab 4WD LS model. The ZR2 package was NOT available on it, although a ZR5 package was. The last year for the ZR2 package on the S-10 was 2003.
3. The S-10 Blazer was called that only through 1994. After that it was just called "Blazer". The last model year for the Blazer was 2005.
Anyone disputing the above is free to provide proof that is incorrect, however "proof" is not that you saw one for sale/display whose owner says it is newer than as stated above.
10th Mar 2015, 13:19
If it were a very dramatic body change like the Corvette 2004 to 2005 was, it might make a hot topic. It's not about Corvettes - just an example of 2004 to 2005 model years being commented upon.
Secondly the collectible comment came in as it is not a collectible, so why bother?
Lastly, in the end, a decade later, such a plain undramatic vehicle, why is there such a debate on a year never made, or even if it were made? Does it really matter unless it was a collectible. It isn't. We have a 2004 and a 2005 Silverado. You could park them side by side and who cares? An analogy, so please don't bring up that this is not a Silverado review.
10th Mar 2015, 19:35
Don't forget that the TrailBlazer also entered into the discussion at one point.
10th Mar 2015, 21:27
We are talking about the PICK-UP! Not the Blazer. The final year of the pick-up was 2004 the Blazer was indeed 2005. End of story!
10th Mar 2015, 21:49
Please be a little more specific whose comment you reply to. I wrote 22:15. Unless you misunderstood, I along with you have been trying to point out for the past week that 2004 was the final year for any S-10 pick-up. But yet we have others here that try to twist everything around such as "2005 was the last year of the S-10 Blazer" which was an SUV and not a pick-up. And another good one that has nothing to do with anything "if this was a comparison of a C5 or C6 Corvette or any other collectible it would make sense to argue" The only S-10s that have a chance of collectible are the Extreme models.
The point has been made numerous times that 2004 is the last year. Anyone that disagrees should stop wasting our time by arguing and wasting their own time trying to prove it.
10th Mar 2015, 21:58
There was a commenter on this thread on 19th Aug 2009, 21:21 who indicated he just purchased a 2004 S-10 ZR2. Sorry, but I think someone who just purchased a truck that you're saying doesn't exist would have to disagree with you.
11th Mar 2015, 08:19
For the good of everyone here, I'm going to bring this discussion to a close. While there are some serious points being made, I think we're at the stage where the argument is going round in circles, and people need to move on.
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