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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,934 miles

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup accessories - interior problems

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Aug 182006

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


Through normal use of the seat recline mechanism, both passenger and driver seat recline handles have broken off at an internal friction bar. Neither seat reclines now and is stuck in the last position used. Chevy, or GM, have done nothing about the problem, I have looked into fixing the problem my self, however the entire seat would have to be replaced and is to cost in-efficient for my needs. I have retained the faulty handles, dreaming that possibly GM will own up to defective, poor design and remedy this issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #25

Jun 151999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The levers that recline the seats broke off at the welds. It is an obvious manufacturing defect as a result of a poor welding process. The break was at the heat affected zone and the metal was not properly heat treated.

- Longview, WA, USA

problem #24

Jan 092005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,380 miles
I own a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 slr pickup truck and the seats do not always catch. I went to a GM dealer and paid $300 to have this problem fixed but some times the seats do not catch after you pull them forward to get into the area behind the seats, either passanger or driver. This is a speratic error but when the seats do not catch my passenger is slide forward or at times I the driver will find myself going forward because the seat track did not lock.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 122002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles


Driver side seat seat recliner failed. First time the casting inside the handle failed. The second time the failure was in the transfer rod that the handle is connected to. First failure was while in use, second failure it "just fell off." When it worked, an excessive amount of force was required to activate. Single owner operator - failure occured with little use.

- Sterling Hts, MI, USA

problem #22

Jan 052004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,242 miles
The front passenger seat broke and lodged into the dash during a wreck. None was in the seat at the time but if there had been that person would have very serious injuries.

- Neosho, MO, USA

problem #21

Feb 052000

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Driver and passenger recline lever broke off, each quite easily and with little effort.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #20

Oct 042003

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver and passenger recliner lever easily brakes. After replacing it twice the second time it broke I was driving in a very uncomfortable passion and unsafe. I had to get a pair of vice grips to make adjustments to the back of the seat. I found out that this is a command problem with this vehicle for the Chevrolet parts attendant. Yet there is no improvement on the parts there selling or recall on the seats.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #19

Jul 032000

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,652 miles
The drivers side seat does not lock into place, when you stop suddenly, the seat slams forward.(could cause an accident) also both seat adjuster handles have broken off.(cheap plastic) can no longer adjust seats they are stuck in position.also, third door latch (also plastic ) broke off can no longer open third door.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #18

Sep 052003

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Handle that adjusted the seatback on the passenger side broke. Consequently, whole seat slides back and forth when going up and down hills.

- Man, WV, USA

problem #17

Jun 142003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Windshield wipers intermittent not working causing a dangerous situation. Also front recliner lever on seat has broken twice, once on drivers side (replaced-out of warranty) now on passenger side.

- Burns, TN, USA

problem #16

Apr 282003

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles


The front reclining seat handle broke off. The seats did not sit upright or recline.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #15

Jan 312003

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On my S-10, as many others according to the parts dealers and seervice bulletin #220801, the seat recliner gear arm that the handle attaches to brakes frequently. This is the third one for my 1998 pickup. The material is very weak and costly. GM knows of this, as can be verified by parts dealers showing I high sales volume of this part. The part # is 12479967. Cost is $69.02

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #14

May 102002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While the vehicle was being driven the seat ajust mechanism broke causing the seat too collaspe backwards. Consumer also states that this is the second time that this problem has occurred. Dealer has been notified.

- Remfen, IA, USA

problem #13

Oct 192000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Seat back recliner lever has broken on the driver side front seat. When I fold my seat forward to gain access to the back seats and then return the driver seat to the original position, the seat back is too far forward. I can not recline the seat back to a safe driving position. I feel like I am leaning forward towards the windshield.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #12

Nov 022001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While parked, both seat adjustment latches failed at the same time. Driver side seat collapsed back, causing driver to strike head on rear window. Property damage is cost to repair seats.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #11

Feb 072001

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Reclining handle on seat are very hard to pull up, passenger side handle broke off leaving seat stuck in one position. Passenger seat slides into dash when brakes are applied. Throttle sticks at trottle body and transmision cooler line leaks.

- Ball Ground, GA, USA

problem #10

Dec 311998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The easy entry seat for extended cab on the passenger side does not latch correctly. When brakes are applied you have a better than 50/50 chance of the passenger in this seat being thrown forward into the dash. Tis first happen the first time a person sat in the seat (3rd day of ownership) the seat track was then replaced and now is being replaced a second time by the dealer becuase it has never worked correctly. This is a safety hazard and I see that it has been reported several times on this site. Has there been a design change and recall on this?

- Dresden, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 152000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Passenger's seat handle adjuster broke. Dealer has replaced handle adjuster prior to this incident.

- Benton, LA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012000

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • miles
I have had another seat recliner handle fail. The handle on the driver's seat has broken off again at 34,000 miles. This is the third handle failure. The recliner mechanism, internal to the seat, must be replaced. The seat back cannot be adjusted with a broken mechanism and must be left in whatever position it was in. This is hazardous if a person is driving. Their is a pattern of failure in the factory design.

- Walla Walla, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 011999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Recliner seat handles broken 5 times, the handle was never forced it just fell off, the seat was stuck leaning towards the wheel.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

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