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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,091 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 012009

S-10 Pickup

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The ECM went out. Also had a problem earlier about 2-3 months ago. The cam sensor went out. This truck only has 60,000 miles on it.

- Columbia City, IN, USA

problem #10

Jun 102005

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
1998 Chevy S-10 became engulfed in flames while driving.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 212004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the consumer smelled a fuel odor. The consumer also noticed while the vehicle was parked oil was a leaking from underneath the vehicle.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #8

Dec 042003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The consumer had multiple problems with this vehicle. The spark wires corroded, the head gasket leaked and the transmission did not work properly when shifted. Dealer notified. Also the radiator erupted between the transmission cooler and the cooler of the radiator.

- Camden Point, MO, USA

problem #7

Nov 202003

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • 59,000 miles
Vehicle lost power while driving and smoke was emitted from under the hood. Vehicle was towed to the shop where the mechanic indicated that the vehicle had a blown head gasket.

- Magalia, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 122003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles
1. constantly had to check and fill oil and antifreeze. 2. used all the oil and motor blew up with no advance warning. 3. left me stranded in sub-zero weather. 4. contacted local Chevy dealer (stocker, state college, pa) via email and received no response whatsoever.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 262001

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Oil was leaking from fuel line onto engine compartment. Service department did see a common problem in most of Chevrolet, S10's with remote oil filter. Wherever there was a crimp in line started a oil leak. They have changed part 3 times to find a remedy. The leak occurs in the engine compartment near the exhaust heated pipes.

- Piteon, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 192000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Engine exhibited complete failure. Connecting rod thrown through engine block. Engine experienced erratic oil pressure readings from 20psi to 60psi prior to failure.

- York, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 011998

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Gasket valve cover failed.

- West Holly, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 031998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Defective piston rings caused the vehicle to use excess oil.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #1

Oct 161998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Replaced winshield seal/left seat handle and transmission. Also engine head gasket leaked prior to recall.

- Holt, MI, USA

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