1993 GMC S-15 Reviews

1993 GMC S-15 SLE 4.3 Vortec from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.3 Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired400 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

The worst purchase I ever made

Faults:

First let me say this truck has been perfectly maintained. Synthetic fluids since new. During the warranty period it was at the dealer 22 times beginning the first week I bought it.

Rear springs came apart

Valve stem seals

Torque converter lockup cycles constantly in 3rd

3 a/c compressors

3 starters

Fuel pump

2 heater cores

CPI and regulator

4 alternators

Radiator cracked

Oil pan gasket replaced 3 times

Power steering pump leaks

Oil lines replaced twice

3 Water pumps

3 sets of motor mounts

5 Fan clutches

Doors are sagging

2 of the vacuum motors for the vents have broken off their mounts and can't be fixed without replacing the whole dash.

The paint only lasted 2 years.

2 recalls on the ABS that have made the brakes even scarier and caused an accident.

The engine failed at 86k miles.

General Comments:

I've used 4 GMC dealers in Seattle and 2 in Vegas and they were all horrible. It usually took 2 trips in to get a problem fixed and sometimes I had to take the truck back because the mechanic broke something. As soon I can get it painted I'm trading it for a Nissan. The only good thing I can say is that the seats are very comfortable and it's a champ for towing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2005

4th Feb 2006, 11:37

And GM wonders why their company is in trouble?? I'm sorry about your experience in owning a Gm sir. I owned a GM and it was poorly made. I bought a Nissan in 1999 and it has been a great vehicle. Frankly, with today's costs for repairs, one just can't afford to own a GM. Some people get a good one, but a lot of folks get lemons. It's too risky with as much as cars cost. Once you go foreign, I doubt you'll be back to GM. Good luck to you!

21st Mar 2006, 00:58

I must be lucky according to the comment above because I own 2 GM vehicles and they have both been very reliable to me. I've had my cavalier for 4 years now and have put it through hell! I think Chevy is right when they used to say "like a rock" because it is solid. I just have one more question for the person who started this review. Would you ever trade your gm back for your ford ranger?

1993 GMC S-15 SLS 2.8 tbi from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 tbi Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance162000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

A basic maintenance joyful truck that runs very weel

Faults:

First, my clutch went bad.

Second, the heater core blew and threw antifreeze all through the truck.

The exhaust is shot, but I am in the process of putting dual exhaust on it.

I just replaced the plugs and wires.

Now the timing cover gasket needs replaced along with the o ring on the distributor.

The rear main seal went out right after I got the truck.

There is a lot of rust and it is clearly visible.

General Comments:

Not a bad truck, but can be costly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2003

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews