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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,778 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup body / paint problems

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 032006

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,750 miles


Both cables on my 1998 Chevy S-10 pick-up have snapped. My dog was using a ramp that rested on the tailgate when it happened. It caused the ramp to fall a few inches luckily the dog was uninjured however he is very frightened to use the ramp now. He weighs over 150S so I can't lift him. I went to the local auto parts store to get new cable when I was told about the recall on other similar vehicles. I have put off repairing this in anticipation of a recall.

- Anchor Point, AK, USA

problem #15

Nov 152005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
I have a 1998 Chevy S-10 and the left tailgate cable broke. It broke when I opened the tailgate and sat down on it. I did not get hurt but I think a cable needs to be able to hold some weight. I have heard that the cables retain moisture which causes them to rust out and mine was rusted. I left the cable on and it damaged the tailgate by putting a dent in it and cracking the paint. I cut the cable so it would not damage the tailgate any more. My brother told me I could use his cable from his tailgate and I am. I think that it should be recalled as this is a safety problem. I heard they might recall this so I decided to put my input because someone could get hurt. I also bought replacement cables, but there is no way to put them on because GM uses a big rivet. I have heard of other people's cables on their 95-2003 S-10's. thanks.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 012003

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
On my 1998 Chevrolet S-10, the tailgate support cable broke due to internal corrosion. This happened two years ago. There were no injuries. I replaced that cable at significant cost. Now the second tailgate support cable is bulging due to internal corrosion and I expect it will soon break.

- Nepean, 00, USA

problem #13

Sep 152005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


I own a 1998 Chevrolet S-10. The cables that hold up the tailgate broke on me while I was loading cargo into the bed. The broken straps has since caused my tailgate to fall off while going down a rough road. The tailgate is now scratched and dented from the initial breaking and from falling off. I have not made any attempt to fix this problem as of yet.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #12

Nov 202005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the emergency release for the tailgate hatchback/liftgate opening failed to operate. He contacted the dealership, they wanted to do a diagnostic check. Also, he contacted the manufacturer; they suggested the diagnostic check be done.

- Clinton, TN, USA

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problem #11

Jul 242005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Consumer stated that the tailgate cable snapped with very light weight on it. At the time the cable snapped there was a child on the tailgate. This was on the right side, but the left side carried the weight. The owner was concerned that he will not be able to trust the tailgate at this point. The owner was going to replace the tailgate cables and maybe the whole tailgate itself. The cables were fine. There were not any wear and tear on the cables. The owner called the dealer, and they were unable to provide any assistance. The owner also called GM, and they contacted the manager, who relayed any assistance in this matter. They were no injuries.

- Monroe, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 102005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


1998, S10 pickup tailgate straps rusted in 2 pieces. These were recalled on my 2002 1500 full size. Why not the S10 ?

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 152005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,200 miles
Ea 05 008/tailgate support cables break: While standing on the tailgate and loading a sink onto the rear bed the left side support cable has broken. No injury to report. The dealer was notified.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 022004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 92,500 miles
(1) loading small riding lawnmower into bed of my S-10 pickup (2) both tailgate cables broke with no prior sign of wear (3) awaiting replacement cables at expense of Chevrolet, because they know the problem exists on current models and have recalled them, but not mine!.

- Danville, WV, USA

problem #7

Oct 142004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
While opening the tailgate the cable broke on both side because they had rusted.......

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #6

Nov 122004

S-10 Pickup

  • 20,000 miles


When the tailgate was in use both of the tailgate support straps snapped. This caused the tailgate to fall. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problems.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #5

Jul 202003

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
On two separate occasions, the consumer had to replace the tailgate support cables due to corrosion/rust.

- Swanton, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 152004

S-10 Pickup

  • 105,000 miles
Consumer noticed that the tailgate cable corroded and snapped. There was a recall dealing with this problem but did not include S10 model.

- Illinois City, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 072004

S-10 Pickup

  • 37,000 miles
Tailgate support straps failed. Dealership was notified but did not resolve the problem.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 072004

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Steel cables on tailgate snapped while in stored (no load applied) condition.

- Sterling Hts, MI, USA

problem #1

May 302000

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Tailgate intermittently comes open whenever a load is carried. Vehicle has been in dealer's shop on several occasions, and problem is reoccurring.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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