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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,837 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 092005

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 15 mph on normal road conditions, smoke was noticed inside the vehicle cabin. No warning lights alerted the contact. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined the exhaust manifold gasket needed to be replaced. The same problem recurred, and required a second replacement. The vehicle had to be taken to the dealership to replace the gasket a third time. The problem was very sensitive because the smoke entered through the ventilation to the cabin at low speeds and when the vehicle was immobile at stop sign. The manufacturer was contacted who indicated the vehicle was out of warranty, and provided no further assistance.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 302005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,500 miles
On July 22, 2005, I paid the dealer $615.74 to replace a shorted air pump. I brought it in since the light gauges were turning on. The "check engine" lighted on and off. One week later, the A/C stopped working. The dealer charged me $105.19 for the diagnosis. On Aug. 10, I paid another shop $852.08 to replace the A/C compressor. On Aug. 30, my S-10 stalled and hasn't worked since then. A mechanic said the engine has to be replaced (another $3000 +) due to overheating of the radiator. There was no prior indication that the radiator was leaking or heating except when the light gauges were turning on in July. I bought this truck brand new in 2000 and have spent over $7000 in repairs and regular maintenance since then. The battery acid has leaked. Brake pads keep wearing out. Several air injection malfunctions and pumps have been replaced. I've purchased at least 2 sets of tires. It has less than 72,000 miles.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Dec 092004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 73,684 miles
Vehicle shut down at 65 mph with no warning, would not restart and had vehicle towed. Mechanic concluded the intake manifold failed possibly due to premature break down of manifold gasket. Nothing done to correct as of yet, it being christmas and all, can't afford $500+ for new one. Mechanic suggesting not to use dexcool in future has seen problem before. Want situation remedied.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 062004

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving 70 mph and without any indication vehicle shut down/ lost power. Dealership was unable to resolve the problem.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003

S-10 Pickup

  • 39,000 miles
Intermittently vehicle would not start under normal procedures. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who claimed that the neutral switch needed to be replaced.

- Williamsburg, PA, USA

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